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Austria Tourism

With a formidable line-up of attractions, Austria figures prominently on any Europe-enthusiast’s itinerary. Ski-jump junkies head for the Austrian Alps, while those with a predilection for fabulously ornate castles come to Vienna. Innsbruck, the capital of the picturesque Tyrol Province and Salzburg, where the Sound of Music still catches the gentle breeze, complete the list of top Austrian lures. But there is more to Austria than just prettiness.

Austria’s politics have always been exciting – whether one considers the days of imperial superstardom or these days when it’s battling the image of being Fascist friendly. It has harboured the prodigious talent of musicians like Mozart and Strauss who were nurtured as much by the clean Alpine air as by a cosmopolitan and appreciative audience. This is where the cultural ferment in the 19th and 20th centuries gave birth to the likes of Freud, Gustav Klimt and Schonberg.

The Austria of today is a patriotic and modern but conservative country. Fiercely proud of its past as a fount of culture and intellect, Austria invites you to savour the other stuff its equally proud of - its apple strudel and sausages, schnitzel with noodles, palaces, valleys, music and good old-fashioned charm!

The Austrian flag dates all the way back to 1230 making it the second oldest national flag in the world, the oldest being the Danish flag!

The German name for Austria is Osterreich that means the Eastern Empire.

Did you know that croissants aren't French and neither are Danish pastries from Denmark? They both originated in Austria!

Austrians are a very musically inclined people. Apart from the famous von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame, Austria has also given the world composers like Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, J. Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner.

Austria is the birth place of Adolf Hitler.

If you are fond of cars then you will be interested to know that the founder of German sports car company ‘Porche’ and the designer of Volkswagen, Ferdinand Porsche, was an Austrian.

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