Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a federal republic and a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordering Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. The terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps. Together with Switzerland, Austria is the winter sports country of Europe. The Austrian Alps are divided into a northern and a southern range, both offering majestic mountains and marvellous scenery. Furthermore, Austria is known as a land of lakes, with the Lake Constance (Bodensee) and the Neusiedler Lake (Neusiedlersee) being the largest and most well-known. Due to its central location in Europe, Austria has always been a central meeting point throughout history, which gave it a diversion of cultures. Being influenced by North, South, West and East, Austria has always been the country you have to pass to go from one side to the other.