Holidays - Austria

Austria is a landlocked country of roughly 8.4 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

One day you're riding a forestry track in Carinthia, stopping to wash down a Brettljause (cold platter) with a cool beer in a meadow hut, the next you're combing the atmospheric alleys of the capital. The contrasts are what one loves most about Austria. It's small, but the landscape changes quickly and dramatically, offsetting one experience of a place against another the boondocks in contrast to a large city like Vienna, or a cool alpine lake like Weissensee with the shallow-steppe Neusiedler See.

And in Vienna itself, there's a stark contrast between the historic centre and the Vorstädte (inner suburbs), which one should explore at night.

Places to visit : Vienna - Salzburg - Innsbruck - Zell Em See - Graz