German-speaking European country of roughly 8.5 million people; NATO, EU and eurozone member. Landlocked, bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The capital Vienna is also the federal republic's most populous city, with more than 1.8 million residents excluding the suburbs. The mountainous country in the Alps is divided into nine states (Bundesländer). This page collates DW's latest content related to Austria.
The recent summer heat reminded us of the fragility of the Alpine environment. Scientists warn that due to a series of hot summers and mild winters the Alpine permafrost is evaporating, making rocks unstable and prone to collapse. As we flock there for winter thrills or summer fun, we are having an impact. Could there be a way to enjoy the Alps without further harm? Christian Cummins reports.
Ernst Lothar was an Austrian Jew who fled to the US. He wrote this book in the 1940s to explain the country that he once loved to his newfound homeland. "The Vienna Melody" is a family saga about Austria's heyday and demise.