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Around the world in 24 races: Austria

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Stunning views, scenic roads, sumptuous places to stay, together with our Global Luxury Luggage Partner Globe-Trotter, we explore Austria in the run-up to the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Austrian Grand Prix brings speed, style, and incredible scenery to the calendar. The mountains and hills of Austria serve as the perfect backdrop for this race, which was revived in 2014 after a decade-long gap. It takes place at the Red Bull Ring in the southeast of the country. With no German Grand Prix on the calendar, this race takes on even more importance, attracting thousands of spectators from nearby Munich.

Fresh from their respective home races in Canada and Spain, Lance and Fernando arrive in the Styrian hills on the hunt for more points in the World Championship this weekend.

After the F1 exhilaration, what could be better than some alpine exploring or enjoying the high-brow delights of Austria's historic and handsome Habsburg capital? This is your invaluable guide to Austria...

Revel in history

Vienna, the stylish capital city, rewards visitors with monuments, art, and clean, safe streets. The Ritz Carlton, the luxury hotel combining four 19th century palaces, is an obvious choice for flâneurs.

Distrikt and Pastarama offer excellent dining options, and the rooftop bar Atmosphere provides stunning views.

Head to MuseumsQuartier to enjoy art and design aplenty at the various city museums.

For a chic, fun experience, consider staying at 25 Hours Vienna – a small hotel pitched at a young, cool crowd.

How to find joy in the journey?

Austria's lakes, mountains and scenic roads are irresistible. In winter, skiers find their personal paradise at Kitzbuhel, Klosters and the party resorts such as Mayrhofen. During summer, hikers love the long mountain walks and alpine landscapes. Don’t miss the scenic routes like the Villach Alpine Road.

The Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden is the perfect place to unwind, dine and relax. Its spa is a treat after a hard day in the mountains near Salzburg, then head back inside the hotel where sumptuous rooms await.

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What's new in Austria?

Blue Crow Publishing's new Modern Vienna Map is a must-have for architecture enthusiasts visiting the Austrian capital. Vienna boasts stunning modern buildings from Otto Wagner and Zaha Hadid, as well as impressive brutalist churches.

The new Anantara Hotel offers resplendent comfort and top-end service in the heart of the city.

Also new is the Hoxton – bringing a hipster dynamic to the notoriously history-focussed city of Vienna, which actually does have a lot of cool goings on.

And the new Rosewood offers Austrian fare in its great restaurant, the Neue Hoheit Brasserie, including a cracking schnitzel and vegan vegetable tartare. And never forget the brasserie at The Guesthouse, a wonderful spot with a new menu.

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Where should I go next?

The stately capital of Bavaria is just a short hop over the border from Austria. You can revel in the history of the city at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, commissioned by the Kings of Bavaria for their eminent guests to stay in. Adorned with artworks from the Royal palaces, it features a grand cigar room and sophisticated ambience.

Alternatively the cool, fresh Hotel Louis brings the feel of a boutique hotel with exquisite, subtle interior design yet historic nature. The hotel is located on the main food market where asparagus sellers hawk their wares.

While in Munich, explore the English Gardens and watch surfers on the unique river rapids.

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