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Austria

Language . Music & Arts . Food . Sports . Olympians


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German

Austrian Language:

  • German is the national and official language of Austria

  • German is a West Germanic language and ranked 10 according to number of native speakers (100 million).

  • Austrian German is another standard variety in addition to the German spoken in Germany


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Standard german in Austria

  • Austrian dialects should not be confused with the variety of Standard German spoken by most Austrians

  • Distinct from that of Germany or Switzerland

  • Some examples are :

    Austria Germany

    Goodbye Servus Tschuess

    Hello Gruess GottGuten Tag


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Learn German!

Yes = Ja

No = Nein

Thank you = Danke

You're welcome = Bitte schön

Please = Bitte

Excuse me = Entschuldigen Sie

Hello = Gruess Gott

Where is ...? = Wo ist ...?


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Austrian music

The country that is still considered the music center of the world.

  • Cultural environment has generated a broad contribution to arts, most notably among is music

  • Vienna: An important centre of musical innovation.

  • Vienna's status rose as a cultural center in the early 1500s, and was focused around instruments including the lute.

Vienna music hall

lute


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Famous composers

The birthplace of many famous composers

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Franz Schubert

Anton Bruckner

Joseph Haydn


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Schrammelmusik

  • Most popular form of modern Austrian folk music

  • Played with an accordion and a double-necked guitar

  • Arose as a mixture of rural Austrian, Hungarian, Slovenian, Moravian and Bavarian immigrants who crowded the slums of Vienna.

  • Name derived from two most popular and influential performers: brothers Johann and Josef Schrammel


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Arts Culture

  • A nation with abundant cultural heritage and a rich artistic life

  • Its wealth of artistic achievements extends from the architectural monuments to modern-day cultural events.

  • Austria prides itself on its illustrious orchestras (like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra) and choirs ( Vienna Boys' Choir)


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    Theatre

    Vereinigte Buhein Wien

    • A major venue for musical in Austria and throughout forty years, have staged many great and even legendary performances such as CATS and Phantom of The Opera.

    • Today the VEREINIGTE BÜHNEN WIEN is the most active producer of musicals in Europe

    • The music metropolis of Vienna is known throughout the world as a city of musicals


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    Choir

    • The Vienna Boys' choir is the modern-day descendant of the boys' choirs of the Viennese Court

    • It was established on 7 July 1498 by a letter

    • A singing master, 2 basses and 6 boys were employed

    • Role of the choir (consists of fourteen and twenty): To provide musical accompaniment to the church mass

    • The boys received a solid musical education, and many went on to become professional musicians



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    History

    a style of cuisine native to Austria and composed of influences from throughout the former Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Regional cuisines from Italy, Hungary and the Balkans have had an effect on Austrian cooking, and in turn this fusion of styles was influential throughout the Empire.

    Austrian cuisine is most often associated with Viennese cuisine, but there are significant regional variations.


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    Austrian Staple Food

    Almost every village has its own bakery, offering a large choice of freshly baked sweet and savoury rolls daily from 6am.

    Rye bread (Vollkornbrot, Bauernbrot) is the traditional staple food among peasants.

    There is also the common white bread roll (Semmel) which does not have such a heavy taste.


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    Famous food

    Wiener Schnitzel

    Knödel

    Austrian food is distinctive and delicious, and is traditionally of the stodgy, hearty "meat and dumplings" variety.

    Wiener Schnitzel (a bread-crumbed and fried veal escalope) is something of a national dish

    Knödel are a kind of dumpling which can be made either sweet or savory according to taste.


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    Food

    Apfelstrudel.

    Germknoedel

    Austria is renowned for its pastries and desserts, the most well-known of which is probably the Apfelstrudel.

    Some Austrians have a habit of eating sweet flour-based dishes (Mehlspeise) for a main course once a week. Varieties include Kaiserschmarren, Marillenknoedel, and Germknoedel.


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    Food

    Traditionally, main meal – midday meal

    Modern days, main meal – around 6pm

    Sachertorte – chocolate cake with apricot Jam filling

    Tafelspitz -beef boiled in broth

    Kaiserschmarrn - light, caramelized pancake with Mountain cranberry sauce

    Apfelstrudel – apple filling


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    Food

    Einspänner – double Mokka topped With whipped cream

    Dobos torta – 5 layer of spongecake,

    Layer chocolate buttercream with thin

    Caramel slices

    Schweinsbraten – roast pork with

    Dumpling and cabbage salad



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    Skiing

    • Most famous place for skiing

    • Many Winter Olympic Games and world championships were held there

    • First choice skiing resorts

    • Draw millions of skiers again year after year


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    Hiking

    • Austria is a place perfect for skiing and other winter activities

    • One of the most popular activities in the country is hiking

    • High summits of Tyrol and Salzkammergut are ideal for fit tourists keen on hiking and climbing


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    Swimming & Watersports

    • Austria doesn’t have a seaside

    • But the country has an enormous number of crystal clear lakes and rivers

    • In summer, the temperature of the water exceeds 28°C

    • In the lakes and rivers, people can enjoy not only swimming, but other water sports like sailing, windsurfing and rafting


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    Golf

    • Austria has established itself as having some of the best golfing in Europe.

    • It has more than 140 golf courses situated across the country

    • Most are close to mountain resorts or big cities

    • The new Murau-Kreischberg golf course shows of how golf can be used to make the season in the Alps last a whole year



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    Katherine Jessie Jean Allen, born 25 April 1970, Australia

    An Australia-Austrian triathlete

    • Achievement: Won the gold medal in the women's triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens

    • Received Austrian citizenship in 2002 and started racing in the World Cup

    • Just eight years after beginning the sport, she won the 2004 Olympic triathlon in Athens.

    • At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she ranked 14th


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    Felix Gottwald, born January 13, 1976 Austria

    Austrian Nordic combined athlete who competed from 1994 to 2007.

    He made his Olympic debut as an 18 year old in : 15 km individual event at the 1994 Winter Olympics 4 x 5 km team and 15 km individual events at the 1998 Winter Olympics

    Achievements: Won bronze medals in the 7.5 km sprint, 15 km individual and 4 x 5 km team Nordic combined events at the 2002 Winter Olympics Won golds in the 7.5 km sprint and 4 x 5 km team competitions Took silver in the 15 km individual.


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    Christoph Sieber

    • An Austrian sailor who competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

    • Won a gold medal in the Mistral class sailing

    • He began early in the sporting world, started windsurfing when he was very young, and made a professional career out of it.

    • Achievements: Took the Gold medal in the World Championships in Sydney in 2000


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    Edith Lowe

    • One of the oldest Olympians to lived and was 100 on June 2004

    • Defender in the Austrian handball team who beat Germany 5-4 after being 4-1 down at half-time in the 1930 all-women games.

    • She was very fit since young, playing in the biggest sports club in Vienna and though it was tiring, she enjoyed it a lot.


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