Burgenland is the 9th and youngest of Austria`s states with a total population of 286,000 residents. The biggest cities of the state are Oberwart, Mattersburg and the capital Eisenstadt.
Burgenland`s economy flourishes and is still full of potential. According to the statistics of Statistik Austria, the local GDP per capita is around 2.8%. The most important industries are the forestry and agricultural sectors, the animal husbandry, the textile and clothing industry, building trade and the energy sector. The majority of Burgenland`s production is being exported to neighbouring states or countries.
A very important role in the economy plays the wine distillery as Burgenland has 16,000 hectare vineyards. Because of the high number of summer days and special wine recipes the wines from that region are very popular.
Furthermore, the tourism sector deserves special attention. Every year 2.5 Mio tourists visit Burgenland and this number rises constantly. Therefore, the hotel occupancy in the winter period is around 43.1% and in the summer period around 53.9%. Burgenland has countless architectural monuments, just to mention a few of them: Halbturn palace (built in 1711); the monastery church in Loretto (1651); the castle Schlaining in Stadtschlaining (1272). Additional tourist attractions are the yearly music and wine festivals and the various thermal baths, as Bad Tatzmannsdorf and Therme Stegersbach. Because of the closeness to Styria, famous ski resorts (Schladming, Rohrmoos, Pichl) are practically right round the corner. The most popular location for not only surfing and sailing enthusiasts but all tourists in Burgenland is of course the lake Neusiedler See, which is stated in the UNESCO`s World Heritage List.