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Austrian culture

Thanks to its central European location, Austria has a rich culture and history, with influence from neighbouring countries such as Switzerland, Germany, and Hungary. Austrians enjoy dining, museums, shows, and festivals. Traditions are also very important, including the creation of traditional crafts and clothing, yodelling, and town gatherings.

Sport and outdoor activities

As the terrain in Austria is very mountainous, skiing and snowboarding are very popular in the winter, with Austria being home to many internationally-known ski resorts, offering challenging opportunities for those who enjoy winter sports. Visit St Anton, Ischgl, and Saalbach to try a range of winter sports. Austrian people also enjoy Alpine downhill skiing and ski jumping.

In warmer weather, the mountains are also enjoyed for hiking, or trekking, and swimming and fishing are other activities that Austrian people like to undertake. Football, or soccer, is also a popular sport, played by students and young people, and many people also support and follow the professional European football leagues.

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The mountain runs can be very steep, so consider booking a ski lesson if you are new to the sport.

Places of interest in Austria

There are many places to see and explore in Austria. To make the most of your time in the country, consider visiting the following places:

Vienna

The capital city, and the largest city in Austria is known for its beautiful cathedral, royal palaces, and museums. Visit the Spanish Riding School, the Hofburg Palace, and sample local Viennese sweets and desserts.

Salzburg

A popular Bavarian town, near the German border, and the birthplace of the composer Mozart. The city is popular for its traditional architecture, art, music, and culture.

Innsbruck

A popular resort town in the winter, it is a great starting place to try skiing or snowboarding in the nearby Alpine towns, such as St Anton.

Zell am See

An Alpine town with beautiful mountains, offering a relaxing country break in either summer or winter. Go hiking or swimming, sample traditional cuisine, and enjoy the slower pace of life in the country.

Shopping and dining in Austria

Modern and large shopping centres can be found in larger cities, such as Vienna, offering both Austrian and international brands. In addition, Austria has great local craft industries, so consider visiting local shops for handmade woodworking crafts and souvenirs, leather products, and textiles.

Dining options are plentiful in Austria, and can suit all budgets and tastes. Traditional Austrian cuisine is hearty and filling, and includes meats, such as schnitzels, boiled beef and pork, and potatoes, cheeses and vegetables. Goulash, a meat stew, is also a traditional dish to try. Cafes are aplenty throughout Austria, offering strong coffees and local desserts, including pastries, strudels, and chocolate cakes. International cuisines can also be found in Austria, especially in larger cities.

Many towns and cities also offer regular markets, and are great to find locally produced cheeses and sweets, fresh produce, jams and sauces.

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