Austria Tips


Lienz
June 16, 2008, 6:28 pm
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With the jagged Dolomites on its doorstep, Lienz dishes up Italian charm around its cobbled centre, where chirpy locals kick back with gelato (ice cream) in the palm-studded square. Just 40km north of Italy, this snippet of East Tyrol expertly blends big wilderness with cultural clout: the glacial Isel River, Roman treasures and a medieval castle brimming with art are all there for the savouring. But it’s the mountains that really demand attention – austere beauties piercing the town’s southern skyline and looking their best when the last of the sun makes their pinnacles blush.



Salzburg
May 8, 2008, 1:11 pm
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Salzburg is a year-round destination so when you go depends on what you want to do or see. The summer high season is in July and August, when both large crowds and high prices may be a turn off. June and September are also busy months for tourism. Winter can get very cold but things will be less crowded and hotel prices will be lower (except over Christmas and Easter). Winter sports are in full swing from mid-December to late March.



Vienna
April 30, 2008, 11:23 am
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Vienna (in German Wien pronounced /viːn/; /viˈɛnʌ/ English; see also other names) is the capital of Austria, and is also one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria’s primary city; with a population of about 1.7 million [1] (2.3 million within the metropolitan area), it is by far the largest city in Austria as well as its cultural, economic and political center. It is the 10th largest city by population in the European Union and is identified having the 3rd highest quality of living. The United Nations has offices there, as does OPEC. The Vienna International Centre near the Danube also hosts important international offices including the International Atomic Energy Agency. Vienna lies in the very east of Austria and is close to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site[2] and an Economist Intelligence Unit study of 127 world cities ranked it first equal with Vancouver for the quality of life.



Austria
April 30, 2008, 11:21 am
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Austria (German: Österreich) (Österreich officially the Republic of Austria (German: Republik Österreich) (Republik Österreich ), is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It borders both Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The capital is the city of Vienna on the Danube River.

The origins of modern Austria date back to the ninth century, when the territory of Upper and Lower Austria became increasingly populated. The name “Ostarrichi” is first documented in an official document from 996. Since then this word has developed into the Österreich.

Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal states[3] and is one of six European countries that have declared permanent neutrality and one of the few countries that includes the concept of everlasting neutrality in its constitution. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955 and joined the European Union in 1995.