Austria

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, savor 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

Austria trip reviews

Our Austria trips score an average of 3.67 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Europe Wonderland, January 2013

Europe Wonderland, September 2012

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 [...]

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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.

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About Austria

At a glance

Trips Available: 1
Capital city: Vienna (population 1.6 million)
Population: 8.2 million
Language: German
Currency: EUR
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)
Dialing code: +43

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.

Austria weather chart

Geography and environment

Austrian cow
Sharing borders with Germany, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic, mountainous Austria may be small but carries large landscapes within. Austria's alpine regions feature everything from snowy, inhabitable peaks to green pastures, grasslands and meadows, depending on the season and area. The iconic Danube River runs through Austria, creating tributaries that flow to the north of the country, and with more than 300 lakes dotted around the country, there are plenty of scenic places for water sports and relaxation.

Top Picks

Hofburg Palace, Vienna

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

When dining out, service charges and taxes are usually included in the bill. Rounding up to the nearest euro or adding 5-10% is customary, although optional.
Internet access is very good in Austria, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots easily found in most cities and major towns.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of Austria. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.
Modern, flushable toilets are the standard in Austria.
Can of soft drink = 1-2 Euro
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
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in Austria. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are very common in Austria, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 New Year's Day
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 Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

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.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
A Sailor of AustriaJohn Biggins
Schlepping Through the AlpsSam Apple
The Painted Kiss: A NovelElizabeth Hickey
The Story of the Trapp Family SingersMaria Augusta Trapp
Hitler's ViennaBrigitte Hamann
The Third ManGraham Greene