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Beautiful natural scenery, snowboarding, castles, apple strudel, and “The Sound Of Music”. These are a few of our favorite things about Austria. And there’s so much more to enjoy here. Find out everything you need to know in this Austria travel guide.
With some of the best examples of public transport in Europe, you’ll find getting around easy and affordable. We had no problems with any of the transport services, which were always clean and punctual. Choose between trams, buses, and trains. Vienna also has a metro.
Taxi cabs are everywhere, But you won't find the Lyft rideshare service. The same goes for Uber, except in the capital city, Vienna.
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Austria is a member of the European Economic Community and uses the Euro.
You may find some hotels that offer an exchange service but it's best to have Euros on hand when traveling in EU countries like Austria.
The official language spoken in Austria is German.
But don’t worry if your German isn’t up to scratch. Most Austrians are fluent in English, too.
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Daylight Savings Time is practiced in Austria where clocks are set forward by one hour to maximize the hours of sunlight.
Austria has a temperate climate, with the mildest winters and warmest summers in the western part of the country. However, this region also receives a lot of rainfall.
Austria is a mountainous country, with an Alpine climate. Amid the Alps, the winters are far colder than in the rest of the country.
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Don’t visit in January unless you have packed plenty of cozy knitwear. It’s the coldest month in Austria.
There’ll be snow in the valleys from Late December until March, making that the best time of year for your Austrian skiing vacation. And the higher up the Alps you go, the longer that snow lasts.
Unless you like traveling in the rain, give April and November a miss - they’re the wettest months.
If you plan your Austrian trip for Summer, the days are hot and the evenings are cool. Summer rain showers are always possible, so a travel umbrella may be a good idea.
Vienna is the home of the Waltz, the Danube, and the best apple strudel recipe. You’ll discover magnificent architecture, historical buildings, and fine dining at every turn. We loved the giant Ferris wheel, the Wiener Riesenrad.
You’ll see medieval architecture, the beautiful Mirabell Palace, Hellbrun Castle with its stunning water fountains, and Mozart’s house - now a museum. Sound of Music tours are very popular here, and take you on a bus ride to all the famous location sites from the classic 1965 movie.
You won’t be short on choices for accommodation either. We found many charming establishments in this picturesque town. Innsbruck also has many luxury hotels to cater to your every whim.
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