Austria: Travel Tips

Austria’s snow-capped Alpine peaks and sparkling mountain lakes dazzle the eyes, while its cafés and beer gardens offer countless delicacies to savor. Discover the sound of music in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, then go on to Vienna for the world-famous opera. Explore the ice caves for a chilly experience, or descend like a miner to the 450-year-old salt mines.

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Getting To Austria

Like most of Europe, the best times to visit Central European countries are during the spring and fall months. Visit Austria from May to early June or September to October for lower rates and fewer tourists. Summer and winter bring higher rates and more crowds, as Europeans take their summer vacations and winter sports enthusiasts head for the alpine resorts.

Flight Times

  • 9 hours from New York
  • 14 hours from Los Angeles
  • 2 hours from London

Staying In Austria

Once the domain of the Hapsburg Empire, Austria still dazzles with natural splendor and refined culture. Dramatic Alpine scenery makes the vast Austrian countryside well worth a visit. And Vienna, home of Freud, Strauss, and Beethoven, is the traditional center of Austrian arts and culture.

Must-see sights

  • 12th-century Liechtenstein Castle south of Vienna.
  • The underground lake in the Seegrotte.
  • Heiligenstadt and the house where composer Ludwig van Beethoven lived.

Things to do

  • Explore Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • Take a trip around Vienna with a private car and driver, passing the most impressive neoclassic buildings built along the Ringstrasse.
  • Experience Vienna and all its amazing sights, such as the Hofburg Palace complex and the Parliament.
  • Take a day or more to explore the countryside. You'll discover cultural and natural beauty in abundance.
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Traveling In Austria

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in Austria we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.
  • Luxury trains, river barges, and cruises – A stress free way to explore Europe. There’s no need for maps, and no need to pack and unpack between destinations. This is travel the way it’s meant to be: carefree and full of discovery.
  • Rental cars - In some countries you may want to rent a car and explore on your own. Classic Europe proudly features Hertz cars in most countries.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents


  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Austria is GMT + 1

Europe spans three time zones:

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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