The national flag of Austria , originally adopted in 1918, was momentarily banned during the period of the Second World War. The Austria Flag was again adopted after the ban in the year 1945. The Austrian Flag comprises of three equal bands of red, white and red respectively from top to bottom. The three bands in the Austria Flag are horizontally arranged. The red and white patterns on theAustria Flag have been a collective emblem for Austria for more than eight hundred years making it one of the oldest ensigns in the world. According to popular legend the red and white pattern on the Austria Flag is symbolic of the bloodstained white coat worn by the Duke of Austria during a gruesome battle.
Location: Landlocked central European nation, sharing borders with Czech and Slovak republics to the north, Germany to the north-west, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the south-west, Italy and the former Yugoslavia to the south, and Hungary to the east .
Area: 83,870 sq. km .
The Capital - VIENNA
Vienna, the city that never woke up. Pearl of the Balkans. The biggest trash can of Eastern Europe. Mock it, as you wish - it is and remains a significant city and proves highly popular among tourists. a capital of a vast empire , it is packed with sightseeing attractions, things to do and places to go to . Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud ,a neurologist who is well known for being the greatest interpreters of dreams.
Doing Business in Austria
Austria, with a population of 8.4 million, is a dynamic European Union member country offering export opportunities for U.S. companies of all sizes. For U.S. firms looking to expand in Southeast Europe, Austria offers attractive features as a regional headquarters location . Basically, Austria is a good export market for U.S. companies, with no significant trade barriers. Qualified Austrian agents and distributors can be found for nearly every kind of product. Given the size of the country, Austria represents a desirable, affluent pilot market for U.S.-made products in Europe. Because of Austria’s geographic location and history, many Austrian agents and distributors, in addition to the Austrian market, sell regionally, covering several markets in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Balkan countries.
Top 10 Places to visit in Austria
1. Hofburg Imperial Castle, Vienna - his beautiful palace in the heart of the Austrian capital Vienna was used for winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Nowadays it is the official residence of the Austrian president.
2. Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Schönbrunn is one of the most attractive castles in Vienna and as such it officially operates since the distant 1860. The complex Schönbrunn includes incredibly beautiful gardens, the oldest zoo in the world and many other intriguing structures that make Schönbrunn one of the most unique places in the Austrian capital.
3. St. Stephen Cathedral, Vienna - St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna can be described in an array of superlatives - it is the national landmark of Austria and a symbol of Austrian identity as well as a world famous cultural treasure and monument.
4. The Schlossberg, Graz - In the heart of Graz rises Schlossberg hill, which dominates the village with its 500 meters altitude. Schlossberg is the place where the strongest fortress in the world was situated. Today anything but an impressive clock tower has remained there- Uhrturm and it is considered to be the symbol of Graz.
5. Hohenwerfen Castle, Salzburg - Hohenwerfen is an amazing castle situated atop a rock near Salzburg. In literal translation Hohenwerfen means castle of experience. There you can find a lot of interesting and attractive things - historical collections of antiques, beautiful scenery, accompanied by the exciting story of the castle over the centuries.
6. Eisriesenwelt Caves - Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves are located in the mountains near Salzburg Tennengebirge and have a length of 42 km formed of tunnels and chambers .
7. Murinsel, Graz - The Murinsel is an artificial floating platform in the middle of the Mur River in Graz, Austria.
The building is 50 m long and 20 m wide and it has the form of enormous shell. Inside the building there are amphitheater, a nice cafe and a playground. It is connected to the shore by a bridge that is beautifully bathed in gorgeous blue light at night.
8. Salzburgs Old Town - The city of Salzburg - and especially its historic city center - is in fact one of the most beautiful places in Europe. The Old Town with its variety of architectural styles is a true delight for the eye
9. Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg - Hellbrunn Palace is a kind of unique medieval castle of enjoyment. It is definitely worth visiting because it offers plenty of opportunities for entertainment. Apart from the many interesting things you can see inside, there are also a magnificent garden and a zoo located next to it.
10. St. Charles Church, Vienna - St. Charles ' Church is one of the landmarks of the city of Vienna. It is a unique example of Baroque architecture and is unsurpassed of this kind north of the Alps. But in St. Charles combines different styles from different eras and elements from many other churches around the world - Solomon and the St. Sophia in Constantinople. Without exaggerating we can say that St. Charles in Vienna combines styles from Roman times to the Middle Ages and Renaissance and that it is one of the most beautifully decorated churches all over the world.
Popular dishes of Vienna :
- Rindsuppe (beef soup) a clear soup with golden colour.
- Gulasch -- a hotpot similar to Hungarian pörkölt - Austrian goulash is eaten often with rolls, bread or dumplings ("Semmelknödel")
- Beuschel (a ragout containing calf lungs and heart)
- Powidl a thick sweet and spicy jam made from plums.
Apfelstrudel , apple strudel
Palatschinken pancakes similar to French Crêpes, filled with marmalade, jam, sprinkled with sugar
The most popular meats in Austria are pork , beef and chicken . The famous Wiener Schnitzel is traditionally made of veal . Bacon is used in many traditional recipes as a salty spice.
Austrian cakes and pastries are a well-known feature of its cuisine. Perhaps the most famous is the Sachertorte , a chocolate cake with apricot jam filling, traditionally eaten with whipped cream. Punschkrapfen is a classical Austrian pastry , a cake filled with cake crumbs, nougat chocolate, apricot jam and then soaked with rum .
Drinks - Austria is credited in popular legend with introducing coffee to Europe after bags of coffee beans were left behind by the retreating Turkish army after the Battle of Vienna in 1683. Coffee is served in a variety of styles, particularly in the Viennese cafés . An Austrian Mokka or kleiner Schwarzer is similar to espresso , but is extracted more slowly.
Italian styles such as cappuccino , espresso and caffè latte are also commonly served. Drinking coffee together is an important social activity in Austrian culture. This somewhat routine activity can be compared to the British afternoon tea tradition. It is also very common to go to a coffeehouse for dating.
Wine is principally cultivated in the east of Austria.