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Austria with its Alps is a paradise for the outdoor adventurer. Outstanding skiing, bobsleighing, mountain climbing, hiking are just part of the ambiance of Austria.

With its cultural history, Austria has an important role in the history of Europe. Art galleries, orchestra and opera houses, luxurious ‘olde worlde’ hotels and fine cuisine are found in Vienna, the historic capital city on the banks of the Danube. Quality and efficiency are watchwords and world-class shopping offers fine crafted glassware, timepieces and optical equipment.

Austria holiday
                                                           
Austria holiday
 
The charm of Austria may lie in its preservation of a romantic classical past, but this does not mean modern Austria has stood back from development. Behind the stunning scenery and antique architecture a vibrant industrial and commercial society goes about its business in the cities and towns. Austrians work hard, but they also know how to play hard. Austrian hospitality and cuisine are legendary. From a cruise on the magnificent Danube River to a cycle tour through the Alpine meadows or a breath-taking day's sightseeing in busy Vienna, visitors to Austria find it impossible to fit in a dull moment.

Regions & Cities

Vienna
Salzburg
The Alps
                                                           

WEATHER    Back to top

Austria enjoys a temperate Central European climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot with cool nights. In Vienna and other low-lying cities temperatures during the day can get uncomfortably hot over July and August. Winters are cold, below freezing in January and February. The ski season in the Alps runs from December to April but the mountains are also popular with hikers and climbers over the summer when the weather is usually warm and bright.

Vienna

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

38

37

44

51

68

71

75

68

47

49

48

46

Rainfall (inches)

1.5

1.5

1.7

2.0

2.7

2.8

2.9

2.7

1.9

1.9

1.9

1.8

Min Temp (°C)

-2

-1

2

6

10

13

15

15

12

7

2

0

Max Temp (°C)

3

5

10

15

20

23

26

25

20

14

7

4

Min Temp (°F)

28

30

36

43

50

55

59

59

54

45

36

32

Max Temp (°F)

37

41

50

59

68

73

79

77

68

57

45

39


Salzburg

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Rainfall (mm)

54

49

41

52

73

110

134

108

81

67

53

46

Rainfall (inches)

2.1

1.9

1.6

2

2.8

4.3

5.2

4.2

3.1

2.6

2

1.8

Min Temp (°C)

-7

-5

0

4

8

11

13

12

10

5

0

-4

Max Temp (°C)

1

4

11

16

20

24

25

24

21

15

8

2

Min Temp (°F)

19

23

32

39

46

52

55

54

50

41

32

25

Max Temp (°F)

34

39

52

61

68

75

77

75

70

59

46

36


                                                           
GOOD TO KNOW    Back to top

Sport Activities
Cycling – Summer
Hiking – Summer
Skiing – Winter
Snowboarding and other snow sport – winter

Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).

Electricity: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. The European round 2-pin plugs are standard.

Money: The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change available in all towns, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at airports and major city rail terminals are open seven days a week. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small hotels and restaurants may only accept cash. Travellers cheques are also accepted.

Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

EUR 1.00 =

USD 1.27

GBP 0.69

CAD 1.44

AUD 1.70

ZAR 9.08

EUR 1.00

NZD 2.08

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.

Austria holiday
Austria holiday


Language: The official language is German.

Entry requirements for Americans: US passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Austria providing they stay no longer than three months. A passport is required.

Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that, in principle, allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all. All visitors holding proof of sufficient funds to cover intended stay and to buy an onward ticket need only enter Austria on a one-way ticket.

Health: No vaccinations are necessary for business visits or general tourism. There is, however, a risk of tick-borne encephalitis for long-term visitors who expect to be visiting rural or forested areas in spring or summer. These travellers should consider vaccination and ensure they take precautions against tick infestation. Water and food are safe. Medical facilities are excellent. Medical insurance is advised unless from the UK - citizens of EU countries can get free emergency medical treatment at public hospitals in Austria on production of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Bird flu was found in dead swans in the southern province of Styria in February 2006 and stringent measures are being taken to contain the outbreak. The risk is very low for travellers, but all close contact with wild, domestic and caged birds should be avoided, and all poultry and egg dishes well cooked as a precaution.

Tipping: A 10-15% service charge is automatically added to hotel and restaurant bills, but it is usual to leave another 5% if satisfied with the service. It is customary to give the money to the waiter rather than leave it on the table. It is usual to leave small change for most service personnel. Taxis expect a 10% tip.

Safety: Travel to Austria is generally trouble-free, however visitors are advised to take sensible safety precautions particularly in larger cities.

Customs: From 15 November 2005 it is compulsory that vehicles are driven with their lights on throughout the year. Wearing of military or other uniforms of foreign countries is not allowed, unless in transit or with a special permit obtained from Austrian diplomatic representation abroad.

Communications: The international access code for Austria is +43. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0027 for the South Africa). Public telephone boxes can be used for direct dial calls within the country and overseas. Austria's mobile network operates on the 900 and 1800 bands for GSM. Internet cafes are widely available.

Duty Free: Travellers from non-EU countries over 17 years are allowed to bring in the following items without paying customs duty: 200 cigarettes, or 100 cigarillos, or 50 cigars, or 250g of smoking tobacco, or a proportional mix of these products; 2 litres wine, or 1 litre of spirits with alcohol content more than 22%, or 2 litres of alcohol volume less than 22%; 50g perfume and 250ml eau de toilette; and other goods to a total value of €175. Restricted items include pornographic material and fresh foodstuffs such as meat and dairy products. Travellers must have a European Firearms Pass if travelling with firearms. Providing goods are bought for personal use, there are no restrictions on carrying tobacco and alcohol between the 15 original countries of the EU (including the UK), with the exception of Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

                                                           
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