Travel to Austria

Travel to Austria

The sun drowns the ornate flower-adorned wooden houses with its golden light. From the massive terrace you can see how the alpine slopes explode in a huge flower splendor reminiscent of a patchwork quilt. Far away, the bells sound from the cows approaching the village at a leisurely pace. The clean and clear mountain air works wonders for health – it’s a holiday in Austria.

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Population: 8.7 million

Capital: Vienna

Language: German

German is the official language of Austria, but Hungarian, Croatian and Slovenian are also recognized as official languages ​​at regional level.

wienerschnitzeln is protected under Austrian law. A Wiener schnitzel must therefore consist of veal, not pork or any other type of meat.

Tyrol

As spring spreads across the Austrian Alps, it is hard to imagine that only a few months earlier it was full of ski fans at Europe’s best ski resorts, St. Petersburg. Anton and St. Christoph. The annual World Cup, the Hahnenkammrennen, is organized in Kitzbühel. However, the capital of Tyrol is Innsbruck, which has 130,000 inhabitants – a beautifully framed cultural and university city with an atmospheric street life around central Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse and with the attractive mountain peaks of Patscherkofel and Karwendelgebirge as beautiful backdrops. Tyrol will also be experienced for the old gold mining town of Zell am Ziller in the Ziller Valley or the popular holiday resorts of Kufstein and Mayerhofen. The Alps cover about 60 percent of Austria’s territory, which consists of nine federal states, each with its own parliament and government.

Carinthia

The federal state of Carinthia with the capital Klagenfurt also has many mountains and seaside resorts around Lake Wörthersee, Villach on the border with the neighboring countries Italy and Slovenia, and the 3,800 meter high Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain. Grossglockner is visited via Grosslockner hochalpenstrasse – a 22-kilometer stretch of beautiful serpentine roads that runs through the Hohe Tauern National Park and connects Carinthia with Salzburg, which is both a federal state but also the name of Austria’s fourth largest city.

Salzburg

It is no secret that Mozart was born in Salzburg. On Mozart Square in central Salzburg stands a large statue of Austria’s probably largest composer. At the Mozart Museum you can see where the prodigy was born and raised. Like many other Austrian cities, Salzburg is beautifully situated below fantastic mountains, waterfalls and mountain lakes. During a trip through Austria, you should also make sure to experience the world’s largest ice caves in Werfen and the beautiful Zell am See.

Vienna

Although Austria is full of postcard-like landscapes and great opportunities for an active holiday, many take the opportunity to see the cultural part of the country, and especially the capital Vienna, which is still bathed in the royal splendor of Emperor Franz Josef I and the memory of the great composers Mozart, Schubert, Mahler, Beethoven and Strauss. The composers live on to a very high degree through the Vienna State Opera and the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic.

Vienna has more than 1.8 million inhabitants, around a fifth of Austria’s total population. Experience the beautiful Central European city on both sides of the Danube and new, 60,000 m2 MuseumsQuartier, Freud’s Museum, The Spanish Riding School with its famous, white Lipizzaner horses that can be seen in Hofburg Castle, and the Gothic cathedral St. Stephen’s Cathedral which offers a wonderful view from its 137 meter high tower.

Vienna’s architecture is an interesting journey through history – even for a curious amateur. In addition to the impressive imperial buildings from 19th-century Austria-Hungary, many of the most beautiful and interesting buildings date from the era around the 20th century, when Vienna became famous for its special secession style – a special variant of art nouveau or Art Nouveau. One of the more distinguished examples is Otto Wagner’s Postsparkasse, which was built in 1906. The same style is found in several of Vienna’s legendary coffee houses, a legacy from the city’s heyday as Europe’s cultural cradle. It’s easy to get lost in Vienna’s lost world.

Facts Austria

Below you will find practical information in connection with your trip to Austria. Read about tips, internet and tempo and tone, among other things.

  • Language: German
  • Capital: Vienna
  • Population: 8, 7 mill.
  • Religion: Roman Catholicism
  • Currency: Euro
  • Surface: 83 859 km2

Worth knowing

Time difference

There is no time difference between Austria and Sweden.

Transport in Austria

On Albatro’s round trip in Austria, transport between the various sights usually takes place by chartered bus. The buses in Austria are in good condition and are usually equipped with air conditioning.

The public transport system is well developed and efficient.

Price level in Austria

The price level does not differ significantly between Austria and Sweden. The price for eating out, on the other hand, is slightly lower than in Sweden. A meal at a good restaurant can be had for around SEK 250.

Currency and credit cards

The Austrian currency is the euro (EUR). International credit cards mostly serve as a means of payment. You will find ATMs in all Austrian cities.

Tip

In Austria, people leave some tips. If you are happy with the service at the bar or restaurant, you can round the bill up by 5-10%. Taxi drivers expect tips of up to 10% of the price and hotel staff price a euro or two.

On round trips, guests usually tip to bus drivers and local guides. The tour guide can help me distribute the tips correctly. For cruises, other rules apply. See the travel program for your trip.

Electricity

Just like Sweden, Austria has 230 volts, and most sockets are similar to the Swedish ones. Feel free to bring an adapter for safety.

Telephone and internet

Austria’s international country code is +43. Feel free to ask your Swedish operator about call prices in Austria and how much it costs to connect via mobile.

Most hotels, restaurants, cafes and the like have wireless internet that you can use for free or for a fee. You often need a code from the staff to be able to use the internet.

Smoking

In Austria, smoking is prohibited on public transport, at railway stations, in bus terminals and at airports. Smoking indoors in public places is also prohibited unless it takes place in a special smoking room. The smoking ban is not always followed.

Tact and tone

The Austrians have a more polite language than we Swedes. Among other things, you should say “You”. Apart from that, there is no major difference in the forms of contact in Sweden and Austria.

Climate and weather Austria

Read about Austria’s climate and weather in Vienna and Innsbruck below.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN CHRISTMAS AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Vienna
Daytime temperature 3 5 10 15 21 23 26 25 20 14 8 4
Night temperature -2 -1 2 6 11 14 15 15 12 7 2 0
Precipitation (mm) 37 39 46 52 62 70 68 58 54 40 50 44
Innsbruck
Daytime temperature 4 6 11 15 20 23 25 24 21 16 8 4
Night temperature -5 -4 0 3 8 11 13 13 9 5 -1 -4
Precipitation (mm) 44 41 56 58 87 110 137 111 78 57 63 53

According to top-medical-schools, Austria is located in the temperate climate zone. The western part of Austria’s weather and climate is largely determined by the Atlantic and Gulf Streams and the climate from the south. The eastern part of the country has a continental climate which usually means hot summers and cold winters. Both types of climate help to control the amount of precipitation that falls in the Eastern Alps. The Eastern Alps prevent the cold winds from the north from moving further south, just as they prevent the warm winds from the south from pushing further north.

Travel to Austria