Austria as a holiday destination

By: Wendy Palmer

Austria in general

Austriais a totally land-locked country, that shares its border with eight othercountries. These are; the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech republic, Slovak republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. The nationis made up of nine provinces: Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vienna, Vorarlbergand Upper Austria. The official language is German and the vast majority ofits 8 million inhabitants are Germanic.

Austria is an Alpinecountry with mountainous terrain covering its western and southern area. Thiscreates a spectacular landscape of verdant green valleys, beautiful lakes and fairy-taleforests. There are also numerous, fast-flowing rivers, including Europe’s biggest;the Danube.

Holidayingin AustriaAustria has much moreto offer tourists than its dramatically beautiful scenery.

Itscities offer culture, history, magnificent architecture plus entertainment anda vibrant night life.

Vienna is thecapital and little more than a century ago it was the imperial seat ofgovernment for the mighty Austro-Hungarian empire. It is famous for both itsmusical tradition and stunning architecture.

Thenthere is Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and the location of Europe’s largest andbest preserved fortress, the Hohensalzburg. Below this mighty castle, Salzburg’s baroque OldTown is a delightto explore at any time.

Everywhereyou go in Austria you arereminded of why the nation is renowned for its rich cultural inheritance. Forthe real culture buffs, concerts, operas and museums are always beckoning anddemanding attention.

Despitethe many other things that this relatively small country has to offer thetourist, the majority of holidaymakers are attracted to it by the mountains.Whether it’s a summer holiday relaxing by the side of one of the many lakes, a hikingholiday in the spring time, or a winter sports holidayScience Articles, the Alpine regions arewhere most people head for.

Austria’s climate isfavourable to outdoor activities although it can be quite changeable. Summersare generally warm and pleasant but fairly heavy rain showers are common.? Austria's winters usuallyprovide dependable snowfalls but in recent years some ski resorts have sufferedat the beginning and towards the end of their season. Winter sunshine levelsare usually good making a day on the ski slopes attractive scenically as wellas being an exhilarating experience. Austria really is acountry that offers something for everyone. Use our Best Travel Tip articles tohelp you to decide which of the many activities and sights are your personalpriorities.

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