Once the pinnacle of high culture thanks to the Hapsburg's bottomless coffers, Austria has retained a fabulous clutch of theatres and concert halls, the fanciest of which are in big cities like Vienna and Salzburg. Classical music remains huge, with Austrian legends such as Mozart, Strauss, Haydn and Schubert headlining repertoires. You’ll also find edgier live-music venues in most cities. Book tickets in advance or try for last-minute, standing-room-only bargains.