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Weather & Climate of austria

Austria has a temperate continental climate. Summers last from early June to mid-September and can be hot in some years and rainy in others. Day-time temperatures in July and August are around 25° C (77° F), but can often reach 35° C (95° F). Winters are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region with temperatures often dropping below -10° C (14° F). Winters last from December to March (longer at higher altitudes). In the Alpine region large temperature fluctuations occur all year round and nights are chilly even in high summer. The northern Alps are generally a lot wetter than the rest of the country. The South East (Styria and Carinthia) is dry and sunny. The area around Vienna often experiences strong easterly winds.

Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) each have typical temperature and climatic characters.

Due to the topographical diversity and the relatively large West-East expanse, there are three differentiating climatic regions:

East:
Pannonian climate with a continental influence – low precipitation, hot summers but only moderately cold winters.

Alpine Regions:
Alpine climate - high precipitation (except inner alpine valley regions such as the upper Inntal), short summers, long winters.

Remainder of the country:
transient climate influenced by the Atlantic (in the West) and a continental influence in the South-east.

 

Currency

As on 23 July 2013, 1 Euro = INR 78.75

Austria has the euro (EUR, €) as its currency. Therewith, Austria belongs to the 23 European countries that use the common European money. These 23 countries are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain (official euro members which are all European Union member states) as well as Andorra, Kosovo, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and Vatican which use it without having a say in eurozone affairs and without being European Union members. These countries together have a population of 327 million.

One euro is divided into 100 cents. While each official euro member (as well as Monaco, San Marino and Vatican) issues its own coins with a unique obverse, the reverse as well as all bills look the same throughout the eurozone. Nonetheless, every coin is legal tender in any of the eurozone countries.

The best rates for changing money are offered by banks.

The legacy currency, the Schilling, can still be exchanged for euros indefinitely, but not all banks may offer this service.

Clothing

Do pack warm clothes as well as layered clothing and cottons.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure to bring a thermal wear. It looks like a sando and can save you a lot of clothes. You can use this rather than having to layer on three to four clothes. Also make sure to bring a pair of rubber shoes and boots as it can be cold especially during winter and right after. Bring at least two to three sweaters. They can be quite bulky so keep it to a minimum. Bring plenty of socks though (about five to six pairs) because you might want to put them on at night. Two pairs of gloves will do. Also remember to bring on a head gear like a wool cap.

You don't need to bring too much change of clothes as you're not likely to perspire much. Just bring clothes good enough for one week. Regular laundry will do the trick.

Luggage and bags: Remember if you are going to travel via train(and doing so is quite comfortable and affordable), to bring two or three small bags that can be carried and loaded quickly. German / Austrian rail run on the most efficient and unforgiving schedule. It is always easier to toss a small bag to a helping hand to get on board before the train departs, and Most trunks in European autos are not quite as large US, so smaller bags can be manipulated as needed.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather throughout all of Europe can change on a dime, especially in the Summer. Make sure you bring light to medium clothing to layer, so that you are not strapped with a heavy coat that you must carry even if it never gets cold. A medium windbreaker should be sufficient on even cooler days when paired with an undershirt, dress shirt and sweater.

Shopping


VIENNA

Mariahilfer Straße
Located by the Westbahnhof, “Mahü”, as this street is lovingly dubbed by locals, boasts the greatest number of shops and stores of all. Almost all major department stores can be found here selling clothes, leather goods, furniture and accessories, books and stationery. Hidden away between these big stores there are tiny shops selling all kind of fun stuff. Pleasant street cafes offer a welcome break from shopping where you can rest your tired feet while sampling some of the famous Viennese “gemutlichkeit”; the subway, which runs about half the length of Mariahilfer Straße, makes it easy to get around. In the Middle Ages wine was grown where today Austria’s longest shopping mile is; today’s streetscape dates back to the Gründerzeit period (late 19th century onwards).

Landstraßer Hauptstraße
The Kärntner Strasse shopping street and Landstraßer Hauptstraße in Vienna’s 3rd District share the capital’s second largest shopping streets. When the street was being reconstructed in the mid 80ies a subway stop was installed and the entire layout was made more attractive and appealing. Today the Landstraßer Hauptstraße boasts wide sidewalks lined with trees and, the most important thing for a shopping street, a great number of stores catering to all pocketbook sizes. If you need to refuel between shopping sprees then Rochus Market, conveniently located right on Landhauser Hauptstraße, is a great place to unwind and indulge in fresh food.

Favoritenstraße
Located in Vienna’s 10th district, near the Südtiroler Platz, is the Favoritenstraße pedestrian area. Favoritenstraße was remodeled in 2005 and now features benches where you can unwind and lose yourself in the soothing sight of water spurting from fountains.


