Vienna and the spectacular Salzburg: beautiful cities of art, of great charm and tradition, with a glorious past. The beautiful snow-covered landscapes and peaks that, every year, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors. The suggestion of the Christmas markets of Innsbruck and Tyrol. Austria is a country that, of course, has little or nothing to envy the rest of Europe.
Because, every excuse is good for a holiday in Austria.
HOW TO GET
Between plane, train, car and bus, you will be spoiled for choice to reach the Austrian territory. Of course, arriving in flight is the ideal solution; especially if your origin should be quite distant. THE'Vienna airport it is one of the busiest in Europe, connected, with direct flight with the great Capitals and the main destinations of the Old Continent. Other airports in the area are located in Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg; these are smaller airports but connected to many European destinations, often with low-cost airlines.
By train, Vienna is the reference point for those who want to arrive in Austria. Wien HBF is the central railway station, connected to the main European destinations. ICE trains, Intercity Express, connect Hamburg, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg. With the Railjet you can reach Innsbruck, Munich, Prague, Salzburg and Zurich. The excellent EuroNight, however, reaches Berlin, Budapest and even Warsaw. Italy is also well connected with the capital, from Milan (in about 12 hours), Bologna, Venice-Mestre, Udine (in about 6 hours) and Gorizia.
Excellent connections by car and bus. The Austrian road and motorway network is highly efficient and covers all parts of the country in a capillary manner. The main cities and destinations are crossed by the Autobahn. Do not forget to buy the appropriate one Vignette, in the case of a road trip.
HOW TO MOVE AND MOVE
For the reasons previously indicated, the car, and the motorbike, are the best means to move around the country. You will not be subject to timetables, and you can start exploring this wonderful land. You can decide to arrive in Austria by plane, and rent a car directly at the airport. More info, from this link.
If you want to use public transport, you will find in the train an excellent alternative to move around the country. The Austrian ÖBB, national railway company, guarantees excellent and efficient connections between the main destinations in Austria. You can move around with the comfortable trains Regionalexpress e Regionalzug; the former stop at the most important stations, while the latter stop at each station.
DOCUMENTS AND CUSTOMS
There is no obligation to produce documents at the border, but you are always required to bring an ID card or passport with you. It is recommended, above all, to bring the CI of their children under age, even if traveling by car or train. See our special section, about that.
Dogs and cats enter freely, provided they have a health certificate and a recent certificate from the veterinarian of the ASL of residence, attesting to good health. Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies for at least 21 days.
Please note that the appropriate microchip must be applied to the animals. On public transport, animals must travel with a muzzle.
To fly with animals, please refer to the individual section Airline companies.
CURRENCY AND CHANGE
From the 1 January 2002, the Euro has become the official currency of the country. Almost everywhere, you can pay directly by credit card and withdraw cash at ATMs. Keep in mind, however, that in some small cities, and less touristy places, you may find it difficult to make credit card payments. A cash reserve is always recommended.
Who needs to enter Bank, please note that it is generally open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 15.00; Thursday until 17.30. Almost everywhere, they are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
In Austria, the clock hands are placed one hour ahead of the Greenwich meridian (UTC / GMT + 1). Daylight saving time starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October, with the hands forward an additional hour compared to Greenwich (UTC / GMT + 2).
Throughout the country, the voltage is 230 volts, with 50Hz frequency. The sockets all have two round holes, similar to those shown in the photo below. We recommend always using a special adapter. To the most provident, we recommend taking a look at this link.
Österreichische Post AG, is the company that manages the Austrian national mail. Generally, it is identified outside by the term POST in black on a white background, and a yellow logo.
The company offers all common shipping and telecommunication services.
Typically, post offices open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00; on Saturdays, sometimes, from 08: 00 to 12: 00. In some large cities, and at the most important railway stations, you can find offices open even on holidays, with continuous hours.
There are no regulated timetables, but much depends on the area and, above all, on the period. Shops are generally open Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18: 00 or 19: 00; Saturday from 08: 00 to 17: 00. Sundays are often closed. Timetables may vary depending on the product category.
The sign APOTHEKE outside the building, indicates the presence of a pharmacy. Sometimes, they are identified by the symbol of the letter A in red. As a rule, you will find pharmacies open from Monday to Friday, from 08: 00 to 18: 00; Saturday, up to 12: 00. On Sundays, it is, everywhere, the closing day. In larger cities, you will always find open, 24 hours on 24, at least one pharmacy. Some drugs that are available elsewhere without prescription (like some antibiotics), in Austria could be sold only after a prescription (Rezept).
Hospitals and clinics are quite expensive. You will have to pay all your expenses either personally or through your insurance company.
In Austria, the frequencies Gsm 800 / 1800 Mhz and W-CDMA 2100 are used, the same of the main European countries. So you can easily use your Italian, French ... smartphone.
To call telephones in Austria, you need to enter the international code 0043, followed by the telephone number.
With the reduction of roaming costs, you can easily call from the country using your national tariff. Alternatively, you can use the classic VoIP calls, or make video calls, using a free WI-FI line.