Austria is centrally located in Europe in the Alps. Only 32% of the country is below the 500 metre. Most of the inhabitants speak German, which is also the official language.
A big chance that you think of Mozart, Strauss, Schubert, Haydn, Klimt, Schiele or other names from the rich art history of the Alpine country. Also to mention the imperial history: the pompous palaces and robust castles, churches and monasteries, opera houses and theaters. Numerous heritage that is often surprisingly well preserved.
Walk in the dusk through the Hofburg in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The historic city centre of Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Or go to the Residenz in Salzburg: you expect that a diligence with Mozart on board can appear every moment around the corner. The entire city of Salzburg is on the Unesco World Heritage List. Salzburg is called the city of Mozart and The Sound of Music.
But Austria also has a beautiful nature. The variety of relief and climate creates a very varied plant kingdom. Austria is one of the most forested countries in Europe. Characteristic are the deciduous forest and the mixed forest in higher regions.
The alpine flora has many species and is colourful. At the northern edge of the Alps, greenery dominates, while to the east of the Neusiedlersee there is a specific salt stepping flora. The national parks (3% of the surface) show the variety of beautiful landscapes, such as jungle and rainforest.