Austria Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Austria is a small country in Europe. This lesson will teach you about the official language of Austria and the kind of money used there, as well as some other neat facts about the country.

Where is Austria?

Imagine traveling to a beautiful, tall, snowy mountain. You've latched your boots and strapped on your skis, and you're ready to hit the slopes. You glide down into a valley, and then head back up the mountain to do it again. You're skiing the Alps in Austria, and you have a lot of company because it's a very popular sport in this country!

Austrian flag
Austrian flag

Austria is a small country in the middle of Europe. The 8 countries that share a border with Austria are Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Italy, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland.

Because Austria is surrounded by other countries, it doesn't touch the ocean and has no ocean beaches. And it is so small that Austria would fit inside Alaska more than 17 times!

Austria on the map
Austria on the map

The capital city of Austria is Vienna (pronounced vee-Eh-nuh), and more than 2 million people live in that city. Austria's official language is German.

About half of Austria is covered in forests, but it also has plains and tall mountains, called the Austrian Alps. The highest peak of these mountains is 12,457 feet. It would take more than 20 of Seattle's Space Needle stacked on top of each other to reach that height!

Buildings in Austria near the Austrian Alps
Buildings in Austria near the Austrian Alps

If you want to go shopping in Austria, you'll need to convert your dollars to euros (pronounced YUR-ohs), which is the money used in Austria and most of Europe.

Famous Austrians

Just like the United States has famous people, like musicians and athletes, Austria does, too. Some of its most famous musicians, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert, lived in the 1700s and 1800s, though their classical music is still played today. Even if you don't recognize their names, you've probably heard some of their songs.

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