Best Time to Visit Austria
Summer is the best time to visit Austria as a tourist, while winter is the best time for skiers to plan a vacation.
Austria – Visa Requirements
Austria participates in the Schengen Zone and Schengen Visa requirements. There are no border inspections by rail or vehicle when traveling from Austria to Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. Some countries that are not members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe. Exemptions include citizens of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Austrian Rail System (OBB) offers many ticket options for rail transport. In addition to participating in Eurail passes, they also have an Einfach-Raus ticket that offers single day rates for small groups on smaller regional trains, similar to the Bayern Ticket in Germany.
Austria – Languages
The official language of Austria is a dialect of German called Austrian German, but other dialects of German are spoken too. Other languages are commonly spoken as well, because Austria is so close to Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Italy.
Austria – Currency
Austria uses the Euro as its currency, just like quite a few other countries in Europe. Neighboring countries to Austria that also use the Euro include Italy, Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia. If you travel to the neighboring countries of Hungary, the Czech Republic or Switzerland, they don’t use the Euro.
Electrical Adapters for Austria
In Austria you will need a Europlug Type C electrical adapter to charge your phones and cameras. The Europlug is used throughout most of Europe.