Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked East Alpine country in the southern part of Central Europe. 'No country waltzes so effortlessly between urban and outdoors as Austria. One day you’re cresting alpine summits, the next you’re swanning around imperial Vienna.The journey really is the destination in Austria. Perhaps yours will be a meandering one through deeply carved valleys, on railways that unzip the Alps to thread improbably along sheer mountain flanks, past glaciers and through flower-freckled meadows' - Lonely Planet.
The architecture in this country is a medley of baroque, goth and modern, that it is such a visual treat for the eyes.
Top places to visit: Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hallstatt, Zell am See, Kitzbuhel, Kaprun, Bad Gastein, Graz, Linz
Best time to visit: a country you can visit all year round as this is one of the top winter destinations in Europe, with its Christmas Markets being world famous.