From Alpine castles and lakes to winter sports, Austria is famed for its beautiful mountain scenery and rich history as the heart of the Habsburg Empire. Combined with its cultural claim as the home and birthplace of classical music, these assets provide Austria with a rich mystique for visitors. Winter sports enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, with resorts, such as Saint Anton am Arlberg and Zell am See, dotted across the country from the western tip bordering Liechtenstein to the outskirts of Vienna in the east. Few Austrian towns are more than an hour's drive from the slopes. Music lovers may be drawn to Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg or to the Vienna State Opera in the capital. Architecture lovers will appreciate Vienna's palaces and the stunningly located Hochosterwitz Castle, while the Hohenwerfen Fortress should appeal to all ages with medieval reenactments and a variety of activities.