Austria may be small but it's also packed with variety, from grand Hapsburg palaces to mountain-framed alpine-green pastures. Stick to the cities to sip cream-smothered Viennese coffees in chandelier-lit cafes or trawl contemporary art galleries in fast developing Linz. Head for the great outdoors for lively apres-ski chalets or ski down Tyrol's snowy Alps.
From Graz to Linz on the River Danube, Austrian cities share a love of coffee houses, otherwise known as temples to sinful Sachertorte chocolate cake and sacred Gemtlichkeit, literally cosiness. Trace the winding River Danube to Austria's cultural centre and capital city, Vienna, or visit Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg. Head west to the Vorarlberg and Tyrol regions to snuggle in wooden alpine chalets and nibble on farm-fresh cheese.
Admire Vienna's vast MuseumsQuartier collection of museums. Or try local speciality Sachertorte cake in an elegant 19th-century coffee house. Take a stroll along the twinkling Ringstrasse boulevard that wraps itself around Vienna's centre. Climb Graz's medieval clock tower, looming above a jumble of red-roofed townhouses. Head north to Linz, the pulse of modern-day Austria with cutting-edge art galleries and a vibrant nightlife scene.
The Eastern Alps steal the limelight in the Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Salzburgerland areas. Head here for summertime rambles through edelweiss flower meadows. In the winter, stay in a popular ski resort like Kitzbhel or Mayrhofen. Gaze up at the Grossglockner or hear the crash of Krimml Falls waterfall in Hohe Tauern National Park. Moving east the scenery shifts to rolling woodland and shady apple orchards.