Austria Local Customs

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Austria Local Customs

  • Etiquette

    Vienna Local Customs

    I learned the "Gruss Gott" when I made a stay in a factory of the (catholic) southern Germany i.e. Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. That was half century ago and it seems to me that in Austria as well as in Southern Germany this way of greeting is disappearing. Last year there has been some uproar in Baden-Württemberg because it was said that the...

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  • Desserts

    Salzburg Local Customs

    During a visit to Salzburg in December 2010, my girlfriend and I took the opportunity to purchase pieces of Original Sachertorte from the cake shop adjoined to the city's Hotel Sacher. This internationally famous chocolate cake is only produced in Vienna (from where it first originated) and in Salzburg, so it was too good an opportunity to...

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  • Food and Drink

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    Think of Austria - Think of Apple Strudel! Apple strudel is considered to be the national dish of Austria along with Wiener Schnitzel. Apple strudel is a traditional Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria and in many countries in Europe that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire. Did you know the oldest known strudel recipe is from...

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  • X-mas / Weihnachten

    Vienna Local Customs

    The website of Vienna Tourist Office lists a dozen Christmas markets: http://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/markets/christmas-markets This page, which is updated each year so I hope the link will work in the future, lists all the practical information you need, like location and opening hours, and contains links to the individual...

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  • The Austrian People

    Salzburg Local Customs

    In Salzburg the people are very polite and all the people that I met spoke English (although some fluently, others only a bit). However, I think that when visiting another country you should try a few words in their language. So here are some basics in German: Hello/Hi - Guten Tag/Hallo Goodbye/Bye - Auf Widersehen/Tschuss Good Morning - Guten...

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  • Old Town

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    Innsbruck was where the Tyrolean sovereigns lived from 1420 until 1665, so the first fountain was built in 1485 in-front of the Golden roof. Probably the oldest preserved Innsbruck fountain is in the sacristy of the Jesuit church. It is dated 1635. Altogether there are 8 wells in the old town of Innsbruck. These are: The Memorial Fountain on the...

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  • Tipping

    Vienna Local Customs

    I saw it on many "tips" on VT, that it is usual to add 10% to the bill... THAT is simply not correct, as most people in Austria will just ROUND UP the bill like : 02,70 --> 3,00 27,30 --> 28,00 246,20 --> 250,00 The only "sense" of that kind of tipping is, not to get back a lot of small change back ! I work in Restaurant business since...

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  • Dining

    Salzburg Local Customs

    While on the train from Munich to Salzburg in December 2010, my girlfriend and I found ourselves sitting across from a lady from Salzburg. Upon hearing that it was our first visit to Salzburg, she insisted that we must try the local speciality - Salzburger Nockerl. She explained that it was a dessert made from whisked egg yolks, flour and sugar...

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  • Music

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    While we were in the Tourist information centre, we booked for a Tyrolean evening. We didn't go on a tour, but on our own. When we arrived at the establishment, the parking area was full of coaches and there wasn't any room for cars, so we parked in the street. It seems most people came as a tour group. The show is held in the evening. You can...

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  • festivals / Festwochen

    Vienna Local Customs

    From the 14th March until the 26 th March 2003, the 5th French speaking film festival will take place at the Votiv Cinema in Vienna! Films presented during this festival are from France, Egypt, Canada, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Romania... It's an other way to travel...

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  • Beer and Wine

    Salzburg Local Customs

    I'm not a beer drinker at all but beer is a tradition in Austria so I just had to try it . Its very good actually especially on a hot July day . My husband was in his glory as he loves beer anyway. He sampled as many types as he could . Lol There are no shortages of places to try it . Whichever corner you want to stop at

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  • Events

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    If you have the opportunity to travel to Innsbruck at the end of November until some days before the 24th of December, you can enjoy the Christmas market. There is one in the Old Town at the Golden Roof (see picture) and one at the Landhaus square. Enjoy the atmosphere with hot Glühwein (mulled wine) and local specialties, although they are...

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  • Kaffeehaus

    Vienna Local Customs

    Actually I am a beer or tea drinker more than coffee, so in this case I prefer Lithuania or Czech Republic, Germany, but Vienna was definitely place of coffee culture. Usually I don't drink coffee, but as told "if you are in Rome, behave as Roman", I tried it in Vienna. Only one time, but I felt it is beloved drink in Vienna in numerous coffee...

