Austria lies right at the heart of Europe, with seven countries bordering it. Its excellent transport connections make it an easy stopoff on either a north–south or east–west route through Europe. Vienna has a major international airport, and you can also fly to Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz and Linz or to the Slovak capital Bratislava, only a 1hr 15min bus journey from Vienna. Vienna is also one of central Europe’s major rail-hubs, with connections including Budapest, Bratislava and Prague. Trains from Croatia and Slovenia stop in Graz, before also terminating here. Arriving from northern Italy (Venice, for example), it’s likely you’ll arrive in Innsbruck, which also has good rail connections with Munich, as does Salzburg.