Being at Europe's crossroads, their culture is influenced from several sides.
The stereotype of the yodeling, thigh slapping, beer-swilling xenophobe may apply to a few individuals but it certainly doesn't apply to the majority of Austrians.
In earlier times, the ‘tracht’ identified a person as belonging to a particular group in terms of social and legal status (married, single), origin or trade.
Wedding customs and traditions exist since the institution of marriage has been around. The meaning and origin of the different wedding customs vary widely.
Particularly in Austria many old customs still exist.
Usually these are very regional and therefore often known only in the respective field.
The average Austrian on the street is likely to be friendly yet somewhat reserved and formal, softly spoken and well mannered, law abiding, socially conservative, rooted, family oriented, conformist and somewhat nepotistic, a Catholic at heart, not particularly religious but a follower of tradition, well educated if not as cosmopolitan as his/her European cousins, cynical, and equipped with a dry, sarcastic sense of humor.
For most of its history, Austrians have a hard time defining their own nation; they face perhaps currently the most media influence from Germany but have a very different culture, especially from northern Germany.
There are distinct differences between the many regional dialects, and also a wide variation in the 'standard' Hochdeutsch spoken from region to region.
Slovene is an official language in the southern province of Carinthia.
Not everyone in Austria walks around in Lederhosen or a dirndl (close fitting bodice combined with an apron in a different color), although various traditions and celebrations are an integral part of Austria.
Yet, go outside of the main cities such as Vienna, Graz and Salzburg, and the country becomes fairly rural, with small communities, which traditionally were and are resistant to cultural change.