Printable travel guide for Austria
Travel Guide

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Austria that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: Österreich
Capital: Wien (Vienna,Vienne,Viena)
Population: ~8.300.000 habitants
Telephone Code: +43
Time Zone: GMT +1
Area: 83.858 sq km
Language(s): German
Ethnic Groups: Croats, Roma, Slowaken, Slovenes, Czechs, Hungarians
Highest Mountain: Großglockner 3.797m
President/Head of State: Heinz Fischer
Government: Federal Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer alias 'Gusi' (SPÖ) & Vice Chancellor Willhelm Molterer alias 'Willi' (ÖVP)
Currency: EURO €
Exchange Rate: US$1=0.82795 €
Health Risks: none
Electricity: yes :-)
Weights & Measures: Weight: kg, Length: km
Country Name in other languages: Austria, Autriche, Αυστρία, Австрия

Attractions and Things to See and Do

The natural & cultural beauty and variety make Austria a small - in a geographical sense - jewel in the heart of Europe.
Austria offers the riches of Europe in the proverbial nutshell: spectacular vistas, Alpine splendor, pulsating nightlife, sophisticated shopping, classical culture and culinary adventure. And not to forget: Austria is the cradle of Alpine skiing - and skiing is a way of life in the country of any skier's dreams.

Cities

Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz and Graz - no other places capture the romance and history of Europe as do Austria's Imperial Cities.
They cannot and should not be compared: each of these six cities has unique characteristics, each of them is very Austrian and yet, they are very different from one another - and each contributes to the diversity that has become known as "Austria". For detailed Information on the cities please check the links here on HC.
Travel Journals can be found here.

Young & Fun

Austria has become a top-spot for the European youth. It is the manifold outdoor activities and the joyful events that make Austria attractive to younger travelers just as you. Every summer the country becomes a stage for a wide range of different concerts and performances. So whatever type of music you are into, you will find your personal highlight in Austria.
In winter join the crazy crowd of snowboard freaks that float the 'Air&Style' contest that takes place in vibrant party towns like Seefeld or Innsbruck. Or you might enjoy the rustic Alpine flair at one of the many huts and indulge in Austria's famous Apres-Ski scene. Check out Vienna for their famous new year celebration, boasting dozens of concerts and performances, it already draws thousands of international visitors that waltz - or rave or rap - into the new year.

Festivals and "Action" Links

Air and Style Contest in Innsbruck
Air and Style

Beachvolleyball Grand Slam Beachvolleyball Grand Slam

Wakeboarding
Wakeboarding

Donauinselfest (biggest Festival in Europe)
Donauinselfest

Novarock Festival Novarock

Wiesen Festival Corporation Wiesen Festivals

Frequency Festival Salzburg Frequency

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train www.oebb.at Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ... difficult?

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options
Youth Hostels
Camping

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...
Street Food: Burenwurst, Bosna Restaurant: Wiener Schnitzel with Potato salad or cucumber salad Desert: Kaiserschmarren with Zwetschkenröster

Money and Costs

Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country
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the adresses of austrian embassies abroad and embassies in austria can be found at the Austrian foreign ministry - www.bmeia.gv.at
Austrian nationals find immigration information on the website of the foreign ministry for all other countries. Other nationals, who want to travel to Austria, kindly check with your foreign ministry, Austrian Embassy or Embassy in Austria (look them up on the homepage above).

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas... kaiko
nightlife hotspots are: discos Volksgarten, Babenberger Passage and Empire Club.

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Radio and TV

Hitradio Ö3 - Mainstream Radio
hitradio oe3

Radio FM4 - Alternative Music (70% english moderated)
Radio FM4

Radio Ö1 - classical Music
Ö1

TV - Austrian Broadcasting Network
ORF

Austrian Television (private)
ATV

Newspapers

Kronen Zeitung
Kronen Zeitung

Kleine Zeitung
Kleine Zeitung

Die Presse
Presse

Der Standard
Standard

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

Free digital Information System (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian)
Austria Information System

General Information about Austria (History, Geography, etc.)
Wikipedia about Austria

Official Austria Tourism Homepage
Austria Tourism Homepage

World Cultural Heritage Graz
Graz Tourism Homepage

World Cultural Heritage Salzburg
Salzburg Tourism Homepage

Austria's Capital Vienna
Vienna Tourism Homepage

Innsbruck - Capital of Tyrol
Innsbruck Tourism Homepage

Official Country Website:
Only add really valuable resources here. Also, please ask the webmaster of the site you link here to add a link back to the Hospitality Club. If the link exists, please add (L) behind the URL of the link.

das oesterreichische aussenministerium - the austrian ministry for foreign affairs adresses of austrian embassies abroad and adresses of the embassies in austria

Republik Österreich - Republic of Austria Information to politics, people, ...

Offtopic Messages

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