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Austria

Vienna, Austria

General Information

Hospitality

Throughout the world, Austria is famed for the hospitality and sociableness of its people. Whether at a typical Heurigen wine tavern in Vienna, a Carinthian skiing lodge or a gourmet restaurant in Vorarlberg ‑ whoever comes here in the company of friends or business partners will stay on for hours on end, not least because there is so much to enjoy. The tasty Austrian cuisine has won acclaim far beyond the country’s borders, serving traditional dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese‑style escallops) or the legendary Kaiserschmarren (torn, sugared pancakes with raisins) alongside creative re‑interpretations of traditional fare. Because of that fabulous gastronomic wealth, separate culinary regions have been designated, each with their own specialties – from freshly caught Saibling trout in the Ausseerland to spicy Pinzgau alp cheese, bean salad with pumpkin seed oil in southern Styria, or tender venison roast of Hochschwab deer. Austrian wines are appreciated throughout the country and way beyond: In addition to premier white wines, a growing number of red wine varieties are garnering international awards. Apart from the long‑standing vintners, a new generation of fledgling wine makers has been stepping into the limelight recently.

Climate

Austria’s climate is moderate and agreeable. While temperatures are higher in the eastern regions (hot summers, moderately cold winters) they are cooler in the mountain areas (shorter summers, longer winters). May, September and October tend to be the driest months, April and November are the wettest periods.

Customs Regulations

For European Union (EU) citizens, the regulations applicable within the European Union apply. Travelers from non‑European countries require a valid passport that entitles them to a three‑month stay in Austria. Visitors from these countries may only import "personal travel goods" customs‑free, i.e. such goods as they need on a temporary basis for their personal use or consumption or to exercise their profession.

Currency

The currency unit used in Austria is the EURO. 1 Euro = 100 cent Bank notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros and coins of 1 and 2 Euros as well as of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents are in circulation. Foreign currency is exchanged at all banks at the official exchange rate.

VAT Refund

For purchases exceeding EUR 75, travelers residing outside the European Union may apply for a reimbursement of value‑added tax (VAT), provided these goods are exported and the required export customs formalities are completed. The required forms are available in shops and stores displaying the "tax‑free" sticker. www.globalrefund.com