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Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) - as the name implies - is a federal state of Austria.
German is the most common language that is spoken in Lower Austria. A Lower Austrian dialect is difficult to understand - even for native German speakers - but a pure dialect is rare. Most locals understand a little English.
By Foot or Cycle
Almost every small community in Lower Austria has a train station within 10km of it. It is a long wait - in relatively secluded areas you may have to wait a few hours - but almost all trains stop in major cities (Such as Amstetten or St. Pölten), where connections to Vienna are possible.
Buses go everywhere, but they are also a long wait (up to an hour in some secluded towns).
Going by car is the most efficient way possible, but it may be difficult to find a parking spot in some areas.
Lower Austria has no crime at all, except for a few pickpocketing incidents (Usually near train stations). Take special care when visiting Shopping City Süd, as car theft and pickpocketing has been reported over there - but simply locking your car should deter thieves.
Believe it or not, southeastern Lower Austria occasionally gets Tornados in the summer. These tornadoes are very, VERY rare, but very big storms can actually trigger them. The most recent tornado happened in July 2017. In 1916, a Tornado in Austria killed 35 people and injured 328 people. Many people do not know what to do in a Tornado (since they happen rarely). See Tornado Safety. Most storms are accompanied with hail, although the hail is never larger than a few millimeters in size.