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Upper Austria

Flag of Upper Austria
Coat of arms of Upper Austria
Coat of arms
Location of Upper Austria
Country  Austria
Capital Linz
 • Total 11,979.91 km2 (4,625.47 sq mi)
 (1 January 2016)
 • Total 1,453,733
 • Density 121.34757/km2 (314.28877/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code AT-4
NUTS Region AT3
Votes in Bundesrat 12 (of 62)

Upper Austria (German: Oberösterreich, Czech: Horní Rakousko) is one of the nine states or Bundesländer of Austria. The capital of this state is Linz.


Upper Austria borders on Germany and the Czech Republic, as well as on the other Austrian states of Lower Austria, Styria, and Salzburg. With an area of 11,980 km2 and 1.3 million people, Upper Austria is the fourth-largest Austrian state by land area and third-largest by population.


  • die Prealps: Oberösterreichische Voralpen with Sengsengebirge and Reichraminger Hintergebirge; Salzkammergutberge with Höllengebirge and other mountain ranges
  • die Kalkhochalpen: Dachsteingebirge with Dachsteinmassiv; Totes Gebirge; Parts of the Ennstaler Alpen


Most of the large lakes of Upper Austria are situated in the south (Salzkammergut): Almsee, Attersee, die Gosauseen, Hallstätter See, Irrsee, Langbathseen, Mondsee, Offensee, Traunsee and Wolfgangsee. In the Oberinnviertler Seenplatte on the border with Salzburg, you can find small lakes which are very warm in summer: Holzöstersee, Höllerer See, and Ibmer See.


Ager, Alm, Aschach, Donau, Enns, Inn, Krems, Große Mühl, Kleine Mühl, Naarn, Rodl, Salzach, Steyr, Traun, Aist, Antiesen, and Trattnach.

Administrative divisions

Traditionally the state is divided into four quarters:

  • Innviertel
  • Hausruckviertel
  • Traunviertel
  • Mühlviertel

Upper Austria has three cities with their own charta:

  1. Linz
  2. Steyr
  3. Wels

The country is divided into 15 districts:

  1. Braunau am Inn
  2. Eferding
  3. Freistadt
  4. Gmunden
  5. Grieskirchen
  6. Kirchdorf an der Krems
  7. Linz-Land
  8. Perg
  9. Ried im Innkreis
  10. Rohrbach
  11. Schärding
  12. Steyr-Land
  13. Urfahr-Umgebung
  14. Vöcklabruck
  15. Wels-Land


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See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Alta Austria para niños

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