Landstraße in Linz
Linzer Landstraße is Austria’s second largest shopping street after Vienna’s Mariahilfer Straße. It starts at the baroque main square – which also boasts a number of shops – and runs through the entire center of Linz all the way to the Blumau junction. Only a few steps from Landstraße is Neuer Dom, Austria’s largest church. Landstraße is conveniently located near the train station and boasts international flagship stores as well as small bric-a-brac and souvenir shops. The side streets of Landstraße are worth a visit for its high-quality specialist stores.


Maria Theresien-Straße in Innsbruck
Sitting and watching the world go by is one of the great highlights of Maria Theresien-Straße which is considered one of Europe’s most splendid boulevards. With the jagged peaks of Nordkette in the background, St. Anna Column in the center, and plenty of small and large stores – including the famous Kaufhaus Tyrol – in between, Maria Theresien-Straße offers something for everyone. The boulevard’s splendor comes from its many magnificent buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and baroque period.


Kramergasse and Alter Platz in Klagenfurt
From Gothic to Baroque: Kramergasse is Klagenfurt’s No. 1 shopping street, the city’s oldest road and Austria’s first pedestrian zone. Kramergasse is lined with beautiful Baroque and Jugendstil houses and leads to the Alter Platz, the city’s historic center with its old burgher houses and royal palaces, shops and cafés. The majority of these edifices were created by Italian architects in the 16th and 17th centuries. This Italian touch can also be found in the elegant stores and boutiques on and near Kramergasse. And what’s best: Kinderwerk Klagenfurt looks after your offspring so you can enjoy your shopping day to the full!


Around the Main Square in Graz
there are a number of charming lanes lined with shops and boutiques. In the Middle Ages Graz was an important trading center and this old tradition is reflected in today’s great number of stores. The city’s largest shopping street is Herrengasse offering all kinds of shops and resting places. Art lovers should head for Sackstraße boasting beautiful antiques as well as modern and innovative arts and crafts. For this reason Sackstraße is also known as “Art Mile”.


Salzburg off Getreidegasse: Linzergasse
Its not easy to attract attention next to the elegant Getreidegasse. Less busy but nonetheless, or all the more, worth a visit is Salzburg’s old Linzergasse hidden away behind Kapuzinerberg, offering a great number of boutiques and shore stores, and one excellent music store. Picturesque Linzergasse has always been the 'little sister' to the more imposing Getreidegasse.

Shopping in St. Pölten
St. Pöltens largest shopping street, Kremsergasse, starts just opposite the train station. And since shopping alone is not enough, the eyes also find plenty to feast on in the pedestrian zone which boasts marvelous buildings from the turn of the century, such as house No 41 which was designed by Joseph Maria Olbrich, the architect of the Wiener Secession.


Kaiserstraße in Bregenz
Bregenz is absolutely beautiful, albeit not very big. This is why all important stores – from children’s fashion to jewelers, from traditional family-run shops to designer labels – are all clustered on and around Kaiserstraße. Which is quite convenient really as shopping doesn’t take a lot of time – time which you can spend relaxing in a street café reveling in the fantastic scenery between Lake Constance and Pfänder mountain. A great part of Bregenz’s city center was turned into a pedestrian zone which was revamped in 2006.

Shopping in Eisenstadt
Last but not least: Eisenstadt. Hauptstraße, the city’s main street, offers a charming mix of shops, cafés, boutiques, jewelers and traditional fashion stores. Eisenstadt’s center boasts some 150 shops.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How to enter Austria?

There are 5 airports in Austria with scheduled flights. The most important international airport is Vienna which has connection to all major airports of the world. Other international airports include Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, and Salzburg which provide domestic flights as well as connections to some European countries. Those airports are particularly popular with cheap airlines such as Ryanair. The most common airports to visit Vorarlberg are Altenrhein (Austrian), Friedrichshafen (Ryanair, Intersky) and Zurich (Swiss)

2.Do the travellers need the travel permits to visit Austria?

People from countries within the EU (incl. new EU states), Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland do not require a Visa for entry into Austria. Nationals of the following countries may enter and remain in Austria without a Visa for up to 3 months - United States, Canada, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico . People from African/Arabian/South-American countries as well as people from the CIS states generally require a visa. Austria is a member of the Schengen Agreement so visas are valid for 24 other countries.

3.Can anyone travel in Austria by bus, if he/she can’t afford the car?

EUROLINES has bus schedules from Austria to all major European countries and back. If you make use of special offers and/or book in advance, traveling by plane or train is normally cheaper than by bus, however, the bus may be the cheapest option if you want to travel at short notice or if you have large amounts of luggage.

