Austria Natural Environment
The country is located in Central Europe, at about 47°N and about 13°E. The total area is 83,858 sq km. It shares borders with Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
The maximum distance between the eastern and western ends of the country measures about 600 km, whereas the maximum distance between the northern and southern ends is about 280 km.
The Alps cover 62 percent of the total area, with three major ranges, the Northern, Southern and the Central running from the west to the east. The Central Alps are the largest and highest of the three. The country has many Alpine passes and valleys. The east and north are mostly flat land or gentle slopes. The Danube, which has its water source in southwestern Germany, runs through it before emptying into the Black Sea. Human habitation is largely found along the Danube and in the lowlands or hilly regions around the Alps.
About ten percent of the land of Austria is barren because of the extremely mountainous terrain. About forty percent is forested mainly in the Alpine regions. The arable lands are mainly in the east and southeast along the Danube Valley. Grasslands are found in high altitudes and many of them are used as pastures.
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Austria is within a temperate climatic and has four seasons. However there are regional variations as the country has a diverse terrain and a wide east-west expanse; and the weather is tempered by the presence of the Alps.
In the east, the climate is subject to continental influence – low precipitation, hot summers but only moderately cold winters. In the Alpine Region, there is generally high precipitation, short summers and long winters. In the west, the climate is influenced by the Atlantic air from the Gulf Stream, resulting in mild air and precipitation.
The south and southeast are influenced by the continental and Mediterranean systems, resulting in fewer clouds and warmer air.
Occasionally, a warm air mass called fohn in Austria would come from the African Sahara, sometimes raising the temperature by 10°C or more in a short time. This could thaw the snow on the mountains and cause avalanches.
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Vienna, Vienna State, Austria
Its a nice city for just a weekend. A lot of culture and stuff...wouldnt say the nightlife is bad, but its definitly not brilliant. Its a nice city to relax and enjoy your days of. Do not go there in the winter...unless you like shitty weather
Schladming, Styria State, Austria
We had a very nice stay in appartments. Skiing was nice even the weather was not. For familly and friends. There's nowhere to go out. But interesting and for skiing the best.
Klagenfurt am Worthersee, Karnten State, Austria
If you are bored with dull beaches and hot-dog stands... go discover Austria!
We were in Klagenfurt a long-long time ago with my sister and a group of kids from school to learn German, and we enjoyed it a lot.
It's a wonderful place, pieceful, with a beautiful scenery, really idealic if you'd just like to get back to nature. Austrians are really lovely people, helpful, appretiating that we tried to speak German :-D so we had a great time. Weather was great during the summer, warm, fresh, and it was only raining during the nights :-)
I'm recommending it for everyone who seeks a getaway from cities - for a week or two just to be among those amazing mountains, wonder around where christal clear lakes come you by and suddenly you will hear your own thoughts! :-)
Sulzberg, Vorarlberg State, Austria
This is the place of my youth! When the weather is good there is a the greatest view on mountains! And fireworks during New Years Eve :)
Kufstein, Tyrol State, Austria
impressive the Citadelle, the town coul be visit in one day.
I when there in Spring and the weather was pleasant; there should be a lot of activities in the neighbourhood