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Religions and languages in Austria

Mayrhofen For a long time, Austria belonged to the Catholic states. The influence of Rome was very significant, therefore practically the whole population of the country was professing Christianity. With the arrival of Martin Luther, many people changed their views and the overwhelming majority of Austrian citizens became Protestants. Catholic superiority returned only after the end of World War II. To the date, the overwhelming majority of Catholics live in Austria. In spite of the fact that the church conducts quite active educational activity, religion in no way influences the state administration. Therefore, Austria is considered a secular state.
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Despite various religious tensions in the past, today, all confessions in Austria coexist peacefully and calmly. Representatives of various religions feel comfortable here. Freedom of religion is protected at the state and legislative level. Three quarters of the total population of the country are Catholics; the most of the rest are Protestants. There are small groups of Muslims and Orthodox. About 10% of residents consider themselves atheists. Religious minorities are represented by Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, and Sikhs. The largest number of evangelists in Austria live in Salzburg.
The official state language of the Austrian federation is German. Literary German is called Hochdeutsch. All educational institutions teach only in German, and all the legislative and official documents are signed and compiled on it. In everyday life, citizens speak modified Austrian, which is a kind of Austro-Bavarian dialect. In the provinces of Carinthia and Styria, the official language is Slovenian, and Burgenland speaks Hungarian and Croatian. It is worth noting that the original German dialect of the Austrian in many respects differs from that of the Germans, although there is no language barrier between the two states. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Austria

Original sightseeing of Austria

Arlberg tunnel

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The Arlberg Tunnel was driven in the Austrian Alps in 1978. Over the years the tunnel has remained one of the world’s leaders in scale and equipment. It’s Austrian longest road tunnel with a length of 10240 metres whose construction has been lasting more than four years. The tunnel has no any original design, technical equipment of high quality is its main distinctive feature.

There are more than forty cameras for traffic monitoring inside the tunnel in order to ensure maximum safety of the drivers. So exceeding speed limits or making dangerous manoeuvers on the road is just useless, it will definitely be fixed. The Arlberg tunnel is a Toll Road. It costs about 9 euros. Tolls for both directions are collected at the exits, which makes the payment process simple and convenient.

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Traditions in Austria cities

Vienna
The indifferent attitude of locals to coffee has also become a notable feature of Vienna. You will surely see numerous coffee shops during your walk on the streets of Vienna. They have long become the most favorite place of rest for the local people. On evenings and during the lunchtime the locals gather on terraces of cozy cafes and enjoy the flavorful drink. Some coffee shops have nothing similar with the establishments that can be seen in other cities. These are unique "oases of comfort" … Read more
Salzburg
St. Rupert's Fair is an interesting celebration. During the festival you can also see numerous local residents and tourists wearing beautiful old costumes. Each citizen in the city certainly has a special holiday outfit. Women here wear beautiful dresses and hats that were fashionable several centuries ago, and men sew tail coats and put on cylinders. Those people, who have not had time to get such festive apparel, are welcome to visit special workshops, where they can easily order most unique … Read more
Solden
You will be surprised when you realize how many citizens ski in any free time. It's kind of a national sport here. Children are sent for training from 4-5 years. Young skiers participate in competitions at the age of 7. Local residents generally love to play sports and take care of their own health. You will rarely see fat people on the streets of Solden. However, the daily schedule is not conducive to overeating. A self-respecting citizen spends almost all of his time at work. The people … Read more
Innsbruck
Kitzbuhel
A few days after the end of the festival haute cuisine another large-scale festival, which will be interesting to all jazz fans, starts. Usually Jazz Festival takes place in the last week of March; not less than twenty concerts are held within festival. Among the participants of the festival, there are young music bands and popular artists that have fans all over the world. The scenes where concerts are held are built in the town square; some performances are held in specially prepared rooms. … Read more
Graz
In order to thank the nature for rich harvest, it was decided to organize various colorful performances. These days this amazing medieval feast is celebrated in a larger scale. The main city park has become the main platform on which most of performances are held. The territory of the park becomes the location of several scenes that attract connoisseurs of contemporary literature, classical music and theater arts. The park is full of people simply every day. The Festival of Body Art is one of … Read more
Kirchberg in Tirol
A very unusual event takes place in mid-July. This Is The Noric Stallion Challenge. Anyone who loves horses and animals in general or just wants to enjoy the beautiful spectacle of competition stallions in strength, agility, and ability to subdue rivals should get here. The Noric Stallion Challenge day begins with a small morning guided tour. The guide talks about what will happen. A small lunch, accompanied by live music, takes place at ten in the morning. Local livestock farms hold a … Read more
Fulpmes
Live music is played every day in one of the local huts on the slopes near Fulpmes every Sunday in March. You can listen to country, folk, jazz, and electronic hits here. Unusual machine Pisten Bully 600 Park rides on the Schlick 2000 at the end of the second decade of the month. Its uniqueness is that it is the only mountain sound machine to date, which charges all around with good music and a wonderful mood. In addition, the car stops at Kreuzjoch. It is here that you can relax from skiing … Read more

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