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About Austria

Overview

Austria is a beautiful country, largely occupied by the Alps mountain range. Despite having a small population, its rich country with a high standard of living, and an excellent destination for the corporate traveller. Relish the spectacular scenery and all the business opportunities Austria has to offer whilst staying in SITU’s range of corporate accommodation.


About Austria

Austria’s origins date back to the Roman Empire’s successful conquering of the land around 15BC. Arguably, the country’s most notorious period came under the Habsburg Dynasty where it became one of Europe’s greatest powers. Later occupancy from Nazi Germany diminished this reputation of authority though. However, the government’s creation of the Declaration of Neutrality famously made Austria a permanently neutral state throughout the World War conflicts. Since, Austria has joined the European Union in 1995 and adopted the Euro as its currency in 1999.

Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe consisting of nine independent federal states and functions under a parliamentary representative democracy. Its bordered by seven countries, including Germany, whose language it shares. Visa requirements for Austria obviously differ depending on the country you are coming from. Citizens of EU member countries do not require a visa to travel to Austria. US nationals are not required either to carry an Austrian visa, but only when they are travelling to Austria for up to ninety days. For more information regarding Austria visa requirements visit www.schengenvisainfo.com.

ECONOMY

Austria’s currency has been the Euro since 2002. If you happen to have the previous currency, the Austrian schilling, then these can still be exchanged in Austrian banks at a rate of one euro to around thirteen Austrian schillings. For all your other currency exchange rates concerns, just visit www.bankaustria.at and its currency calculator.

Serviced apartments in Austria are in high demand as it ranks highly in terms of GDP. This is thanks largely to its central position within Europe and its membership of the European Union. The country’s tourism is essential too, accounting typically for nearly a tenth of the nation’s economy. Austria offers ideal conditions for its investors. Its tried and tested system of economic and social partnership has contributed to the country’s respected, strong wage and price policies. The country is also increasing in popularity as an important transit country between other economic locations in Europe.

AUSTRIAN LIVING

It’s important to know too that Austrian Law requires that you always have your passport readily accessible. If not, your passport must be in the same district as you and easily accessible. It is also illegal to wear items of clothing which cover the face. A €150 can be given if you then fail to comply with this law. Be sure to visit the Austrian Interior Ministry website to find out more about Austrian laws and exemptions.

Driving regulations in Austria are similar to most other European countries. When travelling on Austria’s motorways, or ‘fast roads’, you will need to purchase a Vignette. This is a sticker you place on your windshield to compensate as a toll for driving on these roads. For ten days, a Vignette costs €8.80, but you can also purchase for longer durations if necessary. Failure to do so will result in a heavy, on-the-spot fine.

An alternative is car hire. Rhino Car Hire is a leading supplier of car hire throughout Austria and its airports, who offer 24-hour telephone assistance and an online chat facility. Taxis are also available across Austria for shorter journeys. Based on typical Viennese taxi fares, drivers normally charge €2 per mile. This can alter depending on late night and Sunday rates. Commuting and business travel throughout Austria could not be easier with the help of our range of corporate accommodation.

ATTRACTIONS

The business traveller staying in Vienna will find a stunning city, considered by many to be Europe’s cultural capital. Be sure to venture outside the city and your serviced accommodation to visit Schönbrunn Palace. The former imperial residence is one of the country’s most significant architectural and cultural monuments. The Palace Park is home to the world’s oldest zoo and a magnificent marble summerhouse situated on a sixty-metre high hill.

The mountainous terrain produces truly incredible views up the likes of Hohenwerfen Castle, the mountain peak Schafberg and the Grossglockner Alpine Road. Useful bus and train networks ensure all these locations are easily accessible from SITU’s corporate accommodation. This can similarly be said for transport to Austria’s many skiing centres and resorts. One of the most popular being the two-time home to the Winter Olympics, Seefeld. The terrain is useable for beginner and intermediate skiers and is located on a stunning nature reserve, perfect for relaxing strolls and hikes.

If its entertainment you are searching for though, look no further than the Vienna State Opera House. Despite being bombed during World War II, the structure has been rebuilt to its original style. We recommend attending one of the annually-held musical performances or balls for the best experience. Its no hassle attending one of these events either, with our serviced accommodation nearby.

Perhaps overlooked for its business and economic prosperity, Austria prides itself as possessing some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery. Make sure you enjoy everything Austria has to offer and forget stressing about your accommodation when booking your serviced apartment with SITU.

Transport

Vienna International Airport (VIE)

Vienna International Airport is Austria’s largest airport, serving the country’s capital and acting as a hub for Austrian Airlines.

Vienna Airport Lines’ bus route ‘1185’ and the City Airport Train connects passengers between the airport and Vienna city centre.

Austrian Federal Railways (OBB)

Perhaps the most efficient way of travelling through Austria is via the railway network. Take advantage of the reasonable fairs and enjoy the spectacular views while travelling through Austria.

Popular is the OBB Railjet, travelling up to 143 miles an hour and renowned as one of Europe’s most luxurious and high-tech trains.

OBB Postbus

This bus network covers 900 routes that collectively have 40,000 bus stops, allowing you to access isolated areas that cannot by railway.

Night buses are available to serve passengers heading for the more populous areas for a night out in the towns. Download the free ‘SCOTTY mobil’ phone app so you can plan your routes in advance and download maps.