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Austria Travel Guide

by our Austria expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad FreethyMountains and music says it all perhaps. But what mountains and what musicians! Even Beethoven, who was not Austrian, chose to live for many years in Vienna. Austria may now seem a politically unassuming European country but reminders of the mighty Habsburg Empire abound. Vienna itself, of course, was often a turning point in world history; but for today’s visitor, sipping coffee and devouring sacher torte on its elegant strasses, it is home to wonderful architecture and great music. To which Salzburg would retort that it was their city that produced Mozart, with the Festival being a highlight of the world’s musical year. And then the mountains. Sun-warmed Tyrolean pastures in summer, exhilarating skiing in winter; and if you go as the seasons change you can enjoy one of the many local festivities to mark the cattle’s coming down or Spring ascent. Even for non-skiers the excitement of World Cup racing at Kitzbuhel is stunning (or just sit in crisp Alpine sun and enjoy the gluhwein). Oh and at St Johan they have a street festival when 18 innkeepers provide 22,000 dumplings in 23 different flavours.

Austria Facts

National Flag: Austrian Flag
Language(s): German
Currency: Euro
Capital city: Vienna
Total Area: 83,871 km2
Population: 8,340,924
Dialling Code: +43
Time Zone: GMT + 1
Tourism Website:
http://www.austria.info


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FCO Travel Advice for Austria

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