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The mountains make it, but there’s certainly more to Austria than its alpine landscape. The cities are also places of great beauty and each boasts a medley of food, ideas and art sure to satisfy the most ravenous of cultural travellers.
Vienna is its heartbeat, and a city that is both cutting edge and deeply tied to its empirical roots – no more so than during Ball Season, when the city hosts hundreds of formal high-society galas. Vienna’s cvibrancy is due, in part, to the ruling and highly regarded intelligentsia, none more famous than the late Sigmund Freud, whose home office is one of Austria’s most popular attractions. So feast your eyes on Klimt’s gold-leaf paintings, gorge on game meats and cheese spätzle (noodles), then take to the couch for a bout of psychoanalysis.