On this page you will find some interesting facts about Austria as well as a general guide to what you can expect on a visit to this country.
Haus Wendy is located in the state of Salzburg, half way between Klagenfurt and Salzburg in a region known as the Lungau, just to the south of the Tauern massif and close to the Mur river in the medieval village of Mauterndorf.
Some facts about Austria
With an area of 83.858 sq km Austria consists of 9 independent federal states which are Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Vienna) with their own provincial governments. The federal legislation is exercised by the national council (Nationalrat) together with the Upper House of Parliament (Bundesrat) These are the two chambers of parliament.
Austria is a member of the European Union, the United Nations as well as most UN organizations.
Austria converted to the Euro from Austria Schillings in January 1999 and is ranked as the 12th richest nation in the world by Gross Domestic Product; GDP.
Of the approximately 8 million inhabitants of Austria, 98% speak German. As in most other languages, regional dialects can be difficult to understand.
The Austrian climate is predominantly an Alpine climate. That means that although the winters can be very cold, -10 C and below, the summers can be very warm indeed with average summer temperatures of 23 C even in the mountain valleys and often much higher still.
With Austria being 62% covered by mountains, it is no surprise that the country is invaded every year by thousands of tourists who want to take advantage of the fresh air in spectacular surroundings and so the tourist industry has grown to meet this demand.From Vorarlberg in the west to the relatively low lying, wine growing, regions in the east, Austria has it all.
Winter sports enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Austria.
Tirol is by far the most famous of the Austrian states and contains some of the biggest names (and cost) in the world of winter sports like St.Anton, Kitzbuhl, Sölden, Ischgl. As well as the extensive Zillertal with Hintertux at its head.
Salzburg has its own jewels though and the largest ski area available on one pass is only one hour south of Salzburg airport. Ski Amade boasts 5 top ski resorts, 270 lifts and 860 km of piste. The areas are known as Salzburger Sportwelt, Gastein, Grossarltal, Schladming-Dachstein and Hochkönig. This includes resorts like Wagrain, Schladming, Filzmoos, Zauchensee. The famous Austrian ski racer Herman Maier is from this area and he has won 4 World Cup titles, 2 Olympic gold medals, 3 World Championship titles and 53 races on the Alpine skiing World cup circuit.
Not forgetting Saalbach-Hinterglemm with 200km of piste and not far away is the world famous Zell Am See and Kaprun with the mighty Kitzsteinhorn ski area at over 3000 metres high.
Home to Haus Wendy in Mauterndorf. On one lift pass there are 300 km of piste and 61 lifts with some quite spectacular off piste/powder slopes thrown in. From Obertauern at the north end to Katchberg at the southern end, Lungau offers a very good value for money winter sports destination. It really does have something for everyone from the glitz and glamour of Obertauern to the gentle and laid back of Mauterndorf.
Lungau is little known outside of Austria and maybe that is why it has retained its charm and character while still managing to offer the tourist everything that the Alps have to offer. It is a beautiful place to visit.
Austria has many attractions not the least of which is the spectacular clear and warm waters of the lakes where one can swim, surf and sail all day long with a backdrop of snow topped mountains.
Austria is a country with breathtaking scenery and a hospitality which is world class. You can play golf, cycle, swim, relax in luxurious spas, or sit with a glass of very good Austrian wine and let the world go on its way.
That is MyAustria.
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