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When it comes to European history, you can bet that Austria has been at the center of it. Once part of the Habsburg dynasty, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this small country has had an out-sized impact on European events. From wars (essentially starting World War I with Serbia) to geopolitics (the country frequently hosts high-level negotiations under the sponsorship of the United Nations), Austria has been in the midst of it all.

Visitors to Austria will discover incredible architecture, magnificent gardens and one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. Throughout the Austrian Alps, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to keep visitors busy: skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. In the cities, Austrians practically define high culture. Vienna is one of the most rarefied cities in the world – and one of the most livable. Salzburg is one of the most charming travel destinations anywhere in the world.

Exploring Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna

Vienna's Schonbrunn Palace and courtyard

Schonbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former summer home of the Habsburgs, is the most popular tourist attraction in Vienna. Over 2.6 million people visit a year – including us.  But when we visited the sprawling 1,411-room palace on a cold winter afternoon, it felt like we had it completely to ourselves. At

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Mozart’s Salzburg

Statue of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Salzburg, Austria

On our second day in Salzburg, we woke up and had breakfast at our hotel, the Hotel Am Dom. They had a nice little breakfast and were very accommodating for us. We checked out of the hotel, but they allowed us to store our bags for the day. We walked down to the river and

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