Austria Business Travel Guide

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The Austria Business Travel Guide contains useful business travel related resources for business travellers. These include facts on Austria and business customs, visa information and more. A good understanding of other cultures, languages and customs can be of benefit to business travellers and give them a real advantage to ensuring a successful business trip.

Austria has an advanced and developed economy making it among the most prosperous countries in the world; offering a number of business opportunities. Centrally located in Europe, Austria has strategic importance and maintains neutrality in international affairs. Major trading partners include neighbours Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the USA and China. Austria is a multicultural, multiracial country and home to a number of ethic groups.

The country has a prominently mountainous landscape including the famous Alps. The landlocked country shares borders with Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Famous attractions include Innsbruck, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Vienna State Opera, Melk Abbey, Hohensaltzburg Castle, Schönbrunn Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral.

Austria Guide

Quick Facts on Austria
Austria Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Austria Map
Austria Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Austria

Country: Austria

Capital: Vienna

Currency: Euro (1 Euro = 100 cents)

Population: 8.4 Million (UN, 2012)

Area total: 83,858 sq km

Languages: German

Time Zone: GMT +1

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 230V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 43

GDP: USD 415.7 billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Predominately Christian (Catholic and Protestant)

Political System: Federal Republic

Internet Domain: .at

Austria Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Austria. You can find entry requirements for Austria, advice on local laws and customs, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British Embassy in Austria. The information is usually up to the minute thus providing a very useful resource for both business and leisure travellers. For more information please see: Austria Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Austria Embassy UK

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business dress is conservative and business greetings are usually done with a handshake. Address people by their title is seen as good manners until/if invited to use first name. Good manners and protocol are observed in business meetings and the workplace. It is important to be on time for meetings as punctuality is deemed important. Decision making can be slower than in other countries with adherence to rules and protocol.

Business meetings may be scheduled over lunch, with breakfast meetings also possible. Business people with a working knowledge of German will find it useful, English is also used in business settings.

Travel Advice and Tips

Austria benefits from being a relatively safe country for business and tourist travellers. Well known for its efficiency and organisation, it is likely most things will run well and on time. The food is not to everyone’s tastes and presents challenges for vegetarians. The majority of trips to Austria both for business visitors and tourists go without incident each year, but it is worth always being organised, keep valuables away from public view and always be alert of your surroundings and environment.

Travel Checklist: See our Travel Checklist & Advice containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP whether you require any travel vaccinations up to eight weeks before you travel. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 5 to 10%

Hours of Business:

For Business: 07.30 to 18.30; For Retail: 08.00 to 18.00

NOTE: On Fridays some business close earlier from Midday.

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

January 1: New Year's Day
January 6: Epiphany
April 6: Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May 14: Ascension
May 25: Whit Monday
June 4: Corpus Christi
August 15: Assumption Day
October 26: National Day
November 1: All Saint's Day
December 8: Immaculate Conception
December 25: Christmas Day

Austria Map

Map of Vienna, Austria

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Austria Weather & Climate

Austria's location means it s located in the temperate climatic zone; the west and the north west of the country have a temperate Atlantic climate whilst the east of he country has more of a continental climate. The temperatures are influenced by altitude with lower temperatures at higher altitudes. Summer time can hot; with the evenings cool; in the valleys the winter snow lasts from December to March. Overall Austria has warm, pleasant summers and sunny winters with snowfall conducive to enjoying a number of winter sports.

Lightweight cotton clothing can be warn for summer, layers and warm clothing is needed for winter. Visitors should be prepared for a range of weather in mountain areas as the weather can turn quickly and dramatically. Additional layers and warmer clothing is required in the winter with the cooler mornings and evenings.

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