Forested mountains, idyllic meadows, and glittering ski resorts – Austria is a country of undeniable drama and natural beauty. Huge swathes of the country are dominated by the Alps, but in the major cities you’ll find just as much drama and spectacle. In Vienna, lavish imperial palaces and soaring Gothic churches jostle for room with traditional restaurants, bustling coffee shops, and contemporary museums, shops and hotels. With its historic buildings, galleries stuffed with the Old Masters, and longstanding classical music scene, Vienna is the ideal destination for a culture-packed holiday. The same can be said for Salzburg, which sits on the German border in the west. Situated against an alpine backdrop, this beautiful city was the birthplace of Mozart – but is perhaps more famous as the setting for The Sound of Music. Head into the mountains and you can savour some fantastic skiing in the exclusive resort of Lech. Connected to the major resorts in the Arlberg Mountains via a network of lifts, this glitzy mountain town offers the perfect compromise between luxury and adventure. In Graz, Austria’s second largest city, you can immerse yourself in a lively arts scene, while in Salzkammergut, the lake region just east of Salzburg, you can enjoy walking, cycling, and some jaw-dropping scenery.