Sunday, November 19, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Travel Guide to Austria – A Visitors Guide to Austria

Planning to travel to Austria? Most visitors come for the sophisticated culture of Vienna, with its wealth of art history, gorgeous churches and imperial palaces, and, of course, glorious food. Home of classical composers including Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Strauss, Austria has a rich musical heritage. Austrians also enjoy a close relationship with nature, with the vast national park forests and the Austrian Alps being major recreational draws.

Austria
Capital
Vienna, capital of Austria, hosts major international organizations including the UN and OPEC. It is renowned for its musical legacy and as the birthplace of psychoanalysis.
8.5 Million People
Austria's largest city is Vienna, with a population of 1.7 million and a metro population of 2.4 million. Vienna is very densely populated with over 4,000 people per square kilometer.
Main Airport
Innsbruck Airport
Innsbruck Airport, also known as Kranebitten Airport, is the largest international airport in Tyrol. It is located approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Innsbruck in western Austria.
When to Go
Best Time
  • Spring: ~10°C (50°F)
    April - May
  • Summer: ~19°C (66°F)
    June - August
  • Autumn: ~10°C (50°F)
    September - October
  • Winter: ~1°C (34°F)
    November - March
Currency
Euro
10 Fun Facts
  • • Adolf Hitler was Austrian not German.
  • • The World’s largest emerald is on display in Vienna (2860 carat)
  • • Vienna is home to the world’s oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn.
  • • Austria is the only European Union Nation that is not a member of NATO.
  • • The name Austria derives from a Germanic word 'austro', meaning 'east’.
  • • The Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) are Europe’s tallest waterfall (380 Meters)
  • • Among Europeans, Austrian people work the longest, with an average of 45 hours per week
  • • Since the end of the World War II, Austria has sworn to a position of permanent neutrality
  • • Vienna is home to the world-famous Spanish Riding School & its white Lipizzaner stallions.
  • • Vienna's cemetery has over 2.5 million graves. That's more than the city’s living population!
Basic Phrases
German
  • Hello
    Hallo
  • Goodbye
    Auf wiedersehen
  • Please
    Bitte

  • Thank You
    Danke schön
  • English
    Englisch
Food and Drinks
  • Apfelstrudel
  • Erdapfel Gulasch
  • Buchteln
  • Kaiserschmarrn
  • Gemischter Satz
  • Geröstete Knödel mit Ei
  • Gugelhupf
What to Tip
  • Change
    Waitstaff
  • Round up
    Bartenders
  • 10%
    Taxi Drivers
  • 1€
    Porters per bag
  • None
    Tour Guides

Austria's largest city is Vienna, with a population of 1.7 million and a metro population of 2.4 million. Vienna is very densely populated with over 4,000 people per square kilometer. The population of Austria is approximately 8.5 million people. Austria's currency is the Euro.

Vienna, capital of Austria, hosts major international organizations including the UN and OPEC. It is renowned for its musical legacy and as the birthplace of psychoanalysis.

The main airport serving Austria is Innsbruck Airport . Also known as Kranebitten Airport, Innsbruck is the largest international airport in Tyrol. It is located approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Innsbruck in western Austria.

Austria experiences four seasons.

  • Spring: April - May. Average temperature is ~10°C (50°F).
  • Summer: June - August. Average temperature is ~19°C (66°F).
  • Autumn: September - October. Average temperature is ~10°C (50°F).
  • Winter: November - March. Average temperature is ~1°C (34°F).

Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Austria.

Here are some interesting and fun facts you may not know about Austria.

  • Adolf Hitler was Austrian not German.
  • The World’s largest emerald is on display in Vienna (2860 carat)
  • Vienna is home to the world’s oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn.
  • Austria is the only European Union Nation that is not a member of NATO.
  • The name Austria derives from a Germanic word 'austro', meaning 'east’.
  • The Krimml Falls (Krimmler Wasserfalle) are Europe’s tallest waterfall (380 Meters)
  • Among Europeans, Austrian people work the longest, with an average of 45 hours per week
  • Since the end of the World War II, Austria has sworn to a position of permanent neutrality
  • Vienna is home to the world-famous Spanish Riding School & its white Lipizzaner stallions.
  • Vienna's cemetery has over 2.5 million graves. That's more than the city’s living population!

