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Intro into Austria

Austria is home to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mozart, Sigmund Freud and unfortunately Adolf Hitler. It’s located in Central Europe and is a landlocked country, bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. It’s a mountainous country, which is renowned for its alpine ski resorts. Austria’s nine Federal Provinces form a political entity and reflect the diversity of landscapes that make up the country.

Throughout the country are glorious architectural reminders of the once-powerful Hapsburgs, who dominated central Europe for seven centuries. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria and in particular Vienna became one of the major centers of the cultural renaissance associated with its ornate Opera House and the former imperial residence of the Hofburg. The Austrian Empire (by this time the Austro-Hungarian Empire) came to an end after World War I; Austria was declared a republic. In 1938 it was incorporated into the Third Reich but was liberated in 1945 and established as a republic once again under the protector ship of the allied powers. In 1955 full independence was restored to the country and today is a member of the European Union.

Today, this apple strudel eating country is home to some of the best skiing in the world and arguably the best place to watch an opera if you are into that sort of thing. Whatever you are interested in you will probably find it here in Austria, but bring lots of money as it’s not a cheap country.


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