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Austria Information

Population: 8174762

Time Zone: GMT + 1

Driving side: Drive on the right hand side of the road.

Languages: German, Slovenian, Croatian, Hungarian

Religion: 88% Roman Catholic
Protestant
Muslim
Jewish
Buddhist

Emergency #: Police Emergency: 133
Medical Emergency: 144
Fire Emergency: 122
Car Breakdown: 120

Austria Culture

Austria is one country that has made the most musical contributions to the world and had an enduring influence on the international musical scene over the course of its long and distinctive history. Composers throughout Europe have been drawn to the country over the centuries. The Artwork is also something to be admired, from the beautiful Gothic and Renaissance work to the fabulous Baroque art in Austria's churches. Austria is Alpine splendor at its best. You have fantastic nightlife, sophisticated shopping, classical culture and skiing, which is a way of life in Austria.

Austria Popular Destinations

Vienna This city is renowned for its classical music as much as it is for its beauty. There are renowned orchestras and angelic choirboys who perform in lavish concert halls. The museums hold a variety of treasures. Vienna's many sights are crammed into the Inner Stadt (inner city). There are outstanding Gothic structures towering over the city. This city is showered with history and beauty, which is evident when walking down the historic street and squares past the cultural history of the Jewish quarter (Judenplatz), the Hofburg (Imperial Palace).

Salzburg –The old town is located on the south bank of the Salzach River and has beautiful churches, plazas, courtyards and fountains. There is so much charm and history flowing on the streets. Museums, houses, squares, chocolate bars and liqueurs are all paid in homage to Mozart. Salzburg's old town is nestled below the medieval Hohensalzburg Fortress. There are beautifully manicured gardens and palaces in Salzburg.

St Anton Here you will find several linked resorts that offer some of the best skiing in Austria. St Anton is the largest of these resorts. There is an easy-going atmosphere and a great nightlife.

Moving Around Austria

Austria has excellent rail connections to all major European destinations. If you want a cheaper alternative, you could always use the bus. They are generally slower and less comfortable than the train, but cheaper and also go to all major European countries. The Autobahnen (motorways) are well maintained and fast. Major border crossing points are open 24 hours a day. The main domestic carrier, which operates several flights a day between Austria's larger cities, is Tyrolean Airways.

National festival and holidays

Fasching (Carnival) The carnival is held in February and celebrates the return of spring with mask processions and dances.

Vienna International Festival This festival is held in Vienna from mid May to mid June and showcases a range of arts. This festival is considered to be the highlight of the year.

Midsummer Night's Celebrations - These celebrations are held on 21 June where the citizens light up the sky with magnificent bonfires.

Salzburg International Festival This festival is held in Salzburg in late July early August and includes plenty of music by the cities favorite son, Mozart.

St Nicholas Day This is held on 5 December and marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

Useful Austria Links

TourMyCountry: Travel Guide to Austria
Extensive information on Austria with focus on Vienna, Tyrol and the Salzkammergut. Background, sightseeing and travel advice provided by a local.

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