Day 164. Facts about Austria

(Today I am in Dürnstein and Melk. I will visit a 900 year old abbey!)

  • Capital: Vienna¹
  • Around 8 million people live in Austria¹
  • 98% of the population speaks German¹
  • Sigmund Freud was born in the Austrian Empire in 1856. Without him, we may never have heard of the Oedipus complex, Id, Ego, or Super-ego. ¹
  • The barn swallow is the national bird of Austria. ²
  • Franz Kofka was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1883. In 1912 he wrote The Metamorphosis.²
  • The Alps pass through Austria. They are approximately 700 miles long. the highest point in Austria is the Grossglockner which is 12,460 feet. ²
  • “Two-thirds of the total area of Austria is covered by woods and meadows.” ³

Information found using the below sites:

  1. Austria: Arrive and Revive
  2. Wikipedia (see numbers for links to specific pages)
  3. Britannica

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