Souvenirs from Austria
Elegant and classic, souvenirs from Austria reflect the refinement of the country. Austrian crystal, especially beads, goblets and vases, is famous throughout the world for its shine and clarity. You can purchase these items at various stores and factories, saving quite a bit of money. Weiner Bronzer figures are bronze animals with human faces, and are quite popular, as well as Hummel figurines. Nativity scenes are an Austrian custom, featuring Alpine villages and farms carved from wood, and are ideal for starting new traditions in your home. Music lovers will enjoy receiving an ocarina, a shepherd's flute that originated in this area, or an antique book of sheet music, complete with original notations. Of course, some of the best Austrian souvenirs are commemorative stamps, pictorial post cards, figural refrigerator magnets, and colorful key chains. Witty T-shirts with slogans like"No Kangaroos in Austria" are fun ways to remember your vacation.
Traditional Austrian clothing, called "Tracht" is iconic and easily found in specialty shops. Dirndle dresses and Lederhosen can be very expensive, but the quality is of the topmost. You can also found items trimmed with Tracht colors and patterns for less, if you would like to a taste of the style. Speaking of taste, gifts of food and drink are always appropriate, and you'll want to take a bottle of schnapps home with you, to enjoy with lebkuchen cookies. Coffee is an Austrian past time, and you may want to consider taking home a few bags of your favorite blend, and a new set of porcelain cups might be the perfect accompaniment. Beer steins, embossed with Alpine scenes, are a favored souvenir. A less traditional piece of memorabilia is a fire arm. Austria has a long tradition of making guns and ammunition, fitting in with its hunting and sports mania.