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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism Tourism is an important part of Austria's services sector. This little country attracts some millions of visitors from all over the world each year.

Visas for stays of up to three months are not required for citizens of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA), much of Eastern Europe, Israel, USA, Canada, the majority of Central and South American nations, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia or New Zealand. All other nationalities require a visa.

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Major cities Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Linz, Graz

Top tourist attractions

  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • The Fortress Hohensalzburg, Salzburg
  • The Grossglockner High Alpine Road
  • The Basilica Mariazell
  • The Giant Ferris Wheel, Vienna
  • The Schlossberg Graz with the Clock Tower, Graz
  • Swarovski Crystal Worlds
  • The Melk Abbey
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Belvedere in Vienna
Activities Austria is full of history, beautiful landscapes and cultural riches. Austria's largest tourist attraction has long been the Alps - for skiing in the winter and for hiking and camping in the summer.
Surface Austria's terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 metres (12,461 ft).
Climate Temperate;  continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and snow in mountains; moderate summers with occasional showers.  Although Austria is cold in the winter (−10 – 0 °C), summer temperatures can be relatively warm with average temperatures in the mid-20s and a highest temperature of 39.7 °C (103.5 °F).
Taxes The standard V.A.T. rate in Austria is 20%. There is a reduced V.A.T. rate of 10%. The reduced VAT rate applies to tourism services, food and agriculture.
Public holidays
  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • 6 January – Epiphany
  • Easter Monday
  • 1 May – Labor Day
  • Ascension Day – (Christi Himmelfahrt) 39 days after Easter Sunday
  • Whit Sunday – (Pfingsten) Pentecost Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, 49 days after the Resurrection of Christ
  • Corpus Christi – First Holy Eucharist Last Supper. Thursday after Trinity Sunday (60 days after Easter Sunday)
  • 15 August – Assumption of Mary
  • 26 October – Austrian National Day (day of the Declaration of Neutrality)
  • 1 November – All Saints' Day
  • 8 December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception, retail stores are allowed to open for Christmas shopping
  • 25 December – Christmas Day
  • 26 December – St Stephen's Day