From Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Schönbrunn Palace, Austria is filled with a rich history, beatifull mountains and rich culture. Here are 15 interesting facts about Austria you need to know.
1 The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flag in the world. According to a legend the flag was designed after a tough battle during the third Crusade, by Duke Leopold V. After the battle his clothes were completely soaked with blood, but when he pulled the belt has seen the material remained white. Duke was impressed by the scene and adopted as flag colors
2 One of the world’s best-known austrians is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred in Terminator 3 Austro-Hungarian Baroness Bertha von Suttner was the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 4 Schönbrunn Palace, the summer palace of the Habsburgs, has no less than 1,440 rooms 5 The oldest zoological garden in the world is the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna, founded in 1752 by Emperor Franz Stephan6 The Porsche automobile company was founded in 1931 by austrian Ferdinand Porsche. Porsche also contributed significantly to the Nazi war effort in World War II7 Vienna’s Akademie der Bildenden Künste is famous for rejecting a young painter by the name of Adolf Hitler
9 Born in Germany in 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven lived most of his life in Vienna10 One of the great mysteries in the history of Austria, is the suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera in 1889. The main consequence of Rudolf’s suicide: his elder brother Karl Ludwig becomes heir to the throne and in 1896 his son, Franz Ferdinand in turn becomes heir to the throne.
14 In 1955, the Austrian Parliament adopted a ‘Declaration of Neutrality’. Austria remains in this way in a permanent state of neutrality. Consequence? Austria is the only country of the European Union that is not a member of NATO.15 Did you know that Adolf Hitler was Austrian? He was born in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn in 1889.