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Austria has been up the top of my love to visit countries since I fell in love with the Sound of Music at a very young age.  The beautiful scenery and music drew me in and my love for the country never ceased.  Meandering through deeply carved valleys, sitting by crystal clear mountain lakes, wandering through towns with baroque churches and palatial buildings are all sights definitely worth experiencing.

Trip Planning

When To GoAustria's peak season is from April to October, with it's low season from November to March.  Prices generally rise over Christmas and Easter, and Salzburg is at it's busiest in July and August for it's Salzburg Festival

Electricity Electrical sockets are the European two-pin 220V plugs

Weights and Measures The metric system is used in Austria

Insurance Make sure you have your travel insurance in place including medical cover in case you are injured or ill. vBetter to be safe than sorry. 

ATM'sThe currency in Austria is the Euro.  In Austria Bancomaten are extremely common and accessible usually till midnight. 

Shopping Maestro direct debit card, Visa and Mastercard are accepted in most hotels and midrange restaurants.  You can expect to pay cash elsewhere

Tipping Expect to tip one or two euros per suitcase for porters and valet parking at hotels. For bars, tipping 5% at the bar or 10% at the table is expected.  For restaurants and taxis, tip about 10%

Getting ThereMost major airlines offer services to Vienna. Check your local carrier for flight schedules.  Train from Frankfurt airport is fast and efficient.

Visa Austria is part of the Schengen Agreement. Visas generally aren't necessary for stays of up to 90 days, but some countries require a Schengen visa

Things To Do

Sound of Music Tour - If like me, you are a Sound of Music Nerd, then you really must do a tour. There are many options available for all budgets and you can search here. We did a whole bus tour, and while it was great and we did see all the highlights, if I were to do it again I would opt for a smaller more private tour. 

Cooking Class - It's no secret I love to cook, and when I travel, I always try to do a cooking experience in each place I go.  We had booked a class to learn how to make Apple Strudel and Salzburger Nockerl.  Sadly due to circumsyances beyond teh organisers control our class had to be cancelled.  To say i was disappointed is an understatement. Had we been in Salzburg for longer we would definitley have rebooked, as this class sounded amazing. I had to settle with buying a tea towel that had the Salzburger recipe on it!  If you are in Salzburg and join this class, please comment below to let me know about your experience.

Bavarian Mountain Tour - Spend a wonderful afternoon soaking up the beautiful countryside out of Salzburg. View the historic Eagles Nest which was once the residence of Adolf Hitler. Take a walk around Kings Lake and enjoy magnificent views.  Well worth a visit 

What To Eat

You can't go to Austria without trying authentic classics such as Wiener Schnitzel and Apple Strudel.  When in Salzburg other classics are the Salzburger Nockerl and Sacher torte

Find cooking classes and food experiences in Austria to round off your trip

Places To Stay

Mercure Salzburg City - Located within walking distance of the train station the hotel is very clean and comfortable.  From the hotel you can walk to the Old Town and the bus stop where the local tours depart.

Books To Read

 

Lonely Planet Guide Austria - Your one stop guide to everything you need to know about travelling through Austria 

The Von Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.  Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells in her own beautiful, simple words the extraordinary story of her romance with the baron, their escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, and their life in America

Sacher The Cookbook - contains world famous dishes such as Sacher Torte, Wiener Schnitzel, Gugelhopf and apple strudel, from the Sacher Hotel kitchen

 

Language

The official language of Austria is German.  If you would like to learn German before you travel, try learning with the help of Rosetta Stone. Here are a few basic words you might need

 Hello Servus zer-vus
Goodbye Auf Wiedersehen owf vee-der-zay-en
Yes Ja yah
No Nein nain
Please Bitte bi-te
Thank You Danke dang-ke
You're welcome Bitte Sehr bi-te zair
Excuse me Entschuldigung ent-shul-di-gung
Sorry Entschuldigung ent-shul-di-gung

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