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Today Austria commemorates the State Treaty restoring national sovereignty which took place on October 26, 1955 after an occupation by the four allied countries (Soviet Union, USA, U.K., and France) since the end of the second world war.

Austria has a very long and proud history that goes back thousands of years. It has had several eras of great power, culture, and influence. It used to be an empire and one of the great powers of Europe.

Austria of today is a small landlocked country located in the center of Europe and surrounded by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. It is smaller than Maine and slightly larger than the Czech Republic. It has a population of 8.2 million. Its capital is Vienna.

Austria might be only a small fraction of what it once was, but life in modern Austria is good. It is one of the richest countries in Europe and its capital Vienna is a cosmopolitan city with plenty of history, beautiful architecture, museums, art galleries, monuments, castles, parks, restaurants, great hotels, music traditions, etc. And Vienna also has some of the greatest cafés in the world.

In addition Austria has strikingly beautiful sceneries, reminding of the ones from the movie classic “The Sound of Music”, and it offers some of the best skiing in the world. Salzburg (Mozart’s hometown, see our past articles: Salzburg to Celebrate Mozart and Happy Birthday Mozart!) and Innsbruck offer not only history, architecture, and atmosphere, but are also great mountain and ski resorts. Austria’s central location makes it even more interesting to visit, since it’s only a few hours drive from many interesting destinations in other European countries.

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