intertwined, creating a unique Alpine vibe. Take in the medieval Old
Town, with its maze of lanes hiding cafés, shops and galleries, and in
the afternoon enjoy the views 2,000m up - a cable car will whisk you
high into the mountains from the heart of the city in just 20 minutes.
Just 25 miles north-east of Innsbruck lies the dramatic Zillertal
Valley, where a healthy, happy time is guaranteed. Hailed as Austria's
best bike region, with 500 miles of marked routes at varying altitudes,
the mountains are dotted with eight cable cars. A popular resort
within the network is Wildschönau, where impressive mountain
scenery is the backdrop to a number of attractions, including the
highly regarded Z'Bach mountain farming museum. You'll nd the
typical Tyrolean friendly hospitality, and don't forget to try the local
speciality, 'Tiroler Knödel', a delicious dumpling made with local ham.
The perfect combination of city life, mountain air, and stunning
scenery - Austria has something for everyone.
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centre of Linz - the ideal way to work o� a slice of Linzer Torte, the
famous lattice-topped, jam- lled treat that dates to the early 1800s.
Graz, in the south-east of Austria, has plenty to o� er foodies,
too. The country's second-largest city bears the nickname 'Austria's
delicatessen', and is teeming with restaurants, co� ee houses, wine
bars, farmers' markets and food festivals. Try some local wine - Graz
is located in the Styrian region, which specialises in zippy, racy white
wines (Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay), and elegant, fruity reds
(Pinot Noir). The historic Old Town is the perfect starting point to
wander around and take in the sights and enticing smells. And
don't forget to check out Graz's most recognisable landmark - the
Kunsthaus (art museum), dubbed by locals as 'the friendly alien'.
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No visit to Austria would be complete without seeing Salzburg,
a UNESCO-recognised city full of baroque architecture, and the
birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But in 2014, a di� erent
composer will take centre stage, as the city marks the 150th birthday
of Richard Strauss, co-founder of the renowned Salzburg Festival.
Finally, the city of Innsbruck is well known among skiing fans,
but it has plenty to o� er the summer visitor. Located in the heart
of the Tyrolean Alps, city life and mountain culture are irrepressibly
Clockwise from main image: the dramatic Zillertal near Innsbruck; delicious Linzer Torte;
sampling the local wines in Graz; Linz, situated on the banks of the Danube, is a hotbed of
modern art and technology; the annual Lange Tafel ('long table') open-air dinner in Graz