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As of 2019, Austria's four largest cities are Vienna (1.9 million), Graz (288,806), Linz (205,726), and Salzburg (154,211). 1)


The producer of spices Kotányi is an Austrian company. In 1881 János Kotányi founded a bell pepper mill in Segedin (then Austria-Hungary), which was the beginning of the company. A few years later, Kotányi opened branches in Budapest and Vienna. Today, the company's headquarters are located in Wolkersdorf im Weinviertel, Austria. It is managed by the founder's great-grandson, Erwin Kotányi. 2)

Wolfgang Schwarz

Wolfgang Schwarz, Austrian figure skater; Olympic champion from Grenoble, two-time world runner-up (1966, 1967), three-time European runner-up (1966, 1967, 1968). In December 2002, he was convicted on human trafficking charges after he brought five women from Russia and Lithuania to Austria to work as prostitutes. 3)


The largest open-air music festival in the world is the Donauinselfest. It is organized on Donauinsel Island, a district of Vienna lasts three days and attracts more than 3 million people. 4)

Companies History

Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz bought an energy drink called “Krating Daeng” (Red Buffalo). It was produced by TC Pharmaceutical, a company founded in 1962 by Thai entrepreneur Chaleo Yoovidhya. Mateschitz decided to bring the drink to Europe but changed the name to “Red Bull” (the bull is his zodiac sign). In 1984 Mateschitz founded the now-famous Red Bull GmbH together with Yoovidhya in Austria. 5)

Wiener schnitzel

The national dish is Wiener schnitzel. 6)


The highest peak of Austria is the Grossglockner 12,461 ft. 7)


Austria's longest river is the Danube 9 350 000 ft. 8)

Sewing machine

In 1814, the sewing machine patent was issued in Austria. 9)

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger is originally from Austria. 10)

The national flag of Austria

The national flag of Austria is one of the oldest in the world. It dates back to 1191. 11)

International Gem Society

Vienna is home to the largest emerald in the world with as many as 2,860 carats. 12)

Schonbrunn Palace

The summer residence of the Habsburgs - Schonbrunn Palace has as many as 1,440 rooms. 13)

Oldest inn

Salzburg is home to the world's oldest still-operating inn, established in 803. It is also the longest-running. 14)

Schönbrunn Zoo

Vienna is home to the world's oldest zoo, established in 1752. 15)

Town of Serfaus

In the town of Serfaus with about 1,150 inhabitants, there is a subway line. 16)


In Vienna, the longest residential building in the world was built - Karl-Marx-Hof that contains 1,382 apartments. 17)

Erwin Schrödinger

Quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger, the creator of one of the most famous paradoxes (Schrödinger's cat), was Austrian. 18)

Bodypainting championship

The world championships in bodypainting are held in Portschach every year. 19)

Die Narrenturn

Die Narrenturn, a five-story rotunda in Vienna, was a mental hospital where they tried to treat the sick in a very brutal way. The place was known as the “The Fool's Tower”. 20)

austria.txt · Last modified: 2021/12/21 02:27 by aga