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Austria combines a rich culture with stunning scenery.

You can Walk through the splendor of palaces and castles, revisit the works of the masters of classical music and painting or admire the wonderful Lipizzan stallions.

 And, of course, run out of breath in front of the beauty of the Alps.

You should know before you go

Location

Austria is located in Central Europe.

Capital: Vienna

Terrestrial borders:
Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Regions:
Lower Austria & Burgenland, Styria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Tyrol & Vorarlberg, Carinthia & East Tyrol

Austria at a glance

Languages: German (Official)
English is generally spoken in hotels, restaurants and shops (mainly in cities)

Currency: Euro (1€ = 100 cents)

Money:
ATMs (Bankomaten) are widely available and accessible till midnight; some are 24 hours

Many Shops and Restaurants don’t accept any kind of credit card.
Among places who accept them, Visa and Mastercard are more widelly accepted than AmericanExpress or DinersClub.

Carry cash (including coins) for smaller items like coffee and when visiting markets.

Austria Timezone: GMT + 1

Country Phone code: +43

Electricity:
Power sockets are type F, fitting a two prong, round-pin plug.
Standard voltage is 220–240v.

Most hotel bathrooms offer built-in adaptors for shavers only.
You will need a 230 volt transformer and an adaptor to use American-style flat-prong plugs

Tap Water:
Tap water is safe to drink (unless stated otherwise) but may taste of chlorine.

Passports & Visas

Austria is part of the Schengen Agreement.

EU nationals only need an identity card

US citizans do not require a visa in order to enter Austria. Your passport should have at least six months validity remaining

Australian and New Zealand citizens don’t need a visa to stay in Austria as for a period of up to three months.

Citizens from other countries may need a visa.

Important notice for US citizens:
Starting 2021 US citizens travelling to Europe will need to apply for the new travel authorization for Europe – ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) visa waiver

There will be an online ETIAS application form. On most cases the authorization should be given in a matter of minutes.

Regulations are subject to change (particularly now because of the effects of COVID-19 pandemic), so check with an Austrian embassy or consulate before your trip.

When to go

The high season remains practically all year round in Austria, varying only depending on the region and type of activity. 

There are festivals practically all year round but most take place between May and October.

In mountain resorts the ski season occurs mainly between November and April and hiking season in the summer. 

The Christmas season is particularly popular in the cities famous for their Christmas markets. 

The weather is sofiest between April and October. Winter is harsh. 

Public Holidays in 2020
1 Jan (wed)New Year’s
6 Jan (Mon)Epiphany
13 Apr (Mon)Easter Monday
1 May (Fri)Labour Day
21 May (Thu)Ascension Day
1 Jun (Mon)Whit Monday
11 Jun (Thu)Corpus Christi
15 Aug (Sat)Assumption Day
15 Nov (Sun)Saint Rupert’s *
26 Oct (Mon)National Day
1 Nov (Sun)All Saints’ Day
15 Nov (Sun)Saint Leopold’s *
8 Dec (Tue)Immaculate Conception
25 Dec (Fri)Christmas Day
26 Dec (sat)St Stephen’s Day
* Reginal Holidays

Arriving & moving around

Getting There

Austria is located in the center of Europe and so it’s also easily acessible by both air and rail.

Major cities – Vienna, Linz, Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Klagenfurt – have international airports with direct flights from main European cities. Direct flights are also available from the USA, Canada and Australia.

Vienna International Airport (Schwechat) is easily accessible from Vienna by bus or train (19 km). The CAT train leaves every 30 minutes to city centre ( 15 minutes trip, single/return: €11/€19)

Buy CAT ticket

Salzburg and Innsbruck Airports are located near those cities (about 4 km – 2miles). Easily go to city center by taxi or bus (Salzburg – buses 2, 8 or 27; Innsbruck – bus F)

Flights in the sky season are expensive even with budget airlines.

Getting around 

Public transport in Austria is fast, efficient and well integrated. The öbb-managed rail network includes most cities.  

Domestic flights tend to be expensive and not always the fastest way to travel within the country.

Flixbus buses have Vienna-Graz connections from 9 EUR and Vienna-Munich from 19,90 EUR. 

Regional travel cards (Netzkarte) and national train passes are available. 

Health & Safety

Health services
EU citizens are entitled to free or subsidized medical treatment if they have a European Health Insurance Card with them.

For visitors coming from outside the EU (including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand citizens), payment of hospital and other medical expenses is the patient’s responsibility, so it is important to arrange comprehensive medical insurance before travelling.

Vaccinations
No specific inoculations are necessary.

The World Health Organization recommends that, regardless of their destination, all travellers should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella and polio, as well as hepatitis B, regardless of their destination

Security
Austria is a very safe country. Just take common-sense precautions regarding withdrawing money and Pickpockets.

Free Emergency number: 112

Mountain rescue: 144

Culture & Etiquette

  • Austrians are well educated, somewhat formal, and very respectful of others (disturbing neighbors with loud music will not be appreciated …). They will tend to try to help when asking for help for example regarding directions.
  • They are also very environmentally conscious. So always dispose of garbage in the appropriate places (including recycling)
  • Smoking is prohibited in several spaces (such as public transports and stations).
  • Don’t put your feet on train seats. Is prohibited and you may get a fine.
  • For Austrians, those who do not look each other in the eye when making a toast, risk 7 years of bad sex or bad weather. So don’t take any chances!
Indicative Opening Times

Banks
8am to 12:30pm & 1:30pm to 3pm (to 5.30pm on Thursdays).

Cafes
7am or 8am to 11pm or midnight.

Restaurants
11am to 2.30pm or 3pm and 6pm to 11pm or midnight.

Post offices
8am to noon and 2pm to 6pm (weekdays).

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