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Austria may be a small country, but it isn’t lacking in attractions, natural beauty or things to do. From the magnificent Alps to the grandeur of Vienna, to its wine country and quaint medieval towns, there’s enough variety here to justify at least a couple of visits. Many of the thousands of visitors who choose Austria as their holiday destination spend their time concentrating on a particular region of the country in order to more fully enjoy what it has to offer.

Vienna is the country’s capital, and often the starting-off point for tours of Austria. The city itself was built as an imperial capital, and as the seat of the Habsburg dynasty, everything here was executed on a grand scale. Buildings dating from that time include the Hofburg Schönbrunn and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. In addition to palaces and museums, visitors will find numerous fin-de-siècle cafés staffed by tuxedoed waiters, the elegant Vienna State Opera and nightlife venues that offer a range of music from classical to techno.

Salzburg is noted for its music and Baroque architecture. The Altstadt, or Old City, boasts the greatest concentration of Baroque structures to be found anywhere in Austria. Overlooking the Altstadt, the Hohensalzburg fortress is without doubt the country’s most impressive castle dating from the medieval period. This was the birthplace of Mozart and is home to the annual Salzburg Festival, which is considered one of the top celebrations of classical music in the world.

Innsbruck ranks as a top destination, particularly for fans of winter sports. It’s also known for its vibrant nightlife and medieval architecture. There are lots of historical attractions of interest here, including the Alstadt, the Baroque Eggenberg Palace and the fine art collections of the Landesmuseum Joanneum.

3 million Germans killed after VE Day

by JamesBacque

Giles MacDonogh is a bon viveur and a historian of wine and gastronomy, but in this book, pursuing his other consuming interest - German history - he serves a dish to turn the strongest of stomachs. It makes particularly uncomfortable reading for those who compare the disastrous occupation of Iraq unfavourably to the post-war settlement of Germany and Austria.
MacDonogh argues that the months that followed May 1945 brought no peace to the shattered skeleton of Hitler's Reich, but suffering even worse than the destruction wrought by the war

OH Tea Party/GOP candiate admires SS division

by rewinn

Rich Iott, the Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio's 9th District, and a Tea Party favorite ... for years donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments.
"The actual Wiking unit has a history as grisly as that of other Nazi divisions. In her book "The Death Marches of Hungarian Jews Through Austria in the Spring of 1945," Eleonore Lappin, the noted Austrian historian, writes that soldiers from the Wiking division were involved in the killing of Hungarian Jews in March and April 1945, before surrendering to American forces in Austria.
"What you often hear is that the [Wiking] division was never formally accused of anything, but that's kind of a dodge," says Prof

Hans Hollein dies, aged 80  — Vienna Times
.. are then eager to place within their walls works of art from his hand, whether in the form of drawings, collages, or sculpture".

İstanbul Baroque Festival marks 20th year in May  — Today's Zaman
The İstanbul Baroque Ensemble and soloists of the Austrian Baroque Consort will be on stage again for the third and the last performance of the festival on May 8 at the Austrian Culture Office in Yeniköy.

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