Winter is back at last and the mountains are calling! Fun and sports –
carving, snowboarding, cross-country skiing – welcome to winter in
In the cities and towns the scent of mulled wine or punch and freshly
baked gingerbread at the Advent markets and the beautifully decorated
streets are alive with Christmas cheer.
Area: 83,858 km2
located in southern Central Europe.
It has common borders with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Austria is a popular travel destination for guests from all over the
world who appreciate its beautiful landscapes, rich culture, delicious
local cuisine, hospitality and safety. Quality is Austria's top
The following pages provide many useful tips for your stay in Austria,
so that you can enjoy your vacation in its entirety.
The Austrian landscape points to a rich natural structure: High and
central mountain regions, hill country and plains. The Alpine region
(Eastern Alps, High Tauern, Carnican Alps, Southern Karawank mountains
and parts of the Southern Alps) stretches from the West to the South to
the Vienna Basin, and takes up approximately two thirds of the country's
surface area. The western part of the country is mountainous while the
east is hill country and flatlands which stretch to the Pannonian Plain
in northern Burgenland
Due to the topographical diversity and the relatively large West-East
expanse, there are three differentiating climatic regions:
East: Pannonian climate with a continental influence – low
precipitation, hot summers but only moderately cold winters.
Alpine Regions: Alpine climate - high precipitation ( except inner
alpine valley regions such as the upper Inntal), short summers, long
Remainder of the country: transient climate influenced by the Atlantic
(in the West) and a continental influence in the South-east.