No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
— Michel de Montaigne, 1533 - 1592




Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995 have altered the meaning of this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.


Austria (German: Österreich, literally "the Eastern Realm" or "Eastern Empire") is a land-locked alpine German speaking country in Central Europe bordering Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east and Slovenia and Italy to the south. Austria, along with neighboring Switzerland, is the winter sports capital of Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps.

Read more about Austria in our Austria travel guide »

Featured journals from


Is the idealism between work and life balance actually exist?

by estyindra

Euro Trip Trilogy - part 1 (Summer 2006), part 2 (Autumn 2012) and part 3 (Spring 2013)

Sep 2012 - Apr 2013  »  Netherlands | Indonesia | Germany | Switzerland | Belgium | Austria

Alberto's Holiday Diary: Bavaria (Bayern)

by albertoalbavaliente

This is my first trip to another country. I want to share my experience with you. I hope you like it.

Jun 2013 - Jul 2013  »  Germany | Spain | Austria

Canadian in Hungary

by arrowsinhand

Sep 2015 - Oct 2015  »  Canada | Hungary | Austria

Featured hotels in


AustriaInterContinental Vienna 

Johannesgasse 28
Vienna 1037

Price (US$): $240 - $712 / night

Check rates »

Location. InterContinental Vienna is a business friendly hotel located in Vienna's Landstrasse neighborhood, close to Viennese City Park, ORF Centre Vienna, and Austrian National Library. Additional points of interest include Karlsplatz and Austrian Parliament Building. Hotel Features. InterContinental Vienna features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. This 4.5 star property has a business… more »


Kadischenallee 22-24
Villach 9504

Price (US$): $286 - $381 / night

Check rates »

Location. Warmbaderhof is located in Villach, close to Schillerpark, Hauptplatz, and Congress Center Villach. Nearby points of interest also include Fahrzeugmuseum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Warmbaderhof include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Spa… more »

AustriaHotel Sacher Wien 

Philharmonikerstrasse 4
Vienna 1010

Price (US$): $489 - $991 / night

Check rates »

Location. Hotel Sacher Wien is a business friendly hotel located in Vienna, close to Vienna State Opera, Austrian National Library, and Austrian Parliament Building. Additional points of interest include Karlsplatz and Michaelerplatz. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Sacher Wien include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. The property's… more »


Oberlech 117
Lech 6764

Price (US$): $664 - $2233 / night

Check rates »

Welcome to the Goldener Berg a real sport hotel in the AlpsHigh above the rooftops of Lech you can experience total freedom in an area which is completely car free during the winter months No noise no exhaust fumes no thronging crowds peace Austrian hospitality and pure nature all this awaits you here more »

AustriaSchloss Fuschl Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee-Salzburg 

Schloss Strasse 19
Hof Bei Salzburg 5322

Price (US$): $354 - $355 / night

Check rates »

Location. Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee Salzburg is a business friendly hotel located in Hof bei Salzburg's Fuschlsee neighborhood and local attractions include Seebad, Pfarrkirche St Michael, and Marktplatz. Other area points of interest include Heimatmuseum and Musikinstrument Museum der Volker. Hotel Features. Dining options at Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee Salzburg include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available… more »

Browse more hotels in Austria »


Full name
Republic of Austria

Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia

Geographic coordinates

47 20 N, 13 20 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Maine

Border countries

Czech Republic 362 km, Germany 784 km, Hungary 366 km, Italy 430 km, Liechtenstein 35 km, Slovakia 91 km, Slovenia 330 km, Switzerland 164 km


0 km (landlocked)


temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and snow in mountains; moderate summers with occasional showers


in the west and south mostly mountains (Alps); along the eastern and northern margins mostly flat or gently sloping

Lowest point

Neusiedler See 115 m

Highest point

Grossglockner 3,798 m

Natural resources

oil, coal, lignite, timber, iron ore, copper, zinc, antimony, magnesite, tungsten, graphite, salt, hydropower


8,214,160 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Austrians 91.1%, former Yugoslavs 4% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Serbs, and Bosniaks), Turks 1.6%, German 0.9%, other or unspecified 2.4% (2001 census)


Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 4.7%, Muslim 4.2%, other 3.5%, unspecified 2%, none 12% (2001 census)


German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3% (2001 census)

Government type

federal republic


12 November 1918 (republic proclaimed); notable earlier dates 976 (Margravate of Austria established); 17 September 1156 (Duchy of Austria founded); 11 August 1804 (Austrian Empire proclaimed)

National holiday

National Day, 26 October (1955); note - commemorates the passage of the law on permanent neutrality

Chief of state

President Heinz FISCHER (SPOe) (since 8 July 2004)

Head of government

Chancellor Werner FAYMANN (SPOe) (since 2 December 2008); Vice Chancellor Josef PROELL (OeVP) (since 2 December 2008)

Internet country code


Internet users

6.143 million (2009)


55 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Enns, Krems, Linz, Vienna

Other countries in the region