Religion in Austria
78% of the population of Austria are Catholics, 5% are Protestants. About 9% of the country’s inhabitants are atheists.
Transport in Austria
Austria ‘s main international airport is located near Vienna. Charter flights fly to the ski areas of Salzburg and Innsbruck in winter. In addition, you can use the airports of neighboring Schengen countries. You can get to Austria by train through the territory of the Czech Republic and Poland. If you want to travel by car, you will need to take out insurance (green card). A toll is charged for driving on Austrian roads.
The best way to travel between cities is by train, they are very reliable and comfortable, especially trains EuroCity type. Children under 6 years old can travel for free, children from 6 to 15 years old pay 50% of the ticket price.
For trips to the suburbs, it is better to use the bus. But mostly buses are used for urban routes. For travel, you can purchase a single ticket, a day pass or a ticket for 3 days. They are sold at pre-sale ticket offices, at tobacconists, as well as at automatic ticket offices. Also, in some cities of Austria, there is a subway, trams and trolleybuses run. in Vienna tourist plastic cards are sold everywhere, which will provide free travel in any form of transport, as well as free or reduced visits to museums and restaurants. Taxis are best ordered by phone. In big cities, taxis are officially metered.
You can rent a car at all airports, large stations and rental companies. The conditions for renting a car are the availability of rights and a credit card. Travel on the roads of Austria is paid, the corresponding receipt must be attached to the windshield of the car.
Plant and Animal World in Austria
On the plains and at altitudes of no more than 1000 m above sea level, forests of deciduous trees – beech, oak and birch – prevail, above them they are replaced by spruce, pine and larch. Alpine meadows are located high in the mountains, where herbaceous species with decorative flowers are found.
Of the animals on the territory of Austria, foxes, wild cats, martens, chamois, deer and marmots, as well as a stone goat live. Butterflies are found in alpine meadows.
Minerals in Austria
Austria is rich in minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesite, there are large reserves of brown coal, oil and natural gas, small amounts of clay, kaolin, common salt, copper lead-zinc ores, gypsum, antimony ore, graphite and talc are mined.
Banks in Austria
Banks are open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 to 15:00 with a lunch break from 12:00 to 13:30. On Thursday, banks are open from 8:00 to 17:30.
Money in Austria
Since 2002, after Austria joined the European Union, the country’s official currency is the euro. 1 euro is equal to 100 cents. In circulation there are banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros, as well as coins of 1.2, 5.10, 20.50 cents, 1 and 2 euros.
You can exchange foreign currency at any banks, exchange offices, train stations, airports, as well as in most travel agencies and hotels. As a rule, in hotels, restaurants and shops in Austria you can pay with a credit card.
Rate: 1 Euro (EUR) = 1.05 USD
Political State in Austria
According to politicsezine, Austria is a federal republic. The head of state is the president, the legislature is a bicameral parliament (Federal Assembly). Administratively, Austria is divided into 9 states: Vienna, Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol and Vorarlberg.
Population in Austria
Austrians make up 97% of the population, and Croatians, Hungarians, Slovenes, Czechs, Italians, Serbs and Romanians also live in the country.
The official language of Austria is German.
Cuisine in Austria
Viennese cuisine is distinguished by a large number of meat dishes. The most popular is the Viennese schnitzel. This is a tender piece of veal, rolled in breadcrumbs and fried in vegetable oil. In addition to schnitzel, you will be offered potato salads, “bakhoun” (baked chicken in breadcrumbs), “kaiserschmarren” (omelette with plum jam), goulash, boiled beef with apple horseradish “tafelspitz”, trout fillet, noodles with “kasnocken” cheese, cheese soup, Serbian carp, dried ham and an analogue of Italian pasta – “nockerl”. From sweet dishes, strudel (apple pie or roll) is world famous. You should definitely try the Gugelhupf rum cake, the sweet Salzburger Knockerln soufflé, white bread baked in egg with marmalade and Arme Ritter sugar, apricot dumplings.
The pride of the Austrians are a variety of wines. Very interesting are “Heuriger” (young dry wine of the last grape harvest), “Schilcher” (red wine), white wines “Muskateller” and “Morrilan”. Of the non-alcoholic drinks, coffee is commonly consumed. Dozens of types of coffee preparation are known in Austria.