National Day in Austria in 2024

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2025 Austria Sun, Oct 26 National Holiday
2024 Austria Sat, Oct 26 National Holiday
2023 Austria Thu, Oct 26 National Holiday
2022 Austria Wed, Oct 26 National Holiday
2021 Austria Tue, Oct 26 National Holiday

Austria's National Day commemorates the Declaration of Neutrality enacted on 26th October 1955

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When is Austria's National Day?

Austria's national holiday (German: Nationalfeiertag) is a public holiday on October 26th each year.

This public holiday commemorates Austria's Declaration of Neutrality on this day in 1955.

History of Austria's National Day

The Declaration of Neutrality was a declaration by the Austrian Parliament declaring the country permanently neutral. It was enacted on October 26th 1955 as a constitutional act of parliament.

The declaration was a direct result of the allied occupation by the Soviet Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and France between 1945 and 1955. The Soviet Union would not have agreed to the signing of a State Treaty in May 1955 if Austria had not committed itself to declare its neutrality after the allied forces had left the country. The final foreign troops left Austria on October 25th 1955.

Since 1955, neutrality has become a deeply ingrained element of Austrian identity. Legally, Austrian neutrality is both a part of the Austrian constitution and of international law. There is some debate as to whether Austria could change this neutral status on its own account and whether Austria is still truly neutral, given it is a member of the EU.

How is Austria's National Day celebrated?

The day is celebrated each year with a series of events in Vienna:

  • the Federal President and the Federal Minister for Defense attend a Mass on the Heldenplatz
  • the Federal President followed by the Federal Government lay wreaths at the tomb of the unknown soldier in the Crypt of the outer Burgtor
  • a special meeting of the Council of Ministers is held
  • the government attends a Concert for Austria at the Vienna Staatsoper and
  • finally, the new recruits of the Austrian Armed Service are sworn in.

On National Day, Austrian citizens can visit any federal museum for free. Various institutions also traditionally open their doors for the day (ie. the Federal Chancellery). Around the country so-called "marches for fitness" are organized to raise awareness among the population about the benefits of exercise and fitness.

Traditionally, Austrian Embassies around the world celebrate National Day by opening their doors for receptions and other events to honor the nation’s history and give Austrian citizens staying abroad a taste of home. 

Happy National Day, Austria! Einen schönen Nationalfeiertag, Österreich! 

Did you know?

Three facts about National Day

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 grew up in Austria.

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

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