It may be small but when it comes to attractions, Austria is a proper heavy-hitter, a land of picture postcard landscapes, stunning lakes, vibrant cities, incredible architecture, awe-inspiring mountains and world-class resorts.
Like to take it easy? Take a relaxing stroll through Salzburg old town or a Vienna river cruise. Sports enthusiast? Hit the slopes at Seefeld or St Anton am Arlberg, or grab a bike and tackle the punishing Grossglockner Alpine Road. Culture vulture? Have a night at the Vienna State Opera, or marvel at magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral.
There's a huge amount to see and do here – so start planning your Austria travel 2016 and get ready to get stuck in.
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Dialing Code: +43
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This weeklong festival on the shores of lake Wörther transforms the idyllic town of Pörtschach into a buzzing, colorful playground for creativity. Take a body painting class, dance in the sunshine to the many DJs and soak in the beautifully funky world of body art.
The epitome of sweet street food treats, churros are the equivalent of a Spanish doughnut, sprinkled in cinnamon sugar and served with melted chocolate for dipping.
Sunglasses - That Alpine sun can be fierce, especially if you're hitting the slopes in winter. Sunnies are essential.
Sensible walking shoes - With such a wealth of museums, palaces and galleries, you're going to be clocking up some serious miles here. Save the high heels for your night at the opera.
A camera - Vienna and Salzburg are among the world's most beautiful cities, so photo-ops run at an all-time high here.
Swimsuit - Whether it's a summer lake dip or a post-ski hot-tub session, a swimsuit is essential.
An adapter plug - Austria uses the European standard 2-pin plug