If asked to make a list of the first things that come to your mind about Austria, you’d probably go along the lines of snow-capped mountains, sweet little cakes, and castles. Well, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong, but it’s also so much more. There are a whole range of reasons as to why Austria is one of the most popular TEFL destinations in the world…
Austria is famed for its diverse and delicious food scene. Their national dish is the world renowned Wiener schnitzel which is a meat (typically veal, sometimes pork) coated in breadcrumbs and fried.
The Austrians also love their cakes with a powerful cafe culture promoting their best sweet treats. Cakes range from the lemony Linzertorte to any chocolate connoisseur’s dream: the Sachertorte.
As well as food, Austria is a champion in terms of drink. Beer, wine, and cider are all produced here. There is evidence to suggest that Austria has been growing grapes and making wine for 4,000 years!
Austria is home to the longest river in Western Europe, some of the highest mountains in the Alps, access to the largest lake, and wide, sweeping plateaus. It is an adventurer’s paradise. The country is well known for its ski season, but it also, surprisingly, has a lovely and warm summer. Six national parks are contained within the borders of Austria, all of which provide a unique setting for anyone and everyone to enjoy.
The country’s landscape allows for a variety of different outdoor sports such as hiking, skiing, cycling, fishing, water sports, and golf. Walking is always an option for those seeking a more relaxed time in this beautiful world of rolling hills, enormous mountains, and glistening lakes.
The Culture and Cities
Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck – these are names that all ring a bell – and for good reason. Austria’s cities are cultural masterpieces; from museums to stunning architecture to joyful Christmas markets. Austria’s imperial history has resulted in the most beautiful palaces, gardens and castles such as the Burg Kruzenstein near Vienna.
In addition to the abundance of historical landmarks, Austria is also very modern. Over 200 festivals a year take place here from the large electronic music Lake Festival to smaller scale festivals like the Christmas markets that take over every city in Austria. The Christmas markets are amazing with stalls selling mulled wine, hot drinks, and potential gifts – they’re especially impressive considering there’s a good chance of snow!
Teaching experience and training in Austria
In conjunction with English Teacher Training College we bring you a fantastic opportunity to work for a non-profit organisation, gaining valuable experience (200+ hours) teaching English at schools throughout Austria over a 4 to 6-month placement.
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