Austrian National Holiday

Austrian National Day Quick Facts - EU

AKA NameNat'l.feiertag
Hashtags#AustriaNationalDay, #RotWeissRot
2020 Date26 October 2020
2021 Date26 October 2021
National Day of Austria

Austrian National Day History

Austrian National Day celebrates the birth of the Austrian nation as an independent and sovereign state. The day also represents the passing of the constitutional law on permanent neutrality in order to avoid future conflicts that led to the Allied occupation of Austria. Following the end of World War II, Austria was occupied by the winning Allied Forces and the nation was partitioned into four zones. Finally, in 1955, the Austrian State Treaty was signed and Austria was on the path to its independence.

Austrian National Day is celebrated annually on 26 October, a day which marks the first day without foreign troops on Austrian soil.

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Austrian National Day Facts & Quotes

  • The Austrian State Treaty was signed on 15 May 1955 in Vienna's Schloss Belvedere. The treaty became valid on 27 July 1955.
  • Officially, the last of the foreign troops left Austria on 25 October 1955.
  • On 30 March 1945, the Soviet Union's Red Army entered Austrian territory and captured the capital, Vienna, on 13 April of the same year.
  • Between March 11 and 13 of 1938, Germany troops invaded Austria, overtook the nation and incorporated it into the German Reich.
  • On 1 November 1943, in the Tripartite Declaration made in Moscow, the British, Soviet and US Allies declared that Austria, the first free country to fall a victim to Hitlerite aggression, shall be liberated from German domination and regain full and complete independence.

Austrian National Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend the celebration at Heldenplatz in Vienna where the President and Minister of Defense hold a celebration. The President also lays a wreath by the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Visit the Federal Chancellery. This institution opens its door to the public for free on Austrian National Day.
  • Generate awareness for the day on social media using hashtags such as #AustrianNationalDay, #Nationalfeiertag and #FreedomforAustria.
  • Watch a movie that touches on aspects of WW2 and gives an idea of how Austria entered the war with the Germans. Some of our favourites are: Das Boot (1981), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Schindler's List (1993) and The Thin Red Line (1998).
  • Celebrate Austria by endulging in some of its finest dishes. Some of our suggestions are: Charr a la meuniere, Weiner Schnitzel, Tafelspitz, Liptauer Cheese Spread and Apfelstrudel.

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