Austria

A Simple Stroll in a Wonderful Old City

It is tough to know where to begin with a place like Vienna, a city seemingly maintaining its historical appearance with rare exceptions. The tourist guides offer a never-ending list of attractions to see, including the splendiferous Schonbrunn and Hofburg Palaces, a number of museums, the Vienna Opera and, of course, Mozarthaus, the former home of the famed composer. Each of these is a must see, to be sure. But frequently on our journeys there is a lot to be gained from simply strolling up and down random streets and admiring the sometimes eclectic mix of architectural styles, even if you don’t know their names.

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 Full name: Republic of Austria

 Population: 8.23 million (CIA, 2012)

 Capital: Vienna

 Largest city: Vienna

 Area: 83,871 sq.km. (32,383 sq. mi.)

 Major languages: German, Turkish, Serbian,  Other

 Major religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant,  Muslim, Other

 Monetary unit: Euro

 GDP per capita: US $41,700

 Internet domain: .at

 International dialling code: +43

 Source: CIA World Factbook