Austria is one of Europe’s most mountainous nations and it would have to be one of the most picturesque, too. No matter where you travel in this landlocked country, you can expect to pass by gorgeous rolling hills, spectacular lakes and deep green valleys surrounded by snowy mountain crags that form part of the Austrian Alps.

Vienna is the capital and hosts the main international airport, although the cities of

Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Linz and Klagenfurt have one, too. 

Apart from its magnificent scenery, architecture, ski runs, hiking trails, and lakes, it is also known as the classical music centre of the world. Mozart was born in Salzburg and made a name for himself not only in his birth city but also in Vienna and beyond.

Johann Strauss hailed from Vienna and is famous for his stirring Viennese Waltz along with many other compositions, while Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert also made Vienna their home at one time or another. Their legacy has left a lasting impression on music lovers for many generations the world over.

Christmas time is the most enchanting season to visit Austria, with so many Christmas markets peddling their delicate festive offerings.

Even if you’re not on the hunt to buy something, simply wandering through the stalls is a treat as each one is full of a delightful array of colour and lights.

The music is not in the notes, but in the silence in between.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart