It is officially the Republic of Austria, a noncoastal East Alpine country in the southern part of central Europe. It is composed of nine federated states, one of which is Vienna which is the capital. A large part of the population speaks German, the country’s official language; other languages spoken include Croatian, Hungarian and Slovene. About three-fourths of Austrians are Christians.

The beech forests of the Carpathians, The historic center of Vienna, The historic center of Salzburg, The great spa towns of Europe are a few among the 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Austria. Great museums of Austria include Kunsthistorisches Museums, The Austrian Gallery, and Albertina Graphics Collection. Other tourist attractions include Schonbrunn Palace, HohensalzburgFotress in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz. 

Austria takes a leading role in terms of having/owning some of the most sublime achievements in music, theatre, literature, architecture, medicine, and science. Most Austrians celebrate the Christian holidays, and they also celebrate Glockerlauf, a festival that takes place the evening before Epiphany. Vienna is also associated with waltz and operetta; the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Opera are Austria’s premier musical institutions. 

Austria’s vibrant wine scene includes Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and Vienna. Famous Austrian dishes include TirolerGrostl, Venison Ragout, Esterhazy Roast beef, Zwetschkenknodel, Ravioli, Palatschinken, Heidensterz, Weiner Schnitzel etc. 

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