Country Information


Location: Europe
Capital: Vienna
Population: 8.747 Million
Currency: Euro
Language: Austro-Bavarian / German
Main Religion:  Roman Catholic

Hello: Guten Tag
Thank you: Danke

Dates in the country

Start of September 2017


Austria is located within a temperate climatic zone. In the west and northwest the influence of the temperate Atlantic climate is felt more strongly, in the east the influence of the continental climate. Temperatures depend largely on altitude, with averages 5°C lower for each additional 300 m of elevation.

Public Holidays

  • Jan 1 Sunday New Year’s Day National holiday
  • Jan 6 Friday Epiphany National holiday
  • Mar 20 Monday March equinox Season
  • Mar 26 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
  • Apr 9 Sunday Palm Sunday Observance
  • Apr 14 Friday Good Friday Observance
  • Apr 16 Sunday Easter Day Observance
  • Apr 17 Monday Easter Monday National holiday
  • May 1 Monday Labor Day / May Day National holiday
  • May 25 Thursday Ascension Day National holiday
  • Jun 4 Sunday Whit Sunday Observance
  • Jun 5 Monday Whit Monday National holiday
  • Jun 15 Thursday Corpus Christi National holiday
  • Jun 21 Wednesday June Solstice Season
  • Aug 15 Tuesday Assumption of Mary National holiday
  • Sep 22 Friday September equinox Season
  • Sep 24 Sunday European Heritage Days Observance
  • Oct 26 Thursday National Day National holiday
  • Oct 29 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time
  • Nov 1 Wednesday All Saints’ Day National holiday
  • Nov 2 Thursday All Souls’ Day Observance
  • Dec 3 Sunday First Sunday Advent Observance
  • Dec 8 Friday Immaculate Conception National holiday
  • Dec 21 Thursday December Solstice Season
  • Dec 24 Sunday Christmas Eve Bank holiday
  • Dec 25 Monday Christmas Day National holiday
  • Dec 26 Tuesday St. Stephen’s Day National holiday
  • Dec 31 Sunday New Year’s Eve Observance


  • Australian and New Zealand passport holders planning a visit to any of the 28 Member States of the EU do not require a visa if their stay is no longer than 90 days in a six month period within the EU.
  • UK part of EU


Vaccines advised:

  • Tetanus
  • Tick-borne encephalitis
  • Malaria: No

Rules of the Road

The Austrian main road traffic rules are:

  • Traffic flaw on the right side of the road;
  • Seat-belts are mandatory for a driver and all passengers in the car;
  • Crash helmets are compulsory for motorcycle drivers and passengers.
  • Children under 12 years and 1.5 meters of height may only be ridden in special child seats with a suitable restraint system.
  • The speed limits are: on motorways – 130 km/h (80 mph); on open roads – 100 km/h (62 mph); in towns – 50 km/h (31 mph). It is illegal to use the radar detection equipment.
  • The permitted level of alcohol in the blood is 0.05%.
  • First-aid kit must be carried in the car all times when driving.
  • A warning triangle is mandatory.
  • Visibility vests are obligatory for every occupant and must be put on before getting out if a vehicle has broken down under a red warning triangle.
  • The minimum driving age for cars is 18 years.
  • Third-party insurance is mandatory.
  • During winter, snow chains are compulsory. If tyres don’t have snow chains when the weather or road condition demands, the police can stop your journey.
  • Winter or all-season tyres are required from November 1 to April 15.
  • For driving on motorways, a vehicle must have a motorway tax sticker (vignette) on the inside of the windshield; they can be bought at petrol stations close to the border and are valid for ten days, two months, or one year.
  • Vehicles on the roundabout have a right of way unless signed otherwise.
  • While driving, using of hand-held cell phones while driving is prohibited.
  • In Vienna, horns cannot be used.
  • The right turn on red is prohibited.
  • In built-up areas, headlights must be on at all times.
  • If a vehicle is not visible from at least 50 meters away, parking lights are necessary.
  • Pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, and vehicles ascending a mountain road have priority to move.
  • It is forbidden to park on a white line at a bus stop and in front of yellow/red lines or within 3 meters (10 feet) of a fire hydrant.
  • Blue zones are free parking places, where vehicles can be left up to 90 minutes. It is compulsory to have a parking disc, showing the arriving time, which can be bought at petrol stations.
  • Emergency roadside help phone number is 123, police – 133, ambulance – 144.

Places to Visit

  • Salzburg – Situated near Germany’s southern border with Austria, the city of Salzburg, like its capital counterpart, is famous for its long-standing musical traditions, including being the birthplace of Wolfgang Mozart. Beyond the many examples of historic architecture and artistic attractions found in the city, Salzburg is surrounded by the breathtakingly epic Alps mountain range, affording visitors and residents alike the ability to explore the experiential contrast of rich history and stunning natural beauty simultaneously.
  • Salzkammergut – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is an Austrian resort area surrounded by serene blue lakes, verdant hills, and snow-peaked mountain ranges, that for over a century has served as one of the countries prime tourist destinations. Outdoor recreational activities are prominent in the area, including mountaineering, horseback riding, swimming and cycling. The Salzkammergut region is also famous for the many luxury spas and hotel resorts inhabiting the area, making it an idyllic destination for groups of travellers looking for both relaxation and adventure.
  • Innsbruck – Famous for hosting the Winter Olympics twice, in 1964 and 1976, the city of Innsbruck is widely considered to be one of the best winter sports destinations in the world. Visitors not so keen on skiing or snowboarding, or those visiting during the summer months can find plenty to do in the historic city as well, including exploring the Innsbruck Cathedral, the bell-making museum, or a number of local restaurants.


A detailed route showing where we went overlanding and exploring. We jotted down the routes we travelled on a physical map which travelled with us from Australia to the UK, then transferred this to a digital form using Google Maps (KML and GeoRSS Layers)

These are exact appropriations, maps differ between brands and converting from paper to digital may lose some details in translation. This should still show in great detail our route.