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Austria - Tafelspitz - rg photo

Austria - Mohnnudeln ("Poppy Seed Noodles") - r.g. photo

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Austria - throne

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Austria is a Central European country, its neighbors are: Germany, (north-west), Switzerland (west), Italy (south west), Slovenia (south), Hungary and Slovakia (east), Czech Republic (north)

The German name of Austria is Österreich (originated from the Old High German word Ostarrîchi "eastern realm")

Size: 83,858 km2 (32,378 mi2) - The Austrian Alps make up 62% of the country.

Population (2020): 9 million - about 19% are not Austrian citizens

Capital city:Vienna - close to 25% of Austria's population lives here

Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion (about 61%), 6% Muslim, 15% Unaffiliated

Official language: German

Austria is a republic and a member of the European Union, but not of NATO

Official currency: Euro 

Average monthly net salary (in 2020): 2000 EUR

Austria is one of the 14 wealthiest countries in the world.

Most frequent surname: Gruber (Miner)

Austria welcomes about 17 million tourists annually.
Top tourist sights: Vienna, Schönbrunn, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Hallstatt, and the Dachstein Salzkammergut, Skiing at Kitzbühel, medieval castle of Hochosterwitz, Grossglockner Road to Franz-Josefs-Höhe, Swarovski Crystal World (Wattens),
Optimal time to visit: depends very much of what you want to do

If you ever happen to raise a glass with an Austrian, make sure to look them in the eyes as your glasses touch.

If you want to have a bath in a beer pool, you can do that in Tarrenz, at the Starkenberger brewery. Seven pools are filled with warm beer.
 


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Austria - Upper Austria - Braunau - memorial stone in front of Hitler's birth house - The inscription on the memorial translated in English : For Peace, Freedom and Democracy. Never Again Fascism. Millions of Dead Warn [us] - Elter photo

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