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  • Street Performers

    Salzburg Local Customs

    You know that Salzburg is a city of (mostly classical) music, don't ya? If not you'll quickly learn from the musicians playing on the streets. Even in cold winter. This one on the picture played under one of the arcades adjacent to the cathedral. He didn't get a lot of attention and I thought he played for his own enjoyment which was a shame - he...

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  • Seasons

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    The summer high season is in July and August, when crowds will be bigger and prices higher. The heat can be very uncomfortable during the summers in the cities. Some institutions also will close down during these months. During the winter months, the cities will be less crowded and prices in general for hotels will be lower Winter sports are in...

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  • museums

    Vienna Local Customs

    Schoenbrunn castle - the former summerresidence of the austrian emperors. The big park around the castle Schoenbrunn is a great place for a walk, or to go jogging, BUT is totally Off limits for dogs !! Watch out for the opening-times of the park, because - depending on the duration of daylight - the opening-hours vary a lot !!

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  • Market Day on Thursday

    Salzburg Local Customs

    Every Thursday, even in winter a nice flower market is held on Residenzplatz in the New Town. I was quite surprised when I stumbled across this small, charming market right as I started my sightseeing tour at Schloss Mirabell. It was somehow funny to see the blooming flowers and the snow on the ground next to them on a crisp and sunny winter...

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  • Traditions

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    Fiaker is the name used in Austria for a horse & carriage ride. This is a very old tradition probably going back to when Emperor Maximilian 1st, founded the first European postal service connecting Innsbruck and Mechelen. Innsbruck became one of the main cities for carriage production and carriage usage in Europe. The Fiaker carriages today are...

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  • dress - codes

    Vienna Local Customs

    Although there is no formal dress code in the sense that you won't be let in without a tie, you will for sure get better service and experience less arrogance and grumpiness if you dress up a little. You'll find that the locals are generally nicely dressed, women in dresses/skirts and high heels, men in tuxedos, and not as casual as tourists. You...

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  • historical costumes

    Salzburg Local Customs

    Watch out for the parades - especially on sundays and special festivities like Easter-Sunday, when I took this picture. A band in tradtional costumes parading through the city, with great music like the Radetzky-Marsch

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  • People

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    I came across the plaque on the wall of the Goldener Adler Hotel. I took the photo and wondered who was this person? - must be some one important! Andreas Hofer, was born in Tirol in 1767. During his lifetime, he was an innkeeper, wine merchant, cattle dealer, patriot, military leader, and popular hero, quite a mixture! He was very loyal to the...

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  • ball - season & carneval

    Vienna Local Customs

    FASCHING is the austrian expression for Carneval - and in comparison to Venice or Cologne our kind of Carneval is certainly nothing you would miss, if you miss it... BUT attending a BALL in Vienna is always something special and something you see nowhere else THAT way. Formal dresses are a Must !! No jeans or colorful suits for men. A list of...

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  • Coffee

    Salzburg Local Customs

    One of the truly Austrian habits is to spend some time weekly at the coffeehouse. "It's Austria!", they say. It's really relaxing to sit and drink nice coffee with a piece of cake! Isn't it marvelous!

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  • Innsbruck Card

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    Innsbruck Card includes free travel on public transport facilities, access to 21 sightseeing attractions and a return trip to the top of 'Nordkette' (7658 ft.), the Olympic 'Patscherkofl' (7372 ft.) and the Hungerburg ride. You can also get free entry to Innsbruck Casino, which includes a welcome drink at the bar. You can buy this ticket for 24,...

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  • Traffic

    Innsbruck Local Customs

    Austria requires Toll stickers on all vehicles travelling on their motorways and highways. You can purchase these stickers from post offices and petrol stations or the Austrian Automobile Clubs. Neighbouring countries also sell these stickers. If you fail to provide this sticker, you will be fined.

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  • Sonnwendfeuer (Summer Solstice Fires)

    Sonnwendfeuer particular good Ehrwald Zugspitz Area, in Ellmau at the Wilder Kaiser Range and in Innsbruck at the Nordkette at the 21. of June, in some places also "Johannisfeuer" at the 24. of June and "Herz Jesu Feuer" (in Lienz Dolomites and the Tannheimer valley, also in Suedtirol/Alto Adige) at the 3. sunday after...

