HEAVEN FOR OUTDOOR ENTHOUSIASTS
Embark on an Austrian adventure where the picturesque village of Hallstatt dazzles with its mirror-like lake and charming houses, while the rugged beauty of Tyrol offers endless skiing and hiking opportunities.
Lace up your boots for some of the best trails, like the breathtaking Adlerweg or the scenic Zillertal Alps, each path promising unforgettable alpine vistas and the pure joy of the great outdoors.
Austria is a treasure trove of natural wonders, waiting to be explored.
Dive into the savory world of Wiener Schnitzel and warm up with a bowl of Gulasch, infused with paprika and tradition.
Don’t forget to treat yourself to the sweet mastery of Sachertorte, a dense chocolate cake with a layer of apricot jam, and the fluffy, powdery bliss of Kaiserschmarrn, torn pancakes sprinkled with sugar and served with fruit compote.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT AUSTRIA
Visiting Austria offers distinct experiences each season.
Spring (March to May) is ideal for city tours and blooming landscapes.
Summer (June to August) brings perfect weather for hiking and festivals.
Autumn (September to November) showcases colorful foliage, especially in the wine regions.
Winter (December to February) transforms Austria into a winter wonderland, ideal for Christmas markets and skiing in the Alps.
Each season has its unique charm, offering a range of activities suited to different interests.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TRAVELING TO AUSTRIA
Language – In Austria, the official language is German, spoken in its own distinct Austrian variant. Besides German, several minority languages are recognized, including Slovene, Croatian, and Hungarian, primarily in certain regions. Additionally, English is widely understood, especially in tourist areas and among the younger population, making it relatively easy for English-speaking visitors to communicate.
Currency – The official currency in Austria is EUR (€).
Credit Cards & ATM’s – In Austria, credit cards are widely accepted, especially in urban areas, at hotels, restaurants, and many shops. ATMs are readily available across cities and towns, making it convenient to withdraw cash. However, it’s advisable to carry some cash, particularly in rural areas or at smaller establishments, where card payments might not always be accepted.
Safety – Austria is renowned for its high safety standards, making it one of the safest countries in the world for travelers. The crime rate is low, and public areas, including transportation systems, are secure and well-maintained. Visitors should still exercise the usual precautions, such as keeping an eye on personal belongings and staying aware of their surroundings, especially in crowded tourist spots. Emergency services are efficient and responsive, ensuring a safe environment for both residents and tourists.
Plugs – In Austria, the standard voltage is 230V with a frequency of 50Hz. Travelers should be prepared to use plug types F and C, which are the two-pronged plugs commonly used throughout Europe.
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT TO AUSTRIA
Toll Roads – In Austria, the use of motorways and expressways requires a vignette, a form of toll sticker that must be affixed to the vehicle’s windshield. These vignettes can be purchased for varying durations, from short-term (10 days) to annual passes, catering to both short-term visitors and residents. Additionally, certain sections, such as mountain passes and tunnels, may require the payment of an extra toll, independent of the vignette. This toll system is crucial for the maintenance and development of Austria’s road infrastructure.
Hiking etiquette – Firstly, always give right of way to hikers ascending the trail, as it’s generally more challenging to navigate uphill. Secondly, maintain a respectful distance from wildlife and livestock you may encounter. Lastly, ensure you’re well-prepared for the variable weather conditions in the mountains by carrying appropriate gear, including trekking poles for stability and support, especially on steep or challenging sections of the trail.
Public Transport – Austria boasts an efficient and comprehensive public transport network, including trains, trams, buses, and U-Bahn (subway) systems, particularly in Vienna. The ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways) connects major cities and regions, offering scenic routes through the countryside. Urban areas enjoy frequent and reliable tram and bus services, making it convenient for residents and tourists to navigate cities and access attractions.
🚘 RENTING A CAR IN AUSTRIA
When it comes to choosing a rental car company things can get a little confusing cause there’s a lot of companies out there ready to rip you off.
Horror Story: In South Africa the rental car company that I booked with actually copied my credit card details and 1 day later my card was blocked. So there I was, in the middle of South Africa and without a credit card. Luckily we would switch to a different company the next day for the further duration of our trip but you really don’t want this to happen on your holiday.
You also don’t want any hidden costs added to your bill.
A good rental car company should include the following in your rental price: unlimited mileage and a fair fuel arrangement, third-party insurance of at least €7.5 million, damage insurance, theft insurance, towing cost if your car breaks down and cancel or change your reservation without any hassle.
For my road trips I always prefer booking with SunnyCars. Here you can already rent a car for as little as €27 per day and every single cost is included upon check out. Oh, and all of the things that I mentioned above that should be included are also included with them!
💡 TIP – Sometimes the local rental company will try to make you pay for additional insurance. This is in no way necessary cause SunnyCars offers you full coverage.
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