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Austria receives over 20 million tourists a year, thanks to the majestic Alps in the western half of the country and its ski resorts at Sölden, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Ischgl, Sankt Anton am Arlberg, and Obertauern. The Summer attracts equal numbers of walkers, campers and adventure sports groups. Vienna, the capital city of Austria is the biggest draw for city break tourists with Salzburg following a distant second. The Schunbrunn Palace in Vienna is the country’s most visited landmark.
Austria’s modern origins derive from the Habsburg Empire that accumulated lands from the 14th and 15th century. The empire included a large part of Hungary, the rest was occupied by the Ottoman Turks following the Battle of Mohacs in 1526. During their reign the Habsburgs were the Holy Roman Emperors and with marriage they ruled over parts of Holland and Spain.
It was the assassination of the Austrian Duke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, then also part of the Habsburg Empire, that started a chain of events leading to WWI in 1914. The Empire was dissolved in 1918 creating the first Austrian Republic and part of the new German Republic. Austria was then merged with the German Third Reich and was not longer an independent state. After WWII Austria became a neutral state.


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