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Austria National Day

What is Austrian National Day?

Austria's national holiday on 26 October commemorates the Declaration of Neutrality of 1955.

To celebrate Austria's National Day, here are some interesting facts about Austria.

10 Facts about National Day

The name Austria derives from a Germanic word meaning 'eastern realm'.

Austria is a neutral country and the only continental European Union nation that is not a member of NATO.

The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flags. The red and white stripes are first recorded in 1191, when Duke Leopold V fought in the siege of Acre during the Third Crusade. It was officially adopted as the national flag in 1918.

62% of the land area of Austria is covered by the Austrian Alps.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollywood actor and former governor of California, was born and raised in Austria.

Vienna has the oldest zoo in the world. The Tiergarten Schönbrunn was founded as an imperial menagerie in 1752.

Austrian people work the longest in Europe, toiling for an average of 45 hours per week.

Stiftskeller St. Peter is said to be the oldest continually run restaurant in the world, opening its doors in 803 AD.

About a quarter of all Austrians live in Vienna.

Reaching a height of 380 metres, the Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle), in High Tauern National Park in Salzburg state, Austria, are Europe's tallest waterfalls.


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