Austria: Random Facts and Trivia

Some random facts and trivia for the country of the world Austria including tourism, the Danube River, and origins of coffee houses.



Tourism is the most important source of revenue. Over one million visitors spend their vacations in Austria each year, and without this currency input, Austria's economy would suffer greatly from large trade deficits-especially with West Germany.

The Austrian roster of heroes is crowded with cultural figures; political and military heroes are conspicuous by their absence. Native composers Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert are considered worthy of admiration and emulation.

The beautiful blue Danube was only a figment of Johann Strauss's imagination. The Danube is brown and highly polluted now, just as it was when Strauss wrote the song.

The coffee house, the favorite Viennese institution and a way of life, was an unexpected dividend resulting from the 1683 victory over the Turks. When the Turks retreated from the walls of Vienna, they left behind sacks of coffee.

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