4.What to pack for Austria tours?

Sunglasses, sun lotions and lots of wollens for the winter months as the temperature drops below freezing point.

5.What is the weather like in Austria?

The greater part of Austria lies in the cool/temperate climate zone in which humid westerly winds predominate. With over half of the country dominated by the Alps the alpine climate is the predominant one. In the East, in the Pannonian Plain and along the Danube valley, the climate shows continental features with less rain than the alpine areas. Although Austria is cold in the winter, in the summer temperatures can be relatively warm reaching 20-35 degrees Celsius.

6.What is the best timing for Austria tours?

Generally speaking, the period from January to Marchis the best timing. However, traveling in April too.

7.What medical preparations the travelers need to make before Austria tours?

Austria has an excellent healthcare system by Western standards. Hospitals are modern, clean, and well-equipped. Healthcare in Austria is funded by the Krankenkassen (Sickness-funds), compulsory public insurance schemes that cover 99% of the population. Most hospitals are owned and operated by government bodies or the Krankenkassen. Private hospitals exist, but mainly for non-life-threatening conditions. Doctor's surgeries on the other hand are mostly private, but most accept patients from the Krankenkassen. Many Austrians choose to buy supplemental private health insurance. This allows them to see doctors that don't accept Krankenkassen and to stay in special hospital wards with fewer beds (which often receive preferential treatment).

8.What are the norms if I contact with the Austriaans?

You will find Austriaan people very kind and friendly, you can feel free to talk with them. Do not go around photographing the people, ask first, show some respect. Buy some local products and encourage them, they are cheaper. Don't talk the sensitive topics like the political and the religion things!

9.What should I keep in mind when I contact with the Austrians?

  • Do not photo them without permission, please show respect to them !
  • Do not talk about the sensitive topics like political or t religious matters!

    10.How much should I tip?

In Austrian restaurants you must ask to pay. Get the attention of your server and say: "zahlen, bitte" (to pay, please). They will then bring you the check, or tell you the amount of the bill verbally. Then, the proper way to pay in Austria is to give your cash and say the amount you wish to pay, including tip. To tip it is appropriate to round up, or to round up +50 cents or 1 euro of the cost for each person (should equal about 5-10% for a full meal). Servers are not dependent on tips, and it is not appropriate to tip a large amount. Saying "danke" (thank you) when paying means keep the change! Alternatively, you can say the amount of the bill plus your tip and will only get change above that amount (for instance, if you pay with a €20 bill, the amount is €16.50 and you say "Siebzehn Euro" (seventeen euro), the server will give you €3 change and keep the €0.50 as tip).

11.Do the travellers need to ask the permissions before taking the photos of Austrians?

It is always good to ask permission first. Austrians are very friendly. Austrians (especially those over 40) take formalities and etiquette seriously. Even if you are the most uncharismatic person in the world, old-fashioned good manners (Gutes Benehmen) can take you a long way in a social situation. On the flip side, there are endless possibilities to put your foot in it and attract frowns for breaking an obscure rule.

12.Is it easy to get the cash money from ATMs in Austria?

ATMs in Austria are called Bankomat. They are wide-spread and you will find them even in smaller, rural villages. Many shops (and some restaurants too) offer the service to pay directly with an ATM card. The majority of ATMs accept cards from abroad. All Bankomats in Austria can easily identified by a sign showing a green stripe above a blue stripe. It doesn't matter which Bankomat you use; the transaction fee is always zero (excluding any fees charged by your own bank).

13. what are the commonly used phone numbers for emergency in Austria?

The following phone calls can be directly made from any other telephones in Austria once the emergency happens.
Police emergency: 133
Medical emergency: 144.

14.What is the weather like in Austria?

The best times to travel in Austria are between the months of May and November, with October being particularly nice due to fewer tourists. Take along a sweater for evenings, even in summer. The higher you are in elevation, the colder it gets. Winters are cold and drizzly but provide the best skiing.

15.What is required for entry into Austria?

Passports and proof of onward passage are required of US and Canadian citizens. Visas are not required for tourist visits up to 90 days.

16.Are there any health precautions I should take?

No vaccination requirements for any international traveller.

17.What is the currency?

The currency in Austria and the rest of Europe is the Euro.

18.What are the best items to shop for in Austria?

Austria is famous for its crystal! Shop also for antiques, loden coats, wood carvings, enamel, pottery, local handicrafts, costume and fashion jewelry, china, clocks, ski equipment, hand-painted Augarten porcelain, and recordings of Viennese waltzes.19.

19.What are the voltage requirements in Austria?

Voltage: 230 V; Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

 

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