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Fairly isolated in the Austrian Alps, Alpbach is the rural Tyrolean village that comes to your mind: exceptional mountain scenery, farmhouses dotting the slopes, for there are more than one hundred working farms, traditional wooden chalets, and balconies brimming with colorful flowers.

Visit the Alpbach village

Fairly isolated in the Austrian Alps, Alpbach is the rural Tyrolean village that comes to your mind: exceptional mountain scenery, farmhouses dotting the slopes, for there are more than one hundred working farms, traditional wooden chalets, and balconies brimming with colorful flowers.

Explore the Hohe Tauern National Park

The imposing Hohe Tauern National Park, overshadowed by the 3798m hump of Grossglockner, the country’s highest peak, features scenic hiking trails, ski slopes, and the spectacular Pasterze Glacier. Base yourself on the chocolate-box alpine village of Heiligenblut , and drive or journey by bus along the 48km Grossglockner High Alpine Road, a 48km toll road, regarded as one of the Europe’s most beautiful mountain routes.
On the northern side of the park, visit the Krimmler Waterfalls, the highest in Austria, with a total height of 380m, or follow the scenic Pinzgauer Spaziergang, a scenic 7km hiking trail starting from the lakeside resort of Zell am See.

Stroll along the Hallstatter See

Fairly isolated in the Austrian Alps, Alpbach is the rural Tyrolean village that comes to your mind: exceptional mountain scenery, farmhouses dotting the slopes, for there are more than one hundred working farms, traditional wooden chalets, and balconies brimming with colorful flowers.

Wonder around the Wolfsklamm Gorge

Fairly isolated in the Austrian Alps, Alpbach is the rural Tyrolean village that comes to your mind: exceptional mountain scenery, farmhouses dotting the slopes, for there are more than one hundred working farms, traditional wooden chalets, and balconies brimming with colorful flowers.

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When to Visit

During the spring, you might be met with a rain shower or two. But it’s still a great time to wander around Vienna or Hofburg since the tourist season is just beginning. Come fall, and the mountains become covered in red and golden hues as the leaves change, making it one of the best times to hike.

Summer (June through August) is high season meaning both crowds and prices have doubled since spring. The heat can be felt, especially near the lakes, so it’s a wonderful time to take a dip. This is also the season of the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival, and the Rainbow Parade!

Travel Essentials

Language: The official language of Austria is Austrian High German (Hochdeutsch), though the main native language outside Vorarlberg, where an Alemannic dialect prevails, is Austro-Bavarian.

Currency: Since Austria is a member of the European Monetary Union (EMU), its official currency is the Euro (EUR, €). Currently, 1EUR is equivalent to 1.21USD.

Plugs: The standard voltage is continental 220V AC, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. Plugs are the European type with two round pins.

Tap Water: Austria is able to cover its entire drinking water demand using water from protected groundwater deposits. The water usually comes to consumers in its natural state and with consistently excellent quality levels.

Safety: Austria is permanently ranked among the safest countries in Europe, and almost all problems encountered by tourists are to do with petty crime. On high-alpine routes, take extra precautions as avalanches and rockfalls constitute serious dangers.

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How to Get Around

By Train: The official language of Austria is Austrian High German (Hochdeutsch), though the main native language outside Vorarlberg, where an Alemannic dialect prevails, is Austro-Bavarian. 
 Since Austria is a member of the European Monetary Union (EMU), its official currency is the Euro (EUR, €). Currently, 1EUR is equivalent to 1.21USD.

By Bus: The standard voltage is continental 220V AC, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. Plugs are the European type with two round pins. 
Austria is able to cover its entire drinking water demand using water from protected groundwater deposits. The water usually comes to consumers in its natural state and with consistently excellent quality levels.

By Car: Austria is permanently ranked among the safest countries in Europe, and almost all problems encountered by tourists are to do with petty crime. On high-alpine routes, take extra precautions as avalanches and rockfalls constitute serious dangers.

