I’m a big fan of Austria. Similar to Switzerland for its views but a lot less expensive. Good beer (think Steigl) and food. Nice people. Great climate for a full 4 seasons. Tranquil and peaceful.
You’ve got a number of well known cities (Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck) but getting into the valleys and to an alpine town gives you all of what Austria has to offer.
Here’s a short photo essay from my trip to Austria this past August:
And into the Achental Valley…