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Facts about Austria


Austria shares borders with eight countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The longest border is shared with Germany and is about 801 km/ 497 miles in length. Austria is one of the few landlocked countries in central Europe - together with Switzerland and Luxembourg. Austria is a mostly mountainous country with the Alps covering the western and the southern parts and mostly gentle hills in the eastern and northern parts. 


  • Austria's capital city is Vienna (called Wien in German). Vienna is also the biggest city in Austria. 


  • The longest river in Austria is the Danube (called Donau in German). The Danube is Europe's second longest river. 


  • The highest mountain in Austria is the Grossglockner with 3798 metres/12460 ft. 


  • The largest lake in Austria is Lake Neusiedl (in German called Neusiedler See). The lake is popular with watersports enthusiasts and surfers.


  • The Vienna Prater: It is a famous amusement park where one can take a ride on the historic ferris wheel. 


  • Danube Valley: Cycle from Passau to Vienna along the flat dedicated cycle paths along the river Danube (Donau in German). The Danube cycle path is roughly 300 km/ 186 miles long.


  • Salzburg: visit the Mozart museum in the home town of composer and musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and taste the delicious Mozartkugeln, which are delicious chocolate sweets.


  • Lakes Region: Swim in the waters of a crystal clear lake in the Salzburger Land which is one of the most popular holiday destinations. 


  • Innsbruck: visit the Alpine Zoo, see the famous ski jump arena and admire the golden tiles of the famous golden roof Goldenes Dachl in Innsbruck.


  • ​Tyrol: Experience true mountain hiking or skiing on a glacier in Tyrollean Alps. In southern Austria you can also visit the magical settings in the Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) in Wattens.