Austria is an alpine country, associated primarily with excellent ski resorts and historic cities. The most visited places include Vienna, Salzburg and the tiny town of Hallstatt.
The capital of Austria, Vienna is a city that has set the tone for Central Europe for centuries. This is where trends in architecture, art, music and culture came from. To this day, the city impresses with magnificent palace and garden complexes such as Schonbrunn, Hofburg and Belvedere, the majestic cathedral of St. Szczepan and the surrounding eclectic buildings. The Vienna opera is famous for excellent performances, and the New Year's concert of the Vienna Philharmonic, mainly consisting of Strauss songs, is broadcast all over the world.
Tourists also flock to the border of Salzburg, which is associated with the figure of Mozart. Graz with its well-preserved old town, the small and intimate Innsbruck and growing into one of the main cultural centers of Linz are also very popular.
Austria is also a destination for enthusiasts of active leisure. A large part of the country is occupied by the Alps, which in summer are very popular with hikers and climbers, while in winter they are a real ski paradise. Ski resorts in Tyrol and the Zell am See-Kaprun region near Salzburg come to the forefront. They provide the possibility of skiing on glaciers until late spring.
In the Alps lies also one of the most visited and photographed places in Austria, tiny Hallstatt, picturesquely situated on Lake Hallstättersee. The area is also famous for its historic salt mines and numerous walking trails.