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A Little About Austria
Austria is a landlocked country in central Europe. It shares borders with seven other central European countries, meaning that it’s a pretty popular place to visit for people taking a trip through central Europe.
Despite that, the country isn’t as overrun with tourists as some other European destinations. A lot of people tend to skip through the Austria, opting to just spend a couple of days in Vienna. There’s a lot more to see than that though, so if you have the time, it’s definitely worth exploring a bit more…
- Population: Around 8.7 million
- Captial City: Vienna
- Official Language: German
- Currency: Euro
Places To Go
Vienna, the capital of Austria, and one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Salzburg. Famous as the home of ‘The Sound Of Music’
Other Places To See
We obviously can’t have travelled everywhere in Austria (even though we’d love to). If you have a bit more time, some of the other popular places to see that are on our bucket list include:
Hallstatt: If you follow any travel pages on instagram, you’re sure to have seen this beautiful little lakeside town pop up. It’s located between Salzburg and Vienna, and would be a great place to stop off for a couple of days if you’re travelling between them.
Innsbruck: Popular for skiing in winter, Innsbruck is found in Western Austria
Graz: Graz is found in the South of Austria, so could be a potential stop if you’re travelling up into central Europe from Slovenia
Travel Tips And Things To Know
Best time to visit: This will depend on what you want to do. Weather wise, June through to September is probably best. And you’ll also see the most daylight hours. Austria is also great for skiing though, so a winter ski trip is definitely an option.
Getting around: Either by train or bus, depending on where you’re going. If you want to take the train, There are two main companies offering this service, the Austrian Federal Railways and a private company called Westbahn. You can click through and book your tickets online. For the bus, head to either Go Euro or Flixbus to search fares and book online. The bus will generally be cheaper, so if you’re on a budget go with that.
Expenses: We’d say Austria is a medium priced country for Europe. It’s not as cheap as some countries in Eastern Europe, but also not as expensive as the UK, Ireland, or any of the Scandinavian countries. You can get a hostel dorm room for around €20, and a pint of beer will cost €3-4.
Onward Travels: There are a huge amount of options for onward travel from Austria. Germany, Slovenia, Bratislava or Hungary seem to be the most common destinations for travellers coming to or from Austria. If you’re looking for ideas, have a look at our Journey Idea: Central Europe from East to West (coming soon), where we detail a good way to include Austria as part of a central European Itinerary.