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A virtual travel guide to Austria. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Austria's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this country, e.g.: official web sites of Austria, addresses of Austrian and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Austria.
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Country Profile

Flag of Austria
Flag of Austria

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, Austria's 1955 State Treaty declared the country "permanently neutral" as a condition of Soviet military withdrawal.
Neutrality, once ingrained as part of the Austrian cultural identity, has been called into question since the Soviet collapse of 1991 and Austria's increasingly prominent role in European affairs.
A prosperous country, Austria joined the European Union in 1995 and the euro monetary system in 1999.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland


where in Europe is Austria?

Official Name: Republik Österreich
short form: Österreich
int'l long form: Federal Republic of Austria
int'l short form: Austria

ISO Country Code: at
Actual Time: Mon-Mar-30  18:11
Local Time = UTC +1h
Daylight Saving Time (DST) March - October (UTC +2)

Country Calling Code: +43

Capital City: Wien (Vienna) (pop. 1.5 million)

Other Cities:
Bregenz, Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg.

Parliamentary democracy.
Constitution: 1920; revised 1929 (reinstated May 1, 1945).

Location: Central Europe
Area: 83,871 kmĀ² (32,382 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Alpine (64%), northern highlands that form part of the Bohemian Massif (10%), lowlands to the east (26%).

Climate: Continental temperate.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Austrian(s).
Population: 8.45 million (2012)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 32 962 (year)
Ethnic groups: Germans 98%, Croats, Slovenes; other recognized minorities include Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, and Roma.
Religions: Roman Catholic 73.6%, Lutheran 4.7%, Muslim 4.2%, other 5.5, no confession 12.0%.
Language: German 92%.
Literacy: 98%.

Natural resources: Iron ore, crude oil, natural gas, timber, tungsten, magnesite, lignite, cement.

Agriculture products: Drains, potatoes, sugar beets, wine, fruit; dairy products, cattle, pigs, poultry; lumber.

Industries: Construction, machinery, vehicles and parts, food, chemicals, lumber and wood processing, paper and paperboard, communications equipment, tourism.

Exports partners: Germany 31.9%, Italy 9.6%, Switzerland 5.2%, USA 4.9%, France 4.8%, UK 4.7% (2003)

Imports partners: Germany 43.2%, Italy 6.7%, Hungary 5.4%, Switzerland 5%, Netherlands 4.2% (2003)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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Official Sites of Austria

Der Bundespräsident der Republik Österreich
The Austrian Federal President.

Republik Österreich
The Federal Republic of Austria.

Bundeskanzleramt Republik Österreich
The Federal Chancellery.
The Austrian e-government portal (in German)

Bundesministerium für auswärtige Angelegenheiten
The Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Austria.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations, New York
Austria's representation to the UN.
The Austrian Embassy in Ottawa
Austrian representations Abroad
LIst of Austrian representations Abroad
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Austria
List of Foreign representations in Austria (in German)

Statistik Austria
Statistical Office Austria. (in German)

Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG)
Central Institute of Meteorology and Geodynamics.


 Map of Austria
Political map of Austria.
Austrian Map online
Maps and City search.

Google Earth Google Earth Austria (Österreich)
Searchable map and satellite view of Austria.
Google Earth Vienna Map
Searchable map and satellite view of Austria's capital city.
Vienna City Map
Searchable city map of Vienna.

Map of Europe
Political Map of Europe.

Austrian News

Austrian Press & Information Service
Austrian related news and information.
APA - Austria Presse Agentur
The Austrian Press Agency (in German).
Kurier Online
News from Austria (in German).
Die Presse
National and international news (in German).
Salzburger Nachrichten
National and international news (in German).
Der Standard
National and international news (in German).
Wiener Zeitung
National and international news from Vienna with "Amtsblatt", the Official newspaper of the Austrian Government (in German).

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Arts & Culture

The Austrian Cultural Information System, included an Encyclopedia of Austria.
AEIOU * Österreich-Online
Links to internet resources of Austrian Art and Culture. (in German)
culture reference Ars Electronica Center
Austria's museum of the future.
Bregenzer Festspiele
The Bregenz Festival, the opera on the Floating Stage at Lake of Constance.
royal Empress Elisabeth of Austria - Eternal Beauty
One of the most beautiful women of her time, after her sudden death transfigured into a myth: Empress Elisabeth of Austria, affectionately called Sissi.
Kunsthalle Wien
Contemporary art.
Österreichische Bundesmuseen
Links to Austrians State Museums.
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
The Austrian National Library.
Salzburger Festspiele
The 2004 Salzburg Festival.
Sammlung Essl
Collection of contemporary Austrian art.
royal Schloß Schönbrunn
The residence of the Habsburg emperors, from the 18th century until 1918.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
The Crystal Worlds of Swarovski, designed by André Heller.
Wiener Philharmoniker
The philharmonic orchestra.
Wiener Symphoniker
The Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Wiener Secession
The Association of Visual Artists "Wiener Secession", founded in 1897.
Wiener Staatsoper
The Vienna State Opera. (in German)

