The very word Austria conjures up intoxicating images of this resplendent Eastern European country: rugged Alpine terrain, grandiose Imperial architecture, endless outdoor adventure. From atop its jagged snowy peaks to the ground floors of its world-class museums, Austria dazzles visitors every inch of the way. History and architecture buffs thrill to the Imperial palaces, imposing fortresses, and baroque churches dripping with age and lore. Art lovers swoon in venues such as Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, founded to show off the Habsburgs’ lavish art collection. Music fanatics waltz in the footsteps of Austria’s composer sons—Mozart and Haydn, to name only two—and, of course, on Salzburg’s Sound of Music tour! And outdoor enthusiasts agree that Austria’s varied landscapes—from Olympics-worthy ski slopes and wild rafting rapids to verdant forest trails and winding cycling routes—scratch every adrenaline itch. And when each glorious day is done, refuel and revel in the ambient cafés and restaurants that line every festive square and cobbled street across the land.