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Austria was a country in Europe on Earth.

Geography Edit

The capital of Austria was Vienna. (PROSE: Gold and Black Ooze) Other cities included Salzburg, (AUDIO: Better Watch Out) Linz and Innsbruck. (AUDIO: The Silver Turk)

Vienna stood on the river Danube, (AUDIO: A Requiem for the Doctor) while Salzburg was on the river Salzach. (PROSE: Do You Believe in the Krampus?)

Austria had a border with Switzerland. (COMIC: Me and My Shadow)

Cultural heritage Edit

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a famous Austrian composer. Some of his music pieces premiered in Vienna. (AUDIO: A Requiem for the Doctor)

Vienna was also famous for its Vienna State Opera. (AUDIO: The Silver Turk)

Customs Edit

Unlike in England, Austrian children expected presents from St Nicholas on St Nicholas's Day, 6 December rather than on Christmas. (PROSE: Do You Believe in the Krampus?) In addition, while good children could expect the present as usual, naughty children were not simply punished by the lack of presents. St Nicholas's servant-companion the Krampus punished bad children and stole the most wicked in his basket. Salzburg held a Krampus run, or Krampuslauf, every year on 5 December. During this run, people dressed up as Krampuses and ran through the city scaring passers-by. (AUDIO: Better Watch Out)

History Edit

In 1782, Joseph II was the Emperor of Austria. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)

In 1873, Austria was under the rule of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth, who was often called Sisi. (AUDIO: The Silver Turk)

In 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, was assassinated. This and other events sparked World War I, (PROSE: Human Nature, TV: The Family of Blood) in which Austria-Hungary fought with Germany against Great Britain and France. (TV: The War Games)

In 1938, due to Adolf Hitler acquiring the Bow of Nemesis and the Nemesis statue arriving near Earth, Hitler annexed Austria, adding it to the German Reich renamed Ostmark. (TV: Silver Nemesis) In 1939, Hitler listed Austria as one of the countries he had taken. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus) In 1941, Austria was under Nazi occupation. (COMIC: Me and My Shadow)

The Tenth Doctor's companion Wolfgang Ryter was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1993. (COMIC: Flight of the Giurgeax)

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