Austria: The Musical Center of Europe

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a federal republic and a landlocked country of over 8.5 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,879 square kilometers and has an alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 meters (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 meters (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speak local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and Austrian German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene. The capital and largest city is Vienna. The currency is Euro (€)(EUR).


Some interesting facts are:
1. Austria’s highest point is the Grossglockner at 12,461 feet (3,798 m).


2. Austria’s flag is one of, if not the, oldest national banners in the world. In 1191, Duke Leopold V of Austria’s tunic became blood spattered and, upon removal of his wide sash, a white band was revealed. The red-white-red color combination was then adopted as his banner.


3. Vienna has the oldest zoo in the world, founded in 1752.


4. 62% of Austria is covered by the Austrian Alps.


5. The first postcards were used in Austria.


6. The Austrian Alps boast of being home to the Pasterze Glacier, one of largest glaciers in Europe.


7. The Krimml Falls, with a height of 380 meters, are amongst the highest waterfalls of Europe.


8. The largest natural lake in Austria is Lake Neusiedler.


9. Vienna's Central Cemetery has over 2.5 million tombs including those of Beethoven, Brahms, Gluck, Schubert, Schoenberg and Strauss.


10. Vienna once served as the musical center of Europe.


11. The Semmering Railway, between Gloggnitz and Simmering, built over mountains, was one of the greatest civil engineering works of 19th century. Austria is known for its mountain railways and trains such as the Giselabahn.


For more facts visit:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/austria
http://www.eupedia.com/austria/trivia.shtml
http://reallifeexpatwife.blogspot.in/2011/07/weird-facts-about-austria-and-its.html


Some beautiful places are:








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