Culturally rich Austria boasts of names like Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, and Mahler as its former residents, whose haunting melodies still reverberate through gilded concert halls such as the Vienna State Opera House or the Wiener Konzerthaus. Its capital city, Vienna, is referred to as the ‘City of Music’ for the number of music venues and music schools that are located here. The city is also home to the MuseumsQuartier, an art complex that comprises some of the best museums in the world.
Austria was once ruled by the powerful Habsburg dynasty who seemed to have a penchant for building impressive castles and stately mansions, scattering them throughout the kingdom. The majestic Hofburg Palace and Albertina, both museums now, are two such examples. Besides the impressive monuments left behind by the Habsburgs, Austria has plenty of other architectural marvels scattered through small and big cities such as Hallstatt, Kremsmuster, and Innsbruck. Salzburg, the fairytale city of Baroque architecture with its impressive Hohensalzburg Fortress, found its way into the heart of the world with the release of the iconic film, the Sound of Music.’ This UNESCO World Heritage city has a stunning legacy of church architecture.
Like most countries of the world, Austria is also focused on moving with the times and modernizing its cities with some iconic landmarks. The Museum der Moderne Monchsberg stands in stark contrast to the fortress in Salzburg, so too the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Innsbruck and Ars Electronic in Linz with their futuristic designs blending in with the surrounding medieval architecture.
For most people, Austria is synonymous with breathtaking mountain scenery and the countryside definitely does not disappoint. Visitors can hop on a cable car to most of the high mountainous regions to avail of some spectacular views during the summer months, or hike beside sparkling Alpine lakes and crystal rivers. Winter transforms the slopes into some of the best skiing sites in the world such as the renowned Zell am See-Kaprun that transforms into a giant playground in summer.

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