Snowy peaks and idyllic mountain valleys, blue lakes and green Alpine pastures, expansive plains along the River Danube, vineyards and gently rolling hills: the scenery of Austria is truly fascinating and diverse. Castles and palaces, monasteries and churches, proud farmsteads and ultramodern edifices tell of the grand past and exciting presence of the former imperial and royal monarchy. The Vienna Boys` Choir, the Salzburg Festspiele and the famous state opera house in Vienna are manifestations of an unusally rich arts scene, with plenty of famous ski resorts to quicken the pulse of the keen winter sports fanatic. Austrian „Gemütlichkeit“ is guaranteed at the country`s many wine taverns, pubs and renowned coffee houses.
Over 350 photos portray Austria and ist fascinating landscapes, cities and villages in all their diversity. Six specials focus on the age-old dynasty of the Hapsburgs, the musical city of Vienna, the baroque monasteries of the Danube, the mountains of the Hohe Tauern, the culinary delights of Austria and the country`s many achievements in contemporary architecture.
AUSTRIA – Between the traditional and the modern
VIENNA – a big City with a big heart
THE EAST – Lower Austria and the Burgenland
SALZBURG & UPPER AUSTRIA – on the Salzach, Danube and Inn
CARINTHIA & STYRIA – the sunny borders of the south
THE WEST – Tyrol and Vorarlberg
Culture, commerce and Catholicism – 600 years of the Hapsburgs
An exquisite culture – Vienna, the city of music
From Melk to Klosterneuburg – baroque monasteries on the Danube
To the highest peaks – Großglockner and Hohe Tauern
Schnitzel, Schinken and Schlutzkrapfen – Austria`s culinary quirks
Pioneers of modern architecture