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Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, is one of the prettiest palaces in Europe

When it comes to European history, you can bet that Austria has been at the center of it. Once part of the Habsburg dynasty, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, this small country has had an out-sized impact on European events. From wars (essentially starting World War I with Serbia) to geopolitics (the country frequently hosts high-level negotiations under the sponsorship of the United Nations), Austria has been in the midst of it all.

Visitors to Austria will discover incredible architecture, magnificent gardens and one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. Throughout the Austrian Alps, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to keep visitors busy: skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. In the cities, Austrians practically define high culture. Vienna is one of the most rarefied cities in the world – and one of the most livable. Salzburg is one of the most charming travel destinations anywhere in the world.

Vegetables on display at Vienna's Naschmarkt

Lunchtime at the Naschmarkt in Vienna

This photo essay takes you on a tour through Vienna’s Naschmarkt, a food market teeming with amazing ingredients and varied international restaurants where you can enjoy a glass of Austria’s finest or nosh on Asian food. So good.

Statue of Mozart in Salzburg, Austria

Mozart’s Salzburg

On our second day in Salzburg, we woke up and had breakfast at our hotel, the Hotel Am Dom. They had a nice little breakfast and were very accommodating for us. We checked out of the hotel, but they allowed us to store our bags for the day. We walked down to the river and …

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View of the Dom, the Salzburg Cathedral, from the hills above the city

Wintery Day in Salzburg, Austria

We got up late from our hotel in Munich and took a the Railjet train to Salzburg. This high-speed train connects Munich with Budapest and I kind of wished we were travelling on to Hungary. I had previously been to Salzburg in the summer of 1995, but this was Laura’s first time to Austria. Salzburg, like …

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