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Austria - Basic Facts

Parade in Innsbruck

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Magic Mountain, Semmering

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Reedsee Lake, Gastein

Area: 83,858 km² Population: 8.2 million Capital: Vienna Language: German is spoken as a first language by 98% of the Austrian population. English is by far the leading second language in the educational system and is widely spoken.

Visa: Austria is one of the Schengen states, so travellers to Austria must apply for a Schengen Visa. Telephone numbers of local Austrian

Topography: Austria combines a truly unique variety of landscapes, climatic

Embassies are:

conditions and flora. Austria’s landscapes range from the peaks of the Alps

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to hill country and plains. Its highest mountain is the Grossglockner (3,797

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metres / 12,530 feet). Its longest river is the Danube, which flows through

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Austria for a length of 350 kilometres (220 miles). There are about 9,000

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lakes in Austria, of which 5,000 are natural and 4,000 are man-made. Rail travel: The Austrian Federal Railways operates a total network Climate: At a latitude of 42° north, the climate is moderate and

stretching over 5,800 kilometres. Trains are generally on time and of a

generally agreeable. In summer the temperature ranges from 15ºC (night)

very high standard, with carriages available in 1st and 2nd class. There are

to 27ºC (day).

frequent direct connections serving Austrian cities and connections to all neighbouring countries.

How to get there: Austria can easily be reached by plane. Austrian Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways and China Air (from Abu Dhabi) all

Car hire: Facilities are available at all international airports in larger cities

operate direct services between Vienna and the Gulf. Munich Airport is

and at most of the major railway stations.

well connected to every major city in the Middle East. From Munich the trip to Austria takes 1½ hours by bus or train.

More information: www.austria.info

Email: info@austria.info Austria. You’ve arrived!


Introduction

Zell am See

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Hochosterwitz, Carinthia

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Waterfall at Golling

A Perfect Holiday “Austria can take pride in its outstanding natural beauty and spectacular scenery; crystal clear lakes with drinking quality water, surrounded by deep green hills and magnificent mountains. Wooded hills rising out of lush farmland, Alpine peaks reaching for the sky, peaceful pastures and quaint villages resting at their feet as well as many vineyards, ancient castles and grand abbeys. The towns are as varied as the landscape; beautiful cities with architectural sites from the last four centuries, narrow, cobblestone lanes, wide squares, market towns that have barely changed since the Middle Ages, mountain villages with neat little houses, and flowers overflowing from their balconies. Austria’s rich musical and cultural heritage has over the years produced an array of internationally acclaimed opera, theatre and music festivals

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throughout the year. Every January, the Mozart Festival is held in Salzburg; Dr. Petra Stolba, CEO Austrian National Tourist Office

Austria. You’ve arrived!

May/June sees the Vienna Festival while in July/August, the Salzburger Festspiele and Bregenz Festival, held on a floating stage on Lake Constance,


Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna

Introduction

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Grossglockner

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Salzburg

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Alpine pasture near Annaberg SalzburgerLand

are not to be missed. The Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, the Schubertiade

Finally, do not forget to experience the Austrian ‘Gemütlichkeit’! Meet the

Festival in Vorarlberg and various Palace Concerts in Innsbruck round off

locals – either in pastry shops, coffeehouses, beer gardens, wine taverns,

the season.

restaurants or in one of the alpine huts. Savour the warm welcome and

The Austrian Alps provide the perfect stage and setting for either a truly

cosiness of our luxury hotels, neatly kept apartments, family run inns and

relaxing or a more active holiday experience. The several hundred lakes

atmospheric bed & breakfast places and camp sites and sample a truly

spread throughout the country convert to water sports eldorados during July

varied selection of superb local dishes. Wherever you go and whatever

and August with water temperatures regularly reaching up to 25ºC. Gentle

you do – you will soon realise that it is the Austrian people that make the

rolling hills invite pleasurable walks and the breathtaking alpine peaks with

difference: Austria welcomes you!”

hundreds of marked hiking trails will make you forget the hectic pace of everyday life and let you experience the holiday of a lifetime. Golfers will

Yours,

want to play some of more than 140 wonderfully manicured courses that

Dr. Petra Stolba

Austria offers. Have you ever thought of getting pampered in one of the many Austrian spas with state-of-the-art facilities and professional staff that offer many wellness and relaxation programmes? Like most things in Austria, they offer exceptional value for money!

More information: www.austria.info

Email: info@austria.info Austria. You’ve arrived!


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