About Austria 

Austria is a country located in the Europe continent.  It was founded in 1804.

History [Founded in 1804] • Capital [Vienna] • Government [Federal Parliamentary Republic] • Currency [Euro (€)] • Language [German (official), Austro-Bavarian dialect] • Religion [Roman Catholic, Protestant, Agnostics and Atheists, Muslim ] • Electricity [230V/50Hz (European plug)] • Time Zone [UTC +1] • Country Code [+43] • Internet TLD [.at] • Emergencies [Dial 113 for police, 112 for fire, 144 for medical]

Austria Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with travel information & tips to plan your trip to Austria and find the best things to see, do and experience in Austria even  before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Zell am See

zell am see

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Graz

Graz
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Innsbruck

Innsbruck

Salzburg

salzburg

Salzkammergut

Salzkammergut

St Anton am Arlberg

St Anton am Arlberg

Wachau

Wachau

Map

Tipping

Restaurant – 5% of the bill.
Tour Guide – 1 – 2 Euros
Hotel – 1 – 2 Euros per bag to porter, 1 – 2 Euros per
night for housekeeper
Taxi Driver – 10% of the bill
Spas – 5% of the bill

Money & Duty Free

Currency

Euro with symbol: € = 100 cents
Euro Notes denominations (€):5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Euro Coin denominations(€): 2, 1
Euro Coin denominations(Cents):1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.

ATM

ATMs are available in major towns and cities and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Widely accepted. Euros, US Dollars, Pounds Sterling.

Banking hours

Mon:0800-1230, 1330-1500
Tues: 0800-1230, 1330-1500
Wed: 0800-1230, 1330-1500
Thurs: 0800-1230, 1330-1730
Fri: 0800-1230, 1330-1500

Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 999

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.