Austria has a rich culture that has been
influenced greatly by its history, both
secular and religious.
Austria was once the center of power for the Austro-Hungarian empire, which
was at one time the second largest empire in Europe. Today, Austria remains
quite a wealthy country. In recent history, Austria has undergone much change.
During World War II Austria
was under the influence of Nazi Germany, and was later occupied by the Allied
troops. In 1995, Austria became a member of the European
Union and continues to change politically, economically, and socially
as it works with its European partners.
The Roman Catholic Church, which was very
powerful in the past, is still visible today
and has left an lasting mark on Austrian
music, architecture, drama, and art. Some
famous Austrian musicians include Franz
Mahler, and Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart. There are also well known
artists, such as Gustav Klimt, and authors
like Herman Bahr, who were born in Austria.
There is a lot more to learn
- Explore these sites for facts and
figures about Austria.
- Look at a Lonely
Planet map of Austria.
- Read about Austria and its people
from the Republic
of Austria's Web page.
- View a variety of Austrian
- Nearly half of Austria is wooded,
making it a haven for birds. First,
look at some incredible
photos of the Alps. Then spy
on some of the birds who live there.
See Kestrels or Jackdaws in
Linz, a city in northern Austria.
- Read some amusing, rhyming poems
by Austrian poet Gerald
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