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Austria (German: Österreich), officially the Republic of Austria, is a federal republic and a landlocked country of over 8.7 million people in Central Europe.
It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi). The terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft.).
The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language.
Austria is the 12th richest country in the world in terms of GDP (Gross domestic product) per capita, has a well-developed social market economy, and a high standard of living.
Austria's past as a European power and its cultural environment generated a broad contribution to various forms of art, most notably among them music. Austria was the birthplace of many famous composers such as Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner, Johann Strauss, Sr. and Johann Strauss, Jr. as well as members of the Second Viennese School such as Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Alban Berg and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Austria is not only about beer and mountains. Although it’s the major skiing sport in Europe, it offers a different mix of landscapes which can be found on its territory; however, the size of the country is relatively small. Alpine valleys, vineyards, meadows can be found in Austria. All main governmental, cultural and financial establishments located in Vienna.
Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the Museums Quartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.
An Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.
Capital of Austria’s western state of Tyrol, is a city in the Alps that's long been a destination for winter sports. Innsbruck is also known for its Imperial and modern architecture. The Nordkette funicular, with futuristic stations designed by architect Zaha Hadid, climbs up to 2,256m from the city center for skiing in winter and hiking or mountaineering in warmer months.
Known as Bodensee in German, this is a 63km-long central European lake that borders Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Fed by the Rhine River, it’s composed of 2 connected parts, the Untersee (lower lake) and the larger Obersee (upper lake). Ringed by resort towns, it's a summer destination for sailing, windsurfing and swimming. The Bodensee-Radweg cycle path encircles the entire lake in about 260km.
A village on Lake Hallstatt's western shore in Austria's mountainous Salzkammergut region. Its 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways are home to cafes and shops. A funicular railway connects to Salzwelten, an ancient salt mine with a subterranean salt lake, and to Skywalk Hallstatt viewing platform. A trail leads to the Echern Valley glacier garden with glacial potholes and Waldbachstrub Waterfall.
An Austrian region of lakes and Alpine ranges near Salzburg. In the south, the pastel houses of Hallstatt crowd the shore of Lake Hallstatt, which is ringed by mountains. Above town, exhibits at Salzwelten illuminate an underground salt mine’s thousands of years of history. Natural ice formations fill the Ice Cave on Dachstein Mountain. Nearby, 5 Fingers lookout offers sweeping lake and Alpine views.
Zell am See
An Austrian town on Lake Zell, south of the city of Salzburg. Its Romanesque St. Hippolyte Church has a distinctive tower added in the 15th century. Trails and lifts lead to the ski slopes of Schmittenhöhe mountain. Southwest, views from Gipfelwelt 3000 panoramic platform, at the top of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, take in Hohe Tauern National Park and the looming Grossglockner mountain.
A city in Upper Austria, straddling the Danube River midway between Salzburg and Vienna. Baroque buildings, including Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) and the old cathedral or Alter Dom, ring Hauptplatz, the old town’s main square. The riverside Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz has a major modern art collection. Across the river, the striking Ars Electronica Center focuses on society, technology and life in the future.
A town southwest of Salzburg in the Austrian Alps. It sits at the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier in the High Tauern mountains. Kaprun Castle is thought to date from the 12th century. To the south, a timber walkway leads over rushing glacial waters and through the narrow Sigmund-Thun Gorge. High mountain trails offer sweeping views of the Mooserboden and Wasserfallboden dams and surrounding Alpine peaks.
The greater part of Austria lies in the cool/temperate climate zone, where humid westerly winds predominate. With nearly three-quarters of the country dominated by the Alps, the alpine climate is predominant. In the east—in the Pannonian Plain and along the Danube valley—the climate shows continental features with less rain than the alpine areas. Although Austria is cold in the winter (−10 to 0 °C), summer temperatures can be relatively high, with average temperatures in the mid-20s and a highest temperature of 40.5 °C (105 °F) in August 2013.
According to the Koppen Climate Classification Austria has the following climate types: Oceanic (Cfb), Cool/Warm-summer humid continental (Dfb), Subarctic/Subalpine (Dfc), Tundra/Alpine (ET) and Ice-Cap (EF). Its important to note though that Austria in general does not get very cold in winter but rather cool in summer at higher altitudes. The subarctic and tundra climates seen around the Alps are much warmer in winter than what is normal elsewhere due in part to the Oceanic influence on this part of Europe.
While a very safe country ( 3rd safest country in the world), some parts of the Austria’s cities are best to be avoided, especially taking into the account the recent influx of immigrants in Europe. Pickpockets and bag-snatching can be a problem at some main touristic spots.
Austria has one of the lowest levels of serious crimes in the world. Street crime levels are very low. In a country which attracts more than 25 million tourists per year, the level of pickpocketing and bag snatching are high. Tourists are often targeted on large train stations and main touristic routes, particularly in the capital.
We recommend you maintain the same level of personal security as in any other country. ATM frauds are on the peak. Exercise caution while withdrawing money from the ATM. Keep your credit card in sight and monitor your transaction statements regularly.
Vienna is a safe place to visit as long as you use common sense and take precautions. Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg and in January 2016 there’s been one prevented in Vienna. Thus the treat of terrorist attacks is high in Austria, as well as all over in Europe. Be vigilant to possible threats.
Second largest city in Austria. This city is situated in the southeast of Austria. Generally, city is very safe, the only neighborhood of Stadtpark, Augarten and Volkspark are supposed to be risky at night. We advise just walk around these parks during the dark period of time.
Second largest economic center in Austria. Well known for its universities. Totally more than 30.000 students constantly live in a city. Very safe area.
It is situated on the border of Germany. The city is divided on Old and a New City. Old pedestrian part of the city Altstadt is a birthplace of Mozart. Areas north the train station and near the Basilica of Maria Plain are supposed to be dodgy at night.
For any emergency, call the free European-wide number 112.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
Pickpocketing and bag snatching are common in Austria, especially in tourist areas in the capital.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
There is no mugging or kidnapping risks in Austria.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
Common cybercrimes reported are requests of money upfront for services or investments. Widely known the accommodation scams. The main tip here is to be vary cautions before paying for overseas accommodation.
TRANSPORT AND TAXI RISK: LOW
Overall, transportation in Austria is safe. However, travelers need to keep an eye on their belongings at all times.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM
Avalanches, mudslides can be a danger in alpine areas. Avalanche information is available on the following website European Avalanche Warning Service. Travelling to alpine areas constantly monitoring weather conditions, inform someone about your plans and plan your activities carefully.
TERRORISM RISK: LOW
Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg and on January 2016 there’s been one prevented in Vienna The threat of terrorist attacks exist, but relatively low. Be vigilant to possible threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Austria is very safe for women and female travelers.