The Republic of Austria is a small landlocked country in Central Europe and is a major tourist destination due to its historic and cultural attractions, and its unsurpassed scenery which is ideal for touring and offers the outdoor enthusiast exciting days hiking, biking, climbing or skiing. Comprised mainly of mountain ranges and their foothills, the country is located at the eastern end of the European Alps and is crossed by the River Danube which bisects Vienna, and is one of Europe’s major rivers. The capital, Vienna (Wien), is the cultural, economic, administrative, political and largest city of the country and is located within the Federal State of Vienna, one of the nine states that comprise the Republic of Austria. The metropolitan city of Vienna is home to nearly 2.5 million residents, approximately 30% of the total population (8.3 million) of the country and is a major historical and cultural attraction. Known for its delectable pastries and nearly 300 coffee shops, the city is famous for its culture and music, and is home to nearly 150 galleries and museums, plus an abundance of awesome monuments such as the Schloss Schonbrunn, the Imperial Crown Jewels located in the Schatzkammer and the Kaiserappartements, Vienna is a must see city!!
Austria’s position in Central Europe surrounded by Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Switzerland and Liechtenstein places it at the crossroads of Europe, and in a strong position for trade and communications which historically has always benefitted the country. Once the centre of the Holy Roman Empire and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria is once more a bustling and dynamic city as recently it is using its pivotel position to promote co-operation between a group of nations known as ‘Centrope’. These nations are forging beneficial economic and cultural alliances to strengthen co-operation between old and new members of the EU, creating a stronger economy and a more diverse and cosmopolitan society.
Home to major historic and cultural cities such as Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck and some of the most spectacular scenic attractions in Europe such as the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut resort area, the stunning peaks and deep valleys of the Tyrol, the gentle vineyard covered hills of the Wachau district through which the River Danube flows between Melk and Krems, the beautiful scenery of the Carinthian Lake District and the exciting Grossglockner Alpine Road – Austria offers many interesting destinations to meet all kinds of visitor needs – summer or winter there is always plenty to do and see!!