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DMC in Austria

Destination highlights

Historical palaces
Apple Strudel/ Wiener Schnitzel/Sacher cake
Ideal place for large congresses
Change from traditional destination to trendy spot

Destination practical information

Official Title: The Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich)
Government: Federal Republic
Area: 83 854 square kilometers
Population: 8,139,000
Capital city: Vienna (1.64 million citizens)
Language: German is the official language in Austria but English is widely understood and spoken by most people.
Time: Austria is on Central European Time = GMT + 1 (daylight saving during the European summer)
Telephone number: The country telephone code for Austria is + 43

Currency: Euro – EUR (€), 1 euro = 100 cents
Foreign currency and travellers cheques may be exchanged in banks and exchange offices. Banks in Austria are closed on weekends but exchange offices at airports and major city rail terminals are open 7 days a week. Credit cards are widely accepted, though some restaurants and shops in rural areas may only accept cash.

Electricity: The electric current in Austria is 220 volts AC at 50 cycles per second (Alternating Current). You will need a two-pin European adapter plug.

Shopping: Vienna’s “hip” shopping mile, the Mariahilfer Strasse, is located between the center of the city and the Westbahnhof. Here you will find hundreds of shops selling fashion, jewelry, and accessories. In the center of the city, around the Kärntner Strasse, Graben, and Kohlmarkt, you will find many elegant stores with exquisite offers on display. And held on every Saturday, the Flea Market is a paradise for collectors of the unusual and for souvenir hunters.

Opening Hours: Generally shops are open from 9 am to 6 pm (supermarkets from 8 am) Monday to Friday and Saturdays from morning to 1 pm or 5 pm. Shops in areas frequented by travellers and at transport hubs are usually open longer. Note that most shops are closed on Sundays.

Local dishes: Traditional Austrian food can be stodgy, of the meat-and- dumpling variety. Wiener Schnitzel is Vienna’s best known culinary concoction. It’s a fried cutlet, usually veal, covered in a coating of egg and breadcrumbs. Also famous are the excellent pastries and cakes, such as strudel, baked dough filled with a variety of fruits and a sprinkling of raisins and cinnamon.

Climate: Austria as the Czech Republic has a moderate climate with temperatures varying across the country according to altitude and geographical location. The four seasons are clearly defined and you can expect blooming flowers in spring, warm days in summer, magnificent autumn leaves and a winter wonderland. Winter: December – February, Spring: March – May, Summer: June – August, Autumn: September – November. During winter warm clothing is essential as are closed water-resistant shoes. In spring and autumn a light coat, long-sleeved top or jumper is advisable. Summer in Austria can be very hot with late-afternoon thunderstorms likely in mountain areas.

Public holidays: January 1st – New Year’s Day
January 6th – Epiphany
Variable – Easter Monday;
May 1st – Labor Day
Ascension day (6th Thursday after Easter);
Whit Monday (6th Monday after Easter)
Corpus Christi (2nd Thursday after Whitsuntide)
August 15th – Assumption day
October 26th – National Day
November 1st – All Saint’s Day
December 8th – Immaculate Conception
December 25th – Christmas Day
December 26th – Boxing Day

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