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Austria draws people to its jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes and culturally rich cities. Flanked by gorgeous alpine scenery and nestled within the Alps, it is a treasure box of delights and diverse in its offerings. There are literally thousands of holiday rentals in Austria from remote wooden cabins to luxurious hotels and apartments. Check out top ones below with reviews. Or for over 190 holiday hotels in Austria check HERE...
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A German speaking country, Austria has had many famous residents from Sigmund Freud to Amadeus Mozart, both of whom are immortalised in Austria's capital, Vienna's landmarks.
Rich in culture and home to some of the most stunning Baroque architecture, Vienna is also where Beethoven and many other composers called home and you can still hear the famous classical symphonies playing in this magical city.

As with everything in Vienna, coffee has been turned into an artform. The traditional coffee houses have a distinct charming ambiance, offering some of the best coffees, pastries and cakes that money can buy. Often described as Europe’s cultural capital, Vienna is dripping in stunning architecture. Visit the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace residence, the Hofburg - the former palace of the Habsburg dynasty, and the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its North Tower providing a spectacular view of the city.

A visit to Vienna, a city famous for its elegance, offers up a variety of cultural activities to indulge in. From attending the angelic Vienna Boys choir at the Burgkapelle, experiencing the world’s best orchestra at the philharmonic, or visiting the neoclassical Kunsthistorisches Museum - brimming with the work of Europe’s most famous artists.

History.
Austria was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of World War I when Austria adopted the name the Republic of German-Austria in a bid to unite with Germany. In 1938 Austria was occupied by the Nazis, which lasted until the end of World War II. Democracy was restored and now there are 9 federal states. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and part of the EU & United Nations

Geography and climate.
Located in the Alps, Austria is a landlocked, mountainous country bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland & Liechtenstein. It has an alpine climate, and whilst cold in winter, summer temperatures are relatively high. Check the weather chart on our website or visit www.worldclimate.com to get an idea of what the weather will be like on your trip.

Food.
Austrian specialties include Krapfen (doughnuts filled with apricot jam), Apfelstrudel (filled with apple) and Topfenstrudel (filled with cheese). Other typical dishes include Wiener Schnitzel, a veal cutlet which is breaded and fried and also Knodel, which are dumplings often served on the side of a meal.

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