What to Eat

During the spring, you might be met with a rain shower or two. But it’s still a great time to wander around Vienna or Hofburg since the tourist season is just beginning. Come fall, and the mountains become covered in red and golden hues as the leaves change, making it one of the best times to hike.

Summer (June through August) is high season meaning both crowds and prices have doubled since spring. The heat can be felt, especially near the lakes, so it’s a wonderful time to take a dip. This is also the season of the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival, and the Rainbow Parade!

When most people think of Austria, they think of rolling hills, skiing, Christmas markets, and The Sound of Music. And while the country does have all of this, it also has so much more!

For music lovers, it’s the home of Mozart. For foodies, it’s home to the Wienerschnitzel. For outdoor lovers, you can paraglide, raft, and hike. No matter what your love is, Austria likely has something just for you.

The minute you arrive, you the country’s charming villages will take you by surprise and have you feeling like you stepped into a Disney fairytale.

When to Visit

During the spring, you might be met with a rain shower or two. But it’s still a great time to wander around Vienna or Hofburg since the tourist season is just beginning. Come fall, and the mountains become covered in red and golden hues as the leaves change, making it one of the best times to hike.

Summer (June through August) is high season meaning both crowds and prices have doubled since spring. The heat can be felt, especially near the lakes, so it’s a wonderful time to take a dip. This is also the season of the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival, and the Rainbow Parade!

Travel Essentials

Language: The official language of Austria is Austrian High German (Hochdeutsch), though the main native language outside Vorarlberg, where an Alemannic dialect prevails, is Austro-Bavarian.

Currency: Since Austria is a member of the European Monetary Union (EMU), its official currency is the Euro (EUR, €). Currently, 1EUR is equivalent to 1.21USD.

Tap Water: Austria is able to cover its entire drinking water demand using water from protected groundwater deposits. The water usually comes to consumers in its natural state and with consistently excellent quality levels.

Plugs: The standard voltage is continental 220V AC, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. Plugs are the European type with two round pins.

Safety: Austria is permanently ranked among the safest countries in Europe, and almost all problems encountered by tourists are to do with petty crime. On high-alpine routes, take extra precautions as avalanches and rockfalls constitute serious dangers.

Best Time to Visit

Austria is a country with a wide variety of weather, so deciding on when to visit all depends on the activities you want to partake in. Overall, the best time to visit Austria is between April and May and September and October.

During the spring, you might be met with a rain shower or two. But it’s still a great time to wander around Vienna or Hofburg since the tourist season is just beginning. Come fall, and the mountains become covered in red and golden hues as the leaves change, making it one of the best times to hike.

Summer (June through August) is high season meaning both crowds and prices have doubled since spring. The heat can be felt, especially near the lakes, so it’s a wonderful time to take a dip. This is also the season of the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival, and the Rainbow Parade!

Winter in Austria can be quite chilly, but there’s something spectacular about walking around the Vienna Christmas market. If you’re an avid skier, this is the time to go skiing in the Austrian Alps before relaxing at one of the ski resorts.

What to Expect

Language: The official language of Austria is Austrian German though you might run into locals speaking Alemmanic or Austro-Bavarian depending on the location.

Currency: The official currency of Austria is the Euro (EUR). $1 USD is equivalent to 0.90 EUR.

Credit Cards & ATMs: To get the best exchange rate in Austria, it’s wise to use your credit card whenever you get the chance. There’s typically no service charge and are widely accepted throughout the country. If you need some Euros, you will find that ATMs are very prevalent in Austria, even in smaller towns. They are also likely linked to your bank at home so you shouldn’t run into any issues.

Plugs: In Austria, the plugs are type F, the standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.

Safety: Austria is an extremely safe country, with the most dangerous crimes being pickpocketing and petty theft. As long as you practice common sense and take precautions, you won’t have any problems during your visit.

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