Thursday, January 19, 2012

FAQs about Austria

If you are planning a trip to Austria, it pays to have at least a basic understanding of the important matters before you go. With this in mind, read on for five of the most popular frequently asked questions about Austria – and their answers, too.

What is there to see and do?

There is a huge amount to see and do in Austria. Plus, many of the churches, galleries, festivals and other attractions are free to visit so if you’re planning a budget trip, it’s worth researching these.

Other ideal attractions include the Alps (good for skiing in winter and hiking in summer), the opera (in Vienna, another city or the floating opera in Bregenz in summer) and Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg. You can also see Europe’s only protected piece of rainforest, ice caves and some brilliantly wineries – and much more.

How do you get around?

Transport around Austria is high quality and easy to use. Just remember that if you’re driving on a highway, you’ll need to get a toll sticker for your windscreen – as well as a high visibility safety vest and snow chains or winter tires if driving in the winter, as these are all legal requirements.

The train is also a good option if you want to explore the country. Many people fly into Vienna, but if you’re visiting the east of the country, it makes sense to fly into either Zurich or Munich as it will make it easier to access the eastern regions.

What about money and visas?

Austria uses the euro as its currency, so make sure you have some of these before you go. Alternatively, you could change money once you get there or use your debit or credit card (just remember to inform your bank if you decide to do this). If you are a European or North American going on holiday to Austria, you shouldn’t need a visa, but double check if you’re unsure.

What’s the accommodation like?

There is a lot of good accommodation in the country, including great Austrian zimmers (similar to country inns or B&Bs), which can be a wonderful way to experience the country’s culture. Austria has a good reputation when it comes to tourism, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something suitable.

What language do they speak?

The main language in Austria is German. However, many people speak English and this is the most popular second language, so communication for most people shouldn’t be a problem while visiting Austria.