Top tip: Get on the Schnapps, Heuriger and Styria
This landlocked, mountainous country is bordered by Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. Austria comprises nine Federal Provinces over an area of 383,858 km, most of which is densely forested. It is a largely mountainous country, located in the Alps. Only about a quarter of Austria is low lying, and only 32% of the country is below 500 metres above sea level. The Alps of western Austria begin to give way into lowlands and plains in the East.
Austria enjoys a moderate continental climate: summers are warm with cool nights, and winters are sunny, with snow levels high enough for a variety of winter sports and temperatures between -10 and 0 degrees Celsius.
Facts and Figures
|Area||83,858 sq km (32,378 sq miles).|
|Capital||Vienna – population 1,714,200 (2011)|
|Language||German in the official language. Regional dialects are pronounced and within the different regions of the country one will encounter marked variations from Hochdeutsch, ie ‘standard’ German. There are Croatian and Slovene-speaking minorities in the Burgenland and southern Carinthia respectively.|
|Religion||78 per cent Roman Catholic, 5 per cent Protestant, 4.5 per cent other denominations.|
|Time||GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October.)|
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