The Republic of Austria, is located in central Europe, and is bounded
by Slovenia and Italy in the south, Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the
west, Germany and the Czech Republic in the north, and Slovakia and
Hungary in the east. Famous for it's snow capped mountains, fine wines,
Baroque architecture and above all it's music, Austria oozes class,
quality and sophistication. The Austrian landscape points to a rich
natural composition: high and central mountain regions, hill country and
plains. The Alpine region stretches from the West to the South to the
Vienna Basin, and takes up approximately two thirds of the nation's
surface area. The western part of the country is mountainous while the
east is hill country and flatlands, which stretch to the Pannonian Plain
in northern Burgenland.
Located on a plain bordered by the Wienerwald
and the Carpathian foothills, the capital, Vienna, is a cultural,
industrial, commercial, and transportation centre. Vienna owes its
spectacular architectural heritage to the Habsburg dynasty that
controlled much of Europe for 600 years. Of special interest are the
Hofburg, or Imperial Palace, with it's 14th century Augustinian church,
Imperial Apartments and Royal Chapel where the Vienna Boy's Choir sing.
Many of the world's most important composers including Beethoven,
Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and Mahler have lived and performed behind
Vienna's Baroque facades.
Salzburg is a city of astonishing beauty
and a distinctly Italian flavour enhanced by the plethora of Baroque
masterpieces, including the imposing Honensalzburg Castle that overlooks
the city and Hellbrun Palace. It is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, and his influence can be seen everywhere from the dedicated
Museum, to the Statue in his honour. The capital of the region Tirol
and the most popular Austrian holiday destination, the city of Innsbruck
lies at the very heart of the Austrian Alps. It is an old university
town, and has numerous fine buildings, including the Imperial Palace.
Austria has much more to offer it’s visitors than memories of the “Sound