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Tourist Information for Visitors to Vienna
How to Get There | Entering the Country | Tax-Free Shopping | Vienna Airport | From the Airport to the City Center | Bratislava Airport | Accommodations | Tickets | Vienna Tourist Information | Brochures & City Maps
Time Zone | Electricity | Weights and Measures | Telephone | Language
Vienna lies within the Central European time zone (CET). From the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, summer time is in effect (MESZ). Electricity The voltage in Vienna for private homes (and thus for hotels) is 220 – 230 Volts (Alternating Current). Telephone The area code for Vienna from abroad is: + 43 1
In Austria, German is the primary language. The most common foreign language is English.
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Money / Banks
Currency & Exchange
The legal tender in Austria is the Euro. Banks in Vienna are usually open Mon to Wed, Fri 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Thu 8:00 am – 5:30 pm; some branches are closed 12:30 – 1:30 pm. In the center of the city many banks are open continuously from Mon to Wed, Fri 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, Thu 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. If possible, exchange money at a bank during regular opening hours or use Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs), which are called Bankomats in Austria, or with your credit card. You can also exchange money at Eurotours or at the Vienna Tourist Information (Tourist-Info Wien).
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In many areas such as gastronomy, in taxis, at hairdressers, at service stations, tipping is traditionally expected. Usually, the tip amounts to about 5 to 10 percent, but the size of the tip should be according to your satisfaction with the services rendered.
Vacations / Public Holidays
Public Holidays & Vienna School Vacations 2005-06 :
Holidays Public holidays: January 1 (New Year),
January 6 (Twelfth Night), Easter Monday,
May 1 (Labor Day), Ascension, Whitmonday, Corpus Christi,
August 15 (Mary Ascension),
October 26 (National Holiday),
November 1 (All Saints’ Day),
December 8 (Immaculate Conception),
December 25 (Christmas Day),
December 26 (Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s Day).
School Vacations in Vienna 2005-06:
December 24, 2005 – January 8, 2006
February 4 – February 12, 2006
April 4 – April 18, 2006
July 1 – September 3, 2006
Taxis | 24-Hour Automobile Emergency Services | The Vienna Card | Public Transportation | Free Public Transportation for Young People | Exploring the Region by Train, Bus, & Boat | Car Rental | Parking in Vienna & Limited Parking Zones
A visit to Vienna is worthwhile at any time of the year, whether hot or cold. The climate in Vienna is generally mild and continental. Often there is a moderate westerly wind in the city which often makes cool days even cooler. But the Viennese appreciate this wind because it brings fresh air from the surrounding Vienna Woods to the city. And even though a few winter days may be quite chilly and on some summer days the heat sizzles in the center of the city, most days of the year the weather is like the inhabitants of the city: friendly, mild, and moderate in every sense...
Sightseeing | City Guided Tours | Vienna in Three Days | Museums | Opera, Concerts, Events | Waltzing | Fiacres (Horse-Drawn Carriages) | Wellness Offer | Restaurants | Bicycling
Vienna for Families | Vienna for Visitors with Disabilities | Vienna for Gays & Lesbians