Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What to Consider When Going to Austria

Austria is a wonderful country that is home to a huge amount of things to see and do. If you are due to take a trip there, read on to find out about some of the main things you need to consider in order to properly prepare for your trip.

When to go

Austria is a relatively temperate country in terms of climate but the weather does vary between seasons and from place to place. This means you might like to look at the average climate at different times of the year before you plan your trip. For example, if you’re a fan of hot sunshine then the eastern part of Austria during the summer is a good option. If you love the idea of going to the Alps, bear in mind that there are long winters there, although the summers are great for hiking as it’s not as hot as other parts of the country.

Where to go

You might also like to research where you’d like to go as there are so many attractions to choose from. For instance, there are 9 separate regions in Austria so you need to pick which ones you want to go to. Also, some attractions (such as the floating opera or Johann Strauss Ball) are only available at certain times of the year or in certain places, so this might influence how you organise your trip. Examples of great attractions to consider include Mozart’s birthplace and the ice caves at Salzburg, and the last protected European rainforest at the Donau-Auen National Park.

Where to stay

It’s also worth making sure you’ve got your accommodation sorted before you go to Austria. Tourism is the country’s fastest growing industry and, with tens of thousands of tourist establishments across the country, you won’t have any trouble finding something to suit your needs. One great option is to consider staying in an Austrian zimmer, which is similar to a country inn. Check out the options available in the region you’re staying in to see what’s on offer.

What to pack

When it comes to packing, make sure you take rainproof clothing no matter what time of year you’re going to Austria. If you forget to take something with you, there are plenty of towns and cities where you’ll be able to pick up what you need. If you’ll be driving a car while you’re there, make sure you take a visibility safety jacket with you as all drivers are required to have one in their cars.