Traveling to Austria by wiwit02

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									      Travel Tips to European Countries: Austria
About the Country

Located in central Europe, Austria celebrates world’s best music festivals like the
Salzburg Festival, Haydn Festival in Vienna, and the International Chamber
Music Festival. Vienna is the capital of Austria as well as the musical capital of
Europe. Music and art are in full flare here after centuries of hardship and
innovation. That explains Vienna being the birthplace of Mozart. Horse dances
are also part of these festivals. Since it snows in winter, the snow covered Alps is
a must be visited place during the winter. Austria experiences a moderate
summer. Rains can be expected year round. Incase of emergency call 120 or
123.

Site seeing

The romantic castles simply leave you astounded. The Schloss Durnstein
provides a magnificent view besides the River Danube. A 10% tip should be paid
to the taxi drivers, which is customary here.

Culture

German, Hungarian, Slovene, and Croatian are the languages spoken by the
locals. To greet the locals, a handshake will do. When meeting someone for the
first time, its better to refer them by their last name, but once better known they
can be addressed by the first name. When out in the public, say Guten Tag or
Gruss Gott to greet people and while leaving say Auf Wiedersehen. Carry along
flowers when going over to someone’s house. The locals here have a passion for
horse riding. The world’s best art of horsemanship can be found here which is as
old as 400 years and to watch the horses perform at these schools; tickets must
be booked in advance. Although service charge is levied on restaurant bills, an
extra 5% should be paid as tip.

Getting there

Three national airlines operate in Austria, Austrian Arrows, Austrian Airlines and
Lausda Air, which work in collaboration with the Austrian Airlines Group. The
Vienna airport is 18 km away from the city. Airport buses transport passengers to
the South Train and West Train Station. Railway, chauffeur-driven car and taxi
service is also provided at the airport. Duty free shops, post office, bank,
eateries, left luggage, tourism information, conference hall, nursery, car hiring
and car parking facilities are provided to the passengers at the airport.
Salzburg airport is 4 km away from the city and buses, trains, taxis and hotel
coach shuttle passengers to and from the airport. Facilities such as duty free
shops, post office, currency exchange, left luggage, conference hall, restaurants
and car hire exist at the airport. Check out the other airports such as Klagenfurt
airport, Graz airport and Linz airport for more details. All the airports charge a
fixed rate for porter service.

International tourists can get to Austria by Austrian Federal railways, if planning
to travel by train. It has a large network which connects the major cities within
Austria and also outside Austria. Travelers can find connections to/from
Germany, Russia, Greece, Romania, Turkey Brussels, Paris and Italy.
International rail passes or Eurail pass can be bought to travel around Austria as
they provide unlimited travel and other offers too.

A good network of roads here provides an interesting journey. Take Eurotunnel
when crossing the Channel Tunnel while traveling by car. Bookings should be
made in advance. The cars can be hired at the airports and railway stations and
if driving own car carry documentations like UK driving license or national driving
license and car registration papers. Toll booths are installed on the motorways
and ‘S’ roads, so if change is carried in advance it will ensure no delays in the
journey. Registration documents should be carried along all the time while
driving. The lights should be turned on while driving, in the city or outside, all the
time. There are strict laws for seat belts and drinking while driving. If using the
motorbike, high visibility jacket and helmet must be worn, it’s a compulsion for
both the passenger and the driver. Many federal, private companies and local
authorities provide bus service. Coaches are provided for moving around within
the cities.

Wurm and Kock provide cruise passenger service. Along with the cruise trip,
packages include stay at a hotel. Check out, before hand, for offer. There are
many Ferry service providers too.

Duty Free Items

   1. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco or a
      proportional mix of these products
   2. 1l of spirits over 22 per cent or 2l of fortified wine or spirits up to 22 per
      cent or 2l of sparkling wine or liqueur and 2l of still wine
   3. 500g of coffee or 200g of extracts, essences or concentrates of coffee,
      and 100g of tea or 40g of tea extracts
   4. medicinal products sufficient for the journey
   5. 50g of perfume or eau de toilette
   6. All the above mentioned goods should be carried by a person over 17
      years of age.

								
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