At the heart of Central Europe, Austria’s spectacular mountain ranges and towering forests offer up scenes of rare beauty, and towns and cities which beautifully embody traditional Austrian culture and history. Avalon river cruises on the Danube explore seven of Austria’s riverside towns and cities including Vienna, Austria’s elegant capital. Explore the majestic ringstrasse to see the impressive Vienna Opera house, the lavish Hofburg Palace, and grand St Stephens Cathedral. Avalon cruises on the Danube also visit Linz, Austria’s third largest city, where Mozart composed his famed Linzer Symphony; and Salzburg, where the iconic composer was born. Set against a spectacular Alpine mountain backdrop, Salzburg has a fascinating history and a picturesque hilltop castle perched above tranquil cobbled streets lined with splendid baroque architecture. From the glorious Wachau Valley and its enchanting tapestry of terraced vineyards and quaint hamlets, to its elegant cities and arresting mountain backdrop, Austria is a visual banquet.