Welcome to our introductory page on Austrian culture and life in Austria! On this page you’ll find links to our articles related to Austria – with information, photos, and resources to help you learn more about the sights to see, plus customs and daily life in Österreich.


The gardens of Vienna’s Belvedere Palace. PHOTO: Andrea Goldmann

Topics Related to Austria

Below you’ll find links to our pages related to the culture and history of Austria. Also see our Austria for Tourists page.

  • Austria: Facts and Figures – Austrian geography, politics and more.
  • History of Austria – Austria from ancient times to the Austro-Hungarian empire, and on to the present
  • Angst – How this German word came into English
  • Autobahn Tolls in Austria and Switzerland – The Austrian autobahn sticker (Mautvignette)
  • The Euro – About the currency that first went into circulation in Austria and Germany in January 2002
  • City Guide: Kitzbühel – All about this top Austrian ski resort , which is also a popular summer spot – history, sights, photos
  • Notable People from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with bios
    • Sigmund Freud – The Austrian inventor of psychoanalysis was born in Vienna.
    • Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was an Austrian-born film actress who became a big Hollywood star in the 1940s and ’50s. She was also an award-winning inventor!
    • Fritz Lang (1890-1976) was the Austrian-born film director of Metropolis, Frau im Mond, M, Fury and The Big Heat.
    • Peter Lorre (1904-1964), best known for his roles in Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon, came to Hollywood from Austria and Germany.
    • Teobert Maler (1842-1917) was a noted Austrian/German amateur archaeologist who photographed Maya ruins in the Yucatan.
    • Max Steiner (1888-1971) was the noted Austrian film music composer for Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, King Kong and many other Hollywood films.
    • Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was an Austrian-American film director. His classic films include Double Indemnity and Some Like It Hot.
  • Holidays and Celebrations – Key holidays and other official and unofficial observations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
  • Notable Women from Austria, Germany, Switzerland

Expats in Austria
The German Way has many resources and lots of useful information for English-speaking expats living in Austria, Germany or German-speaking Switzerland.

  • For Expats – Our starting page for expats
  • Expat Checklist 1 – What expats need to do – before, during and after an expat assignment in German-speaking Europe.
  • German Way Expat Blog – By expats, for expats in German-speaking Europe
  • German Way Expat Forum – A place where expats can exchange information about life in German-speaking Europe.
  • Living in Germany – Vital topics for expats: Health care, German red tape, getting a German driver’s license, watching German television…

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