Austria is most famous for its cultural heritage, the alps and coffee. In particular regard to culture, several Austrian composers have played key roles in the history of music. The mountains of the alps have also been the breeding ground for world class winter sports athletes.
Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss and Franz Schubert are all Austrian-born composers and songwriters who have played key roles in the development of music throughout history. Thanks to the snowy mountains of the alps, Austria also has a rich winter sports heritage, particularly when it comes to skiing. In fact, Austria has claimed more Olympic medals in the sport of alpine skiing than any other country in the world.
The coffee houses of Austria are a popular place for Austrians to engage in intellectual pursuits. Erwin Schrodinger and Sigmund Freud are just a few of the scholars who hail from Austria. Perhaps the best known family to emerge from Austria is the von Trapp family, which served as the inspiration for the popular musical "The Sound of Music." The von Trapp family fled Austria and settled in the United States in the late 1930s after the Nazi party established a presence in Austria.