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Best Places to Visit

Holidays to Austria have been popular for many years, mostly due to the fantastic winter activities on offer and stunning scenic views of snowy mountain slopes, which attract sports enthusiasts from far and wide. Summer, on the other hand, sees visitors who come to admire Austria's great outdoors and beautiful historic cities.

Vienna is well worth spending time in. It"s rich history can be enjoyed by attending many of its elegant balls, and immersing yourself in its timeless cultural scene. Taking a scenic canal or river tour, attending a classical music performance or participating in the capital's annual film festival are among the best ways to experience this exciting and lively city.

Heading south, Graz offers visitors one of the best preserved old towns in Europe. Cathedrals, palaces and museums are the main attractions of this city.

Visitors to Salzburg will immediately learn of the city's proudest son. Classical music prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in this beautiful city by the Salzach River, while the widely popular Hollywood film, "The Sound of Music" was set here.

For a taste of Austria"s great outdoors, visitors can head to Innsbruck, the capitol of Tyrol. This scenic city is set in a valley at the foot of perhaps the most well-known European mountains: the Alps. Skiing in winter and mountain climbing in summer are what most people come here for. While in Innsbruck, visitors may want to see Hofkirche, a Gothic church which houses a memorial dedicated to Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.

Further in the west of Tyrol is St Anton am Arlberg, another famous ski resort town that consistently ranks as a top global ski destination.

The picturesque city of Bregenz, set along the shores of Lake Constance and at the foot of Pfander, a mountain in the German Alps, is another tourist hot spot. Swimming and cruises, as well as hiking, are naturally the top tourist activities during Austria holidays. Whatever the time of year, Austria has a rich variety of activities to offer, from summertime river cruises and hiking to winter sports on the snowy slopes. Meanwhile, its cities arguably offer some of Europe's most treasured cultural heritage, particularly for classical music lovers, as Mozart is just one of many celebrated composers that are born in Austria.

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Need to know

Language

The primary language spoken in Austria is Standard Austrian German. It is identical to Standard German, with only subtle differences in vocabulary and pronunciation. The native language of most locals, however, is Austro-Bavarian, also a Germanic language but only partly understood by German speakers. English is widely spoken around these parts, especially by those working in the tourism industry. If your German is a little rusty, you might have difficulty being understood here.

Currency

Austria is part of the 19 countries that officially use the euro (EUR). ATMs, locally called bankomat, are widely available throughout the country, even in rural areas. Travellers' cheques are accepted by many establishments but travellers are advised to carry them in major currencies such as euro, US dollars or pound sterling. Currency exchange outlets are available in banks, train stations and airports. Major credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted, and prepaid foreign currency cards offer an alternative if you want to spend on plastic without running up international exchange fees.

Visas

Austria is a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, this means British nationals may enter Austria with only a valid passport for an indefinite stay. Likewise, EU nationals may enter with a valid passport (or national identity card) for a period of any length.

Nationals from the US, Canada and Australia can enter visa-free and stay for up to 90 days but passports must be valid for three months beyond intended date of exit. Allow a few days beyond your intended return travel date before your documents expire, in case of unexpected delays.

Climate

Austria experiences a moderate continental climate with more variation than most European coastal countries. It can get cold in winter (December to March), with temperatures sometimes dropping to -10°C. It is warm in the summer (May to September), with temperatures of around 26°C during the day. There is a host of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed in each season; summer is perfect for mountain hikes while winter sees hordes of skiers hit the slopes.

Main Airports

There are many airports from which tourists can begin exploring Austria. The most important gateway is Vienna International Airport, located in eastern Austria and servicing the capital, Vienna. It has a lot of connections to flight hubs within Europe and the Middle East, as well as with South, Southeast and East Asia.

Flight Options

A number of carriers connect Vienna to destinations within Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The London to Vienna route is popular, with planes flying from London-Heathrow and London-Gatwick. A direct flight from London to Vienna usually takes around 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Travel Advice

Travellers heading to the Alps for winter holidays can fly directly to Innsbruck Airport. There are many charters and seasonal airlines that fly direct from London-Gatwick as well as Bristol, Liverpool and other UK locations to Innsbruck.

Other Transport Options

Austria's railway network is well connected to the European railway network, with several services running daily. A train runs from London to Paris, from where overnight trains run to Munich. From here, there are connections to major Austrian locations. It is also possible to fly to the southern German city of Munich or even to Frankfurt, which both receive more flights than Austria's main airports, and continue to Austria via a connecting flight or overland transport.

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Feiten

  1. De lijst van Oostenrijkse componisten omvat onder meer Mozart, Haydn en Schubert. In veel gevallen werd dezelfde achternaam gedeeld door meerdere componisten, zoals de twee Johann Straussen.
  2. De naam Oostenrijk betekent 'oosters rijk' en stamt uit de tijd dat de Donau die door het land stroomt de oostelijke grens vormde van het Duitse gebied.
  3. Het land is sterk beïnvloed door de twee Wereldoorlogen in de eerste helft van de 20e eeuw en werd door de Geallieerden bestuurd tot het land in 1955 volledig onafhankelijk werd en verklaarde in de toekomst neutraal te blijven.

Feiten

  1. De lijst van Oostenrijkse componisten omvat onder meer Mozart, Haydn en Schubert. In veel gevallen werd dezelfde achternaam gedeeld door meerdere componisten, zoals de twee Johann Straussen.
  2. De naam Oostenrijk betekent 'oosters rijk' en stamt uit de tijd dat de Donau die door het land stroomt de oostelijke grens vormde van het Duitse gebied.
  3. Het land is sterk beïnvloed door de twee Wereldoorlogen in de eerste helft van de 20e eeuw en werd door de Geallieerden bestuurd tot het land in 1955 volledig onafhankelijk werd en verklaarde in de toekomst neutraal te blijven.

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