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.


Austria Tourism Information…


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
Grossglockner Alpine Road – Ferleiten
Hochosterwitz Castle – Launsdorf
Hohenwerfen Castle – Werfen
Melk Abbey
Salzburg Alstadt
Hohensalzburg Fortress
Mirabell Palace & Gardens
St. Anton am Alberg
 Vienna Albertina Museum
Schloß Belvedere
Hofburg Imperial Palace
Museum Quartier
Schloß Schönbrunn
Spanish Riding School
State Opera
St. Stephan’s Cathedral
Zell am See



Austria Country Information…



Largest City:



Federal Parliamentary Republic


Euro (€)


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


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


8,711,770 (July 2016 est.) ranked 95th


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)


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.)


230V, 50Hz (European plug C, F,)

Telephone Code:

+ 43

Local Emergency Phone Number:

112, 122

Internet TLD:


Time Zone:

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

Road Driving Side:



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


Alexander Van der Bellen


Sebastian Kurz


Holidays and Observances in Austria in 2020

Date NameTypeDetails
Jan 1WednesdayNew Year’s DayNational holiday 
Jan 6MondayEpiphanyNational holiday 
Mar 19ThursdaySaint Joseph’s DayState holidayCarinthia, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg
Mar 20FridayMarch EquinoxSeason 
Mar 29SundayDaylight Saving Time startsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Apr 5SundayPalm SundayObservance 
Apr 10FridayGood FridayObservance 
Apr 12SundayEaster SundayObservance 
Apr 13MondayEaster MondayNational holiday 
May 1FridayLabor Day / May DayNational holiday 
May 4MondaySaint Florian’s DayState holidayUpper Austria
May 21ThursdayAscension DayNational holiday 
May 31SundayWhit SundayObservance 
Jun 1MondayWhit MondayNational holiday 
Jun 11ThursdayCorpus ChristiNational holiday 
Jun 20SaturdayJune SolsticeSeason 
Aug 15SaturdayAssumption of MaryNational holiday 
Sep 22TuesdaySeptember EquinoxSeason 
Sep 24ThursdaySaint Rupert’s DayState holidaySalzburg
Sep 27SundayEuropean Heritage DaysObservance 
Sep 28MondayYom KippurOptional Holiday 
Oct 10SaturdayPlebiscite DayState holidayCarinthia
Oct 25SundayDaylight Saving Time endsClock change/Daylight Saving Time 
Oct 26MondayNational DayNational holiday 
Oct 31SaturdayReformation DayObservance 
Nov 1SundayAll Saints’ DayNational holiday 
Nov 2MondayAll Souls’ DayObservance 
Nov 11WednesdaySaint Martin’s DayState holidayBurgenland
Nov 15SundaySaint Leopold’s DayState holidayLower Austria, Vienna
Nov 29SundayFirst Advent SundayObservance 
Dec 8TuesdayImmaculate ConceptionNational holiday 
Dec 21MondayDecember SolsticeSeason 
Dec 24ThursdayChristmas EveBank holiday 
Dec 25FridayChristmas DayNational holiday 
Dec 26SaturdaySt. Stephen’s DayNational holiday 
Dec 31ThursdayNew Year’s EveObservance