Austria

Austria, is a landlocked country in Central Europe, lying in the Eastern Alps. It is a federation of 9 federal states.

Capital City:

Vienna

Currency:

Euro

Total population:

8.96 million (2021)

Language(s) spoken:

German, Croatian, Slovenian and Hungarian

Cultural dos:

Stand to the right on an escalator

Cultural don’ts:

Avoid arriving late or cancelling an arrangement last minute

Continent:

Europe

Three foods you need to try in this country

  • Viennese Apfelstrudel
  • Wiener Schnitzel
  • Käsespätzle
Bonus
  • Sachertorte
  • Fiakergulasch

What the country is known for :

  • Australian Alps
  • The Sound of Music
  • The Waltz
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Architecture and Famous Landmarks
  • Redbull
  • Swarosvki
  • Classical Music

More About Austria

I visited Austria on a day trip drive from the Czech Republic in 2023. I spent the day exploring the enchanting city of Vienna and was blown by the captivating blend of history, architectural wonders and cultural treasures contained in this lovely city.

Vienna, with its population of around 2 million people, boasts a remarkable 25% of the country’s total inhabitants. The city was designed with a bigger city/region in mind which therefore creates an expansive and welcoming atmosphere for visitors. There are numerous cultural attractions in Vienna,  including opera houses, galleries and museums. The city’s homage to Mozart, who lived there for a decade, is evident through numerous  dedications across the charming streets.

Austria’s history is woven with intriguing tales, such as the reign of the emperor, Franz Josef, between 1848 and 1916. His wife, Empress Elisabeth, hailing from Bavaria, added a touch of wanderlust to the monarchy, exploring exotic destinations that had never been visited before by European royalty such as North Africa. This spirit of exploration extends beyond royalty, as I found Austrians to be avid travellers keen on discovering the world beyond their borders.

An unexpected tidbit of information reveals that espionage is legally permitted in Austria, as long as it doesn’t target the country itself. This has brought many spies from around the world to Austria. A quick search confirmed that this unique aspect has attracted intrigue, resulted in three James Bond movies being shot in the country. While debates surround the necessity of revising espionage laws, it adds a fascinating layer to Austria’s global appeal.

For active travelers, Austria offers a paradise of outdoor activities. From serene lakes for water sports to picturesque valleys, hills, and mountains for hiking, the country provides diverse landscapes. Adventurous souls can indulge in cable car rides for panoramic views, paragliding, biking, or exploring the countryside on segways. Winter enthusiasts will find their haven in the mountain regions, offering an array of skiing and snowboarding options.

Austrian cuisine, a true delight for the senses, features iconic dishes like the Wiener Schnitzel, hearty stews, and flavourful dumplings. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in a variety of local cakes and pastries, adding a delicious dimension to the cultural experience.

While German is the primary language, approximately three-quarters of the population speak English proficiently, ensuring ease of communication for international visitors. Austrians, known for their helpful nature, enhance the overall travel experience with their welcoming attitude.

English German
Hello Hallo
Goodbye Auf wiedersehen
Please Bitte
Thank you Danke
How much? Wie viel?
Do you speak English? Sprichst du Englisch?
Where is the toilet? Wo ist die toilette?
May I please have some water? Darf ich bitte etwas wasser haben?
I would like some food please Ich mochte bitte etwas zu essen
Where can I get a taxi? Wo bekomme ich ein taxi?

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