UniEel Experiencing: Austria

Austria is a country located in Europe. The nation is known for its vast mountainous regions, a picturesque landscape and an interesting history. Austria shares borders with the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary and Liechtenstein. Austria has a largely cold climate – as evidenced by its alpine terrain! The population of the nation is approximately 8,800,000. There is a lot to see and do in the country. Overall, Austria is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of UniEel Experiencing’.

 

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QUICK FACTS

Nation: Austria
Continent: Europe
Capital: Vienna
Land Mass: 32,000 square miles
Population: 8,850,000
Religion: Roman Catholic
Language: German
Currency: Euro

 

Austria has an interesting history. What is now present-day Austria was part of the Roman Empire, before falling under control of various groups in subsequent centuries. Austria would engage in various battles around the turn of the 19th Century – first with neighbours Hungary, then with Napoleon’s France. Austria was one of Europe’s super-powers around this time. By 1867, Austria and Hungary had joined forces. Austria-Hungary were part of World War I, ultimately losing alongside Germany. The First Republic of Austria was declared in 1919. Austria would also be a part of World War II. Nazi Germany occupied Austria, and the nation had to wait until the close of the War to be re-established as a sovereign state. Since then, Austria has managed to achieve stabilisation. Austria is well-known for having a high standard of living, and is regularly considered one of the happiest countries in the world to live in. Austria joined the United Nations in 1955, the European Union in 1995 and was a founding member of the OECD.

 

Things to Do and See:

Austria is full of interesting sights and things to see! Schonbrunn Palace is a famous location in Austria – well-known for its stunning architecture. Staying on the palace front – Hofburg Palace is another stunning palace. The capital city Vienna features an abundance of sights to see. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is an important religious site, which is an iconic spot in the capital. The Belvedere – also in Vienna – is a remarkable location that dates back to the 18th Century. The site is a collection of palaces, set in picturesque grounds. The Prater public park is famous for featuring a wheel that somewhat resembles the London Eye. The wheel offers stunning views of the nation. Vienna City Hall and the Krimml waterfalls are other popular locations to visit. Outside of the main towns and cities, there are several mountainous villages that offer an interesting insight into some of the lesser-seen parts of Austria. There are no coastal areas, but tours are available to get the most out of your visit to the nation. There are so many incredible places to see in the nation.

 

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Austria is a nation well worth visiting. As shown in this article, Austria certainly is an interesting country that offers a lot to its visitors. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Austria, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Austria, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Austria at this link. Happy travelling!

 

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