Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, and Switzerland. The official language of Austria is German. The country is known for its beautiful scenery, its rich history and culture with many castles and palaces, and the Alps are great for skiing and hiking. The cuisine of Austria is heavy on meat and potatoes, as well as dairy products such as cheese and milk. Some of the most popular Austrian dishes include Wiener schnitzel (a breaded and fried veal cutlet), goulash (a stew of beef, pork, or lamb), and apfelstrudel (a dessert made with apples, cinnamon, and raisins wrapped in a flaky pastry).