Austria Travel Tips
|Located in central Europe, Austria celebrates world’s
best music festivals like the Salzburg Festival, Haydn Festival in Vienna, and the International
Chamber Music Festival. Vienna is the capital of Austria as well as the musical capital of Europe.
Music and art are in full flare here after centuries of hardship and innovation. That explains
Vienna being the birthplace of Mozart. Horse dances are also part of these festivals. Since it
snows in winter, the snow covered Alps is a must be visited place during the winter. Austria
experiences a moderate summer. Rains can be expected year round. Incase of emergency call 120 or
The romantic castles simply leave you astounded. The Schloss Durnstein provides a
magnificent view besides the River Danube. A 10% tip should be paid to the taxi drivers, which is customary
Danube in Austria between the cities of Krems (left) and of Mautern (right) seen
from the Ferdinandswarte, photo by konwiki.
German, Hungarian, Slovene, and Croatian are the languages spoken by the locals.
To greet the locals, a handshake will do. When meeting someone for the first time, its better to refer them by
their last name, but once better known they can be addressed by the first name. When out in the public, say Guten
Tag or Gruss Gott to greet people and while leaving say Auf Wiedersehen. Carry along flowers when going over to
someone’s house. The locals here have a passion for horse riding. The world’s best art of horsemanship can be found
here which is as old as 400 years and to watch the horses perform at these schools; tickets must be booked in
advance. Although service charge is levied on restaurant bills, an extra 5% should be paid as tip.
The Salzburg Cathedral is a seventeenth century Baroque
cathedral in the city of Salzburg, Austria, photo by Mattis.
Three national airlines operate in Austria, Austrian Arrows, Austrian Airlines and
Lausda Air, which work in collaboration with the Austrian Airlines Group. The Vienna airport is 18 km away from the
city. Airport buses transport passengers to the South Train and West Train Station. Railway, chauffeur-driven car
and taxi service is also provided 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.
OE-LVA Austrian Arrows Fokker 100 in the foreground and OE-LFK Austrian Arrows
Fokker 70 in the background at Wien Schwechat taken with Nikon D40x, photo by Trainler.
Salzburg airport is 4 km away from the city and buses, trains, taxis and hotel
coach shuttle passengers to and from the airport. Facilities such as duty free shops, post office, currency
exchange, left luggage, conference hall, restaurants and car hire exist at the airport. Check out the other
airports such as Klagenfurt airport, Graz airport and Linz airport for more details. All the airports charge a
fixed rate for porter service.
Hallstatt, Austria, photo by Andrew Bossi.
International tourists can get to Austria by Austrian Federal railways, if
planning to travel by train. It has a large network which connects the major cities within Austria and also outside
Austria. Travelers can find connections to/from Germany, Russia, Greece, Romania, Turkey Brussels, Paris and Italy.
International rail passes or Eurail pass can be bought to travel around Austria as they provide unlimited travel
and other offers too.
Austrian rural area of Schoppernau in summer, photo by Böhringer Friedrich.
A good network of roads here provides an interesting journey. Take Eurotunnel when
crossing the Channel Tunnel while traveling by car. Bookings should be made in advance. The cars can be hired at
the airports and railway stations and if driving own car carry documentations like UK driving license or national
driving license and car registration papers. Toll booths are installed on the motorways and ‘S’ roads, so if change
is carried in advance it will ensure no delays in the journey. Registration documents should be carried along all
the time while driving. The lights should be turned on while driving, in the city or outside, all the time. There
are strict laws for seat belts and drinking while driving. If using the motorbike, high visibility jacket and
helmet must be worn, it’s a compulsion for both the passenger and the driver. Many federal, private companies and
local authorities provide bus service. Coaches are provided for moving around within the cities.
Tirana by Night, photo by TiranaCity.
Wurm and Kock provide cruise passenger service. Along with the cruise trip,
packages include stay at a hotel. Check out, before hand, for offer. There are many Ferry service providers