15 things I learnt about Austria

I can proudly call this country my second home, because I spent 3 weeks there when I was 12, one month when I was 21 and 6 weeks when I became 22. Although I’ve been to a lot of places, there are still many to visit. Can’t wait to go back someday! 

  1. Austria lies in the middle of Europe, and it is surrounded by Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
  2. It is the 12th richest country if the world concerning the GDP.
  3. Its capital is the beautiful Vienna, that has 1.8 million people of population.
  4. Its territory was occupied first by Celtic tribes in the ancient times. The famous Venus of Willendorf was found in Austria, it dates back to the paleolithic age and is now in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna.
  5. Its history can not be separated from the Hungarian because of mutual monarchs, wars and other events. We Hungarians call them our ‘Austrian borther-in-laws’.
  6. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 started World War I.
  7. The most famous Austrian people are: Erwin Schrödinger, Sigmund Freud, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Gustav Klimt, Billy Wilder, Johann Strauss (both of them), Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  8. Austrian German is their national language and it is not identical to German.
  9. Austrian people are very polite and always ready to help. They are used to foreigners in their country. Although they speak English perfectly well, they don’t always show it. They all lead healthy lives by doing sports and eating food only of very good quality.
  10. The most famous Austrian movies, the Sissi trilogy was made about Queen Elisabeth, played by Romy Schneider in 1955.
  11. The Christmas fair in Vienna is very popular among tourists from all over the world…
  12. … and of course because of the Alpines, Austria has many ski resorts.
  13. Glühwein or mulled wine is a spicy drink that brings Christmas in your mouth. They are always sold at Christmas fairs in different mugs every year.
  14. Famous Austrian dishes are Wiener Schnitzel (very thin, deep fried meat), Frittatensuppe (cattle soup with cut pancakes as paste), Marillenknödl (noodles filled with apricot), Kaiserschmarrn (thick pancake-like paste with fruit or jam), Apfelstrudel (strudel filled with apple) and Sacher cake (chocolate cake filled with jam, chocolate on top).
  15. Their very famous chocolate, the Mozartkugel was made by a confectioner from Salzburg and it won a gold medal of the Paris World’s Fair in 1905. It is a pisctacchio marzipan mix coated with nougat.

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