Bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west，Austria is famous for it's spectacular scenery and fantastic music.
Austria generated a broad contribution to various forms of art, most notably among them music. For a long time , Vienna was an important centre of musical innovation, which began its rise in early 16th century and was focused around instruments.
The sugar-cake baroque church interiors, historic palaces and Gothic masterpieces make Austria an impressive country. Schönbrunn Palace with its 1441 rooms is the absolute highlight, and every little girls' princess dream. The 12th century St. Stephen's Cathedral is the most prominent religious building. And the Mariazell Basilica in Mariazell is one of the country's most visited attractions and an important pilgrimage destination.
Austria's cuisine is derived from that of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austrian cuisine is mainly the tradition of Royal-Cuisine ("Hofküche") delivered over centuries. It is famous for its well-balanced variations of beef and pork and countless variations of vegetables. There is also the "Mehlspeisen" Bakery, which created particular delicacies such as Sachertorte, "Krapfen" which are doughnuts usually filled with apricot jam or custard, and "Strudel" such as "Apfelstrudel" filled with apple, "Topfenstrudel" filled with a type of cheese curd called "topfen", and "Millirahmstrudel" (milk-cream strudel).