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Austria Being There

You are on vacation in Austria. Delicious! Do you have suitable clothes with you and which plugs can you use? Here you will find practical information on site.

Facts and numbers

Size

83,871 sq km (32,382 sq mi)

Population

8.7 million (2016)

Official language

German (Minority languages: Croatian, Slovene, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Roman)

Currency

Euro (EUR)

Capital city

Vienna

Provinces of Austria

Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria, Tyrol, Carinthia, Salzburg, Vorarlberg, Burgenland

Largest cities

Vienna, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck

Religions

Roman Catholic 59%, Protestant (Lutheran) 3.4%, Muslim 7%, Christian Orthodox 5.5%, unaffiliated and other 25%

Climate

Mild summers with occasional heat waves, cooler in Alpine areas; cool, cloudy, wet winters (snow in Alpine areas)

Neighbouring countries

Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland

Health

  • Medical care is of a high standard in Austria.
  • Travelers are advised to take out good travel insurance.
  • Please note that cash may be required to provide medical care.
  • In case of hospitalization or when specialist medical care is required, travelers should contact their insurance company directly.

 

European health insurance card (EHIC)

  • The European health insurance card or EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) entitles you to essential medical care in the event of illness or an accident during a temporary stay in Austria.
  • If you show your EHIC, healthcare providers know that you are insured and where they can declare the healthcare costs. It is often not necessary to advance healthcare costs yourself.

 

Medicines

  • Take plenty of special medicines with you (in the original packaging) or ask the doctor for a prescription.
  • It is advisable to bring your own travel pharmacy with regular medicines.

 

Medical statement

  • Travelers who bring medicines prescribed by a doctor or specialist may be required to carry a medical certificate. Request the statement in time.

 

Health advice

 

Ticks

  • Watch out for ticks when hiking or camping in the countryside, as they can transmit Lyme disease.
  • Tick-borne encephalitis (FrühSommerMeningoEnzephalitis, FSME) also occurs in Austria. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by a virus that can be transmitted by ticks. From April to November, ticks are most active and the risk of contracting this disease is greatest.

 

Drinking water

The tap water is safe to drink.

 

Food

  • Since encephalitis can also be transmitted through raw milk from cows, sheep or goats, it is advised not to use products made from raw milk (such as some cheeses).

 

Vaccinations

For personal advice and up-to-date information on vaccinations and health issues, please contact your doctor or a vaccination center.

School holidays

2020-2021

Summer vacation
04-07-2020 – 13-09-2020

Autumn break
27-10-2020 – 31-10-2020

Christmas break
24-12-2020 – 06-01-2021

Winter vacation
01-02-2021 – 13-02-2021

Easter holidays
27-03-2021 – 05-04-2021

Spring break
22-05-2021 – 24-05-2021

Summer vacation
03-07-2021 – 12-09-2021

Holiday spread
Austria is divided into 3 zones for school holidays and has a holiday spread. The above dates indicate the first and last day of the staggered holidays.

Electricity

 

Voltage

230 volts

Adapter plug

Outlets have two round holes and can be grounded or ungrounded.
you do not need an adapter or world plug.

 

Safety

 

Ski helmet

In Austria, a ski helmet is compulsory for children up to 15 years, with the exception of ski areas in Tyrol and Vorarlberg.