At a glance
Full Name: Federal Republic Austria
Capital City: Vienna
Area: 83,858 sq km
Time Zone: +1 GMT
Languages: German, English, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian
Country Dialling Code: 43
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Admire Austria’s architectural beauty, Bathe in award-winning lakes, Celebrate classical music at Salzburg festival, Discover the delights of Tirol, Enjoy the country’s coolest sculptures, Get to grips with Graz on foot, Hike high and low in the Alps, Hold your nerve at Harakiri, Austria’s steepest ski slope, Look good in leather at the Lederhosen Festival, Paddle the Danube in the Donau-Auen National Park, Play 18 holes in the Austrian mountains, Ride Austria’s steepest steam railway, Sample the best of Austria’s vineyards, See the striking stallions of Austria, Take to the lake for floating opera, Visit the birthplace of Mozart, Waltz the night away at the Johann Strauss Ball and drive through Grossglockner Road
It is estimated that over 60% of Austrian adults are either overweight or obese.
Austria is the only European Union nation that is not a member of NATO.
Austrians plan quite openly for their eventual demise, discussing reserving burial plots.
The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flags in the world
People drink beer all the time, even on their lunch break from work.
Taxis are Mercedes.
Many restaurants have dog bowls with water for those with pets.
Best time to go
Low Season (Nov–Mar)
Many sights are closed at this time of year. There’s a cultural focus in Vienna and the regional capitals. Ski resorts open from mid-December. High season for skiing is mid-December to March.
Shoulder (late Mar–May & late Sep–Oct)
The weather’s changeable, the lakes are chilly and the hiking’s excellent. Sights are open and less crowded.
High Season (Apr–Oct)
High season peaks from July to August. In lake areas the peak is June to September. Prices rise over Christmas and Easter. Salzburg is busiest in July and August for the Salzburg Festival.
Mozart Week (January)
Vienna Carnival (Jan – Feb)
Schlossberg Festival (October)
New Year’s Eve Ball at Hofburg Palace (December)
Donau Inselfest music festival (June)
World Bodypainting Festival (June-July)
Money and Costs
Euro (€) = 100 cents. Major credit cards are accepted in large cities. However, some smaller hotels may require bills to be paid in cash. In Austria ATMs are called Bankomats and can be identified by a sign with a green stripe above a blue stripe.
1 AED =0.23 €
Austria tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.
Austrian Embassy at Abu Dhabi
Sky Tower, Office nr. 504, Reem Island
Tel.: (+971 2) 6944999, Website : www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/abu-dhabi.html
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