“The hills are alive with the sound of music,” Julie Andrews sang in the classic film The Sound of Music. Classical music certainly goes hand in hand with stunning natural landscapes in Austria, the stunning mountainous country situated in the Alps. Uncover the beauty of Austria’s highlands by traversing the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, one of Europe’s most scenic routes on the highest mountain in the country. On your bespoke holiday to Austria, learn to dance the waltz or immerse yourself in the familiar tunes of Mozart, Schubert and other famous Austrian musicians in grand theatres dating back to the time of the Habsburgs.
In Salzburg, seek out Mozart’s home and the filming sites of The Sound of Music, or revisit the dark ages of the Second World War at a concentration camp and the Eagle’s Nest that once belonged to Adolf Hitler. On a brighter note, visit quaint villages in the scenic Lake District and indulge in Austrian wine at vineyards in Wachau Valley – two of five must-dos in Austria. Coffee drinking is a national pastime, so just pop by a café for a cuppa when you need a break from sightseeing.