Throughout the world Austria is recognized for its rich cultural past and present.
This wealth of artistic achievements is represented in architectural monuments like the Stephansdom (Saint Stephen's Cathedral), Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, the "Goldene Dachl" in Innsbruck, Melk Abbey, the "Loos-Haus" or the "Hundertwasser-Haus".
An extensive program of art exhibitions, theater, concerts, festivals and folklore events complete the cultural offer. World renowned choirs (Vienna Boys Choir, Arnold-Schoenberg-Choir) and orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Concentus Musicus and the Vienna Art Orchestra act as ambassadors for Austria.
Culture shapes the image of Austria in the world. For the purpose of illustrating the cultural diversity of Austria an active international cultural policy is therefore a vital Austrian interest. More information on this topic is available here.