Austria is the land of Sigmund Freud, Dietrich Mateschitz. Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger . The music of Johann Strauss, Mozart and Schubert. The Rothschild dynasty and the Austrian Alps. Actor Christoph Waltz and the skier Franz Klammer. The Sound of Music filmed in the Alps. The taste of Schnapps and Wiener Schnitzel.
These are a few of our favourite things you will see when you are in Austria. Of course your own list, we would love to read it.
On a practical note, we have some information below to help you relax and enjoy your tour.
Attractions – Austria
The many attractions in Austria, include, Melk Abbey, Vienna State Opera. The former Olympics venue of Seefeld. The many ski resorts in the Austrian Tyrol or Hohensalzburg Castle in the beautiful city of Salzburg. In Vienna you can see the opulent Hofburg Imperial Palace.
Innsbruck is famous for skiing and in the heart of the Alps. The towns of St Anton and Arlberg lie in the Austrian Tyrol. Grossglockner Alpine Road is a must see for stunning the views high in the Alps.
Hallstatt a small village in the Salzkammergut region, famous for its salt production. Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna has an epic 1,441 room palace and built between 1696 and 1712 for Emperor Leopold I.
Regions – Austria
The Regions in the Danube valley are Upper Austria and Lower Austria. Vienna and Burgenland. In the Alps, include Salzburg and Carinthia. Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Styria.
VISA – Austria
Coming from the States you do not need a visa to enter Austria. As a visitor you can stay up to six months without any restrictions.
Currency – Austria
The currency is The Euro and this is generally the only currency accepted, except in rare circumstances. In most places you can also pay with Visa or MasterCard. American Express is less accepted so check in advance. 1 USD is equivalent to approximately .90 Euro and there are 100 cent in the Euro.
Weather – Austria
Austria has a reputation for skiing in winter and been warm in the summer. Winters are cold with snow, usually around -10 to 0 degrees in winter. Some summer months, there are warm spells and temperatures around Vienna can reach up to 25- 30 degrees.
Language – Austria
German dialects in Austria should not be confused with the variety of the Standard German, spoken by most Austrians. They differ from those spoken in Germany or Switzerland.
Food – Austria
There is a multicultural society in Austria and restaurants, especially in the large cities reflect this. French, Italian, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine can be found everywhere.
However, the Austrians still love their traditional recipes. Meats, Potatoes, and Wiener Schnitzel feature on the menus in their pubs and restaurants. Continental breakfast is also a staple part of the diet and is served in most hotels as the standard breakfast. This consists of a light breakfast, typically coffee, bread rolls with butter and jam.
Drink – Austria
Once you have reached the legal age for drinking alcohol, that is 18 years, you can wander into one of the many pubs. Typically you will find that each pub sells wines, beers, schnapps. A friendly barman will be happy to inform you of the differences between them all.
You are usually never more than five minutes away from a pub in Austria. The pubs serve a mixture of traditional and international food dishes. Most pubs close at 11 or 11.30pm. A range of non alcoholic drinks, along with the now famous Red Bull energy drink are available. American influences are now to be found in most large cities and towns.
Electricity and Phone – Austria
In Austria there are one of the two European standard electrical socket types. The “Type F” Austrian style Schuko and the “Type C” Europlug. Almost all sockets are Schuko, and while the Europlug socket may be found. In relation to your cell phone, it may be cheaper to buy a local number and use this for the duration of your stay. Your hotel or guesthouse receptionist can advise you on this. If you are only staying for a short period and planning on using mostly Wi-Fi, then your current sim card will suit best.
Dictionary – Austria
We have listed a few common differences in language between Austrian and the U.S English
Toilette = Restroom. Paternoster = Elevator.
Handy = Cellphone. Benzin = gas.
Wardrob dulapuri = Closet.
Trousers = Lederhosen.
Food – Austria
Wiener Schnitzel = is a very thin breaded pan fried cutlet made from veal.
Continental Breakfast = coffee, bread rolls with butter and jam.
Austrian goulash = often eaten with rolls bread or dumplings
Chips = frittes
Courgette = zucchini