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Austria

Austria
The Essential
Austria, depicted by ice-capped peaks, translucent lakes, dark forests, medieval forts and fairy tale castles, is truly a picture postcard!
In winter, the country is particularly appreciated by skiers for its alpine resorts in the Arlberg and Tyrol, such as St. Anton im Arlberg, Kitzbühel and the exclusive Lech. Come summertime, nature lovers head for the icy lakes of Salzkammergut and Carinthia, mountain-biking in Voralberg, hiking on the gentle slopes of Lake Constance or exploring the wonderful valley of Wachau, along the course of the Danube.
The cities of Graz, Salzburg and Innsbruck are all worth a detour. Their streets are lined in Baroque edifices and it is a delight to take a seat in one of the cafés or pastry shops that grace all the main squares to taste the traditional flavour of this country. We could not of course forget Vienna and its fabulous artistic heritage. However, don't be misled by appearances: the majestic Habsburg capital is well and truly in the 21C and proud of its contemporary architecture, avant-garde design industry and clubbing scene!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Austria

Museum of Fine Art Museum of Fine Art
Museum of Fine Art
Wien
3:00
The Kaunertal The Kaunertal
The Kaunertal
5:00
Wachau Wachau
Wachau
Melk
5:00
Salzkammergut Salzkammergut
Salzkammergut
5:00
Grossglockner High Alpine Route Grossglockner High Alpine Route
Grossglockner High Alpine Route
Zell-am-See
Schönbrunn Castle Schönbrunn Castle
Schönbrunn Castle
Wien
2:00

Our reports

the strange destiny of the Wiener Schnitzel

Just like Strauss’s waltzes, the Viennese cutlet – or Wiener Schnitzel – has come to symbolize the Austrian capital. A strange fate for a veal cutlet that actually originated in Italy.
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Ötztal (Tyrol): one valley, 3 resorts, 3 different styles

Situated 60km by motorway from Innsbruck, Öztal is a deep, 50 km long valley which descends towards Italy. In spite of the construction of the Timmelsjoch road which opened the Ötztal valley to the sunny slopes of Italy, the road is closed in winter and the valley withdraws into itself. The only thing left to do is get your skis on!
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