Eastern Austria is home to the Danube Valley, the most populous area of the country and an area of bustling social activity.
Vienna is one of the few cities where relaxing and 'people-watching' can be called actively engaging in the local scene. The coffeehouse culture is integral to Vienna, and there's no better way to go native than to visit any of the city's elegant but casual establishments where the locals eat, read, argue, gamble or discuss the news of the day.
For a more upscale activity, visit during the winter (from January through March) and you have arrived in the midst of the ball (think Cinderella) season. You won't have to look hard to find a lavish old-world celebration of the dance made famous by favorite son Johan Strauss.
Venture to nearby Klosterneuberg to visit one of the oldest monasteries known to man. The abbey dates to 1114 and still performs pastoral duties as well as serving as a cultural landmark for the area.
Spend your time in Eastern Austria in one of the smartly appointed cottages where you can adjourn with a bottle collected during the day's travels, or awaken to a local tea or cup of joe.
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