Geography of Austria
Some Basic Facts:
Capital: Vienna (1.600.000)
Area: 32,376 square miles
Austria is a landlocked country, bordered to the west by Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, by Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south.
The western part of the country is mountainous, with peaks ranging from 8.000 to more than 12.000 feet. There are villages as high up as 6.000 feet.
In Eastern Austria, a central line of 6.000. to 8.000 foot mountains divides the hilly regions of Northern and Southern Austria. The lowlands of the Danube Valley and the very East of Austria are on the 600 to 800 foot level.
In all, over 60% of Austria are covered by mountains.
Austria’s highest mountain: The Grossglockner (3.798 m)
The country’s biggest lake: Neusiedlersee in the Burgenland. 77 % of its 315 square kilometers are in Austria.
The main river running through Austria is the Danube. Most of Austria’s smaller rivers flow into the Danube, which itself ends in the Black Sea.