Austria is a great place to be right now. Until a few years ago, the country was stuck in a kind of collective stasis... rightly proud of a past that produced Mozart, Haydn, Freud and Klimt but having lost the innovative edge that let these geniuses flourish in the first place. Now, Austria is going through a renewal. In the cities, futuristic designs now nestle among the Baroque splendour so beloved of the Hapsburgs. In the ubiquitous mountains, ski towns are among the coolest destinations in the Alps. Capital city Vienna is one of the world’s new media hubs. Yep, it's a great time to be in Austria.
Austrians are a welcoming bunch. They share a language with neighbouring Germany, but Austrian culture is generally more easygoing... Germans who move here are surprised that people are not as “direct” as they are used to! The locals love nothing more than heading to the countryside and enjoying the views from the mountains, maybe from the saddle of a mountain bike or shore of a mountain lake. The mountains in Austria are everywhere and they’re beautiful. Just don’t mention “The Sound of Music”.
You will find a bewildering variety of sausages and dumplings on offer, but for the real taste of Austria, go easy on the main course and save space for the pudding. The home of apple strudel and sachertorte is heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. The masterpieces in the windows of the bakeries give those in Vienna’s world famous Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Art) a run for their money!
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