My top tips when planning your adventure in Austria
There are always things that I find out in any given destination that I had no idea about prior to visiting, or that online research failed to inform me about. These are usually pretty useful or detrimental things too.
Well, that’s exactly why I’m here!
It’s pretty much outlined in my job description to go on adventures and document alllllll the tips, tricks and shortcuts for you, so that the knowledge is in your hands for when you visit.
The same applied to my recent trip to Vorarlberg, Austria. So, naturally, there are a few things I’d like to share with you to help you plan your travels through Austria in the most epic way possible.
My 10 Top Tips When Planning Your Trip To Austria…
1. Currency: Euros (€)
Basic knowledge but essential.
2. Language: German
German is the most widely spoken language in Austria, but there are numerous dialects within the language. Here are some key phrases to get you started:
- hallo (hello)
- guten Tag/ Morgen (good day/ morning)
- danke (thank you)
- bitte (please)
- ja (yes)
- nein (no)
- Sprechen Sie Englisch? (Do you speak English?)
Most people do speak at least a little bit of English, but there were definitely places in Vorarlberg that didn’t have English menus etc. Nothing too hard to handle though – it’s all part of the adventure, right?
3. Car Hire
If you touch down and land into one of the neighbouring countries, like I did in Zurich, Switzerland, and you hire a car to drive into Austria, bear in mind that you will need to purchase an additional road badge when you get to the Swiss/ Austrian border. The car will be equipped with the road badge for the given country in which you hire it, but not for the next.
For a 10-day road badge to drive through Austria it was €8. You can purchase one from any petrol station before/ at / just after the border crossing. If you drive without one you can face €200+ fines.
4. Extend your road trip
You definitely want to make time to visit multiple places when you’re in Austria. I’m not saying you have to drive across the whole country in fear of missing out, but it is only a 6-hour drive from Vorarlberg (mountain central) to Vienna (the largest city and capital). If time allows, consider extending your adventure beyond one destination in Austria and do a mix of city and mountain life.
Recommended guides for Austria…
My Vorarlberg road trip:
- The ultimate road trip in Vorarlberg, Austria, part 1 – Grosses Walsertal and Bregenzerwald — read here
- The ultimate road trip in Vorarlberg, Austria, part 2 – Lech Zuers and Bodensee-Vorarlberg — read here
- 11 reasons to add Vorarlberg to your bucket list – read here
- Em Luxton – Read Em’s Vorarlberg summer guide here.
- Wanderlust Chloe – Click here to see Chloe’s guide to Graz, Austria.
- Wanderlust Chloe – Click here to see Chloe’s favourite photo spots in Salzburg, Austria.
- The Travelista – Read Jess’s 11 reasons to plan a city break to Salzburg, Austria here.
- Check out my guide to visiting Vienna in summer – click here.
- Make time to see the world – Read Vicki’s ’48 hours in Vienna’ guide here
- The Travelista – Read Jess’s 7-day Austrian travel itinerary for Salzburg, Graz and Innsbruck here
- My Austrian bucket list of adventures – click here.
- A winter weekend in Forsthofalm – click here.
5. Make it international
Extend your road trip beyond Austria, and head to its neighbouring countries! I am so desperate to do this! If you have some extra time on your hands consider the nearby likes of Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland when planning your trip. I would have absolutely loved to continue on through Tyrol and down through Italy!
6. Take hiking shoes
There are simply too many incredible hikes to miss out on in Austria. Check them out in my Austria blog posts here. Difficulties of trails vary but there is certainly something for everyone and usually an option to get a cable car the majority of the way up. So even if you don’t consider yourself fit or capable, you don’t have to miss out on the epic views.
7. Hiking Signs
You’ll see little coloured rectangles painted on the trees and signs whilst you’re hiking. White-red-white means the trail is of medium difficulty, white-blue-white means translates to a difficult trail that could require scrambling / assistance.
8. There’s Lots Of Dairy And Cheese
Prepare yourself! And make sure you take some home with you!
9. Sun protection
If you’re out hiking, biking or just enjoying the mountains for the day, be sure to remember your sun protection – sun cream, and a hat. Time flies when you are having fun and it’s easy to get sunburn during long periods of exposure. Even if you don’t feel hot, the sun is still beating down on you!
10. Reusable water bottle
Don’t forget your reusable water bottle – there’s nothing like the fresh mountain water!
I hope this has inspired you to plan an Austrian adventure!
Have you been to Austria?
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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