Discovery

A travel in Austria will bring you on the traces of Mozart, Beethoven, Freud or Sissi. Visit Vienna and its Baroque architecture, its Opera and its imperial palace and let allure itself by Salzburg, town of birth of Mozart where the classical music is famous. Leave on a tour of the area the Tyrol at the time of your stay downtown Austria, its alpine tops and of Innsbruck for the winter sports. Or fill with wonder at the time of a cruising along the beautiful blue Danube in order to cross the history of Europe in an original way.

Identity

In full heart of Europe, Austria is given an exceptional heritage, as well at the architectural level as musical. Often victim of stereotypes, which it would like anchored in an obsolete past dominated by the romantic image of Sissi, the main asset of this country to the thousand facets remains before all its natural environment which allures the sporting-men with the great outdoors and of excursion. These superb alpine landscapes are indeed the occasion to initiate themselves with the joys of the ski or to discover charming mountain villages with picturesque architecture. The visitors come to Austria to take a marvellous breath of fresh air, in the middle of the incredible lakes and mountainous solid masses of the country.

But Austria, it is also a single architecture, where the baroque castles strew the meadows and give to the various areas of the country an air of fairy tale. Great cultural destination, Austria is also the cradle of a classical music always appreciated today, with in particular Salzburg which had the honor to see being born large Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In Vienna, capital with the multiple colors and the classical architecture, one goes on the steps of Sissi, and one would almost believe to see its fits with body or his horse with the corner of an imperial palace. This prestigious last and these characters of great scale also contribute to define Austria: a ground where the great minds marked the history of the world and arts, and which knew to preserve alive the traces of its fabulous last.

Culture & Traditions

MUSIC

Many musicians and other composers were attracted by Vienna between 17th and the 19th century. Very famous Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, and passed most of his life to Austria. He will compose one there his more famous operas, the Magic Flute. Today still, of many musical institutions, as the Orchestra philarmonic of Vienna are recognized in the whole world for their interpretation and their prestige.

ARCHITECTURE

It is as by architecture as Austria was essential in Europe. Starting with the Austrian baroque, which knew its apogee during the 17th century. Many are the buildings which will profit from the gleaming colors and impressive gildings of this single style. Later, the baroque will be replaced in Austria by the rococo, a style which will not always win unanimous support, but will astonish by its great subtlety. This art of the pretence is always quite visible in the Austrian cities.

THE BALLS VIENNESE

With more than 400 balls between January and March, and some 300,000 amateurs come from the whole world, Vienna is without question the capital of the waltz and refinement. The secrecy of this single tradition in the world, goes back to the 18th century with the wearing of masks and of costumes by the aristocracy which were found at the time of private evenings, before spectators are not invited to the meetings of dance and perpetuate them in their turn.

SISSI THE EMPRESS

Born duchess from Bavaria, it is in 1854 that Élisabeth de Wittelsbach known as “Sissi” became empress of Austria in 1867 then queen of Hungary. Girl of the duke Maximilien and the Ludovika princess of Bavaria, Sissi is impassioned of horse riding, poetry and walks in forest. It is in 1853, which the emperor of Austria François-Joseph, fell in love with Elisabeth and married it in 1854. From this love was born three girls and a boy. After a life filled of political obligations and melancholy, the empress was assassinated in Geneva, in 1898 by an Italian anarchist.

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VIENNA
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