REASONS TO VISIT AND LOVE AUSTRIA
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To many, Austria is the last bastion of Western Europe, or its first, depending on which way you’re looking from. To me, Austria embodies the greatness of the West but keeps a subtle Southern aroma in the background. And I believe that is true in both form and spirit. Because as modern and European as Austria is, you’ll also find the warmth of the Southern spirit here, albeit in moderate amounts.
When I was younger and strolling Vienna’s streets alone at night, I always got a deep sense of a milder, softer, and more approachable Germany out of it. If German spirit had a dash of Italian chic, well... that’s Austria alright. But just a dash, as the Germanic roots still dominate everything, from social structure to city aesthetics, politics, and even food.
If you happen to enter from the East, you wouldn’t need a border to tell when you’ve crossed over to Austria. It’s remarkable really. The streets are impeccable, the buildings are all well-kept even in small villages nobody hardly visits, the sky is bluer, and the grass is greener. A country that is so neat and put together, it’s hard to choose a highlight reel of but a few places to recommend you’d visit.
Austria is remarkable. All of it. A jewel of a place that managed to outgrow its small size to influence the world forever through prominent names such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, Joseph Haydn, Gustav Klimt, Johann Strauss, and Franz Shubert to name a few. (We don’t talk about Hitler)
The landlocked better half of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is also an exceptional ski destination with countless slopes and high-end facilities swarming with tourists from all over the world in the winter season. From charming villages to the mighty Alps, you can shoot a dart at random at the Austrian map and you’re bound to land on something wonderful to visit.
Most of all, what I love about Austria is the way of life they have invented. Austrians are not as gushy as the Italians or the Spanish, nor are they as grave or distant as the Norwegians, the Swedes, or the Germans. They have the joie de vivre of the French, the impeccable manners of the Germans and their head for science and the Arts, as well as that bulletproof reliability.
You walk the streets of Austria and at no point will you want to be anywhere else.
If you love outdoor activities, look no further. Calin was born and raised in the beautiful region of Transylvania where he fell in love with adventures. Now he wants to show others that you can have fun and be active at the same time. He's also a happy husband and a father of three. Despite that, he maintains his lifestyle, which includes meeting amazing people from around the world while travelling to various destinations. It seems like apart from travel, he's also very good at time management.
- Calin, a Romania based traveler
Travel Writer for TDO
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