Once the seat of a might European empire, today Austria is an astonishingly down to earth country that just so happens to abound in elegant architecture, timeless culture and comforting cuisine. The Austrians love their lederhosen, music, art, wine, and most certainly their coffee. With nearly two thirds of their country covered in alpine landscapes that almost obliges you to belt out, "The hills are alive!" they also have a heartfelt appreciation for their open spaces.
With a long tradition of hiking and skiing, it's not surprising that tens of thousands of kilometers of hiking marked hiking trails criss cross the country and that Innsburck was twice the host of the Winter Olympics. Time spent hiking, walking and skiing the broad valleys, rolling hills and hinterlands of Austria can be invigorating, rejuevanting and relaxing all at once.