The dramatically located Gothic and Baroque city of Innsbruck has a gem-like medieval core and also offers some wonderful outdoor activities, like hiking, skiing and climbing.
Indulge in coffee culture and mouthwatering traditional treats such as Sachertorte (a melting chocolate cake) in one of Vienna’s ornate coffeehouses.
The small town Bad Gastein is a great budget base for excellent skiing. At the end of the day, soak those aching muscles in one of the town’s hot water spas.
Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna is by far the most magnificent of the Habsburg’s many palaces.
Spectacularly perched on a woody bluff overlooking the Danube, Melk’s monastery is a must-see.
Top image: Aerial view of the Austrian ski and spa resort Bad gastein famous for waterwall flowing through ist city center © trabantos/Shutterstock