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Austria - Old World Elegance and Modern Luxury

As though from a storybook, the active cities and olde worlde towns of Austria are nestled idyllically amid the beautiful Alps and cradled near the commanding Danube river. Rich with history and culture, Austria\'s majestic heritage stems centuries; home of many of the world\'s most important figures including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Sigmund Freud. From fancy elegance to stylish modernism, you will find a trip to Austria won\'t alone entertain…it will inspire


Historic Hotels in Two Great Cities

 

Whether in Vienna or Salzburg Hotel Sacher is highly recommended, home to the renowned Sacher torte. Each of these five-star properties are classically designed and provides the utmost luxury. Shortly after Hotel Sacher Vienna was built in 1876 it became a favorite rendezvous for the elite and remains so to this day. Located in the center of the city this glorious hotel is walking distance from the Opera House, St. Stephen\'s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Hotel Sacher Salzburg, established under a different name in 1866, is situated on the banks of the River Salzach and features brilliant sights of the Old Town and Fortress Hohensalzburg.

 


Get Active - Austrian Biking, Walking and Hiking

 

Austria is a great location for the active traveler. Wheeling through Austria is a bicyclist dream come true! Select from mountainous Alpine terrain or relaxing paths along Austria\'s numerous lakes and rivers. If setting out on foot is more your speed choose  among various walking and hiking packages where you will trek between quaint villages roosted 1000s of miles above sea level.

 


Austria is a Year Round Travel Destination

 

The Salzburg Festival, July 27 - August 30, 2011: The renowned Salzburg festival began in 1877, discontinued in 1910 then in 1920 the festival was born-again in to what we recognise today. Several of the most celebrated names in music have been involved with the festival including Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini and even the Trapp Family Singers performed in 1937, long before they were depicted in the popular film The Sound of Music.

 

Vienna Christmas Market

 

November 12 - December 24, 2011: During the season of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day, you\'ll find many charming Christmas markets lining the streets throughout Austria. One of the finest is the Vienna Christmas Market. Standing firm to its humble beginnings centuries ago, the Vienna Christmas Market is open every year in the City Hall Square - its permanent home since 1975. Relish a spiced cider whilst browsing for authentic wares in the numerous unique outdoor booths.

 


Schönbrunn Palace

 

Travel to any season: acclaimed as one of the most enchanting baroque palaces in Europe the Schönbrunn Palace, just outside Vienna, was the former summertime home to the imperial family. Walk in the footsteps of the renowned royal Habsburgs and visit the luxurious rooms and rich gardens once occupied by the captivating Empress Sisi.