Vienna's Ringstrasse is almost as gracious now as it was when it opened in 1865.
There's a good reason why Vienna often features near the top of Most Liveable City lists.
As if they weren't enough trouble while they were alive, long-dead expressionist artists Egon Schiele and his mentor Gustav Klint were recently stirring up trouble on London's underground.
The anticipation is palpable as we tread the red carpet to board the Majestic Imperator.
When you think of Salzburg, you think of The Sound of Music - not Christopher Plummer carrying 'that bloody fat child up the mountain'.
Signing up for a cycling tour justifies another slice of strudel or Sachertorte, doesn't it?
Vienna has topped the world's most livable city list for the ninth consecutive year.
High art and imperial history make Vienna a capital of culture, but that doesn't make visiting a chore.
Renowned as the birthplace of classical music, Austria is a country of culture and striking beauty. Spectacular snow-capped mountains reflected in deep blue lakes become a skiing mecca in winter, and in summer attract hikers, cyclists and swimmers. Year-round, innovative cuisine sets it apart from its Swiss neighbours; and a sense of grandeur belies the Austrian cheeky demenour, as one visit to Salzburg's trick fountains sum up.