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Entry requirements

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: Maporama

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.
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

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: - 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: Maporama
Find an itinerary: Google Maps


Different forms of tourism

Historical: 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.

Cultural: - 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

Nature: 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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Religious: 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
Thermal: 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

Beach: 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.
Shopping: High quality handbags, glassware, chinaware and winter sports equipment.
Tourism organizations: Austrian National Tourist Office

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.
For further information on sanitary conditions: Health news by Ministry of health, family and youth.

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Vienna (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
Summer time period: GMT + 2, from fourth Sunday in March to fourth Sunday in October.
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).


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.

Drinks: 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 taboos: There are not any eating restrictions.


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?.

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