Did you know that…

  • 62% of Austria’s total land area is covered by the Austrian Alps?
  • Europe’s second highest peak in order of prominence, Großglockner (3,798m, with a prominence of 2,423m) is located in Austria?
  • The Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle), in the state of Salzburg, are Europe’s tallest waterfalls, reaching a height of 380 meters?
  • The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flag in the world. It dates from 1191, when Duke Leopold V fought in the Battle of Acre during the Third Crusade?
  • The world’s largest emerald (2860 carat) is displayed in the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna?
  • Schönbrunn Palace, the summer palace of the Habsburgs, has no less than 1,440 rooms?
  • Austria is the only continental EU country that is not a member of NATO?
  • Among Europeans, Austrian people work the longest, with an average of 45 hours per week?
  • The sewing machine was invented in 1818 by Josef Madersperger, an Austrian?
  • The oldest zoological garden in the world is the Tiergarten Schonbrunn in Vienna, founded in 1752?

    Central Cemetery, Vienna

  • Founded in 803 as Stiftskeller St. Peter, Haslauer is the world’s oldest inn/restaurant still in operation, and the oldest company in Europe?
  • Vienna’s Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof) has over 2.5 million tombs (more than the city’s live population), including those of Beethoven, Brahms, Gluck, Schubert, Schoenberg and Strauss?
  •  Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Hollywood actor and current governor of California, grew up as an Austrian citizen?
  • The founder of the German sports car company ‘Porsche’ was the Austrian Ferdinand Porsche. He also designed the Volkswagen (the “people’s car”)?
  • As of late 2012, 19 Austrians had been awarded a Nobel Prize, including seven in Physiology or Medicine, four in Chemistry and three in Physics? This is one of the highest number of Nobel laureates per capita, just after Luxembourg, Scandinavian countries and Switzerland. The Austrian novelist and radical pacifist Bertha von Suttner was the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, in 1905.
  • The Austrian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who owns over 70 restaurants in the USA, is the second top-earning chef in the world, with revenues of $16 million a year according to Forbes magazine? Another Austrian, Eckart Witzigmann is one of only four chefs to be named chef of the century by the Gault Millau guide.
  • The croissant was invented in Austria?
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