Schoenbrunn, Vienna, AustriaPalace Schönbrunn - Vienna ©

Business & Economy

OeNB: Die Oesterreichische Nationalbank
The Austrian Central Bank.
Wiener Börse
Vienna Stock Exchange.

Austrian Business Agency
A government-operated consulting firm.
Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. das - Portal der Wirtschaftskammern
The Austrian Chambers of Commerce.

Trade Fairs:
AMA - Messen Austria
Trade fairs in Austria (in German)


Austrian Airlines
Austria's flag carrier.
Lauda Air
Scheduled leisure flights and charters to holiday destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Caribbean and South-East Asia.
Tyrolean Airways
Austrian Airlines's regional service.

Vienna International Airport
Principal Airport Austria's.
Salzburg Airport
Second largest airport in Austria.
Östereichische Bundesbahn.

Destination Austria - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Austria: Vienna, Salzburg, Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Austrian Alps, Grossglockner.
Hotel, accommodation, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, skiing, climbing, tours and much more.

Austria Tourism Information
The Official Web Site of the Austrian National Tourist Office with comprehensive travel information for visitors and tourists.
Austria Culture Net
Austria presented by the Austrian Cultural Institute (ACI) New York.
Austrian Views
The Austrian National Tourist Office's photo library.

Austria Cafe
The unofficial interface to Austria ;-)

Tourist Offices of Austria's Provinces.

Burgenland Tourist Board

A guide to the easternmost federal state of Austria.
Carinthia Information
Travel and tourism guide to Kärnten.
Lower Austrian Tourist Board
Visit Niederösterreich, a tour guide to Lower Austria.
Upper Austria Information
Oberösterreich for Tourists.
Styria Tourist Board
Travel and tourism information on Styria by the Steiermark Tourist Board.
Tyrol Tourist Office
Some say its typical Austria, Tyrol the region in the eastern Alps.
Vorarlberg Tourism
Visit the westernmost federal state of Austria, close to Bavaria.
Salzburger Land Tourism
The Alp region around the City of Salzburg.

City Guides
Wien (Vienna)
Official site of the City of Vienna.
Wiener Tourismusverband
Official site of the Vienna tourism association, with comprehensive information about Vienna.
Vienna Online
Best of vienna, a Vienna portal and city guide to Vienna (in German).
Wien online - the city of Vienna's online information service
vienna is different - Insider Info.

The City of Bregenz.
The City of Graz.
The City of Innsbruck.
The City of Klagenfurt.
The City of Linz.

City of Salzburg.
Tourist information Salzburg.

Hotels in Austria
Find Hotels in Austria.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Grossglockner, Austria
Heiligenblut at Grossglockner ©


Education & Research

Technische Universität Graz
Graz University of Technology, founded in 1811.
Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg
Founded: 1622.
University of Art and Industrial Design
University of Innsbruck
Universität Klagenfurt
University of Klagenfurt
Universität Wien
Alma Mater Rudolphina, the University of Vienna, founded 1365.

Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology
A scientific institute devoted to the study of animal behavior, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
The Austrian National Library.
Universitätsbibliothek Wien
Library of the Vienna University.

Environment & Nature

Environmental roof federation for nature and environmental protection (in German).

Österreichischer Alpenverein
Austrian Alpine Club, largest mountaineering club in Austria (in German).

BirdLife Österreich
BirdLife is the largest organization for ornithology and the protection of birds in Austria.
Naturfreunde Österreich
Austrian nature lovers association (in German).
Naturschutzbund Österreich
Advocate for nature (in German.
Transitforum Austria-Tirol
Association for the protection of environment and nature against the negative effects of through traffic (in German).
WWF Österreich
Austrian branch of the global environmental conservation organization.

Naturparke Österreich
Portal to the 42 Nature Parks in Austria.



Österreichische Biographien
Timeline, with comprehensive information about Austrian's History (in German)
WWW-VL History Index: Austria
Index of internet resources about Austrian History.
History of Austria
Austro-Hungarian Empire: Primary Documents.
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