From Habsburg grandeur and high culture to lush Alpine pastures and snow-capped mountains, a hotel break in Austria opens up a world of contrasts.

Famous for both its pristine Alpine beauty and its former imperial glory, Austria offers a wealth of holiday activities for nature lovers and culture buffs alike. Whether it’s a long bike ride along the Danube, skiing or snowboarding at one of the many world-class ski resorts or a picturesque hike along the country’s extensive network of walking trails, a hotel break in Austria is a paradise for fans of the Great Outdoors. However, Austria also offers many exciting urban destinations with a range of city accommodation to suit every budget, from grand fin-de-siècle hotels to quirky, affordable hostels. One of the world's great capitals of art and culture, Vienna is a vibrant and constantly-evolving modern metropolis where visitors can soak up the fabled café culture in one of the opulent coffeehouses, admire the splendour of Habsburg architectural gems or explore the attractions of the remarkable Museumsquartier, which is the eighth largest cultural area in the world. Other attractions in Austria include the lively university city of Salzburg, which combines a vibrant nightlife and excellent restaurant scene with the fairytale beauty of its UNESCO-protected Old Town and medieval Hohensalzburg Castle, as well as the charming Tyrolean capital Innsbruck, which is often used as a gateway to the local ski resorts, but is fast becoming a tourist attraction in its own right.