Country of the Week: Austria


With fairy tale-like charm, the country of Austria is an exciting addition to any bucket list. Explore this fantastical destination yourself and explore the beauty and majesty of the architecture and attractions for yourself. Let's learn about this land.
Other title(s): The Musical Centre of Europe
Continent: Europe
Capital: Vienna
Most populous city: Vienna
Language(s): German
Current political leader: Alexander Van der Bellen, President
Currency: Euro
Major Religions: Christian
National symbol: Animal: Black Eagle Bird: Barn Swallow Flower: Gentiana Coat of Arms: Austria's coat of arms consists of a black eagle with broken chains around its legs, and a sickle and hammer in its talons. A red and white shield protects the front of the eagle, and a mural crown rests on its head.
Famous landmark: The Hofburg, Belvedere Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Judenplatz, Kaisergruft, Burggarten, Maria Theresa Monument, Natural History Museum Vienna
Movies/series filmed: James Bond: Spectre, The Three Musketeers(1993), Season of the Witch, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Knight and Day, The Sound of Music, Last Holiday
Famous people: Boris Kodjoe, Franz Schubert, Marie Antoinette, Hans Hass, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wolfgang Puck, Marcel Sabitzer, Ernst Fuchs
Climate: Found within a temperate climate zone, the western and northwestern regions are influenced greatly by the Atlantic climate while the east is influenced by the continental climate. It's all about altitude, with temperatures lowering the higher the elevation is. Summers are expectedly hot while the evenings are chilly.
Popular festivals: Miss America Pageant, Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, Wildwoods International Kite Festival, New Jersey State Fair, Festival of the Sea