Austria is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. There is just something about those alps! When you are traveling to Austria, there are a few things you should know!
Guide to Visiting Austria
What should I know before visiting Austria?
The capital of Austria is Vienna, but there is so much more than just this one city! Be sure to venture throughout Austria so that you can get a full perspective on this amazing country.
What Language do Austrians Speak?
Austrians speak their own dialect of Austrian-German, but most Austrians do speak English, so if you are traveling from an English-speaking country, you will have no problem talking to the locals.
What Currency does Austria Use?
Austria is part of the EU and use the EURO. EURO Banknotes come with values of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Euro Coins come in 1 and 2 Euro denominations along with 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.
It is good to make sure you have a variety of banknotes & coins when traveling to Austria. Many places in town (restaurants, hotels, bars, tourist attractions) take credit cards.
What is traditional Austrian food and drink?
Austria is known for its wonderful food like Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel along with a wonderful selection of beer. The most popular types of beer are Märzenbier (full-bodied lager). Pilsner (lighter lager), and Weizenbier (wheat beer).
When traveling to Austria, you will probably encounter people clinking their glasses and say “Prost.” This means “to your health.”
One dish you should waste no time trying in Austria is Kasnocken. Similar to Germany’s Spaetzle, it’s small pasta dumplings covered in cheese and onions.
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Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Austria
You can easily travel around Austria by both car & train.
Trains are operated by the Austrian Federal Railways and will allow you to easily get from one major city to another in a relatively short span of time and are affordable.
Renting a car is relatively simple and driving is an easy way to visit smaller towns that you might not ever get the chance to see by train.
Winter months are by far harder to travel by car, but during the Spring & Summer months, you will find it a lovely way to see the beautiful Austrian countryside!
Austria has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe and violent crime is rare.
Crimes of opportunity, like pick-pocking, do occur and are more likely in tourist areas.