Don't leave your electronics at home. Here are the best Austrian travel apps you'll want to download to your iPhone or Android device before your visit.

For a real Austria experience, you need to try these iconic foods and drinks. Some are traditional Austrian dishes while others have been "borrowed" from immigrants and neighbors.

  • Apfelstrudel
  • Erdapfel Gulasch
  • Buchteln
  • Kaiserschmarrn
  • Gemischter Satz
  • Geröstete Knödel mit Ei
  • Gugelhupf

Work off that amazing food, enjoy the great outdoors, or just try something new. These favorite Austrian activities let you get out and enjoy the country the way the locals do.

Every country has its own ideas of who should be tipped and how much. Nobody wants to overtip or, worse, be considered a rude guest. Here’s what to tip in Austria.

  • Waitstaff – Change
  • Bartenders – Round up
  • Taxi Drivers – 10%
  • Porters per bag – 1€
  • Tour Guides – None

From casual comfort to luxury accommodations, Austria has plenty of great hotel choices for you to relax and unwind.

  • Park Hyatt Vienna – Park Hyatt Vienna, reflects the unparalleled elegance of the Park Hyatt brand, ensuring a sophisticated and enriching experience, close to important sights
  • Hotel Sacher Wien – Established in 1876 by Eduard Sacher, son of the creator of the famous Original Sacher-Torte, the 5-star hotel is a synonym for luxury and high class service.
  • Hotel Imperial – The Hotel Imperial’s many top amenities, services, and facilities ensure an easy, authentic, and unforgettable stay in Austrias’s capital, Vienna.
  • Hotel Bristol Vienna – Situated across from the Vienna State Opera House, The Hotel Bristol Vienna, A Luxury Collection Hotel is a historic property built in 1892.
  • Ritz Carlton Vienna – Discover The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, a historic building composed of four former Palais from the 19th century which are culturally protected and preserved.
  • Hoteleingang Kowald – Set in a modern building, this polished hotel is 8 km from Fürstenfeld train station and 11 km from Schloss Welsdorf castle. Free perks include a breakfast buffet.

Austria offers tourists everything from rugged outdoor activities like skiing and hiking to the cultural treasures of Vienna. Travel to Austria for the best of both worlds.


4 Comments

  1. Ella
    September 8, 2017 - 2:52 am

    So much heard about Adolf Hitler, but I never knew he wasn’t a German. Austria has so much to behold, ranging from the oldest zoo to its over 2.5 million graves, every visitor can’t get enough of this place.

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  2. Halyna R.
    September 8, 2017 - 8:48 am

    For years I’ve had the Grüner See on my bucket list. It’s not mentioned in this article, and I was kind of hoping to see it here, but the Eisriesenwelt Cave also sounds like a fascinating place to visit. And then the castles and Vienna itself… It’ll take more than one trip to discover Austria to its fullest potential. And I’d love to try the real Kaiserschmarrn. My friend makes it for her kids and shared the recipe on her blog once, but I bet the real Austrian one would be beyond comparison.

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  3. Ethan Harper
    September 9, 2017 - 5:38 pm

    Quite helpful for anyone trying to give the famous and historic city, Vienna a visit. I was there last summer to take some time off my usual schedule and go have a week to rest. I must tell you, Vienna is a place to be for every art lover.

    However, this is my two-cents to you, in whatever you do here, don’t ever forget to take a bite on Erdapfel Gulasch. It’s such a delicious meal you will love so much. It kept bringing back the memory of Vienna

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  4. Caitlin
    September 30, 2017 - 6:36 pm

    There are so many things to see and do in Austria! Despite its dense population, there is much scenery to be had and much of it is absolutely breathtaking! No wonder the locals in Austria love to spend so much time outdoors. In a place that beautiful, I would, too! The music scene in Vienna is also amazing with performances of Mozart happening often and I would recommend trying the original Sacher Torte! It’s an absolute treat! The summer is a great time to go outdoors and make the most of the…

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