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Austria : Michelin's recommendations

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Austria really looks like those beautiful post cards, with high snow-capped summits, crystal-clear lakes, dark forests, vast green plains, rolling hills, fortresses from the Middle Ages and fairytale castles. The Alps occupy two-thirds of the territory in this mountainous country, making it a particularly prized destination in winter, when skiers flock to its numerous resorts in the Arlberg and the Tyrol, including St. Anton am Arlberg, Kitzbühel and ultra-chic Lech.
In summer, nature-lovers like to explore the cold lakes of the Salzkammergut or the warmer ones in Carinthia, go mountain biking in the Voralberg, hike around Lake Constance or tour the superb Wachau Valley along the Danube between Melk and Krems. This fertile region features a variety of landscapes and is the epitome of Austrian charm with its terraced vineyards, onion-dome church towers, fortified castles in ruins and little villages.
Towns such as Graz, Salzburg and Innsbruck have baroque city centres that combine a rich artistic heritage with a well-preserved lifestyle in which coffee and pastries still play a very important role.
And of course there’s Vienna, an international hub of art and creative thought for centuries, where the memory of numerous artists still lingers in the air, from Mozart and Haydn to Beethoven Gustav Klimt and Musil, not to mention Freud. Its flourishing cultural life has grown out of an artistic heritage that is one of the most impressive in Europe. Yet there’s nothing backward-looking about Vienna, which has become a Mecca for design, contemporary architecture, and clubbing — thanks to its DJs.

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Austria : Must-see towns and regions

  • Vienna

    Vienna is set in a marvellous decor of predominantly Baroque architecture. The city has its own elegant art of living in this beautiful setting, whether in its cafés or in the simple joyous atmosphere...

  • Freistadt

    Freistadt has preserved its massive ramparts, built around 1300 and 1400, its towers and fortified gates. Its Hauptplatz is lined with houses painted in pastel shades and fronted by porches or arcades...

  • Graz

    Graz, Austria's second most highly populated city, lies on a plain surrounded by green, rolling hills, near the Alps. Styria's, Murside capital grew at the foot of the Schlossberg Hill from the Middle...

  • Baden

    Baden lies not far from Vienna, on the edge of the small Wienerwald valleys. It offers visitors the dreamy and romantic setting of a spa town that has welcomed countless famous 19C figures, from the E...

  • Seefeld

    The sophisticated and very lively resort of Seefeld offers one the Alps' largest cross-country ski areas, as well as downhill ski runs that are well suited to beginners. It is extremely active in Summ...

  • Hall in Tirol

    Hall in Tirol was the Inn valley's salt town. It played a leading role in the Middle Ages. Though busy river traffic on the Inn is past, this still-lively cultural and economic centre has retained a M...

  • Hallstatt

    Perched on a steep slope among the Dachstein’s foothills, dropping down into a lake to which this village owes its name, Hallstatt is the very essence of romantic Austria. Its streets are so narrow th...

  • Heiligenblut, at the foot of the south slope of the Grossglockner road, is a return to civilization for the tourist who has just crossed the lonely high mountains. The slim church with its steeple in ...

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