Austria is a state in the center of Europe. The name of the country comes from the ancient German Ostarrichi – eastern country and was mentioned for the first time in 996.
The capital is Vienna. Religion – Catholicism. Time is 2 hours behind Moscow time. Monetary unit – euro.
According to ARISTMARKETING, Austria is a mountainous country for 70% of its territory, where the average land height above sea level is 900 m. The climate is temperate, transitional to continental. Winters are mild, summers are hot.
Austria is a country of traditional winter tourism. This country is a ski mecca for tourists. Tourism is the main source of income in Austria.
Tourist plastic cards provide free travel in any form of public transport, free (or cheaper) visits to museums and excursions, all kinds of discounts.
Free maps of Vienna, transport routes, excursion programs and brochures (in Russian) can be obtained from the Vienna Turismus office in Albertina Platz.
Telephone connection with Austria: 8 10 43 + area code + subscriber number
Telephone connection with Russia: 007 + area code + subscriber number
Reference phone: 16-11
Russian citizens arriving in Austria as tourists need a Schengen visa.
Austria’s transport system is well developed and efficient.
Austria has a well-established tourist service system. Bad Gastein, Millstatt, Ischgl, St. Anton am Arlberg, Mayrhofen are the largest European resorts.
There are theaters in all major cities of the country.
The first official world chess champion was the Austrian Wilhelm Steinitz.
Sights of Vienna
The plague column (plague column) rises in the very center of Vienna on Graben Street. This is one of the most beautiful sculptural works of the capital of Austria. In 1679, a plague epidemic raged in Vienna. Emperor Leopold I, leaving the city, promised to build a column of mercy immediately after the end of the epidemic. In the same year, a wooden column made in the form of the Holy Trinity was consecrated. it looked like a Corinthian column with figures of 9 angels.
Other attractions include the Vienna Opera and the Burgtheater., a collection of the Academy of Fine Arts, a collection of jewels of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Park, the oldest zoo in the world (1732).
Schönbrunn Imperial Palace, with its outbuildings and extensive gardens, is considered the most significant building of the Baroque period. From the observation deck offers a magnificent view of Vienna. The historic Schönbrunn Palace Theater, the home stage of the Habsburgs, hosts theater and opera performances. The pastry-bakery of the palace supports the Old Viennese culinary art. A new pool has been opened in the large park around the palace, where you can not only swim, but also take medical procedures.
Museum of Cinematography. The Austrian Film Museum is located in the Albertina district of Vienna. The main mission of the museum is the research and preservation of unique cinematographic collections. The museum was established in 1964. It quickly built up an excellent reputation for its interesting programs.
In the Viennese suburb of Oberlaa, Austria’s strongest 54-degree sulfur spring springs from a depth of 400 m. The main indications for treatment are the need to regenerate the body and reduce pain.
The thermal spring in Oberlaa is open all year round. The pool receives water from eight geysers. There are 50 devices for underwater massage, indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi. For children there is a paddling pool. 20-30 minutes of swimming in water of 32-35 degrees Celsius have a magical effect on the human body. The winter season in ski resorts opens at the end of November and lasts in most regions until mid-April. But on the glaciers of Austria you can ride all year round.