Things to Know
Republic of Austria
Vienna is situated in the East of Austria away from the Alps.
Austria is a pipe-shaped, landlocked country in Europe.
Official Language: German
Languge to learn some German words.
The Hapsburg dynasty dominated
central Europe for close to 700 years from the 13th to the 20th century.
Pure white horse, named after its place of origin in Lippiza,
Slovenia. They are trained at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna.
Ibex (a mountain goat with huge curved horns) and chamois (horned goat antelope related to goats but having antelope-like
Kingsley (1862-1900) The greatest of all women explorers.
Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890)
(1813-1873) Explored the interior
Speke (1827 - 1864)
Discovered Lake Victoria the
largest source of the Nile River.
(1877-1904) was an explorer who
lived and traveled extensively in North Africa.
Cold winters with frequent rain in lowlands and snow in the
mountains; cool summers with occasional showers.
The two best known features of the Austrian landscape are the Alps
and the Danube River. In the west and south is mostly mountains
(Alps); along the eastern and northern margins is mostly flat or
gently sloping land. The Alps cover 62 percent of Austria's total area.
The Danube River is the second longest river in Europe. The Danube
River has its source in southwestern Germany and flows through
Austria before emptying into the Black Sea. It is the only major
European river that flows from west to east. The Danube River's
importance as an inland waterway was enhanced by the completion in
1992 of the Rhine-Main-Danube
Canal in Bavaria, which connects the Rhine and Main rivers with
the Danube and makes possible barge traffic from the North Sea to the
Nearly half of Austria is forested, mainly with oak and beech at low
altitudes; at higher elevations conifers predominate. Trees yield to
Alpine meadows at just over 2000m and orchids, edelweiss and poppies
become quite common.
What is edelweiss?
Austria has sometimes been called "the land of music."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (175691), a native of Salzburg, is
considered one of the world's greatest composers.
Learn about Mozart's famous theme and variations on Twinkle,
Twinkle, Little Star.
The tune was an old French melody titled "Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman" ("Shall I tell you, Mother?"). Mozart composed a set of 12 improvisations on "Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman. The words to the song are from an early nineteenth-centry English poem, “The Star” written by Jane Taylor."Twinkle,
Twinkle, Little Star words."
fame as the Vienna Boys' Choir.
Joseph Haydn --Regarded as the father of the symphony.
Strauss the Younger is known as the Waltz King because of the
many waltzes he wrote. Visit the Waltz
History page to hear the famous Strauss waltz, "The Blue
Danube," and other Strauss music.
The Internet Yodel Course
Learn the noble art of yodeling in 10 free lessons.
Jackdaw and the Pigeons (Aesop).
Bertha von Suttner
Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Austrian Christmas Tree Ornament
Salzburg, Austria Wallpaper
Austrians pronounce their country's name
which means in German "kingdom of the east."
Austria is famous for its cakes
Detailed overview of Austria in the form of texts, pictures, sounds,
and videos in 9 Austria
Interactive map with virtual reality panoramas of some austrian towns