Austria by shramadani81

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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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