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Travel information about Austria

Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was reduced to a small republic after being defeated during World War 1. It is located at the Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia where the total area is 83,871 sq km and with the total population of 8,794,267. Terrain is mostly mountains (Alps) in the west and south; mostly flat or gently sloping along the eastern and northern part.

Capital city of Austria: Vienna

Closest neighbors to Austria: It is bound by Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovenia and Italy to the south as well as Switzerland, Liechtenstein to the west and Slovakia to the northeast, Hungary to the east.

Best times to visit Austria: You can travel to Austria all year-round, the weather is pleasant but December to February is summer so it’s hot.

How to get to Austria: Traveling to Austria is couldn’t be easier. It will take you only 2 hours to fly directly for most major UK gateways to the place you wanted to visit in Austria.

Visa requirements for Austria: Visa is not required especially when you’re staying less than 4 months. US citizens don’t need visa either as tourist or on a business trip up to 3 months.
NOTE: note: as a passport must be valid 3 months after the last day of stay in Austria or the Schengen states.

Currency of Austria: The currency in Austria is Euro.

Official Language of Austria: Austro-Bavarian including German is the official language of Austria.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Austria

There are 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Austria. All nine of these sites are cultural.

City of Graz – Historic Centre and Schloss Eggenberg (1999)
• Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape (2001)
• Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape (1997)
• Historic Centre of Salzburg (1996)
Historic Centre of Vienna (2001)
• Palace and Gardens of Schonbrunn (1996)
• Prehistoric Pile Dwellings Around the Alps (2011)
• Semmering Railway (1998)
Wachau Cultural Landscape (2000)

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.

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