The home of classical composers and charming castles, Austria offers a fine mix of cultured cities, slow-paced towns and stunning mountain scenery. Get closer to European masters of art and architecture, breathe in crisp, alpine air, savour sweet culinary treats in coffee houses or get adventurous and tackle the slopes - Austria is a destination for culture vultures, nature-enthusiasts, food lovers and thrill-seekers alike.
Austria Tours & Travel
Articles on Austria
Music to your ears in Vienna
Posted on Wed, 26 Mar 2014 by Sue Elliot
From contemporary museums and coffee houses to its imperial history and impressive architecture, the capital of Austria is a city that is worthy of your time and attention. During her [...]Read more
Pfannkuchen pilgrimage through Europe
Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2011 by Sue Elliot
Intrepid's Christian Schoberl is a self-confessed sugar addict and chocoholic, so it was no surprise to find him on a pfannkuchen pilgrimage from Berlin to Venice.Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Vienna (population 1.6 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit Austria
Sunshine generally prevails from June to September, making it the ideal time to visit for cycling and hiking in the Alps and sightseeing in the cities. During the summer months, visitors can expect warm days and cool nights with less rain than in the other months. Snow typically falls from December to March (especially in the alpine areas) so this is the best time for snow sports like skiing and snowboarding.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Palaces of Austria
1. Schloss Schonbrunn
With a whopping 1440 rooms, this summer palace is the perfect example of European opulence. While the palace itself is impressive, the immaculately maintained gardens featuring statues, sculptures, fountains, flower beds and a hedge maze are a horticultural delight.
2. Hofburg Palace
The official resident of Austria's president, the Hofburg Palace (also known as the Imperial Palace) is a remarkable palatial complex. With grand rooms full of luxurious furnishings, sprawling gardens, interesting museums and art collections, this is a Viennese 'must-see'.
3. Schloss Belvedere
A triumph of Baroque architecture and design, this palatial complex built in the early 18th century features magnificent rooms and halls decorated with beautiful frescoes and paintings. Built during a time of economic prosperity, no expense was spared by the architect resulting in a palace of luxe splendour.
4. Schloss Eggenberg
This cultural treasure of Graz features lavish interiors decorated with priceless art, grand chandeliers, sumptuous furnishings and magnificent murals. Visitors are sure to be blown away by the Planetary Room, a visual feast of cosmic art depicting the planets and zodiac.
5. Schloss Hellbrunn
Built in the early 17th century, this popular Salzburg wonder is most famous for its elaborate water features. Visitors delight in the trick fountains and hidden water features which provide entertainment and refreshment on a hot summer's day.
FAQs on Austria
Local transport ticket = 2 Euro
Pint of local beer = 2-4 Euro
Simple lunch at a cafe = 8-10 Euro
Dinner in a nice restaurant = 20-30 Euro
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 6 Epiphany
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 20 Whit Monday
May 30 Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Assumption
Oct 26 National Day
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 24 Christmas Eve (half-day holiday)
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 St Stephen's Day/Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Austria/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Austria Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Austria
1. Be considerate of Austria’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
5. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
7. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
8. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
|A Sailor of Austria||John Biggins|
|Schlepping Through the Alps||Sam Apple|
|The Painted Kiss: A Novel||Elizabeth Hickey|
|The Story of the Trapp Family Singers||Maria Augusta Trapp|
|Hitler's Vienna||Brigitte Hamann|
|The Third Man||Graham Greene|