“The hills are alive with the Sound of Music…”, everyone knows these vintage lyrics and if you didn’t already know, Salzburg in Austria is where the movie was shot. A charming town where the great musician Mozart lived is a picture perfect town with stunning gardens on the banks of the Danube river. Austria vacation is often combined with Germany because of its close proximity and connections with Eurail / Rail Europe. There are many river cruises which feature Austria on their itineraries and is often the boarding point, take this opportunity to explore this magnificent country, Besides Salzburg, the Tyrol region offers amazing alpine scenery, hikes, mines, green pastures and the shining Swarovski World. The capital Vienna with its Habsburg palaces, gardens and the world famous Sacher torte and coffee & cake culture definitely ranks high in the top cities to visit in Europe. The Christmas Markets of Vienna draws the crowds even in the winter months.