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Austria at a Glance

Austria is home to magnificent baroque cities, high alpine villages, towering peaks, ski slopes and mountain chalets.

Listen to the jingle of cowbells as you hike high in the Alps. Above you, cows and sheep graze on a nearly vertical pasture. While you won't find too many people yodeling, traditional festivals help keep mountain culture alive and are a fun thing to do as a visitor. Lower down, cross the countryside on a food and wine tour. Indulge yourself with local sausages and rich, sweet wine. In the towns and cities you pass through, sample pastries and delicately powdered cakes.

Take a bicycle along the Danube River and stop for lunch at a river-side restaurant. Pick up chocolate, or sip a coffee before you hop back on your bike. Around you, Austria's fertile fields ripen before your eyes.

In Vienna, tour the coffee houses like an 18th century intellectual would. Admire the imperial buildings and impressive churches. Take in a classical music concert, or spend an afternoon browsing the Museums Quartier. With a jumble of restaurants, bars, coffee shops and of course, museums, this corner of the city will keep you occupied well after sundown. 

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Popular Places
  • Salzburg Salzburg
  • Vienna Vienna
  • Linz Linz
  • Innsbruck Innsbruck
  • Melk Melk
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  • Major Airport Vienna International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Austria if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can learn more about traveling in Austria by using the U.S State Department's website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather: Austria experiences cool to cold winters and altitude directly affects snowfall and temperature. Dress in layers if exploring mountain regions and be prepared for snowy conditions.

Safety Concerns Austria is a very safe place to travel. Nevertheless, protect passports, avoid flaunting cash or jewelry and securing stow your valuables in a safe or on your person.

Health Concerns Austria has clean drinking water and the risk of communicable disease is low. Practice good hygiene while traveling to avoid colds and flu.

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