The country of Austria may bring up visions of luxury skiing vacations in the Alps or expensive gourmet dinners set to live music from Schubert or Mozart, but you may be surprised to learn that one of the country’s major cities is surprisingly affordable: Salzburg.
Set in the western part of the country near the German border and the picture-perfect town of Hallstatt, Salzburg has quite the history. The city was founded in 696 and was part of Bavaria until the 14th century, when it became part of the Holy Roman Empire. It then became part of Bavaria again, then part of the Austrian-Hungary empire, then was annexed by Germany in World War II. It was after WWII that it became part of modern-day Austria.