With the cultural richness of this German-speaking central European country, Austria
is a wonderful destination for a variety of enjoyments, be they the historical cities and baroque architecture or the rugged Alpine terrain and mountain villages. The famous Danube River flows through its capital city, Vienna, where you can take in palaces and experience historic streets inhabited by Mozart, Beethoven and Freud to name but just a few. Our destination specialists will be more than happy to offer practical travel tips.
WEATHER IN AUSTRIA
Austria lies within a temperate climatic zone. Weather conditions vary only slightly across the country. The lowland regions in the north and east have more continental influenced conditions with colder winters and hotter summers with moderate precipitation throughout the year. The south-eastern areas of Austria have longer and warmer, almost Mediterranean-like summers. The geographic features in the more mountainous regions of the country have given rise to yet another climate zone, the Alpine climate, which causes winters to be colder than at lower altitudes.
MAP OF AUSTRIA
MEDICATION & VACCINATIONS FOR AUSTRIA
While Austria presents no current health risks per se, we do always advise that you check with your doctor before travelling anywhere to ensure you take the right precautions. You can also find up-to-date information on your destination by visiting, for example, the NHS's Fit For Travel website
or The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
You should certainly bring with you any prescribed medications to cover the duration of your stay, in their original packaging.
TIPPING IN AUSTRIA
In restaurants and hotels, service charges are usually included. Austrians make even numbers on bills by tipping around 5%. You can tip your guide €5, or more if you find the service is excellent. In taxis, gratuities are expected and it is usual to tip around 10%. Please note that in restaurants you should never leave the money on the table, but wait for it to be retrieved by your waiter.
As in most of continental Europe, the electricity supply in Austria is 230v. Electrical sockets take standard European two-pin plugs.
MOBILE / INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
Cellular coverage in Austria is very good. Internet access is widely available and most hotels offer free Wi-Fi.
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