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Austria is renowned for producing cultivated minds, beautiful works of art and music – as well as exquisitely refined architecture. Although during the 1950s, Austria largely served as a buffer between the Iron Curtain countries, it now holds its own as one of the most captivating of European getaways. From weekends to month-long visits – from Vienna to Salzburg – there is sure to be something that will linger with you after a visit to this magnificent country. Austria has well documented cultural heritage. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert are just some of the musicians who have bequeathed an admirable musical legacy to the world. Sigmund Freud continues to influence world psychology and psycho-analysis, while Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the major influences in 20th century philosophical thinking.
Austria’s landscapes are wonderfully varied and hiring a car is particularly advisable for exploring all the options around the country. Vienna is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the whole of Europe and gives an exquisite introduction into the imperial past and vibrant present of this sumptuous country. A world class tourist destination, here you can explore a plethora of places in the museums and monuments dotted around. From Vienna, you can drive to Salzburg – which was also described as ‘one of the most beautiful regions on Earth’ by Alexander von Humboldt. A car journey along the famous Romantic Road – during which you will experience palaces, monasteries, castles, museums and the breathtaking landscapes of Upper and Lower Austria. One other recommended tour for drivers is along the Bregenzerwald Cheese Road. You can also, of course, take the opportunity to walk and hike in the Austrian Alps and experience the many National Parks – home to twenty Alpine gardens, in total. Austria really does offer a glimpse of natural beauty at its best