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Austria

What to see in Austria? Delightful architecture of Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg; the Wörthersee; the High Mountain National Park; underwater flora and fauna of Lake Attersee; hidden treasures of the Wolfgangsee; and the Grüner Sea.

Austria is a country in Central Europe. It 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 territory of Austria is about 84 square kilometers, the population is roughly 8,5 million people, one quarter of which lives in the capital of the country, Vienna. The official language is German. As Austria is a Eurozone member, the national currency is euro.

Austria's terrain is highly mountainous -- the Alps cover 3/4 of the country, and the climate is temperate continental. Due to its geographical position, Austria is often called the capital of winter sports in Europe. However in summer there are a lot of tourist attractions too. Guests of the country can visit lots of historic places, hike mountains, enjoy stunning architecture of Vienna, walk along the streets of Innsbruck and Salzburg, swim in the Wörthersee, immerse into nature in the High Mountain National Park in the Zillertal Alps or the National Park Thayatal,

Vienna International Airport (VIE)

It is the country's biggest airport; it serves as the hub for Austrian Airlines

Salzburg Airport (SZG)

The second largest international airport in Austria. It serves Salzburg, the fourth-largest Austrian city.

Linz Airport (LNZ),

It is a minor international airport near Linz, which features flights to European leisure and some metropolitan destinations.

Innsbruck Airport (INN)

The largest international airport in Tyrol in western Austria

Diving in Austria is available all year round.

Landlocked Austria possesses the cleanest alpine water in Europe - offering great conditions for scuba diving in the many picturesque lakes and rivers. In winter in highland lakes you can take up ice diving. The marine life in the lakes is surprisingly varied and interesting. Perch, trout, catfish, and grayling are some of the fish that are often seen.

Lake Attersee in the Salzkammergut region has 26 popular dive sites and is known for its abundance of fish life and underwater flora. In the Wolfgangsee, another lake in this region, the Nazis hid many Hungarian confiscated treasures. Divers still find some treasures, though it is strictly forbidden to take them.

Tirol is a famous diving region. Diving here is conducted along steep slopes and in wild gorges, with visibility sometimes reaching 50 meters.

Very many divers are attracted by the Grüner Sea in Styria. This fantastically beautiful lake is a flooded pasture. Snow melts in the spring, and the flood waters rise, creating a dive site. The maximum depth is 12m from May to June.
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