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. The Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 and Austria’s entry into the EU in 1995 have altered the meaning of this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.

Tourism Information...
The Best of Austria...
Austrias Most Popular Sights...

Here is a list of some of the most interesting and visited places. Cities or areas listed will always have more than just one thing see and do. With the popular cities or areas we list some of the best known, which should go on everyone’s, must see list when they visit.  

  • Danube Wachau Valley
  • Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave – Tenneck
  • Halstatt
  • Grossglockner Alpine Road – Ferleiten
  • Hochosterwitz Castle – Launsdorf
  • Hohenwerfen Castle – Werfen
  • Innsbruck
  • Krems
  • Melk Abbey
  • Salzburg
    • Alstadt
    • Hohensalzburg Fortress
    • Mirabell Palace & Gardens
  • St. Anton am Alberg
  •  Schafberg
  •  Seefeld
  •  Vienna
    • Albertina Museum
    • Schloß Belvedere
    • Hofburg Imperial Palace
    • Museum Quartier
    • Rathausplatz
    • Schloß Schönbrunn
    • Spanish Riding School
    • State Opera
    • St. Stephan’s Cathedral
  • Zell am See

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Lower Austria
Upper Austria


Country Information...
Capital  Vienna
Largest City  Vienna
Government Federal Parliamentary Republic
Currency Euro (€)
Area total: 83,871km2 ranked 107th water: 1,426 km2 land: 82,445 km2
Population 8,711,770 (July 2016 est.) ranked 95th
Language German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in South Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3% (2001 est.)
Ethnic Groups Austrians 91.1%, former Yugoslavs 4% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Serbs, and Bosniaks), Turks 1.6%, Germans 0.9%, other or unspecified 2.4% (2001 census)
Religion Catholic 73.8% (includes Roman Catholic 73.6%, other Catholic 0.2%), Protestant 4.9%, Muslim 4.2%, Orthodox 2.2%, other 0.8% (includes other Christian), none 12%, unspecified 2% (2001 est.)
Electricity 230V, 50Hz (European plug)
Country code +43
Internet TLD .at
Time Zone CET (UTC+1)
Drives on the Right
Anthem “Land der Berge, Land am Strome”  (German) Land of Mountains, Land by the River
President Alexander Van der Bellen
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
Holidays and Observances in Austria in 2020
Date   Name Type Details
Jan 1 Wednesday New Year’s Day National holiday  
Jan 6 Monday Epiphany National holiday  
Mar 19 Thursday Saint Joseph’s Day State holiday Carinthia, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg
Mar 20 Friday March Equinox Season  
Mar 29 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  
Apr 5 Sunday Palm Sunday Observance  
Apr 10 Friday Good Friday Observance  
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance  
Apr 13 Monday Easter Monday National holiday  
May 1 Friday Labor Day / May Day National holiday  
May 4 Monday Saint Florian’s Day State holiday Upper Austria
May 21 Thursday Ascension Day National holiday  
May 31 Sunday Whit Sunday Observance  
Jun 1 Monday Whit Monday National holiday  
Jun 11 Thursday Corpus Christi National holiday  
Jun 20 Saturday June Solstice Season  
Aug 15 Saturday Assumption of Mary National holiday  
Sep 22 Tuesday September Equinox Season  
Sep 24 Thursday Saint Rupert’s Day State holiday Salzburg
Sep 27 Sunday European Heritage Days Observance  
Sep 28 Monday Yom Kippur Optional Holiday  
Oct 10 Saturday Plebiscite Day State holiday Carinthia
Oct 25 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  
Oct 26 Monday National Day National holiday  
Oct 31 Saturday Reformation Day Observance  
Nov 1 Sunday All Saints’ Day National holiday  
Nov 2 Monday All Souls’ Day Observance  
Nov 11 Wednesday Saint Martin’s Day State holiday Burgenland
Nov 15 Sunday Saint Leopold’s Day State holiday Lower Austria, Vienna
Nov 29 Sunday First Advent Sunday Observance  
Dec 8 Tuesday Immaculate Conception National holiday  
Dec 21 Monday December Solstice Season  
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve Bank holiday  
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Day National holiday  
Dec 26 Saturday St. Stephen’s Day National holiday  
Dec 31 Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance