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Austria draws people to its jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes and culturally rich cities. Flanked by gorgeous alpine scenery and nestled within the Alps, it is a treasure box of delights and diverse in its offerings. There are literally thousands of holiday rentals in Austria from remote wooden cabins to luxurious hotels and apartments. Check out top ones below with reviews. Or for over 190 holiday hotels in Austria check HERE...
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A German speaking country, Austria has had many famous residents from Sigmund Freud to Amadeus Mozart, both of whom are immortalised in Austria's capital, Vienna's landmarks.
Rich in culture and home to some of the most stunning Baroque architecture, Vienna is also where Beethoven and many other composers called home and you can still hear the famous classical symphonies playing in this magical city.

As with everything in Vienna, coffee has been turned into an artform. The traditional coffee houses have a distinct charming ambiance, offering some of the best coffees, pastries and cakes that money can buy. Often described as Europe’s cultural capital, Vienna is dripping in stunning architecture. Visit the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace residence, the Hofburg - the former palace of the Habsburg dynasty, and the iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its North Tower providing a spectacular view of the city.

A visit to Vienna, a city famous for its elegance, offers up a variety of cultural activities to indulge in. From attending the angelic Vienna Boys choir at the Burgkapelle, experiencing the world’s best orchestra at the philharmonic, or visiting the neoclassical Kunsthistorisches Museum - brimming with the work of Europe’s most famous artists.

History.
Austria was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of World War I when Austria adopted the name the Republic of German-Austria in a bid to unite with Germany. In 1938 Austria was occupied by the Nazis, which lasted until the end of World War II. Democracy was restored and now there are 9 federal states. It is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and part of the EU & United Nations

Geography and climate.
Located in the Alps, Austria is a landlocked, mountainous country bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland & Liechtenstein. It has an alpine climate, and whilst cold in winter, summer temperatures are relatively high. Check the weather chart on our website or visit www.worldclimate.com to get an idea of what the weather will be like on your trip.

Food.
Austrian specialties include Krapfen (doughnuts filled with apricot jam), Apfelstrudel (filled with apple) and Topfenstrudel (filled with cheese). Other typical dishes include Wiener Schnitzel, a veal cutlet which is breaded and fried and also Knodel, which are dumplings often served on the side of a meal.

Economy of Austria:
Austria is a small, landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, and Switzerland.

The Austrian economy is one of the most advanced and prosperous in the world. It is a highly industrialized economy that is highly dependent on foreign trade, with exports and imports accounting for approximately 60% of gross domestic product (GDP). Austria’s main exports are machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, paper and paper products, chemicals, iron and steel, and foodstuffs. Its main imports include machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, chemicals, petroleum, and textiles.

The Austrian economy is highly diversified and has a strong emphasis on high-tech and service industries, with a particular focus on information technology and telecommunications. High-tech manufacturing and research and development are also important components of the economy. The banking and finance sector is highly developed and plays a major role in the economy.

The Austrian government has a commitment to fiscal discipline and sound economic management, which has led to low inflation, low unemployment, and strong public finances. The government has a strong commitment to social welfare, which includes a generous pension system, extensive health care benefits, and generous unemployment benefits.

The Austrian government is committed to the European Union, and Austria was one of the founding members of the currency union. The Austrian economy is highly integrated with the rest of the EU and is a major participant in the European single market.

Austria is a member of the OECD and is a member of the United Nations. It is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement and is a member of the European Free Trade Association. The Austrian economy is highly dependent on foreign trade and is highly integrated into the global economy. Austria has a strong commitment to free trade and has signed free trade agreements with a number of countries, including Japan, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Turkey.

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