Famous as a bridge builder and a venue for cultural exchange in Europe, Austria boasts spectacular landscapes and urban sleeves. Officially the Republic of Austria, it is a landlocked country that covers an area of about 83, 879 Sq Km. A federal republic in East Central Europe, Austria shares its borders with Germany and Czech Republic in the north, Slovakia and Hungary in the east, Italy and Slovenia in the South, and Liechtenstein and Switzerland in the west. The country is blessed with deep carved valleys, rocky flank of mountains and many picturesque lakes.
Austria is dominated by the Alps mountain range in the west and the south.Grossglockner mountain is its highest point with a height of 3,798 meters. The major rivers in the country include the Inn, the Salzach, the Enns, Gali and Drau rivers, and the Murz and Mur rivers.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, is the largest city of the country. Regarded as the ‘City of Music’, it houses a MuseumsQuartier that hosts some magnificent museums, and is one of the largest cultural quarters of the world. Many famous music icons like Beethovan, spent a major part of their life in Vienna. Also, the world famous intrumentalist - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born in the country, in the city of Salzburg. Graz and Linz are other prominent cities in Austria that are known for their architectural splendours. Tirol city is famous with tourists for its enchanting mountain landscapes while Innsbruck has cultural pleasures along with adventurous expeditions.
As Austria is an alpine region, sports like snowboarding, ski-jumping and mountain skiing are prominent here. Though football gets most attention followed by hockey, ice-hockey, basketball and Formula One racing. The country is also famous for its culinary circuits. People eat a well-balanced diet with variations of pork, beef and countless vegetables here. Krapfen, which are essentially doughnuts filled with custard or apricot jam are a very popular bakery item.
With a population of over 8 million, Austria has German as its official language. Others languages including Turkish, Bosnian, Serbian, English, Hungarian, Croatian, Polish, Albanian, Slovenian, Czech, Arabic and Romanian are also spoken here. Austrian nationals share a mixed view on religion. Over 44% of population believe in God, out of which many follow Roman Catholic Church. However, more than 38% people believe in existence of some sort of life force, and 12% do not believe in God at all.
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