Food In Austria they eat lots of food such as: Weiner Schnitzel Rindsuppe (beef soup) GermKnodel (Dumplings) Lots of different breads Mehlspeise (Sweet flour-based dishes) Apfelstrudel (Apple strudel) Kaiserschmarrn (pancakes ripped into bites - served with applesauce or stewed plums) Frankfurters Käsekrainer (a kind of sausage)
Languages In the Austria they speak lots of languages like: English, High German, Low German, Slovene, Croatian and Hungarian.
National Dance In Austria they dance the following dances: Folk dancing Figure dancing Waltz Polka Zwiefacher Sprachinseltänze (language island dances)
In 1934 Austria came 3rd in the FIFA world cup, in 1954 Austria came 3rd in the FIFA World cup and also in 1958 they came 7th in the FIFA world cup
Children start school at the age of 6. They spend four years in primary school and are usually taught by the same teacher for the entire time.
The highest mountain in Austria is called Grossglockner
The first Youth Winter Olympics will be held in Austria (in 2012).
Customs and Traditions On December 6th St Nicholas comes and gives children presents.(Not the 25th December like we do in New Zealand) In February they have a National Ball –called the “Vienna Opera Ball”. Most Austrians greet one another formally, by shaking hands and saying, "GrussGott" (greet God) or "Grussdich" (greet you). When they leave, they shake hands again and say "Auf Wiedersehen" (good-bye). When dining, everyone at the table joins in a toast, saying "Prost Low culture people wear Ledershosen and do beer drinking. High culture people have the Vienna Ball, go so special coffee houses and go to see the Spanish horses.
In Austria they lots of sports like: alpine skiing Snowboarding ski-jumping football ice hockey basketball Sports
Eisriesenwelt Caves (The largest ice caves in the world!) Krimml Falls (Has the longest waterfall in Europe at 1246 feet) Schonbrunn Palace – the most important cultural monuments in Austria Spanish Riding School The Swarovski Crystal Worlds Salzburg’s birth place Mozart’s house Sound of Music house Places to go in Austria
Here are some pictures of places you can see or go
Summer can be hot and long and the temperatures can be from 20°C to 30°C. The average winter temperatures are around 0°. They also can have snow on the mountains in spring and autumn. Cold winters with frequent rain in lowlands and snow in the mountains; cool summers with occasional showers Weather and climate
What they wear German boys used to wear lederhosen up to the age of about sixteen years Girls wear the Dirndl– a type of dress
Animals in Austria In Austria they have animals such as: Lipizzaner (A white horse named after its place of origin in Lippiza Ibex a mountain goat with huge curved horns Chamois horned goat antelope related to goats but having antelope-like features Marmots (cute little furry creatures).
Explorers in Austria Mary Kingsley (1862-1900) The greatest of all women explorers Dr. David Livingstone(1813-1873) Explored the interior of Africa John Speke (1827 - 1864)Discovered Lake Victoria the largest source of the Nile River Isabelle Eberhardt(1877-1904) was an explorer who lived and traveled extensively in North Africa
Area 83,870 sq km Land=82,444 sq km Water=1,426 sq km This means Austria is 3x smaller then New Zealand! (NZ is 268,676 sq km)
Mum’s story Mum went to Austria a few years ago. She said that she remembers that it had a lot of beautiful mountains and lakes, but also there were a few things that she thought were quite cool. Here are some photos she took! Hohensalzburg Castle This was one of the coolest castles I have ever seen! We had to get a cable car to go up to the top of it. It started to be built in 1077 – so its a really old castle. It used to be used as a prison as well. Seven crosses There is an area in Salzburg where you will find 7 crosses in a grave. A man (Sebastian Stumpfegger) was married 7 times, and he “tickled” each of his wives to death.
Mum’s story Salt Mines There are mines in Salzburg that you can go down in boats and see salt everywhere. You can reach up from your boat and touch the salt on the roof of the mines. You have to wear funny outfits to go on the boats so you don’t get wet or dirty. The Sound of Music house This is the house where the movie The Sound of Music was made. Its really cool!