Austria

Austria

Austria, the “Eastern Realm,” is a land-locked Alpine country located in Central Europe. Along with Switzerland, it is the winter capital of Europe, providing a one-of-a-kind skiing experience, although it also offers visitors spectacular views of the scenic Alps during the summer, perfect for nature lovers who love hiking. With its rich history dating back to the time of the Roman Empire, Austria has a number of magnificent castles, gardens, and fortresses that will captivate all visitors.

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Deluxe Experience - Feel the centuries-old history and culture of Europe, exploring its many famous cities
  • Knowledgeable and experienced tour manager
  • Historic site visits for your delight
  • Deluxe hotels for your comfort
  • Extensive itinerary for your enjoyment
  • International airfare included
Post Departure Travel insurance included if paid in full 60 days prior to departure

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Climate
Due to Austria’s location in the Alps, the country is very mountainous and the climate is very temperate. Summers, which last from June to mid-September, will see temperatures of mid-70’s (° F) but can get as high as the mid-90’s, particularly in lower-lying areas such as Vienna. Winter can get very cold, with temperature dropping below freezing. The northern Alps see some rain throughout the year. The ski season starts in December and runs until April.
 
Language
The official language of Austria is Austrian German, with is a little different from the German spoken in Germany in that they use some different vocabulary. However, the first language learned by most Austrians is a local dialect called Austro-Bavarian. English is widely spoken throughout the country and Italian is widely spoken in the regions bordering Italy.
 
National Holidays and Festivals
National Holidays:
January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 6 – Epiphany
May 1 – Labor Day
40th day after Easter Sunday – Ascension Day
October 26 – National Day
November 1 – All Saints Day
December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25 – Christmas
 
Money
As a member of the European Union, the official currency is the Euro. The exchange rate as of Jul 2010 is 0.76 Euro to US$1. The best rates for exchanging money are offered by banks.
Credit cards are accepted at the larger shops and there are ATMs (called Bankomat) throughout the country, even in the smaller villages.
 
Bargaining is not normal unless it’s at flea markets.
 
Tipping is customary at restaurants but usually rounding up will be enough tip.
 
 
Electrical Requirements
230V 50Hz; 2-pin rounded plugs or the CEE-7/7 or Schuko plug