Last Updated: 14th Nov 2013

<p><img src="" class="rightwise" title="Austria, tyrolian home" alt="Austria, tyrolian home" /></p> <p><strong>Capital:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/vienna">Vienna</a></p> <p><strong>Currency:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/the-euro">Euro</a></p> <p><strong>Language:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/western-european-language-basics">German</a> (dialects), English is widely understood</p> <p><strong>Visas:</strong> <a href="/contikipedia/articles/visas-travelling-to-europe">Travel Visa Information</a></p> <p><a href="/search?scope=tours&amp;terms=austria"><strong>Contiki Tours that travel to Austria &gt;</strong></a></p> <p>Austria….land of schnitzel, strudel, the Alps and the great outdoors &#8211; Fresh, clean and pristine. This landlocked country is well known for its great and spectacular natural beauty. The soaring mountains, crystal clear lakes, pure streams, and laid back lifestyle in the towns and villages. This casual attitude of the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tyrol">Tyrol</a> region in the west contrasts with the cosmopolitan bustle and majestic grandeur of the eastern capital of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/vienna">Vienna</a>.</p> <p>Although the official language is German, the Austrians are fiercely independent and proud to be Austrian. The locals are friendly, outgoing and welcoming and speak a wide variety of dialects across the country. Most are as likely to understand English as they are the dialects of their fellow countrymen.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/manners-and-customs-austria">Manners and Customs</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/art-and-culture-austria">Art and Culture</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/sports-activities-and-adventure-austria">Sports and Activities</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/shopping-austria">Shopping</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="/contikipedia/articles/places-contiki-visits-in-austria">Places Contiki visits in Austria</a></li> </ul>