The origin of Austria dates back to approximately to 15BC and in 788 AD, Christianity was introduced in the area by The Frankish King.
Austria is a country in Central Europe comprising 9 federated states. The country is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east Slovenia and Italy to the south and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The country being centre of power for the large multi ethnic Austro-Hungarian Empire and the same can be seen in the grand castles ruins scattered across the county which dates back to 18th and 19th century.
Austria is heavily influenced by adjoining European nations but still stands out with its own culture. The people of Austria enjoy spending their lives in a good manner with most of their time being spent in eating, drinking and social get together and thus are considered very hospitable.
Contrary to the common perceptions, Austria is not all about the Alps, with only 3/4 of the country being mountainous the other part is a mix of diversity of landscapes. With its serene glaciers, meadows and river gorges, the place will take any traveler by surprise. The picturesque scenery of the country attracts large flock of tourists in summers and winters and this is the time when a tourist can get maximum out of Austria.
The climate is temperate continental with summers and winters both being moderate in low lands while winters get harsh in alpine region.
Austria is one of the wealthiest countries in the world with a nominal GDP per capita of $46,972 . The country has ranked 24th in the world for its human development index and enjoys a high standard of living.
Vienna is the capital, largest city and one of the nine federated states.