Austria is a beautiful small country in the heart of Europe, with a long and interesting imperial past, still visible in spectacular palaces and architecture. Famous worldwide for its stunning alpine scenery, winter sports and charming villages, Austria boasts a wonderful cultural legacy: Klimt, Mozart, Schubert, Wagner and Strauss were born here. If you enjoy classical music, you shouldn’t miss the Salzburg Festival in summer, in Mozart’s beautiful birthplace city.
There are three types of climate in Austria: the continental of the plain region of Vienna, with cold winters and warm summers; the Alpine climate of the mountains, snowy and freezing in winter, and cool in summer with some thunderstorms in the afternoon; and the climate of cities at higher altitude, like Salzburg or Innsbruck, with cold winters and quite warm summers with a good amount of thunderstorms.
Located at the heart of Europe and bordered by seven countries, Austria is an easy stop-off on a trip through Europe, thanks to its excellent transport connections. Vienna boasts one of central Europe’s best train connections. If you are flying, you can arrive in Vienna major international airport, or you could also fly to Salzburg or Innsbruck.
If you are after skiing, snow is pretty much guaranteed from November onwards to April, although the best time will be January and February. Hikers and outdoor lovers will get the best of warm weather between April and October. Most cities are year-round destinations.
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