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The Federal Republic of Austria is a landlocked country in the heart of Europe. It borders Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.
Austria is a federal state comprising 9 provinces with the capital Vienna.
The territory of Austria covers an area of 83.871 km², with 575 km from west to east and 294 km from north to south. Austria has a population of 8.376.761 people.
About 60 % of the national territory is mountainous and that is why Austria is often referred to as ‘Alpine Republic’. Austria is a popular holiday destination, not only for its landscape and fantastic fauna and flora, but also for its great number of cultural attractions.
Winter sports enthusiasts love the wide range of offers in Austria.
Especially the provinces of Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg and Carinthia are famous for its ski areas. Winter sport enthusiasts find modern lift systems and perfectly groomed slopes, toboggan runs and cross-country-skiing tracks all over Austria, whether they visit the Vorarlberg Montafon, Lech/Zürs/Warth am Arlberg, the Tyrol St. Anton am Arlberg, the Ötz Valley, the Ziller Valley, the Kitzbühel Alps, the Salzburg interlinked ski area of Amadé, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Zell am See/Kaprun, Obertauern or the Carinthian Naßfeld, Bad Kleinkirchheim and Heiligenblut. Austrian glacier ski areas have year-round offers and nature lovers will enjoy a snow-shoe walk or a visit to one of the numerous thermal spas.
But also summer tourists can choose from a great variety of leisure time activities: family hikes in the mountains, high alpine and climbing tours, swimming, surfing or sailing on one of the beautiful Austrian lakes or holidays on a farm. Carinthia and Salzburg are renowned for its lakelands: Wörthersee, Milstättersee, Ossiachersee, Weißensee, Wolfgangsee, Fuschlsee or Zeller See - all have drinking water quality.
And also lovers of culture will not be disappointed in Austria. Some of the cultural highlights are: the Bregenz Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival Weeks, the Linz Ars Electronica, the Lake Festival of Mörbisch or the Carinthian Summer.
Vienna is renowned worldwide for its international arts and cultural events, but also the cities of Salzburg, St. Pölten, Graz, Bregenz, Linz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt and Eisenstadt have a lot to offer.
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