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National traditions of Austria. Habits, mentality and the way of living

During its thousand-year history, Austria has been a part of various empires. It has developed as an independent and strong state. This led to the fact that the Austrians managed to maintain their own traditions. At the same time, it absorbed a lot from other European cultures. The Austrian society, for a long time, was distinguished by a clear hierarchy and division into social classes. However, by the end of the 20th century, the middle class was noticeably stronger and stronger, so such differences became less noticeable. There is an aristocracy consisting of rich and famous families, whose history goes far into the past. However, the country is rightfully considered one of the most liberal in the whole of Europe.
The original culture of Austria is of great interest. For many centuries, the Austrians have absorbed many aspects from different European states. A …
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People are characterized by the simplicity and observance of etiquette. Greetings, handshakes and even a kiss in the cheeks are obligatory. Formalities are highly respected, so leaving without saying goodbye almost certainly means offending a person. Local residents are very proud of their ancestors and generally honor their traditions. For example, they like to wear their national costumes, called Tracht. This outfit is often worn not only on holidays, but also at business days. The costume includes a blouse with wooden buttons and edelweiss patterns. Locals also wear different coats and dresses in traditional green and red colors. Such clothes is made of natural materials. It is simple and convenient, so Austrians like to wear it in everyday life.
Many established traditions in the life of the Austrians are associated with leisure activities. In particular, Austrian coffee houses have long been transformed into a memorable national phenomenon known far beyond the borders of this country. The tradition dates back to the end of the 17th century, when the Austrians got a lot of bags of coffee, which the Turks left behind during the set back. Since then, coffee houses have become a place where musicians, writers and other people gather. Today, local people also like to spend time here. Another popular places for pastime are the wine taverns, Heurigen, which are distinguished by a special atmosphere. Copyright
Austria is a suitable place for those who want to get a lot of amazing emotions and combine cultural leisure with active recreation. The Austrians …
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For a long time, aristocrats of Vienna have become accustomed to arranging balls. This eventually turned into a kind of dance tradition. In our time, up to 300 different balls per year take place in the Austrian capital. Many kids attend dance schools; inability to dance is considered a bad form.
Exterior de la catedral nueva de Linz o de la Virgen María Often, you can meet a lot of traditions that were set by ancestors, but still not lost their popularity in our time. Sometimes, you can see how bachelors throw a straw braid with ribbons in the yard of pretty girls on All Saints Day. This is a statement that a young man is interested in a certain person. Young people in Austria are quite modern, but a tradition to put straw braids in the yards of girls still exists.
The official currency in Austria is euro. The more profitable and reliable option is to exchange money in banks. However, they usually work from 8am …
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A huge number of traditions in Austria is associated with religious holidays. On Easter, it is customary to give gifts, as well as on New Year's Day or Christmas. At this time, family feasts, to which relatives are invited, are also arranged here. Local residents begin to hang wreaths decorated with ribbons with the onset of Holy Week. In many cities, various Easter fairs are held, where everyone can buy various delicacies, watch performances, and listen to the local musicians. Such events affect the way of life of the Austrians, because it is a good opportunity to demonstrate their customs. Numerous traditions are passed from generation to generation during hundreds of years.
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♥   Dom Sankt Peter und Paul, Klagenfurt. On the map   Photos
♥   Wallfahrtskirche Maria Himmelfahrt, Maria Saal. On the map   Photos
♥   Wallfahrtskirche Maria Schnee, Maria Luggau. On the map   Photos
♥   Dom Sankt Andrä, Sankt Andrä im Lavanttal. On the map   Photos
♥   Basilika Maria Loreto, Sankt Andrä im Lavanttal. On the map   Photos
♥   Dom Maria Himmelfahrt, Gurk. On the map   Photos
♥   Basilika Mariä Heimsuchung, Güssing. On the map   Photos
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Castles of Austria
♥   Castle 'Burg Bideneck' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burg Bruck' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burg Clam' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burg Deutschlandsberg' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burg Dürnstein' . On the map   Photos
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Unique traditions in cities of Austria

Besides public holidays Vienna is full of various national celebrations. As a rule, they are accompanied by magnificent balls and colorful fireworks. Among the national celebrations there are many religious holidays, during which locals usually visit friends and give gifts to each other. During the memorial days of saints people usually give each other beautiful editions of the Bible, prayer beads and other religious attributes, as well as decorations for home. Pastries and chocolate are … Read more
Local people are distinguished by friendly and responsive character. They are always ready to talk to visitors and help them with advices. Only older generation of Salzburg inhabitants can be quite apprehensive to tourists, but they will certainly feel great sympathy towards tourists after they hear a couple of sentences in their native language. People here have great respect for the traditions of the past, so there’s no wonder why crafts and antique festivals are still very popular here. … Read more
You should not compare the locals with the Germans. Moreover, you should not call any Austrian lands or inventions German. Relations are strained with neighbors here because of the complex history of wars, dynastic marriages, and the seizure of certain territories. However, citizens are sensitive to their past. They often remember famous compatriots with pleasure such as Mozart, Strauss or Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, it is not accepted to be too proud of the nationality here. The events of … Read more
There is such thing as a "social distance" in the city. While talking to local residents, it’s recommended to stand on the distance of an arm's length. A closer position during conversation is considered a violation of individual space. While meeting, people in Innsbruck greet each other with a light handshaking, which lasts only a couple of seconds. Closer friends and relatives can exchange cheek kisses. During the acquaintance with local people you should look into their eyes as straying … Read more
The annual Rise&Fall race can attract you if you like extreme entertainment or just want to watch sports competitions. This is not just a ski relay, as you might assume, despite the fact that it begins with overcoming a fairly long ski trail. After that, a team of four people will have to make a paraglider flight exactly to the base of the lift. They will also embark on an exciting mountain bike race. Overcoming the track on a snowboard or downhill skiing is the final chord of the event. … Read more
A variety of cultural and recreational activities, including workshops on cooking, interesting events and excursions to the outstanding gastronomic attractions are held for tourists. So-called ‘culinary tours’ for a fixed fee, where anyone can visit several towns’ restaurants and taste dishes from a special menu prepared for the festival, have gained a lot of popularity. A few days after the end of the festival haute cuisine another large-scale festival, which will be interesting to all … Read more
Bad Gastein waters contain radon. Famous scientists Marie Curie and Heinrich Mache proved this. But celebrities came here even without scientific confirmation. Influential figures such as the Austrian Empress Elizabeth of Bavaria and Emperor Wilhelm were among them. The famous psychologist Sigmund Freud settled in the resort at the very beginning of the 20th century. He was so impressed by the local beauty that he spent seven years in Bad Gastein. The railway was laid very close to the town in … Read more
The beginning of October is the time for Styrian Autumn Festival, during which visitors are welcome to participate in various musical, theatrical and literary performances. During two months numerous artists demonstrate their talents to publics. The event is traditionally attended by numerous foreign groups. Nowadays the union of nations is often named as the main idea of the festival, but in past the festival was usually organized as a way to celebrate autumn harvest. It was one of the most … Read more

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