Are you planning to visit Vienna? What a great choice! Exploring one of the oldest European cities, full of charm, inspiration and beauty will be an amazing experience, but to make sure that your trip goes perfectly, keep in mind those essential tips.
When to go?
Vienna is beautiful every single month of the year, except two to three weeks of extreme heat wave in summer. Depending on your tastes and preferences, you can enjoy it in any season.
The winter: December to February
Vienna is where you can live an imaginary new year celebration, stay in luxurious ski resorts and contemplate the amazing snow. But keep in mind the weather is very cold in winter.
The spring: March to May and the Autumn: September to November
The off seasons, it’s when you can discover the city and its attractions without tourist crowds and long lines. You will enjoy gardens and street markets in sunny days. You can also benefit from discounts on hotel bookings and flights.
Many important artistic events take place during this period like Vienna International Film Festival, Vienna Fashion week and numerous musical activities.
The summer: June to August
The weather is warm and sometimes hot. The summer is an amazing time to visit Austria thanks to the great climate, funny events and popular festivals. Although, in the summer, Vienna may be very crowded and hot, so you should book a hotel well in advance to avoid rise in prices and make sure it’s air conditioned.
Is it safe?
Vienna is a very safe city. The streets, public transport and the major parts of the city are secure. Avoid going late at night to parks and dark street. Although the crime rate is very slow, avoid taking valuable things with you.
How to get around?
Vienna has a well implemented public transport system. There is a network of subway, trams, buses and local train linked to each other that take you to every part of the city 24 hours per day.
The system is safe, comfortable and cheap.
Tickets can be bought directly from the machine in the stations, the kiosks or online. The ticket price for one journey is 2.3 €. To save money, you should buy a travelcard of one, two, three or eight days.
Maps explaining transport network and city zones are available in all stations.You can also download useful mobile applications like: Vienna Bus and Train and my taxi.
- Packing: If you are planning to visit the Opera or the theatre in Vienna, take a chic dress or suit with you. You can’t miss exploring the nature and mountains so don’t forget your comfortable sport shoes. If you’re travelling in Spring or Autumn take different type of clothes (heavy and light)
- Electricity: The electric current in Austria is 220 volts. If it doesn’t fit with your electronic devices buy a voltage converter or a universal adapter.
- Language: The official language in Austria is Deutsch, so it’s preferable to learn some basics sentences especially greetings. But mostly you can get along just fine with English.
- Shopping: For shopping, visit Mariahilfer Straße, the biggest shopping street in the area and don’t miss the Naschmarkt, an old market in vienna where you can find all what the city is famous for.
- Tax: When you buy something from Vienna ask if the store give a tax refund. The VAT in Austria is 20% for goods and 10% for food and clothings. So at the airport you give the refund to the refund-service to get your money back.