Austria Travel Guide
When most people think of Austria, they think of rolling hills, skiing, Christmas markets, and The Sound of Music. And while the country does have all of this, it also has so much more!
For music lovers, it’s the home of Mozart. For foodies, it’s home to the Wienerschnitzel. For outdoor lovers, you can paraglide, raft, and hike. No matter what your love is, Austria likely has something just for you.
The minute you arrive, you the country’s charming villages will take you by surprise and have you feeling like you stepped into a Disney fairytale.
Austria is a country with a wide variety of weather, so deciding on when to visit all depends on the activities you want to partake in. Overall, the best time to visit Austria is between April and May and September and October.
During the spring, you might be met with a rain shower or two. But it’s still a great time to wander around Vienna or Hofburg since the tourist season is just beginning. Come fall, and the mountains become covered in red and golden hues as the leaves change, making it one of the best times to hike.
Summer (June through August) is high season meaning both crowds and prices have doubled since spring. The heat can be felt, especially near the lakes, so it’s a wonderful time to take a dip. This is also the season of the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival, and the Rainbow Parade!
Winter in Austria can be quite chilly, but there’s something spectacular about walking around the Vienna Christmas market. If you’re an avid skier, this is the time to go skiing in the Austrian Alps before relaxing at one of the ski resorts.
What To Expect
Language: The official language of Austria is Austrian German though you might run into locals speaking Alemmanic or Austro-Bavarian depending on the location.
Currency: The official currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR). $1 USD is equivalent to 0.90 EUR.
Credit Cards & ATMs: To get the best exchange rate in Austria, it’s wise to use your credit card whenever you get the chance. There’s typically no service charge and are widely accepted throughout the country. If you need some Euros, you will find that ATMs are very prevalent in Austria, even in smaller towns. They are also likely linked to your bank at home so you shouldn’t run into any issues.
Plugs: In Austria, the plugs are type F, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: Austria is an extremely safe country, with the most dangerous crimes being pickpocketing and petty theft. As long as you practice common sense and take precautions, you won’t have any problems during your visit.
Bucket List experiences
Austria’s Lake District
Visit St. Gilgen & St. Wolfgang
Explore the UNESCO Melk Abbey
Go Skiing in The Alps
Explore Austria's Imperial Palace
Tour the Schönbrunn Palace
Stay in the Picturesque Town of Hallstatt
Spend a Day in Krems
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