Austria is a gem. Think about it as Switzerland without the outrageous expense; Germany without that slight sense of smugness; Italy with a modicum of organisation; France without the French.
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Schloss Wallsee, east of Linz
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Four lesser known highlights of central Austria:

1: Freistadt: a near perfect walled town, close to the Czech border

2: Wallsee: just a village east of Linz, situated high above the Danube and centred around a mysterious, privately owned castle

3: Admont: a beautiful monastery complex, with small town attached, in the stunning scenery of the Gesause National Park

4: St Veit an der Glan: a thriving Carinthian town with a lively main square and a couple of wacky hotels