Experience Austria - mountains, Mozart, and so much more... even The Sound of Music

It's very easy to think that there isn't much difference between Austria and Switzerland - they are both German-speaking countries - although a High-German speaker from Frankfurt might wish to take issue with you on that subject -, and of course, they both revel in the most beautiful mountain scenery in winter and in summer. However, in many ways they are very different from each other, despite their shared history going back many centuries to the time of William Tell, and his famous cross-bow shooting exploits.

It's what they have in common, but also what separates them from each other that makes them such a great combination for a two-centre holiday. Austria is a predominantly Catholic country, so the churches are ornately and luxuriously-decorated even in the most remote of mountain villages, whereas Switzerland, especially in the German-speaking Cantons has a Protestant background where the austerity of Calvinism holds sway. This influences not just how the villages look but can also be seen in smaller ways, such as the traditional folklore evenings that you find in many of the villages, especially in the summer months. The Austrian evenings tend to be filled with lively singing and boisterous sessions of thigh-slapping and wood-chopping, where the Swiss evenings are full of much more melancolic close-harmony singing, yodelling, and the mournful, yet beautiful sound of the Alphorn.
The best place to 'compare and contrast' Switzerland and Austria is by taking in a trip that visits the Bodensee (Lake Constance), which straddles the borders of Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The countries also combine beautifully for rail enthusiasts, as both have excellent and highly-efficient rail systems, and also work well for multi-centre self-drive holidays, where you might fly into Zurich, travel through Switzerland, and start your exploration of Austria from Bregenz, and returning from Innsbruck, Salzburg or even Vienna.
With a twin-centre holiday combining Austria and Switzerland, you really are getting the best of both worlds.
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