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Getting Around Austria

Austria’s main airlines are operated by the Austrian Airlines Group, which focuses on travels to and from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. One of these airlines, Lauda Air, is the brand for charter flights. The the rest of the airlines provide, on top of domestic, regional European flights that include destinations as Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Paris and Rome.

The Vienna airport is 18km away from the city; the Salzburg airport, 4km. Airports have stores and facilities available for your convenience. Most airports have duty free shops, tourism information, restaurants, left luggage, currency exchange and car hire and car parking. You may look up a specific airport (e.g. Klagenfurt, Graz and Linz) to get more details on the services available there. Take note of the fixed fees on porter service.
To get to and from the airport, passengers have the option of travelling by bus, taxi, train, coach provided by hotels and even chauffeur-driven cars.

Travelers who choose to get to Austria by train may do so via the Austrian Federal Railways. The Austrian Federal Railways’ stops include major cities in and outside of Austria including cities in Germany, Russia, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the city of Brussels, Paris and Italy. You can purchase a Eurail, an international pass for railways, to avail of unlimited travel options across Europe and other offers.

If you prefer to travel by car or by motorcycle, crossing the Channel Tunnel will prove to be an interesting drive. Just remember that if you decide to travel by car, do your bookings in advance. Car rentals are available at airports and railway stations. Here are few pointers to remember when travelling by car:

1. Always bring your UK driving license or national driving license.
2. Make sure you have the car registration documents in your travel.
3. Prepare exact amounts for toll booths to avoid delays in your drive.
4. Turn on your lights when driving, whether inside the city or not.
5. Remember that there are strict laws for driving under the influence and the use of seatbelt.

Additionally, motorcycle or motorbike drivers and passengers are required to wear high visibility jacket and helmet at all times.
Cruise and ferries may also be availed when travelling around Austria and some even bundle cruise trips with hotel stays.
Consider these options on your next trip to Austria.

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Austria is home to some of the most celebrated music festivals in the world like the Salzburg Festival (of “The Sound of Music” fame), Haydn Festival and the International Chamber of Music Festival in Vienna. Its capital, Vienna, has also been dubbed as the musical capital of Europe. For enthusiasts of both music and art, a trip to Austria would certainly be an enthusing option. Austria is, after all, the birthplace of Mozart.

For those who are just mildly or even remotely interested in the arts, Austria’s artistic influence would merely be an added bonus to some of the other must-sees in the area including horse dances, the country’s snow-covered Alps during winter and the breathtaking castles. The Schloss Bernstein, for one, sits atop a village of the same name and provides a majestic view of its namesake. The castle sits beside Europe’s second largest river, the Danube River.

Horse dances is a travel experience you wouldn’t want to miss when in Austria. The people of this country are very fond of horse riding. Schools that showcase Austria’s 400-year old horsemanship stage open door performances. Just remember to book your ticket beforehand.

Austria experiences rain showers the whole year round and its summer is moderate in temperature—something to consider on your visit. Another thing to keep tabs on is the culture of the locals. The usual etiquette when meeting someone for the first time applies, e.g. addressing the person by their last name until given the permission to do otherwise and offering a handshake.
German is the national language of Austria and is the language predominantly spoken by locals. It can sometimes differ from Standard German, depending on the locality. Some of the minor languages in use in Austria include Slovene, Hungarian, Croatian and Turkish. A simple “Guten Tag” or “Gruss Gotta,” however, is acceptable when greeting people in public; “Auf Wiedersehen” when saying goodbye.

When going around town, it is customary to give cab drivers a 10% tip and to leave a 5% tip on top of your restaurant bill, regardless of the usual service charge.
Additionally, take note of the following duty free items when shopping for gifts to take back home:

1. 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco or a proportional mix of these products
2. 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of fortified wine or spirits up to 22& or 2L of sparkling wine or liqueur and 2L of still wine
3. 500g of coffee or 200g of extracts, essences or concentrates of coffee
4. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extracts
5. 50g of perfume or eau de toilette
6. Medicines sufficient for the journey

All the mentioned items above must be carried by a person over 17 years old.

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Occasionally, men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces may be able to take some time off—take a vacation from the service. Military personnel would be pleased, and some would even be surprised, to know that there are several hotels that offer discounts exclusively for them. These hotels are often called military hotels.

Military hotels are all over the country and men and women in the army can look forward to as much as, or oftentimes more, than $10 worth of savings a day. Apart from regular discounts, some military hotels also offer various packages like lower daily hotel rates for longer or extended stays and also double benefits. Some hotels have policies against double benefits but there are still some who allow them. Military personnel may also be able to take special rates from having a roadside assistance program. To max your savings, find the best military hotel that suits you.

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But how does one find a military hotel? Some of your favorite hotels may actually be military-friendly hotels. A simple inquiry over the phone, online or through the front desk would provide you with all the information you need. If you are a bit wary over making calls and the like, you can always do a simple web search. The internet can supply you with a list of hotels that provide discount rates to the servicemen of the military.

Despite the obvious advantages of staying in a military hotel, some military personnel are either hesitant, adamant or both about finding these hotels. The important thing to remember is that everyone, not just military personnel, can always make room for savings from taking on discount (and most people are often all better for it).

Air travel rules have become more stringent over time and this is mostly felt at airport security checkpoints.

There are currently three checkpoints travelers have to go through when flying. The first checkpoint takes place when you register for your flight and pick your seat. At this stage, before you are presented with your boarding pass, you have to present a valid ID (e.g. driver’s license or government-issued ID) along with your ticket and the luggage you would like checked-in. All pieces of luggage are hand checked for prohibited items. These are usually quick run-throughs. Random extensive searches are sometimes implemented. These searches include checking all compartments of bags and wiping cloth on surfaces of your items to check for prohibited substances. These extensive searches rarely happen and are nevertheless still part of standard procedure required by aviation authorities. When you happen to be on the receiving end of these searches, remember to keep your cool.

After you get your boarding passes, you must then proceed to the main security checkpoint. Here you will be asked to walk through a metal detector, sans footwear. Your footwear will have to go through an x-ray machine along with your carry-on luggage (if you have any). Everyone has to go through this security check except those who are physically unable to do so. Some ordinary items might be prohibited on board. If you happen to be carrying any, you will have the option of returning it to your car, mailing it to your home, turning it over to airport security, or simply discarding it.

Your last checkpoint will be upon boarding the plane. You will have to show your boarding passes during this time. Occasionally you may be asked to show an ID, but once it is not usually required.

These security checks are standard operating procedures; everyone currently has to abide by these. Make sure to keep your calm during the checkpoints so you will avoid embarrassing confrontations with authorities. Security is always on the lookout for suspicious-looking individuals or those who draw attention to themselves and you don’t want to give officials any reason to be wary.

It is also wise to update yourself on items prohibited aboard an aircraft or even those exclusively banned from carry-ons. Doing so will help you avoid delays or missing your flight altogether. Your flight should be hassle-free if you keep all of these pointers in mind.