Austria Travel Tips
Business Hours :
Banks : 08:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
Department Stores and Shops: 09:30 to 19:00, Monday to Friday; 09:00 to 16:00 Saturdays
Business Offices: 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs have two round pins.
There are no inoculations required for entry into Austria and no special health precautions that visitors to Austria must take. Any minor injuries or illnesses can usually be dealt with at a pharmacy (apotheke). The country’s healthcare system is of a high standard, and clinics and hospitals are clean, modern and well-equipped. Should you experience an emergency situation, all of Austria’s main cities have excellent hospitals able to deal with all types of illness and injury.
The official language of Austria is German, which is the mother tongue of more than 98 percent of the country’s population. You’re likely to encounter many regional dialects as you travel around the country, however. In Carinthia, a province in the south of Austria, Slovene is an official language. Other languages spoken by small portions of the population in various parts of the country include Croatian, Hungarian and Slovak.
Austria’s national currency, as a member country of the EU, is the euro (EUR). One euro comprises 100 cents. Banknotes are issued in denominations of€500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are minted in denominations of€2 and 1; and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent.
Currency Exchange :
Austrian banks offer the best rates available for exchanging foreign currency into euros. ATMs are found throughout Austria– even in small rural villages - and are known as‘bankomats,’ readily identified by a sign bearing a green stripe over a blue stripe. Most bankomats accept cards issued abroad. Debit cards are also accepted by numerous restaurants and shops for purchases.
On entering or leaving the European Union (EU), anyone carrying€10,000 or more in cash must declare this amount to customs officials. Although persons entering Austria from another EU country are seldom checked for dutiable goods, there are regulations in place regarding permissible quantities: 800 cigarettes or 200 cigars are allowed, as are 10 liters of spirits, 90 liters of wine and 110 liters of beer per person.
For those entering the country from a non-EU country, the following maximum permissible quantities apply: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars; 1 liter of spirits; 2 liters of sparkling wine or aperitifs; 2 liters of still wine; one-quarter liter of eau de toilette and a reasonable quantity of medication for personal use.