Austria

Austria is a country of wonderful contrasts, from the soaring Alps to the verdant swathes of the Danube Valley. This European beauty is noted as much for its historical buildings, awe-inspiring museums and galleries, as for its world-class skiing conditions and breath-taking mountain scenery.

Once the snow has melted, walk and hike through the Alps` varied landscapes, ranging from forests and green slopes to glaciers and rocks. The Vorarlberg`s alpine pastures provide gentle walks, while the Hohe Tauern National Park has more demanding trekking.

Go to the Opera in style; besides the many opera performances in Austria`s major towns and cities, for one with a difference, journey to Bregenz and the Upper City with its St Martinstrum (St Martin`s Tower), the world`s largest floating stage for summer opera productions.

Admire traditional Austrian attire at the annual Lederhosen Festival in Windischgarsten, where the wearing of the aforementioned costume is optional, but drinking good beer and chuckling at the election of Miss Lederhose is compulsory.

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