Right in the heart of Europe, Austria sparkles with mountain villages and rugged alpine terrain. Its capital, Vienna, deservedly grabs the headlines but other main cities such as Salzburg, Innsbruck and Bregenz each add their dollop of seasoning to the country's rich cultural mix.
Austria's a country for pushing your pulse to the limit with daring outdoor feats, a place for soaking in the refined art and music of a bygone age and for exploring the dark chapters of the past amid the modern energy of a flourishing democracy.
Austrians may despair at the legacy, but it's hard to avoid humming the fact that
The hills are alive with the sound of music...La, la, la, la!