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Austria Delights Music Lovers

For centuries, Austrians’ passion for music has been heard in tiny town squares, Vienna’s concert halls and Salzburg’s Baroque churches

At the City Hall Music Festival, people drink, munch, and mingle before the opera begins. (Brooke Burdick)
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In Austria, classical music seems to weather the storms of modernity very well. It wouldn’t if the citizens didn’t like it that way.

Rick Steves ( writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. E-mail him at, or write to him c/o P.O. Box 2009, Edmonds, WA 98020.

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Rick Steves is a travel writer and television personality. He coordinated with Smithsonian magazine to produce a special travel issue Travels with Rick Steves.

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