Relatively small when compared to its neighbours Germany and Italy, Austria is famous for its breath-taking mountain vistas and its world-beating skiing. Hotels in Austria are never boring, often benefiting greatly from both the views and the wide selection of winter sports. The nation, in various forms, dates back many years although it has only existed in its current political state since 1955. Its history is one of empire and war, but its present is truly tranquil. Enjoy cool sunny summers in the hills and mountains of the Alps, visit its enduringly beautiful capital Vienna. Or, wait until winter and see some of the world's premier ski resorts.