Austria prepares to celebrate the festive season with Christmas markets

With 'Views to Kill', its no wonder the former Bond actor, Sir Roger Moore couldn't resist attending the opening of the Christmas market in Henndorf, Austria, with his wife Christina Kiki Tholstrup this November.

But not only the tiny town of Henndorf outside Salzburg is getting ready to celebrate. Welcoming the start of the festive period, Christmas markets are opening all over the country, from the capital of Vienna, to the towering mountains of Kitzbühel in the Austrian Tyrol or Linz, capital of Upper Austria.

With twinkling strands of decorations lighting up the streets and rivers of cities and towns, you'll be content to wander with a cup of spiced mulled wine right into the evening, taking in the festive air as you go.

But in the Alpine regions, where glaciers glisten with snow and summits reach 3000 metres high, the winter magic is transformed into an experience all the more lively. And for making the most out of Austria's stunning lanscapes what better way to view the countryside than to put on a pair of skis and slide down slopes ranked among the best in Europe.

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