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National Day in Austria

Every year on October 26 Austrians celebrate their country's declaration of permanent neutrality after World War II and its regained status as an independent and sovereign nation on October 26, 1955.

The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna.
The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna.
©iStockphoto.com/Ivan Tykhyi

What Do People Do?

On October 26, the Austrian national flag is omnipresent throughout the country. Memorial ceremonies are held in many locations, federal museums offer free entry and some state institutions open for visitors.

A very different tradition on National Day are the “fitness marches” (Fit-Märsche). These are hikes that are organized throughout the country and attract around 100,000 people each year. The aim is to promote fitness and raise awareness of a healthy lifestyle.

Public Life

The National Day on October 26 is a public holiday in Austria. Offices, banks, schools and businesses are closed. Public transport runs on a reduced schedule.

Background

October 26 has been the date of Austria's National Day since 1965. Ten years earlier, the country had declared its permanent neutrality, which has since become one of the fundamental values of Austrian foreign policy. One day before the declaration, on October 25, 1955, the last foreign troops left the country, which had been occupied by the four allied powers (Soviet Union, United States, Great Britain and France) since the end of World War II.

National Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
TueOct 262010National DayNational holiday
WedOct 262011National DayNational holiday
FriOct 262012National DayNational holiday
SatOct 262013National DayNational holiday
SunOct 262014National DayNational holiday
MonOct 262015National DayNational holiday
WedOct 262016National DayNational holiday
ThuOct 262017National DayNational holiday
FriOct 262018National DayNational holiday
SatOct 262019National DayNational holiday
MonOct 262020National DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

National Day on October 26 is a public holiday in Austria.

National Day 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

National Day 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
NationalfeiertagGerman
National DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on October 26, 2016

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