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Upper Austria (German: About this sound Oberösterreich (help·info), Czech: Horní Rakousy, Austro-Bavarian: Obaöstarreich) is one of the nine states or Bundesländer of Austria. Its capital 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 1.412 million inhabitants, Upper Austria is the fourth-largest Austrian state by land area and third-largest by population.

Present day

In 1918, after the collapse of Austria-Hungary, the name Oberösterreich was used to describe the province of the new Austria. After Austria was annexed by Adolf Hitler the Nazi dictator who had been born in the Upper Austrian town of Braunau am Inn and raised in Upper Austria, Upper Austria became Reichsgau Oberdonau, although this also included the southern part of the Sudetenland, annexed from Czechoslovakia, and a small part of Styria. In 1945, Upper Austria was partitioned between the American zone to the south and the Soviet zone to the north.

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  • Linz
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    Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria (German: Oberösterreich). It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 km (19 mi) south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river Danube. The…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Wels
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    Wels is the second largest city of the state of Upper Austria, located in the north of Austria, on the Traun River near Linz. It is not part of its surrounding Wels County (Bezirk Wels-Land), but a so-called Statutarstadt (independent city). However,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Steyr
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    Steyr is a town, located in the Austrian federal state of Upper Austria. The town is situated at the confluence of the rivers Steyr and Enns. Steyr is Austria's 12th most populated town and simultaneously the 3rd largest town in Upper Austria.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Leonding
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    Leonding is a city situated to the southwest of Linz, Austria in the state of Upper Austria. It has a population of about 22,269 (2001 census) and an area of 24.05 km². It borders Puchenau and the river Danube in the north, Wilhering and Pasching in…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Weyregg am Attersee
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    Weyregg am Attersee

    Weyregg am Attersee is a municipality in the district of Vöcklabruck in Upper Austria, Austria.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Attersee (town)
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    Attersee (town)

    Attersee is a village located at the western shore of lake Attersee in Upper Austria, Austria. The village center lies between the lake and the slopes of the Buchberg (888 m, 'Beech-mountain') and is the location of a Baroque pilgrimage church from which…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Eggelsberg
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    Eggelsberg is a municipality in the district Braunau am Inn in Upper Austria, Austria.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Hinterstoder
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    Hinterstoder is a municipality in the district of Kirchdorf an der Krems in Upper Austria, Austria. The village is located close on the border to the federal state Styria and 600 m above sea level. Hinterstoder is surrouned by a lot of mountains: Grosser…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Losenstein
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    Losenstein is a small village in the south of Upper Austria, Austria. About 1,700 inhabitants call Losenstein their home. It lies in the southernmost quarter of Upper Austria called "Traunviertel". Its spatial dimension from North to South is 8,1 km,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Pfarrkirchen im Mühlkreis
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    Pfarrkirchen im Mühlkreis

    Pfarrkirchen im Mühlkreis is a municipality in the district of Rohrbach in Upper Austria, Austria.  [ + ] More Details

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