Capital: Vienna Language: German (official nationwide) Currency: Euro
Austria is situated at the heart of Europe nestling between the former 'eastern' and 'western' countries. It is split into nine provinces, Vorarlberg, Tirol, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Carinthia, Styria, Burgenland, Lower Austria, and Vienna, the capital city and a major river port on the Danube.
Approximately 75% of the western, southern, and central regions of the country is dominated by the mountainous territory of the eastern Alps. As a consequence of this mountainous terrain it is blessed with snowfields, glaciers, and snowcapped peaks, the highest being the Grossglockner (12,457ft; 3,797m). The famous Danube river flows across the northern part of the country between Germany and Slovakia. Forests and woodlands cover about 40% of the land, making it a stunning country in terms of its geography and landscapes and explaining why it is such a popular tourist detsination for those who pursue outdoor activities.
Driving distance map of Austria (click to enlarge)