Austrias common language is characterized by so-called code-shifting and code-switching. Speakers move effortlessly within the framework of the German dialect-standard-continuum or between their available variations of language registers respectively. At the same time, a trend towards a reduction of dialect use among young speakers in big cities in Austria is being assumed.In this context, the aim of this master thesis is to gain information about the attitudes of young speakers of German in Vienna, Graz and Klagenfurt regarding their perceptions of dialect and standard German. For this purpose, an online survey was conducted. Emphasis is placed on the comparison between the three cities, which differ in size, and socio-economic, political, historic, etc. significance. The second main interest refers to the contrast of students of different educational backgrounds (high school and vocational school), and their stereotypically associated proximity or distance to speaking dialect.The findings of the survey ascertain differences in the perceptions of the participating adolescents with respect to the specific city and educational background. Students in Klagenfurt of both school types still seem to perceive dialect as their major variety of every-day speech. On the contrary, there are indications of an ongoing transformation process among all students in Vienna and high school students in Graz. As a result, a decline of dialect usage is suggested in common conversational situations with the consequence of an increased use of dialect as a pragmatically-functionalized, “marked” form of communication, e. g. for the purpose of quote-like, ironic or expressive speech.