The landlocked country of Austria lies in central Europe and is part of the European Union. It is bordered by Italy and Slovenia to the south, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and Czech Republic to the north, and Hungary and Slovakia to the east. Mountains largely dominate the territory within its borders, which is host to parts of the Central Eastern Alps, Northern Limestone Alps, and the Southern Limestone Alps.
The Alps dominate much of the country, and so an alpine climate covers large and varied areas. The winter months are colder in the mountainous regions compared with the lowlands. And snow blankets the mountainside from around November to April.
Visit in the winter months for quality ice climbing conditions.
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