Austria Tour – Welcome to Austria
Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria’s status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria’s independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country’s “perpetual neutrality” as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. Following the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 and Austria’s entry into the European Union in 1995, some Austrians have called into question this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.
The official name is the Republic of Austria. The official language is German. However, other languages including Serbian, Turkish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, and English are spoken in limited areas. The official currency is the Euro. The majority of the religious people within the country are Roman Catholic.
Its capital city is Vienna, a city with a combination of high class locations and laid back activities. From elegant concert halls to extravagant museums and wine taverns to verdant woods, Vienna has an eclectic array of opportunities to explore life- past and present.
Salzburg has so much to see that tourists need to plan ahead. This city is home to some of the finest fountains, churches, chocolate bars, plazas, and museums.
Eisriesenwelt Caves are colossal ice caves that are accessible and open to the public. However, admittance into the caves is regulated by seventy-five minute tours that are mandatory. The tour is worth it though as you get to see intricate ice formations, a number of large caverns, and frozen waterfalls.
Hohe Tauern National Park, one of the largest parks in Europe, includes Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, Austria’s tallest mountain. Krimml Falls is also worth a visit due to the existence of three levels of falls that become frozen in the winter.
AUSTRIA TOUR – ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
If you intend to stay no longer than 3 months, you will need a valid passport to enter Austria. Otherwise you may require a visa. See http://www.bmaa.gv.at/ four up-to-date information!
And when using credit cards, take care to prevent identity theft, just as you would whenever traveling.
The ideal Austria tour …
On your next visit to Austria, tour the countryside…
Wherever you go in Austria, tour to your heart’s content, no matter your desires…
Austria Tour – www.austria.info/austria/austria-tour.html
Austria is a landlocked country in Europe and is surrounded by seven nations. The wall of mountains which runs across the centre of the country dominates the scenery. In the warm summers tourists come to walk in the forests and mountains and in the cold winters skiers come to the mountains which now boast over 70 ski resorts.
Agriculture in Austria is based on small farms, many of which are run by single families. Dairy products, beef and lamb from the hill farms contribute to exports. More than 38% of Austria is covered in forests, resulting in the paper making industry near Graz. Unemployment is very low in Austria and its low strike record has attracted multi national companies in recent years. Attatchment to local customs is still strong and in rural areas men still wear lederhosen and the women the traditional dirndl skirt on feast days and holidays.
Austria Tour: Austria – fact and info
- Geographic coordinates: 47 20 N, 13 20 E
- Area: 83,870 sq km
- Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
- Climate: temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and snow in mountains; moderate summers with occasional showers
- Population: 8,192,880
- Ethnic groups: Austrians 91.1%, former Yugoslavs 4% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Serbs, and Bosniaks), Turks 1.6%, German 0.9%, other or unspecified 2.4% (2001 census)
- Religions: Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 4.7%, Muslim 4.2%, other 3.5%, unspecified 2%, none 12% (2001 census)
- Languages: German (official nationwide), Slovene (official in Carinthia), Croatian (official in Burgenland), Hungarian (official in Burgenland)
- Capital city: Vienna
- National holiday: 26 October (1955); note – commemorates the State Treaty restoring national sovereignty and the end of occupation and the passage of the law on permanent neutrality
- Internet country code: .at
- International Country Calling Code: 43
- Currency: euro (EUR)
- web sites: www.austria.org