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Austria: FAQ

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Its unique location at the center of European traffic between the great Danubian trade route and the magnificent Alpine passes gives Austria a lot of political and economic power.

Despite being one of the most powerful states in Europe, Austria is recognized as the neutral core of Europe. It shares its borders with Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

This beautiful country has become a popular destination for tourists from every country in the world. If you plan on visiting Österreich in the near future, there are probably more than a million questions on your mind.

In this article, we will provide answers to a handful of mind-blogging questions concerning living in Austria as a tourist, investor, or student.

What Austria is famous for?

Austria is famous for its elegant castles, palaces, cathedrals, and ancient architecture. The Belevedere [1714] and Schönbrunn [1696] are the most famous palaces on Earth, and both of them are located in Vienna.

The Austrian Alps is another exciting destination for ex-pats that are thrilled with outdoor sports. The Alps provide skiers with the best slopes and terrains for a wonderful experience.

Kitzbühel is perhaps the best place to ski and resort town in the country. It has 170 kilometers of the ski area with mountain huts that serve the best coffee in all of Europe.

Then there’s Vienna. Vienna is the dictionary definition of glorious. Austria’s capital city is regarded as the World’s Capital of Classical Music and Art. It is a European city that you should visit as an art lover.

Austrian cuisine like the Wiener Schnitzel, Potato goulash, Käsespätzle, and the native sausages are among the many famous dishes that started in the country.

Finally, the magnificent 1795-mile-long River Danube flows through more than 10 countries and is another wonderful sight that you’d fall in love with.

How is life in Austria?

While Austria is a mountainous state, it is a very developed country. About one-fourth of the country’s population lives in Vienna. Vienna offers its residents the highest quality of life in the world and has been dubbed the best city in the world.

With a population of over 450,000 people, Graz is Austria’s second-largest city and gateway to the Balkans. This part of the country is international and less touristy because it has a high student population.

There are a lot of good affordable universities and colleges in this part of Austria making Graz perfect for international students.

Linz is a riverside city and one of the best places to live in Austria as a foreigner. This renowned city might be small, but it brings out the best in everyone. It is located close to the Czech Republic, and Germany, and you can easily board a train to visit Vienna anytime you like.

Austria has the most developed transport systems and road networks in the European Union, especially in the capital Vienna. Aside from an excellent public transport network, The Austrian healthcare system is recognized for its outstanding services.

Both residents and foreigners can get access to high-quality healthcare facilities available throughout the country. There are three distinct types of social insurance in Austria: Health, accident, and pension.

There are also more than 1,300 public and international schools that offer a series of academic and vocational-technical at various levels. The Republic of Austria operates a free and public educational system with nine years of compulsory education.

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Do Austrians speak English?

The English Language is widely taught and spoken in Österreich. More than three-quarters of the country’s population can converse in fluent English. While some residents don’t know or often hesitate to speak English, the English language is a very common language in the country, especially in large cities and tourist destinations.

Aside from the English language, many people living here are fluent in Croatian, Hungarian, Slovenian, German, and Turkish.

What is the best time to travel to Austria?

Austria is one of the few places on Earth where there is something for everyone, even if you do not know exactly what you are looking for. There are high tourist activities between June and August, so the prices of travel and accommodation would go up because the tourist rush around this time is usually higher than usual. The best time to travel to Austria is Spring.

You will enjoy your stay in Austria during Spring [April and June] and before fall [September and October]. The weather during these periods is perfect for outdoor sports, and the crowd during this time is fewer than normal.

Why is Austria so expensive?

Since 2004, Österreich has been top of the list of the richest countries within the European Union. The country’s economy is also well-developed and stands as one of the most productive in the world.

The state uses a free market economy with development across all industries, from manufacturing basic goods to labor-intensive products and tourism which makes up over 13% of the country’s GDP.

The high-quality of life offered by the state comes with a high price tag.

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