Located in central Europe, Austria is a landlocked country bordered by Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. The country was a center of power in Europe at the time when it was ruled by the mighty Habsburgs. Although today it is relegated to being a minor player in the European Union, vacations in Austria offer some of the most impressive destinations on the continent. The region has developed a strong lodging industry offering accommodations such as hotels, Austria vacation rentals, and Austria vacation homes.
The capital, Vienna, was once the citadel of the Habsburgs who ruled the country for over 600 years. Austria is an architectural gem and a center of music from the medieval times making it a great place for all the Austria vacation homes. The Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and the adjoining Augustinian Church are two of the marvels of architecture. Other notable sights in Vienna worth leaving your cozy Austria vacation rentals for include the Museum of Fine Arts, Belvedere Palace and the Sigmund Freud Museum. The southern city of Graz, with its UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, has a very relaxed, Mediterranean flair. It is situated on the sunny side of the Alps and offers an exciting architectural mix between old (winding lanes and the remains of a castle) and new (Kunsthaus gallery with its blue bubble and an artificial island in the river) both created for Cultural Capital of Europe recently.