Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world . You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library ( lending or reference ).
Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nuggat of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s) you like the best.
Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.
Suggestions for fiction that is related to Austria:
Stefan Zweig and Arthur Schnitzler are two famous writers of Vienna of the "fin de siecle" period. Try "The Royal Game" by Zweig and "Hands Around" by Schnitzler. As for modern fiction, Thomas Bernhard's controversial play "Heldenplatz" is a portray of the post-war Austrian society. John Irving's "Setting Free the Bears" is largely set in Vienna. There are detailed review of Austrian fiction available online.