The Austro-Hungarian Empire splintered post-World War One but distinct cultures remain across Austria's 9 land-locked states, (who needs a coastline when you've got The Alps?) Vienna tends to dominate cultural and political life and its history has left Roman, medieval, baroque and post-modern stamps on the architecture. Visiting Vienna's stunning Schönbrunn Palace, with its 1441 rooms, is likely to be a highlight, along with taking in a waltz played by the Vienna Phillharmonic at the Wiener Musikverein – even if you're not usually a classical music buff.
The baroque splendour of Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, is worth seeing and driving the valleys and mountain passes of Tyrol will make you pledge to return. One of the most popular cycle paths in Europe is the Danube path from Passau to Vienna, but if you're itching to get your hiking boots on and get out into the Alpine wonderland, there's a dense network of marked trails and mountain shelters through The Alps. You may need to share your views with more than a handful of hikers in high season – but what a view!
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