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Austria Tourist Guide

Austria

A river cruise along the Danube introduces you to the cities of Linz, Melk and Vienna, a chance to immerse yourself in classical European culture, art and heritage. Linz, Austria's third-largest town, sits on both banks of the Danube and is a busy river port and an important industrial town with a delightful old centre. Melk is home to the fabulous Abbey from where you get a splendid view of the Danube River Valley. Austria boasts one of the most beautiful sections of the Danube, the Wachau Valley, where you cruise through the heart of the country's wine producing region, amongst vineyards and picturesque riverside villages.

Austria's wonderful capital Vienna spreads along both sides of the River Danube at the foothills of the Alps. The city of music is a vibrant blend of Baroque architecture with a dash of art nouveau. Circling the old town is the striking revivalist architecture of the Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard. On a cruise visit by riverboat, take the opportunity to reserve a seat at a music concert or a night at the opera.

Austria is diverse and rich in culture, with spectacular scenery and enormous variety to offer throughout the winter and summer seasons. It is a country of startling contrasts, from the Alps in the west to the Danube River Basin in the east.

Vienna's buildings range from the charming Opera House to the monumental Natural History Museum. Nestled throughout the city are the graceful art-nouveau buildings of turn-of-the century architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos. The buildings are one of the many remnants of the artistic and intellectual flowering that took place in Vienna at the turn of the century. Of course, the buildings and the city's history is only a backdrop for the daily culture that can still be found in the concert halls, opera houses, and cafes.

A land of dizzying peaks, cobalt lakes and rushing rivers creates a breathtaking backdrop for outdoor pursuits and freewheeling along the Danube is no exception. It is a world of splendour that awaits you here: Rich cultural treasures, an enchanting river valley, and a sun-caressed wine region - a complete work of art.

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