Charming villages, scenic landscapes, and fantastic coffee are all things you can expect while travelling to Austria.
For information on what you need to know before visiting Austria, read more below.
- In 1276, Rudolf I started the Habsburg’s 750-year-long rule in Austria. In 1848, Franz Josef I, a Habsburg as well, made many changes to Austria including creating the Dual Monarchy.
- During WWII, Austria was annexed into Germany and most of the country’s Jewish population was killed and forced to leave in the holocaust.
- Austria only became a fully independent country again on October 25, 1955.
Austria’s capital city is Vienna. This is a popular Austria travel destination for tourists who visit Austria for the first time.
Read More: Find my itinerary for a two-day stay in Vienna.
Austria uses the Euro.
Native Austrian cuisine draws in influences from Central Europe and the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. If you travel to Austria with a curious palette, you’ll be able to taste the following:
- Tafelspitz: A beef boiled in broth dish is often served with an apple, horseradish, and chives sauce.
- Selchfleisch – Smoked meat served with Sauerkraut and dumplings.
- Powidl – This is a thick sweet plums jam eaten with jam or used as a pastry filling.
Austria’s standard electric voltage is 230V so appliances between 220 and 240 V work just fine. The average frequency is 50Hz.
Public Transit & Getting Around
Public transport makes it easy to get from point A to B in Austria. Of course, if you’d like to drive yourself you can rent your own transport.
Buses & Trams
In Austria, travelling by bus is quick and convenient. Bus and tram services run in most places from dusk to late at night.
Vienna is the only city with metro systems. The metro runs all night on Friday and Saturday nights. From Sunday to Thursday, it stops around midnight.
Taking taxis in Austria is usually done by calling one to pick you up, or finding them at the taxi ranks. But you can try your luck at flagging one down. Just remember to add in a 10% tip.
Cars are generally manual but automatic vehicles are available. The country has one of the highest speed limits in the world. Drivers can drive up to 130km/h on motorways and 50km/h within city limits.
Austrians drive on the right-hand side of the road. Check out the traffic rules before renting a car.
Stopover or Layover Destination on the Travel To Austria
There are stopovers and layovers from major European and international cities.
Is Austria Safe?
Austria is a safe country, but you should still be vigilant of your surroundings to avoid pickpocketing. Check out my travel gear recommendations to avoid buying bootleg items as they are illegal to bring back into the United States.
An essential Austrian travel safety tip is carrying photocopies of your travel documents. Immigration control may pop up at border crossing points at any time.
There is a risk of avalanches and could disrupt your travelling. It’s best to follow the advice of local authorities and your tour operator.
It’s illegal in Austria to wear anything that totally conceals the face and makes facial features unrecognizable. Since the pandemic, the ban has been slightly lifted and face masks are allowed.