Located in central Europe and bordered by no less than eight other countries – Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland – Austria is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations on the continent. And when you look at what the country has to offer its visitors, it’s easy to see why.
From the reign of the Habsburg family from the late thirteenth century up until World War I to the mass influx of European composers in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, various events in history have played their part in the country’s development. In fact it is partly because of various turns of events that tourism is now Austria’s number one industry.
Journeying through the various regions of the country you will see more castles and palaces which are open to the public than in any comparable area on the continent. It sometimes feels that travelling around every corner reveals another structure even more impressive than the previous one. And, you don’t really need to be told just how significant the country’s musical history has been in attracting visitors to Austria. Countless theatres, museums and festivals have been dedicated to the legendary composers who originated in Austria or who moved there to develop their music. It’s hardly surprising either then that it was here the much loved ‘Sound of Music’ was filmed too.
The other reason for the country’s popularity among travellers from all over the world is the natural beauty that abounds in every region. The splendour of the Alps offering some of the best ski and snowboard conditions in the world and the sheer romance of a cruise on the River Danube is just the beginning. You will just have to visit to see how it ends.