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My first experience in Europe was Austria. The elegant architecture and European sophistication of Vienna, and the jaw dropping backdrop of the Alps sprinkled with cities, towns and villages made it so easy to fall in love. There were so many differences but also enough similarities to still feel at ease. It offers the perfect balance between quaint and contemporary. 

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria night

Basic Info

Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap

Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)

Covid Updates

Not open until December 13

Money

Official currency: € Euro 

Budget: We have not quite reached Central Europe prices here, expect more or less what you’d pay in Western Europe. Expect to pay €10-€25 for meals and €15-€30 for hostels. You can find hotels at around €50 but you’re more commonly going to find closer to €100 and upwards for mid-range.  

Credit cards: Widely used

Tipping: Round up or 10%

Visas

Schengen state. 62 countries can enter for 90 days within 180 visa free. 

**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**

Vaccinations

None

**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**

Safety

Exercise Normal Precautions

**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**

Language

Official Languages: German

Hello: Hallo     

Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen

Thank-you: Danke

Yes: Ja (Ya)      No: Nein

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When to go

Peak season falls in the summer between June and August and come with everything that accompanies high season- great weather but higher prices and crowds. 

Peak ski season is December – March where the mountains will be crowded and prices high but cities will be in low season. 

Shoulder season of spring (April – May) and fall (September – October) have the best of both worlds combining good weather with lower crowds and prices. 

Responsible Travel

The Austrian Alps have been overwhelmingly affected by climate change in comparison to the global average which has had is biggest impact on winter tourism. Reduce your carbon footprint when traveling but also make sure to come enjoy the Alps during the summer!

As always, don’t leave anything behind on the trails when you’re hiking and be responsible.  Some of the star animals of the region are in danger. 

Austria travel guides 

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