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Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa information of the Austrian Foreign Ministry
Diplomatic Representations
Austrian Embassies, high commissions, consulates, multilateral missions and representative offices abroad
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town


Vienna has a well-developed system of metro, bus, light rail and tramway services. Most routes have a flat fare, and there are pre-purchase multi-journey tickets and passes. The Vienna Card   entitles visitors to 72 hours of unlimited travel by subway, bus and tram within four days. The classic way to travel round the capital is by horse-drawn carriage(Fiaker); fares should be agreed in advance.

There are bus systems in all the other main towns, and also tramways in Linz, Innsbruck and Graz, and trolleybuses in Linz, Innsbruck and Salzburg.

 Visit : Vienna Metro 
Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Vienna (VIE) 17km / 11 miles EUR 30-35 EUR 6 / 20 min EUR 5.10 / 30 min Available
Innsbruck (INN) 4 km / 2½ miles EUR 11 / 10-15 min EUR 1.5 / 18 min - Available
Salzburg (SZG) 5 km / 3 miles EUR 14 / 10-20 min EUR 1.8 / 20-25 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Rail network in Austria is among the best in the world. Traveling by train is fast and convenient but a little expensive than bus travel. The roads are of international standard and traveling by car is an efficient way. Domestic flights are not a common means of travel for the tourist. Buses are the best connector to all the cities in Austria. They are cheaper and slower than the trains.
Rail Companies
Austrian Federal Railways
Koflacher Train and Bus Company
Austrian passenger transport railway company
Austrian Transport Services Company

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Austrian Airlines Major Yes Yes
Laudaair Major Yes No
Intersky Low cost Yes Yes
Condor Low cost Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

- Austria has an excellent network of roads and self driving is safe. 

- Cars must be driven with lights throughout the year. Seat belts must be worn and children under the age of 12 and under 150cm (4ft 11in) tall may not sit in the front seat unless a special child's seat has been fitted.

- All cars must have a first-aid kit and a warning triangle. All motorists must also carry high-visibility waistcoats and wear them whenever outside their vehicle on an Austrian roads.

- Both driver and passenger on a motorcycle must wear helmets.

- All road signs are in German language.

- It is compulsory to stick a road tax disc on the windscreen that you can buy at the border in order to be able to drive on highways.

Road Maps
Live Search of Maps
Find an Itinerary
Google Maps

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Different Forms of Tourism

The city of Vienna has more than 50 museums, including Natural History Museum, Museum of Modern Art and  Museumsquartier.

The medieval city Retz has subterranean wine-cellars, well-restored medieval city walls, windmills and a Dominican church.

- Vienna and its Operas.

- The city of Salzburg is famous for its festival and as a place where numerous artists and writers lived.

- The numerous ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. - Wachau cultural landscape.

- Semmering railway.

- Wachau cultural landscape.

-Semmering railway.

For further information visit Austria info

City of Graz, Ferto/Neusiedler Lake area, Hallstatt Dachstein, Salzburg.

Austria has some of the best crystal-clear lakes in the world which include Wörthersee, Wolfgangsee, Traunsee, Hallstättersee and Mondsee, one of the warmest lakes in the Salzkammergut.

Carinthia's lakes reach temperatures of around 28°C (82°F) and win awards for their water quality.

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Annakirche (Church of Saint Anne), St Augustine's Church, Ducal Crypt, Christus, Hoffnung der Welt, Church of Maria Treu, Deutschordenskirche, Dominikanerkirche.
Europe cities
Donau City Kirche
Arranged under the classifications of alpine, thermal or medical spa, each of Austria’s Finest Spa Hotels & Resorts features a range of different options. 

