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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.

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Austria Tourism Information…

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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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Austria Country Information…

Capital:

Vienna

Largest City:

Vienna

Government:

Federal Parliamentary Republic

Currency:

Euro (€)

Area:

total: 83,871 km2 ranked 107th water: 1,426 km2 land: 82,445 km2

Climate:

Temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and snow in mountains; moderate summers with occasional showers

Population:

8,711,770 (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 C, F,)

Telephone Code:

+ 43

Local Emergency Phone Number:

112, 122

Internet TLD:

.au

Time Zone:

CET (UTC+1) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Road Driving Side:

Right

Anthem:

“Land der Berge, Land am Strome”  (German) Land of Mountains, Land by the River

President:

Alexander Van der Bellen

Chancellor:

Sebastian Kurz

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Holidays and Observances in Austria in 2021

Date NameTypeDetails
Jan 1FridayNew Year’s DayNational holiday 
Jan 6WednesdayEpiphanyNational holiday 
Mar 19FridaySaint Joseph’s DayState holidayCarinthia, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg
Mar 20SaturdayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 28SundayPalm SundayObservance 
Mar 28SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Apr 2FridayGood FridayObservance 
Apr 4SundayEaster SundayObservance 
Apr 5MondayEaster MondayNational holiday 
May 1SaturdayLabor Day / May DayNational holiday 
May 4TuesdaySaint Florian’s DayState holidayUpper Austria
May 13ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday 
May 23SundayWhit SundayObservance 
May 24MondayWhit MondayNational holiday 
Jun 3ThursdayCorpus ChristiNational holiday 
Jun 21MondayJune SolsticeSeason 
Aug 15SundayAssumption of MaryNational holiday 
Sep 16ThursdayYom KippurOptional Holiday 
Sep 22WednesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Sep 24FridaySaint Rupert’s DayState holidaySalzburg
Sep 26SundayEuropean Heritage DaysObservance 
Oct 10SundayPlebiscite DayState holidayCarinthia
Oct 26TuesdayNational DayNational holiday 
Oct 31SundayReformation DayObservance 
Oct 31SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Nov 1MondayAll Saints’ DayNational holiday 
Nov 2TuesdayAll Souls’ DayObservance 
Nov 11ThursdaySaint Martin’s DayState holidayBurgenland
Nov 15MondaySaint Leopold’s DayState holidayLower Austria, Vienna
Nov 28SundayFirst Advent SundayObservance 
Dec 8WednesdayImmaculate ConceptionNational holiday 
Dec 21TuesdayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24FridayChristmas EveBank holiday 
Dec 25SaturdayChristmas DayNational holiday 
Dec 26SundaySt. Stephen’s DayNational holiday 
Dec 31FridayNew Year’s EveObservance