The Alps make up the southern and western parts of Austria and peak at the Grossglockners 3797-metre summit. Skiing the Alpine peaks, or enjoying a break in stylish Vienna, you will find Austria both picturesque and intoxicating. The most spectacular Alpine scenery is found west of Graz and Linz in the Tirol. The capital of this remarkable region is Innsbruck and it makes an excellent base for exploration. Winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, the abundant hiking trails and the opportunity for romantic cruising on the Danube make Austria a year-round holiday destination.
Austria is a landlocked country, bordered by Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. It is a mountainous country, nearly half of which is covered with forests. Lying right in the heart of Europe, Austria occupies an area of 83,854 square kilometres and is home to 8.1 million people.
What to do in Austria
Skiing the Alpine peaks, or enjoying a break in stylish Vienna, you will find Austria both picturesque and intoxicating. The most spectacular Alpine scenery is found west of Graz and Linz in the Tirol. The capital of this remarkable region is Innsbruck and it makes an excellent base for exploration. Winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, the abundant hiking trails and the opportunity for romantic cruising on the Danube make Austria a year-round holiday destination.
Straddling the Salzach river between Innsbruck and Vienna, Salzburg is Austria’s most scenic city.
Birthplace of Mozart, it is an breathtaking Baroque city whose skyline is scattered with countless medieval spires and domes. Vienna, Austria’s capital city a gateway to much of central Europe and a great place to soak up the culture, boasts an unequalled musical ancestry.
Less celebrated provincial capitals like Graz and Linz provide a similar level of culture and vitality. The Austrian landscape points to a rich natural structure: High and central mountain regions, hill country and plains. Austria is primarily known for two contrasting attraction; the fading imperial grandeur of Vienna, and the scenic beauty of its Alpine surroundings.
Honeymoons in Austria
Honeymoon in Austria and fall in love all over again. Austria inspired Mozart, Beethoven and Frank Lloyd Wright to name but a few so if music is your love a honeymoon in Austria will make the perfect destination. choose from a city break in Austria to Vienna or Salzburg or stay in a mountain retreat in the Tyrol area of Austria. If you are a lover of the mountains and the winter snow activities head to one of Austria’s many ski resorts for a honeymoon in the snow. Our luxury specialists will tempt you with some wonderfull Five star hotels in Austria.
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Weddings in Austria – Getting Married in Austria
Only a civil marriage is legal for weddings in Austria. Civil marriages are performed at the Registrar’s Office (Standesamt). Application can be made in person or by mail. <BR>the following documents will be required to be submited to the Registrar’s Office (Standesamt) for your wedding in Austria: <BR>Birth certificate, Proof of citizenship, Proof of residence, Marriage certificate of parents, Certificate of single status or, if previously married, the marriage certificate of previous marriage and the final divorce decree or death certificate of spouse.
All documents must be translated into German. If both parties to the marriage are non-Austrians and non-residents, the application must be filed at the Standesamt in Vienna: Standesamt Wien-Innere Stadt, Schlesingerplatz 4 A-1080 Vienna, Austria For a personal quotaion on your wedding in Austria, please contact goeasy travel
Golf Courses Austria – Golf Holidays in Austria
Golfing Holidays in Austria in not the first destination that some golfers might think of as first choice. However Austria won ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year’ in 2005 and has since became very popular for golf breaks. Austria golf courses are generally open from late April until mid-October, with mid May to Mid October being the most popular time. Best destinations to consider are Kitzbuhel, Zell am See, Salzburg and Salzkammergut. For more details on golf holidays in Austria complete our Golf Planner
Skiing Holiday in Austria
Ski holidays in Austria are fun for all the family and in particular for groups of friends. skiing in Austria can be as easy or as hard as you would like it to be. From beginner skiers to Advanced off piste powder hounds there is something for everyone. Ski holidays in Austria are even more appealing with their short transfers due to the airports a Salzburg, Innsbruck and even Vienna Airport
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Austrian Restaurants & Food
It can sometimes be difficult to make distinctions between places to eat and places to drink in Austria. Most establishments offer snacks and meals of some kind. It’s also possible just to have a drink in most restaurants. Town-centre KaffeehÄuser or cafes tend to be the most expensive places to eat, while food served in bars can be great value. It is customary to tip in restaurants and cafes. Round up smaller bills and add an extra 5% to 10% to larger ones.
Austrian Hotels & Accomodation
Hotels are graded from one to five stars depending on comfort and facilities provided. If you’re looking for something more personal (and less expensive) than Hotel accommodation. There are thousands of Fruhstuckspensionen or Privatpensionen (Bed and Breakfasts) There are also Pensionen or Gasthof (Guesthouses) offering comfortable service and a family atmosphere in privately owned homes and farmhouses Bauernhofe across Austria.
Weather in Austria
Austria enjoys a moderate continental climate: summers are warm and pleasant with cool nights, and winters are sunny, with snow levels high enough for widespread winter sports.
Banks in Austria and Currency
As a member of the European Union, Austria has been part of the Economic and Currency Union which introduced the EURO as common currency – since 1.1. 2002.
Exchanging cash and travellers’ cheques is rarely a problem in Austria. Changing cash attracts a negligible commission but the exchange rate is usually 1% to 4% lower than for cheques. Post offices have low commissions but not great exchange rates. A surprising number of Austrian shops and restaurants refuse to accept any credit cards but Bankomats (ATMs) are extremely common in Austria, even in small villages: you can withdraw cash from credit and debit accounts 24 hours a day.
Banking hours tend to be
Mon-Fri 8am-12.30pm & 1.30-3pm
In Vienna they are Mon-Wed and Fri 8am-3pm, Thurs 8am-5.30pm (smaller Viennese branches take an hour for lunch).
Austria Visa Requirements
EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens do not require visas for stays of up to three months. Nationals of African and Arabic countries generally require a visa – also valid for up to three months.
Holiday Car hire Austria
Goeasy Travel have arranged the best value Car Rentals in Austria for you. To get your free car hire quotation online please go to our Holiday Car Hire Holiday Car Hire section
Calling Home from Austria
Phone cards (Telefonkarte), available from tobacconists. You can make international calls from all public telephones, but it’s easier from larger post offices, which have booths. The operator number is 1611 for domestic calls, 1616 for international.
In case of an Emergency in Austria
Euro-emergency number: 112
Fire brigade: 122
Mountain rescue: 140
ÖAMTC emergency breakdown service: 120
ARBÖ emergency breakdown service: 123
Events in Austria
The one thing you will never feel in Austria is boredom! Lovers of classical art will find themselves in their element just as fans of modern culture will. In addition to enjoying traditional culture, numerous events – large and small – take place all across the country.The cycle of music festivals in Austria is unceasing. In January, New Year concerts consist of lavish balls in Vienna. February brings Fasching the Carnival, which celebrates the return of spring with masked processions and dances. The Vienna International Festival from mid-May to mid-June has a wide-ranging programme of arts and is considered the highlight of the year. Midsummer night’s celebrations on 21 June light up the sky with magnificent bonfires. The Salzburg International Festival takes place in late-July and August and includes plenty of music by the city’s favourite son, Mozart.
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Driving tips in Austria
An excellent expressway, highway and federal road network connects Austria with all its neighbouring states. All main border check points (expressway and federal-road check points) are open day and night. In general, Austrian traffic regulations and traffic signals are similar to those in force in other European countries.
All expressways and highways in Austria are subject to toll. Traffic news on all of Austria as well as the main connecting roads to neighbouring states is broadcast every half hour on the radio station Ö3.
For more information on Austria see the Austria Tourist Board