From the towering heights of the spectacular snow-covered Alps and picture-perfect panoramas around every bend to the quintessential elegance of its larger cities, Austria is a fascinating country to explore, where each new vista will leave you breathless and wanting more.

Small Group Tours

Alpine Discovery

Explore the stunning European Alps across five uniquely beautiful countries.

Airfares included

Days 20
From (Per person / Twin share) $13,495

Austria, Slovenia & Croatia Christmas Markets

Classic European Christmas markets abound on this small group tour that will make you fall even more in love with Europe.

Days 10
From (Per person / Twin share) $3,795

Independent Travel

Viking Cruises - Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest

Indulge all your senses on this 15-day journey spanning the best of Europe.

Independent
Days 15
From (Per person / Twin share) $10,045

Viking Cruises - Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam

Indulge all your senses on this 15-day journey spanning the best of Europe.

Independent
Days 15
From (Per person / Twin share) $10,045

Austria Facts & Tips

Capital
Capital — Vienna
Population
Population — 8.75 million
Language
Language — German
Religion
Religion — Roman Catholic
Time Zone
Time Zone — 9 hours behind AEST
Currency
Currency — Euro
  • “The Sound of Music” is based on the true story of the Von Trapp family and their escape from Nazi Austria!
  • Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the Porsche company, was an Austrian.
  • The German name for Austria is Osterreich which means “Eastern Empire”. This refers to the time when Austria was part of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Croissants and Danish pastries aren’t French or Danish inventions. Both were originally Austrian specialties from Vienna.
  • Austria shares a border with 8 countries: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany.
  • In Austria, check your restaurant and taxi bills, as a service charge is often included in the bill.

Australian passport holders travelling to Austria do not need a visa at this time.

We require that your passport is valid for travel for at least six months from the date you are planning to return to Australia. Your passport must be valid to travel internationally and must be machine-readable. You also need to carry a valid return ticket on you.

Whether travelling on an Australian passport or the passport of another country, all travellers require visas for a number of countries, and it is your responsibility to secure what may be required before departing Australia. You can consult with your travel agent, but it is also recommended that you check the foreign embassy website for your respective destination as it can also provide you with useful information.

Australian Embassy in Austria:

The Icon, Gertrude-Fröhlich-Sandner-Str. 2
A1040 Vienna
Ph. +43 1 506 740
Fax. +43 1 506 74185

The official currency of Austria is the Euro. Notes come in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.

The recommended currency to take to Austria is the Euro. Ensure you change a small amount into small denominations.

Advise your bank of your travel plans so that they can make a note of it, otherwise they may cancel your credit card as a safety measure due to the overseas transactions. Also make a note of the 24-hour emergency contact number of the bank or building society which issued your credit card in the unlikely event that your card is lost or stolen.

Whenever possible use ATMs when the banks are open (Mon – Fri) so that if a machine ‘eats’ your card you can then deal with it straight away. It is always advisable to carry a supply of cash in addition to your credit card.

If you don’t have Euro’s with you on arrival, we advise you to exchange some money into the local currency at the airport even if the exchange rate is not the best, this way you’ll have money to get a drink, snack or give a tip during those first few hours of arrival. Your guide will be able to advise you on the best places to exchange money.

Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many places outside of Australia.

  • The price of a cappuccino in Vienna is approximately €2.50 - €3.50.
  • The price of an inexpensive lunch is approximately €10.
  • The price dinner in a moderate restaurant is approximately €25.
  • The price of a beer in a local pub is approximately €4.50 - €5.

Viennese cuisine is strongly influenced by southeast European cuisine, notably that of Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Dalmatia. Austrian desserts and cake are particularly renowned. National savoury specialties include wiener schnitzel, a traditional dish of bread crumbed and fried veal escalope and tafelspitz is possibly Austria’s most famous food, regarded as the ‘national dish’ and consists simply of boiled beef. Calf’s liver with herbs in butter (geröstete leber), goulash, which is made of beef, pepper, paprika and onion, various types of smoked and cured pork dumplings (knödel) with sauce are other tasty dishes. Popular desserts include kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancake and stewed fruit); palatschinken (Austrian pancakes); powidl, a delicious plum stew; apfelstrudel and the classic pudding, Cheese Danish, which is sweet and stuffed with raisins. Mehlspeisen is the national term for cakes and puddings. There are around 60 varieties of torte, which are often consumed with coffee.

Important: When dining at buffets (i.e. breakfast) please refrain from taking food away with you to ‘save’ for later! If you feel that you’ll need snacks between meals, pack some dried fruit, nuts, muesli bars etc.

If you have specific food allergies and/or preferences, we highly recommend you take every precaution before your tour, including carrying a small card with your food allergy listed in each language of every country you are travelling to show to table staff when ordering. Whilst we take all dietary requirements seriously, due to the serious nature of potential allergic reactions, it is your responsibility to be as prepared as possible.

Austria enjoys a temperate Central European climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot with cool nights. In Vienna and other low-lying cities, temperatures during the day are absolutely lovely during July and August. Winters are cold, below freezing in January and February. The ski season in the Alps runs from December to April but the mountains are also popular with hikers and climbers over the summer when the weather is usually warm and bright.

Want to get out and explore on your own?

The public transport system in Austria is one of Europe’s best. Trams, buses and trains are inexpensive and generally run on time. Taxis can be expensive and often slower than the trains or trams if you get stuck in traffic and, of course, walking is a must in Europe’s finest cities.

