Austria is filled with bright colors of wondrous nature, crystal-clear alpine air, the grandeur of the snow-capped mountain peaks, enchanting beauty of the mirror-blue lakes, the elegance of ancient architecture, the charm of the Tyrolean villages ... And, of course, the eternal music of Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, the splendor of Vienna balls, wealth centuries history and traditional Austrian hospitality. This fascinating country, located in the heart of Europe, reminiscent of the great master written a fascinating book in which each page keeps its secrets and gives new discoveries. The most famous prestigious ski resorts (for example, Mayrhofen), ringing purity of the air in the mountains all federal lands, strange animals and luxury flora in alpine meadows will make Your holiday is hardly commonplace!
In this small country can enjoy the healing properties of hot springs in the spa town of Bad Kleinkirchheim and Bad Gastein, as well as a rejuvenating spa treatments and thalassotherapy in Bad Hofgastein.
The population of Austria is more than 8 million people. Ethnic composition: the Austrians (99%), other nations (Slovenes, Croats, Hungarians, Czechs, Roma, Turks).
The official language in Austria is German . However, the German language in Austria is markedly different from the language in Germany. In addition, the different regions of Austria have their own dialects of German.
More than 70% of Austrians are Catholics. By the way, all Austrian Catholics are obliged to pay church tax 1%. In addition, there are many Protestants (about 5%) and Muslims (over 4.2%).
Culture of Austria was formed under the strong influence of its neighbors - the Germans, Italians, Hungarians and Czechs. On the territory of the country preserved Roman monuments. In the Middle Ages the culture of Austria was under a notable influence of Germany. Austrians are very honored their customs, and still hosts the annual festivals and processions.
It is only cuisine in the world which is named by the name of city - Viennese cuisine. The cuisine is an integral part of Austrian culture. The important role played cakes, meat and fish dishes, sausages, soups. The most eminent Carinthian meal: dumplings, fritters of pasta, which is prepared with a variety of fillings. You need to try Wiener schnitzel with potatoes, world famous traditional apple strudel, bakhun (baked chicken) kaiserschmarrn - omelet Kaiser, and, of course, a magical taste of chocolate cake "Sacher". Austria is also famous for its superior wines.
Austria has three climatic regions: in the east - the steppe temperate climate with the influence of continental climate with low rainfall, high summer temperatures and relatively cold winters. Alpine region - alpine climate with high precipitation, short summers and long winters. In the rest of the country - the challenge climate and continental climate in the southeast.
Transport in most cities of Austria consist by buses and trams, sometimes trolleybuses. Taxis can be ordered by telephone from the hotel or restaurant or be founded a special parking stations in the center of major cities in the airport. The fare indicated on the counter, gratuities are appreciated, but not necessary. The trip from Vienna Airport to the city center will cost approximately 30-35EP. It is impossible to catch a taxi on the street. For long distance is better to negotiate the price with the driver in advance.
The Austrian official currency is the Austrian schilling (ATS)which equals to 100 pennies.