Imperial palaces, majestic mountains and delicious cake: think Austria, and a gallery of stock images comes to mind. However, there is more to this small country than mountainous vistas, Mozart and Maria Von Trapp. Behind the familiar clichés, there lie compelling museums, innovative architecture and beguiling bars, cafés and clubs. Whether you want to eat Sachertorte in Vienna or hike through the Alps, use our map of Austria to start planning your trip.

From skiing in St Anton to enjoying a spa resort in the Salzkammergut, Austria’s glorious alpine scenery offers a backdrop of stunning natural beauty to whatever activity appeals to you. In Vienna, monumental Habsburg architecture testifies to the country’s past imperial glories, but don’t let the grand façade fool you: sushi bars and clubs give the capital an innovative edge. With excellent tourist facilities and a mixture of relaxed cosiness and hospitality, Austria is the perfect destination for a combination of contemporary cool and elegant tradition.

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The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

So what is it that draws us to Vienna? The waltzes? The white horses? The cakes? Let’s be honest, it’s the sex. Sex, that is, in the best possible taste:…

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Austria's KäseStrasse: the hike that's a cheese-lover's dream

Austria's KäseStrasse: the hike that's a cheese-lover's dream

Despite the name, Bregenzerwald’s KäseStrasse (Cheese Street) in Austria’s Vorarlberg region is not a marked route along a specific road. Instead it deno…

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