The Gloriette Pavilion features a stunning, blue pond and stylish architecture.

Austria travel guide

For some, Austria is a land of music. It is the birthplace of Mozart and the setting of the Sound of Music. For foodies, Austria is home to mouthwatering schnitzel and malty ales. For lovers of outdoors, there are green hills to hike and the snowy Alps to ski. But the truth is Austria has something for every traveler.

No matter the time of year, Austria looks like a land out of a fairytale. There are cool lakes and cute villages, charming city streets and beautiful buildings. During the summer, there are events like the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Festival. But Austria is also known for its Christmas markets. Winter is already a magical time of the year, but it’s even better with warm treats, festive drinks, and the markets’ jolly atmosphere.

Basic Information

Language: The official language of Austria is Austrian German.

Currency: The official currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR). 1 USD is equal to about 0.95 EUR.

Plugs: The plugs in Austria are type F, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I highly recommend buying a universal adapter and a converter for hairdryers and other hot products.

Safety: Austria is an incredibly safe and friendly country. Pickpocketing still happens on occasion. But common sense is really all you need to get by.


The Best Time to Visit

Hallstatt, Austria features one of the most beautiful lakes and charming architecture.

There is no bad time of the year to visit Austria. The country has a variety of climates, so the best time to visit depends on what activities you want to do. The Austrian winter is cold, but it’s a magical season if you’re looking to get in the holiday spirit. Vienna’s Christmas market is a wonderful place to shop, eat, and walk around. Winter is also the perfect time for skiers to enjoy the Austrian Alps and their amazing ski resorts.

Summer (June through August) is tourist season. Expect bigger crowds and higher prices. But there’s a reason it’s so busy. The warm, sunny summer is great for relaxing by the lake and going for a swim. It’s also the time for the Salzburg Festival and Vienna Festival.

Spring and fall are better seasons if you want to avoid the crowds. And if you’re looking to hike, fall is one of the best times for it. The forests shine with brilliant reds and oranges as the leaves turn.