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The Republic of Austria is a landlocked country in the heart of Europe bordering eight states: Germany and the Czech Republic to north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south and Switzerland and Lichtenstein to the west.
Austria comprises nine federal states: Vorarlberg, Tirol, Salzburg, Carinthia, Upper Austria, Styria, Lower Austria, Burgenland and Vienna. Vienna is also the capital of Austria. Do want to have a look of downtown Vienna? Check out our live web cam located at Vienna City Hall. Or enjoy the beautiful panorama of Innsbruck, capital of Tirol.
Austria covers an area of 83,871 km², 575km from west to east. About 60% of the area are mountainous that is why Austria is often referred to as Alpine Republic.
Austria is home to 8,900,000 people. More the 30m tourists visit Austria every year from all around the world. Austria is famous for its stunning landscapes as well as for its rich cultural history. In the summer, the Austrian mountains attract hikers and climbers, while in the winter Austria is paradise for all winter sports enthusiasts. Especially the western states of Austria, Vorarlberg, Tirol and Salzburg are home to many first-class ski resorts.
Austria enjoys a temperate climate varying considerable from region to region as Austria sits between the Atlantic and the Continental climate zone. The Atlantic climate transports a relatively high amount of precipitation providing temperate temperatures. The Continental climate, however, is responsible for great differences in temperature, the summer is hot, and the winter is cold. The south of Austria sees Mediterranean flows from Italy and Croatia. Westerly and north-westerly winds accumulating at the Tirolean limestone alps and at the central alps are responsible for most of the rain and snow in Austria. Precipitation decreases from the west to the east, Burgenland, therefore sees most of the sun and hardly any snow. Winter sports enthusiasts enjoy the snowy weather and the fantastic offer of the western part of Austria. Especially Vorarlberg, Tirol, Salzburg, Upper Austria, and Carinthia are well known for their ski resorts.
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Austria is home to some of the most renowned and most beautiful ski resorts: the Arlberg region (Lech - Zürs - Warth, Vorarlberg Montafon), Tirol (Sölden, Hochgurgl - Obergurgl, Ötz, Zillertal Arena, KitzSki), Salzburg (Ski world Amadé incl. Saalbach - Hinterglemm, Zell am See - Kaprun, Strobl - Postalm and Obertauern), Carinthia (Hermagor - Nassfeld, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Heiligenblut ). All Austrian ski resorts feature state-of-the-art lifts, perfectly groomed pistes and a wide range of additional offers such as toboggan runs, winter hiking trails or X-country skiing facilities. Austrian glacier ski resorts are open for skiers and boarders all year. Whether you are planning skiing holidays with the family, with friends or your loved one, you will definitely find the perfect offer! Check out our live web cams and search for your favourite place in the mountains.
Summer in Austria comprises a huge offer of outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, family mountain tours, swimming, farm holidays, mountain biking, open-air festivals, theatre, zoo, and lots more. Carinthia and Salzburg boast many lakes such as Wörthersee, Millstättersee, Ossiachersee, Weißensee, Wolfgangsee, Fuschlsee or Zeller See. Holidays at a lake also include hiking, mountain biking and climbing. Visit the famous wine regions of Wachau, Kamptal, Wagram, Lake Neusiedlersee, Carnuntum and Vulkanland located in Lower Austria, Styria, Burgenland, and Vienna. Wachau is home to the renowned Wachau Apricot.
Culture buffs won’t be disappointed for Austria is famous for its long history, architecture, and many museums. The Austrian cities host many events such as Bregenzer Festspiele at Lake Constance Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Ars Electronica in Linz, Seefestspiele in Mörbisch and Carinthian Summer. Thousands of people visit open-air festivals like Nova Rock, Electric Love, FM4 Frequency or Donauinselfest in Vienna.