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According to the last population census in 2001, the larger part of the Austrian population professes to be of Roman Catholic faith (around three quarters). This group is followed by persons without religious faith, Protestants, Muslims and members of the Christian Orthodox faith.
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UTC +1 hours / 7 hours behind Eastern Standard Summertime in Australia.
Austria enjoys a temperate Central European climate with four distinct seasons. Summers, between June and August, are hot with cool nights. In Vienna and other low-lying cities temperatures during the day can get uncomfortably hot over July and August. Winters are cold, below freezing in January and February. The ski season in the Alps runs from December to April but the mountains are also popular with hikers and climbers over the summer when the weather is usually warm and bright.
There are a number of countries that do not need a visa entering Austria. For more information click here.
Flight times from Australia:
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane around 20 hours 30 minutes via a number of different stop overs. There are very few non-stop flights from Sydney to Vienna. Therefore, you’ll have to take connecting flights. In such cases, flight time depend on the stopover destination specified by your airline or the one you choose while booking your ticket.
In Austria, tipping small amounts is fairly common. Rounding to a multiple of a Euro is common, and for low sums the amount paid is often a multiple of 50 cents (i.e. a bill of 7.80 can be paid as 8 or 8.50, a restaurant bill of 47.00 could be paid as 50.00 etc.)
Tipping is not practiced when the goods are exchanged over the counter (i.e. in fast-food restaurants or at street stalls). Traditionally, the owner of a restaurant does not receive a tip. A tip is known in the German language as Trinkgeld, which literally translates as ‘money for drink’. It is also common practice to tip other service employees, like taxi drivers or hair dressers.
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No vaccinations are necessary for business visits or general tourism in Austria. There is, however, a risk of tick-borne encephalitis for long-term visitors who expect to be visiting rural or forested areas in spring or summer. These travellers should consider vaccination and ensure they take precautions against tick infestation. Water and food are safe. Medical facilities are excellent. Medical insurance is advised unless from the UK – citizens of EU countries can get free emergency medical treatment at public hospitals in Austria on production of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
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