When catching taxis, have small change on you and choose one with a meter, if it doesn’t have one then negotiate the price before getting in. Also, ask your guide or hotel staff the names of reputable taxi companies.

So, you’d love to bring home a special souvenir from Austria?

High-quality goods such as handbags, glassware, chinaware and winter sports equipment represent the cream of specialist items found in Austria. Slightly less expensive souvenirs include delicious chocolates wrapped in paper with Mozart’s face (called Mozartkugel), sold everywhere throughout Austria; a bust of any famous Austrian; soft toys dressed in lederhosen or dirndl; snow globes and beer steins. A value-added-tax of 20-32 per cent (called MwSt) is included in the list price of items sold.

Austrians always appreciate polite manners and punctuality.

Nudity in media and advertising is wide-spread in western Europe.

Austria has many events and festivals happening in every city throughout the year, many of them being music related. The most well-known festival is the Salzburg Festival, which runs from July to September every year and offers patrons music and dramatic performances held all over Salzburg.

Other national public holidays to be aware of include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Friday and Easter Monday
  • Labour Day (May 1st)
  • Ascension Day (40 days after Easter)
  • Whit Monday (50 days after Easter)
  • Assumption Day (August 15th)
  • National Day (October 26th)
  • All Saints Day (November 1st)
  • Immaculate Conception Day (December 8th)
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day

Austria Highlights

Europe Destinations

Armenia

Walk along Sharambeyan street in Dilijan, marvel at some of the oldest Greek, Persian and Arabic manuscripts in Yerevan, and witness the historic cave monastery of Geghard.

Azerbaijan

A relatively untouched country, there is so much to see in Azerbaijan including the Baku Fire Temple, Burning Mountain and the Palace of Shirvanshahs.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Discover intriguing history at the old city centre of Sarajevo, Baščaršija and the Museum of Sarajevo and experience the world-famous Stari Most bridge.

Croatia

With its magnificent coastline, 1,185 islands, islets and reefs, Roman ruins and picturesque medieval villages, Croatia is alluring for lovers of fun, sun and fascinating history.

Denmark

From its picturesque capital, Copenhagen, to its windswept coastline and everything in between, Denmark will lure you in with its warmth and welcoming hospitality.

Finland

Watch the northern lights dance across the sky, relax and unwind in a Finnish sauna, cruise Lake Inari and visit Suomenlinna, an 18th-century sea fortress steeped in history.

France

A popular destination with all travellers, you can soak up the glamour of the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles or sip on a coffee and watch the world go by.

Georgia

Positioned between Europe and Asia, the country of Georgia has one of the most unique cultures in the world.

Germany

Infused with a rich history, Germany offers a fascinating mix of picture-perfect towns, lively festivals, modern, urban cities and beautiful rolling countryside.

Greece

Discover ancient sites like the Acropolis and the Agora in Athens, Delphi on the Greek mainland and delicious Greek cuisine in the glamorous Greek islands of Mykonos, Santorini and Crete.

Hungary

Hungary’s location in the centre of Europe, along with its hospitable attitude, makes it an inviting destination, proudly upholding its Magyar traditions, culture and arts whilst incorporating a fascinating mix of history and the present-day.

Italy

Land of la dolce vita, it is little wonder that Italy is one of the world’s most-loved destinations with two-thirds of the world’s historical, artistic heritage coming from Italy.

Malta

Otherwise known as the jewel of the Mediterranean, Malta is an island located off the Italian coast packed with stunning scenery and a rich culture.

Monaco

Experience jaw-dropping coastal views of the Mediterranean Sea, try your luck at the Casino Monte-Carlo or explore the botanical world of Jardin Exotique.

Montenegro

Discover surreal views and charming villages across the Bay of Kotor, explore the old town of Kotor surrounded with ancient medieval architecture and enjoy some local Montenegrin cuisine.

Morocco

Morocco’s dazzling mosaic of Arab and Berber cultures, with a dash of African and European influence, is at once strange and romantic, alluring and surprising.

Netherlands

From fields of colourful tulips and beautiful canal-lined cities to historic architecture and iconic windmills, the Netherlands is a wonderland for any kind of traveller.

Norway

Known as ‘The Land of the Midnight Sun’ Norway is ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy stunning scenery, while history buffs can immerse themselves in Norway's rich cultural heritage.

Portugal

Portugal has it all; the sun-drenched beaches of the Algarve, exclusive golf resorts, medieval hilltop towns, colourful fishing villages, a cosmopolitan capital, the vine-filled valley of the Douro and wild remote mountains.

Slovenia

Slovenia is packed with unusual and often unique experiences, from primeval forests, Karst limestone caves and thermal springs to the lively and architecturally beautiful city of Ljubljana.

Spain

Fall in love with Spain’s intriguing history, marvel at the architectural wonders of Barcelona, enjoy a traditional Spanish tapas dinner and people-watch at a terrace café in Madrid.

Sweden

Snowbound winters, meatballs, herring, Vikings and Volvos, IKEA, ABBA and the Hives - whatever your pre-existing notions about Sweden, a visit to this multifaceted country is bound to both confirm and confound them.

Switzerland

With its snow-capped Alps, emerald green forests, fairy-tale castles and shimmering lakes, it’s easy to see why Switzerland has been one of the world’s top tourist destinations for the past two centuries.

Turkey

With its covered bazaars, whirling dervishes, sultans’ treasures and Byzantine mosaics, Turkey is both a cosmopolitan and exotic destination.

Vatican City

Vatican City is the world’s smallest, fully independent city-state and country in the world, surrounded entirely by Rome.

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