Austria

Austria is located in central Europe and it celebrates some of the world’s best music festivals like the Salzburg Festival, Haydn Festival or the International Chamber Festival. Vienna is not only the capital of Austria but also the musical capital of Europe. Music and art are in full flare here after centuries of hardship and innovation. During the winter the snow covered Alps are a must be visited place. Rain needs to be exspected year round. In case of an emergency call 120 or 123.


Beautiful view in the Alps, Austria

Site seeing

The castles will leave you astounded. The castle Durnstein will provide you a magnificent view besides the River Danube. Using a taxi for transport you should pay a 10% tip to the taxi drivers, which is cutomary in Austria.

Culture

German is the official language in Austria but Hungarian Slovene and Croatian are also spoken by some locals. A handshake will do fine to greet somebody. Meeting someone for the first time you better adress him with his last name, but once known better you can use the first name. To greet people in public say „Guten Tag“ or „Grüß Gott“ and „Auf Wiedersehen“ while leaving. Bring flowers as a gift when going over to someones house. The best art of horsemanship in the world can be found here and it is as old as 400 years. To watch the horses perform at one of these schools, tickets must be booked in advance. Service charge is levied on restaurant bills, and extra 5% should be paid to the waiters as a tip.


View over a valley in Tyrol, Austria

Getting there

In Austria three national airlines are operating which all belong to the Austrian Airlines Group. The airlines are Austrian Airlines, Austrian Arrows and Lausda Air. The Vienna airport is away 18km from the city. Buses transport the passengers to the South Train and West Train Station. You can also find chauffeur-driven cars, taxi and railway services at the airport. Duty free shops, post office, bank, eateries, left luggage, tourism information, conference hall, nursery, car hiring and car parking facilities are provided to the passengers at the airport.

The airport of Salzburg is only away 4km from the city and buses, trains, taxis and hotel coach provide transport to and from the airport. You can find the same facilities the Vienna airport provides. You can also check out the other airports such as Klagenfurt airport, Graz airport and Linz airport for more information about them. All airports will charge a fixed rate for porter service.

Tourists can also get to Austria by Austrian Federal railways(ÖBB), if traveling by train. They provide a large network which has connects the major cities in Austria and also outside Austria. You can find connections from Germany, Russia, Greece, Romania, Turkey Belgium, France and Italy. To travel around Austria you can buy International rail passes or the Eurail pass as they provide unlimited travel and some other offers, too.


House in the moutains in Austria

Austria has a good network of roads that provides an interesting journey. Take the Eurotunnel when you need to cross the Channel Tunnel while traveling by car. As always bookings should be made in advance. You can rent cars at the airports and at some railway stations, if you drive you own car carry your national or international driving licence and car registration papers. There are tool booths installed on the motorways and ‚S‘ roads, so if change is carried in advance it will ensure there are no major delays in the journey. While driving you need to carry along all registraion documents and it’s recomended to turn the lights on, no matter where you drive. Austira also has strict laws for seat belts and drinking while driving. Within the cities choaches are provided for transport.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:

1. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco or a proportional mix of these products
2. 1l of spirits over 22 per cent or 2l of fortified wine or spirits up to 22 per cent or 2l of sparkling wine or liqueur and 2l of still wine
3. 500g of coffee or 200g of extracts, essences or concentrates of coffee, and 100g of tea or 40g of tea extracts
4. medicinal products sufficient for the journey
5. 50g of perfume or eau de toilette
6. All the above mentioned goods should be carried by a person over 18 years of age.