Austria works well, lacks both petty thieves and local people – the population is as little as 8 million – and has a fine collection of wonderful old towns and reach-for-the-sky mountains with easy access by road or rail from Austria as well as much of Europe.
Tourists gape at the massed gothic and baroque relics scattered around cities, especially Vienna, and line up for concerts scored by old Viennese – Mozart, Strauss, Brahms and Beethoven. . .
Museums are well presented and encyclopedic, the climate is comfortably warm in summer and acceptably cool in winter, permitting year-round activities, especially summer hiking and winter skiing.