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A suitable finale to Austria's ball season, the annual Opera Ball is a prestigious affair that is famed across Europe. Attracting an impressive...


With the incredible Baroque architecture of Schonbrunn Palace in the background, this has to be one of the prettiest settings for a market...


Annual festival founded by Herbert von Karajan in 1967 and focusing on one opera production. Also includes several other choir and orchestra...

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Austria Travel Guide

Key Facts

83,871 sq km (32,382 sq miles).


8.4 million (2012).

Population density

100 per sq km.


Vienna (Wien).


Federal Republic.

Head of state

President Heinz Fischer since 2004.

Head of government

Chancellor Werner Faymann since 2008.


230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin European plugs are standard.

Austria is a country of startling contrasts, from the soaring Alps to the verdant swathes of the Danube Valley. This European beauty is noted as much for its historical buildings, awe-inspiring museums and galleries, as for its world-class skiing conditions and breathtaking mountain scenery.

Groundbreaking cultural figures pepper Austria's history, from the composing geniuses of Mozart and Schubert, to the great mind of psychologist Sigmund Freud.

Glorious architectural riches include reminders of the once-powerful Habsburgs, who dominated central Europe for seven centuries; the capital of Austria, Vienna, is magnificent with its ornate Opera House and the imperial Hofburg, while many other cities are similarly infused with historical magic, notably Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, with stunning baroque churches set before a backdrop of snow-covered peaks.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 30 January 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

There are complex driving laws in Austria, especially for caravan and motor-home owners.

There is a danger of avalanches in some areas. Even during summer time this danger still exists for snow covered areas.

Around 774,000 British nationals visit Austria each year. Most visits are trouble-free.

You are advised not to carry your passport around with you. Leave it in your hotel safe and carry a photocopy of your passport instead.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

If you need to contact the emergency services in Austria call 112.