Georgia is a young country, as its independence was only declared and recognized in 1991. It is a small nation, with about 4.5 million people. Located just off the Black Sea, its mountainous terrain boasts very serene and awesome views, especially if you go trekking up Mount Kazbegi. In the capital city of Tbilisi, you can be witness to a variety of aspects of its fascinating culture, which dates back to the 4th century, and includes eight thousand years of wine making. Here you can also travel along the ancient Great Silk Road. Georgia is home to the highest permanent village in Europe, Ushguli, where Georgia's highest mountain, Mount Shkhara,is located. There are plenty of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the cities of Mtskheta, Kutaisi, and Upper Svaneti. You can fly with Austrian Airlines to Georgia and see one of Europe's oldest cultures.