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Austria

Background

Austria

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.

About

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.

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AustriaThe Ritz-Carlton, Vienna 

Schubertring 5-7
Vienna 1010
Austria

Price (US$): $397 - $1184 / night

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Location. Located in central Vienna, The Ritz Carlton, Vienna is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of House of Music Museum and Viennese City Park. Additional points of interest include Austrian National Library and ORF Centre Vienna. Hotel Features. The Ritz Carlton, Vienna features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. This 5 star property has a 24 hour business… more »

AustriaSchloss Fuschl Resort & Spa, Fuschlsee-Salzburg 

Schloss Strasse 19
Hof Bei Salzburg 5322
Austria

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

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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 »

AustriaPalais Hansen Kempinski Vienna 

Schottenring 24
Vienna 1010
Austria

Price (US$): $319 - $866 / night

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Location. Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna is located in central Vienna, close to St. Mary on the Strand, Burgtheater, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Nearby points of interest also include Vienna City Hall and Spanish Riding School. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna offers 3 coffee shops/cafés. 3 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges… more »

AustriaHotel Sacher Salzburg 

Schwarzstrasse 5-7
Salzburg 5020
Austria

Price (US$): $226 - $831 / night

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Location. Located in central Salzburg, Hotel Sacher Salzburg is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Mozarts Wohnhaus, Residenzplatz, and Mozartplatz. Additional points of interest include Mozart's Birthplace and Museum Carolino Augusteum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Sacher Salzburg 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… more »

AustriaHotel Imperial 

Kaerntner Ring 16
Vienna 1015
Austria

Price (US$): $451 - $965 / night

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Location. Located in central Vienna, Hotel Imperial is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Musikverein, Karlsplatz, and Vienna State Opera. Additional points of interest include Austrian National Library and ORF Centre Vienna. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Imperial include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the café (surcharges apply).… more »

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Austria

Full name
Republic of Austria
Capital
Vienna
Location

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

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

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

Terrain

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

Population

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)

Religions

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

Languages

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

Independence

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

.at

Internet users

6.143 million (2009)

Airports

55 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Enns, Krems, Linz, Vienna

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