List of spas and saunas 
Spas and saunas in Salzburg

Austria is famous for its nude beaches.
Winter Sports
Alps constitute approximately 60% of Austria's surface area. It is one of Europe's major destinations for winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, sleigh rides, curling or skating are all available and with excellent facilities.
Outdoor Activities
Hiking, bicycle rides, Scuba diving, waterskiing in the lakes of Salzkammergut. Austria is a famous destination for playing golf in Europe, with its 150 well-maintained golf courses.
High quality handbags, glassware, chinaware and winter sports equipment.
Tourism Organizations
Austrian National Tourist Office
Austria Info

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
Vaccination against tetanus is required.
Rabies vaccination for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
International Hospitals
The staff in most of the hospitals can speak or at least understand English.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Health news by Ministry of health, family and youth.
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Pages dedicated to the country on the site of the Canadian Foreign Office
Current Travel warnings proposed by the American State Department

Emergency Numbers

Fire 122
Ambulance 144
Police 133
Helpline in case you are sick 142
Car breakdowns 120 or 123

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Vienna (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
Summer Time Period
GMT + 2, from fourth Sunday in March to fourth Sunday in October.

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Climate in Austria is moderate with sunny winters and frequent snowfalls. Summers are pleasant with short and heavy spell of rainfall. North eastern part of Austria experiences severe cold winters and heavy foehn winds (a warm and dry wind).
For Further Information
Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
Austrian gastronomy is famous for its cakes (Sacher Torte), its excellent cooked pork meats and its famous white wines (côteaux of Lower Austria, Styria and Burgenland). Some of the famous culinary specialties in the country are:

- Wiener Schnitzel: It is a traditional dish of bread crumbed and fried veal escalope.
- Tafelspitz: It is regarded as Austria's national dish and consists simply of boiled beef.
- Palatschinken: These are Austrian pancakes. 
- Apfelstrudel: It is the classic Austrian pudding.
- Mehlspeisen: It is the national term for cakes and puddings. There are around 60 varieties of Torte, which is often consumed with coffee.

The most common drinks are:

- Local wines: Good quality and cheap. Mainly while wine is consumed, particularly RieslingandVeltliner are well-known.
- Obstler: This drink is made by distilling various fruits. It is usually very strong, well-flavored and cheap.

Dietary Restrictions
There are not any eating restrictions.

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Domestic Currency
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Foreign currencies and traveler's checks can be exchanged at all banks, savings banks and exchange counters at airports and railway stations at the official exchange rates.
To find out the locations of ATMs in Austria , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, MasterCard or American Express
Possible Means of Payment

Major credit cards are accepted in large cities. However, some smaller hotels may require bills to be paid in cash.

Traveler's checks are widely accepted. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveler's checks in a major currency (Euros, US Dollars, Pounds Sterling).

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Official Language
German (official nationwide), Croatian (official in Burgenland), Slovene (official in Carinthia) and Hungarian (official in Burgenland).
Other Languages Spoken
Turkish, Serbian.
Business Language

Though German is the national official language but English is also used as a business language, especially when dealing with foreign companies.

Getting Some Knowledge
Basic conversation guide

Yes = Ja No = Nein

Thank you = Danke

Hello = Guten Tag

Good Morning= Guten Morgen

Goodbye, Goodbye = Auf Wiedersehen

I do not understand = Ich verstehe nicht

What is the price? How much does it cost? = Wieviel kostet das?

I would like to buy = Ich möchte kaufen.

Do you accept credit cards? = Akzeptieren Sie Kreditkarten? Nehmen Sie Kreditkarten?

Where is ... ? = Wo ist...?

An airport = der Flughafen

The station = der Bahnhof

Post office = die Post

The bank = die Bank

The police station, the police force = Polizeiwache

The chemist= die Apotheke

One ticket to..., please. = Eine Fahrkarte nach,

Would you have any available rooms for tonight ? = Haben Sie noch ein Zimmer frei?.

Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish : Free English-German-English translator of texts and web pages
Systran : Free English-German-English translator of texts and web pages
Eurodicautom : The European Union Dictionary (12 languages available)
Leo : German-English-German dictionary with over 300,000 entries

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Austrian Hotel Association
Austrian National Tourist Office
Austrian National Tourist Office
Austrian National Tourist Office

Camping & Caravanning Club (Online Austrian camping guide)
Austrian Youth Hostel Association
Austrian National Tourist Office

To Find an Apartment
Apartment Vienna

Web Reserver
Austria Apartments
To Find a Job

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