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Studying a map of Austria reveals that this country is surrounded by 9 other countries. The largest cities, Graz, Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck are relatively spread out within Austria. This makes access somewhat of a challenge, although the entire country is just under the size of Maine. Austria has a temperate climate: continental, cloudy, cold winters with frequent rain in lowlands and snow in mountains; cool summers with occasional showers. The terrain is diverse. In the west and south it is mostly mountainous (Alps); along the eastern and northern margins, the terrain is mostly flat or gently sloping. Eight million, two hundred thousand citizens populate Austria, with that figure growing rapidly. About 88% of Austrians are nationals while 12% comprise non-nationals or naturalized. (This includes those who have lived in Austria at least three generations.)

If you are planning on traveling to Austria, it is recommended that you consider purchasing a map or maps, especially if you are considering renting a car. Even if you are not renting a vehicle but just plan on visiting the cities, it is suggested that you study the below map so that you have a sense of orientation once you get there. If you are planning on visiting cities such as Vienna, Graz or Salzburg, a city map is indispensible in discovering as much of the city as possible during your stay.

Here's a clever trip-planning tip: Buy your street and highway maps for Austria before you depart. With a map, atlas, street guide or excursion guide in hand, you'll be able to know where you're going before you get there! Rather than spending precious vacation time hunting down a store that sells maps and then trying to figure out where things are, we think Trektools can get your Austrian vacation off on the right foot. They've got more maps than you could possibly find at most Austrian bookstores and you won't have to start your trip by being lost.

Country Map of Austria

Speaking of planning ahead, you can't beat the convenience and security of having a cellular phone for Austria with an Austrian phone number. Imagine having the benefits of local cellular service such as low rates and unlimited free incoming calls from anywhere in the world—any time of day or night—just like one of the locals! Cellular Abroad offers prepaid rental phones for Austria as well as our Talk Abroad rental—a prepaid international roaming phone—good for use on multi-country trips. (The Talk Abroad™ offers free incoming calls in over 99 countries!) You can also purchase an Austria phone and SIM card package for better value on long trips (or if you or a friend are frequent overseas travellers). Of course, you can also buy a Talk Abroad™ international roaming phone and SIM card bundles. Finally, if you already own an unlocked GSM world phone, you can pick up an Austria SIM card or Talk Abroad SIM. Either way, you'll be able to give out a European number to friends, family and colleagues back home before you leave. To learn more about GSM phones, prepaid SIM cards and how they can both save you a lot of money and keep you connected while you're abroad, go to our Start Here page or check out our FAQs.

For more Austria trip-planning resources, visit our Austria hotels, Austria car rentals and Austria Cellular Information pages. Here is a Euro to US Dollar converter.

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