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March 2020

Why Austria? This smallish landlocked central European nation is quietly offering global lessons in everything from diplomacy to design (not to mention around the dining table). Our dedicated special takes an in-depth looking into everything from its Alpine attractions to entrepreneurial clout and hands-on craft culture. Our journalists unlock everything from how the Habsburg’s changed history to hospitality and fresh lessons for the rest of the world.

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Heart of Europe

Tyler Brûlé introduces our Austria special and reveals what kindled his love for the land.

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The opener

Disputes over Mozart’s chocolate balls, a Viennese editor who never falters and why the Austrian lifestyle is not always as it seems.

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Weighing in

Two mavericks still check the mittel-rifts of Austrians with the scales empire. Christopher Cermak steps on the plate.

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Trapp door

The family that inspired ‘The Sound of Music’ moved to the US to open a hotel. As Tomos Lewis discovers, even away from Austria the hills are still alive.

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Family formula

Almhof Schneider is a fourth-generation hotel in Lech that’s gone from rustic barn to elite destination.

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Sophistication on the slopes

Almhof Schneider combines ski-lodge charm with clever design, from a renovated library with killer views to a carpark inspired by the moon.

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Mix and scratch

Producers Kruder and Dorfmeister enjoy the peace and quiet of their unique HQ.

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Austria for beginners

Need to pass for a local? Look no further than our illuminating line-up of facts and anecdotes about this prolific nation. Just don’t forget to drop in a cheeky innuendo or two for good measure.

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Out with the old

A nation once known for being at the cultural avant garde is reasserting its revolutionary status.

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Leading lights

An unlikely coalition government has put Austria on a new path. And even with an illustrious history to maintain, it is moving with the times.

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Politics

Austria's new "super ministry", a pledge to protect the Arctic and a newly oil-rich nation holds elections.

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Diplomacy

Austria's UK ambassador on life after Brexit, rubbish diplomacy in Canada and Libya's intractable conflict explained.

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Defence

A multi-ethnic memorial in Slovenia, India's new navy and Singapore's growing air force.

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Cities

Croatia's Kvarner Bay in the limelight, Buenos Aires' mayor stands his ground and China's cities experiment with recycling.

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Power points

The mighty Habsburg empire helped to shape the cities, sights and stories of much of present-day Europe. We map four cross-continental sites where its impact has been felt most keenly, from the splendour of its Iberian…

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Empire strikes back

Georg von Habsburg, son of the last crown prince of Austria-Hungary, still identifies as a Central European. And he believes that his family’s legacy is vital to the region.

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Flexible friends

Change is coming to Central Europe as liberal-leaning mayors challenge their more autocratic-minded national governments. And Budapest’s Gergely Karacsony is looking to Vienna for inspiration.

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Growth area

In the small province of Vorarlberg, 26,000 businesses power Austria’s economy. We visit three that flourish among the mountain scenery.

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Business

Business big-hitters, how Austria's retail landscape is evolving and selling tea to coffee lovers in Italy.

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Fresh start

Tyrol’s capital Innsbruck is synonymous with idyllic alpine charm but its enterprising mindset makes it fertile ground for budding businesses and energetic entrepreneurs too.

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Having a ball

Vienna’s world-famous party season has been a feature of life in Austria’s capital for two centuries. We meet the businesses keeping the tradition alive.

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Radio royalty

Its role is changing but Vienna's Funkhaus remains an icon for broadcasting culture and tradition.

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