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Geographical Area
83,858 square kilometers (32,378 square miles)
Capital City
People   97% Germanic origin, 2% Slovene & Croat and 1% Turkish
Language   German
Religion   Roman Catholic 88%, Protestant 6%, Others 6%
Government   federal republic with a parliamentary democracy, the head of the government is the chancellor, the head of the state is the president
Head of Government   chancellor: Werner Faymann; president: Heinz Fischer
Embassy   The American Embassy Parkring 12 1010 Vienna Phone: (43-1) 31339-7539 After-hours emergency calls – American Citizens Only (43-1) 31339
Visas   A visa is not required for a U.S. or Canadian citizen holding a valid passport unless he/she expects to stay in Austria more than 90 days and/or to study or seek employment.
Health Risks   No immunizations are required for entry. Before travel, be sure though you and your children are up to date on all routine immunizations according to schedules approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP).
Austria is 'well-stocked' with doctors and pharmacies.
Pharmacies operate a rota system for night and Sunday duty; when closed a notice is displayed giving the addresses of the nearest pharmacies that are open.
Clothing Suggestions   SUMMER: May to September – is when the weather is warmest. Casual clothing made of lightweight fabrics and good walking shoes are essential. A shawl, sweater and/or jacket is recommended for cooler evening breezes. WINTER: December to March – During winter, keep the cold out by dressing in warm and windproof clothing. An overcoat, hat, gloves and scarf will protect you from much of the cold and wind. For extra measure, waterproof your winter jacket or purchase a garment that is made of watertight fabric. SPRING/FALL: March to May and September to November- The weather in spring and fall can be very varied. Therefore, wearing multiple layers and bringing a coat is recommended. DINING: Informal attire, except for some selected restaurants, which require a jacket and tie for men.
Time Zone:   GMT/UTC +1 - Austria is in the Central European Time Zone. It is 1 Hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 6 hours ahead of New York and Montreal, 9 hours ahead of Los Angeles. Daylight saving time is in effect from the last Sunday in March till the last Sunday in October.
Banking / Exchange   Banks are open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm and on Thursday from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
Currency   Euro
Electric Current   The voltage in Austria as well as the socket and plug sizes is identical to the most of European countries (220V / 50Hz), and differs from the voltage in the Americas (110V/60 Hz). A voltage converter is recommended.
Credit Cards / Traveler Checks   Credit cards are accepted in cities and tourist centers by numerous hotels, restaurants, shops and gas stations. If and which credit cards are accepted is indicated by the logos displayed on the exterior facade of the respective business (usually on the entrance door).
Outside of banks, cash can be withdrawn around the clock at some 2,900 cash dispensers in all of Austria. National and foreign Maestro cards (cash cards) are accepted. Other automated teller cards are national and foreign MasterCards, American Express cards, Visa credit cards and Diners cards as well as the Cirrus and Visa-Plus cash cards that belong to this payment system.
Shopping   Legally permitted opening hours for stores: Monday to Friday 6:00 am to 7.30 pm, Saturday to 5.00 pm.
The actual opening hours for stores may vary, usually from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm (Grocery stores from 8.00 am), Saturdays to 1.00 pm or 5.00 pm
Exceptional regulations with longer opening hours exist in tourist areas; shops at railway stations and at airports are open during the travel timeschedules (in part until 11.00 pm).
Weights & measures   The metric system is standard throughout the country.
How to shop Tax Fee   1. Shop in any of the stores that display a TAX-FREE FOR TOURISTS window sticker and ask for a Tax-Free Shopping Form. With this form you can later claim your VAT (Value Added Tax) Refund. The VAT is included in the selling price. 2. When leaving the country, show the unused goods to customs and get your form stamped. 3. Return your completed, customs stamped form to Global Blue-Austria by mail to receive your refund
National Airport   Vienna International Airport VIE
Major Tourist Attractions   Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz
Tipping Suggestion   Hotel and restaurant bills include a service charge, but hotel porters and cleaning staff usually expect something for their services. It is also customary to tip in restaurants and cafes. Round up smaller bills and add an extra 5% to 10% to larger ones: simply say the total amount you want them to take when handing over the money (it's not usual to leave the tip on the table). Taxi drivers will expect around 10% extra. Tour guides, cloakroom attendants and hairdressers are also usually tipped. It is customary to tip tour guides 5 to 7 EUR per person per day on multiday tours and drivers 3 to 5 EUR per person per day. The suggested tip for day tours is 10 to 15 EUR for the guide and 5 EUR for the driver.
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