Welcome to Visions of Austria,
the geography portal of Similio

Welcome to Visions of Austria, the geography portal of Similio

Austria is more than just the land of mountains (and forests). The Alpine republic in the heart of Europe with just under 9 million inhabitants is a diverse country in geographical and political terms. Organized on a federal level, Austria consists of 9 federal states and, geographically, 8 topographies. The national territory extends from the westernmost to the easternmost point for 575 kilometres. Austria borders Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, and Slovenia and Italy to the south.

Austria's political organisation follows the following structure: federal states, regions, districts and municipalities. The geographical organisation of Austria is based on the topographies (or large landscapes) as well as the landscapes, which in turn lead to the municipalities. Users can constantly switch between these organisational structures in order to discover the different perspectives of the Alpine Republic.

On Visions of Austria, users can explore all geographical and political entities of the country and navigate between them using interactive maps and compare them. Visions of Austria offers a wide range of information and statistics on various topics and also allows users to discover local companies.

Visions of Austria enables a comparison between the political and geographical perspectives of Austria. The differences within Austria, especially between East and West, are considerable, which makes a digital exploration tour particularly exciting. In this respect, the west, which is essentially shaped by the Alps and largely comprises the topography of the High Alps, is the counterpart of the lowlands in the east, which are merely the foothills of the Alpine region.

There are also considerable differences between the city and the countryside within Austria. For example, the capital of Austria is Vienna, the only Austrian city with more than one million inhabitants and at the same time the most populous federal state in Austria, followed by Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria.

In total, Austria is divided as follows: Based on the nine federal states, the Republic of Austria is divided into a further 79 districts and 15 statutory cities. These in turn consist of 2,095 municipalities, whereby the aforementioned statutory cities are also municipalities. (Status: 1 January 2019) Geographically, Austria consists of 8 topographies, which are composed of a total of 87 landscapes. Some of these landscapes are supra-regionally known regional designations, while others are largely unknown.