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  • Almabtrieb (Cattle Drives)

    Each year in begin of summer cows, horses, sheep and goats are brought up to the mountains for to graze on juicy meadows. Three month later, farming villages all over Tirol and other parts of Austria round up the herds for the great autumn cattle drive. Over 80 cattle drives are taking place from early September through early October. The cattles...

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  • ACCOMMODATION

    In Austria, we didn't book any of our accommodation, this was in June.We either went to the Tourist Information centre, and they found a room for us, or looked for the "ZIMMER FREE" red & white flags that were flying infront of houses.This meant there was a room to rent in this house.Most we stayed in, had our own shower & Toilet, some we had to...

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  • St. Veit

    St. Veit, another small village near Leibnitz and not far from Ehrenhausen, looks very nice and offers to the visitors beautiful church and attractive center of the place.Here you can enjoy accomodations in agrotourism, which is much cheaper then staying in the local hotels. If you are nature lover and walking freak, this is the right place for...

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  • 288 attractions in & around Vienna for...

    This is a great deal that makes sense mainly for all tourists staying more than just 2-3 days in Vienna and intending to explore also the wider area around the city of Vienna ! Of course it also makes even more sense for everybody living in Vienna or Niederoesterreich ! With this ticket you may use the following attractions in Vienna 1 time each:...

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  • Klimt & Schiele FREE of charge every 1st...

    This is a way to save some money, when you come to Vienna on the 1st sunday of any month: See Klimt & Schiele-paintings FREE of charge every 1st Sunday of the month!Museum am Karlsplatz shows a lot of interesting exhibits and on the 2nd floor you will see their Klimt- and Schiele-Paintings among many other great paintings. Taking photos is no...

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  • N.Y.E. in Vienna ? - take the...

    Millions of tourists will come to Vienna at New Year's Eve and lots of them will come to attend the special atmosphere there on the traditional "Silvester-Pfad" ! Silvester-Pfad is the name of various festivities in Vienna on December 31st, when all of the inner city of Vienna is full of different shows, food-stands and when you are able to dance...

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  • Tipping or not ? How to do it right in...

    Tipping in Restaurants, taxis ect. in Austria: I read many "tips" on VT, that it would be usual to add 10%-15% to the bill...But THAT is simply not correct, as most people in Austria simply ROUND UP the bill like here:2,70 --> 3,0027,30 --> 28,00246,20 --> 250,00The only idea behind that kind of tipping is, not to get back a lot of small...

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  • Falconry & Flying falcons at Burg Werfen

    This is a great adventure for the whole family, just take a look at my photos, the audience is sitting there watching, while eagles and falcons are flying in a short distance to them, you can almost touch them ! In the "Falkenhof" of Burg Werfen there will be daily performances of falcons flying in just a small distance from the audience, that is a...

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  • Almabtrieb

    Every year in autumn you might be able to watch a special spectacle in all the villages around of the higher mountains mainly in Tirol, Kärnten, Vorarlberg and the County Salzburg: Almabtrieb is an annual event in the very late summer or in autumn: It is the day when the cows and other animals are taken from the higher alps in the mountains back...

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  • a lot of fun at the cemetery

    This austrian tourist-attraction in Tirol, about halfway between Innsbruck and Kufstein is mainly ment for people, who understand some german !The Museumsfriedhof in Kramsach is a museum of funny tombstone-inscriptions. The Museum-Friedhof of Kramsach is a small openair-museum that you will find inside of the garden behind of a company that...

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  • A special event in each September:...

    Almabtrieb is an annual event in the very late summer or in autumn: It is the day when the cows and other animals are taken from the higher alps in the mountains back into the farms. For that event the animals will be decorated with flowers and you will hear their bells already a long time before you will see them coming.Be prepared of the roads...

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  • Schleicherlaufen in Telfs 2015

    Schleicherlaufen in Telfs is a carneval-event that takes place only every 5th year, and the next time is in 2015 !It is not easy to translate Schleicher into english, but "sneaker" might be a good explanation : they have a bell fixed at their back and they have to make sure that this bell stays calm, this is why they have to move very...

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  • Tipping in Restaurants, taxis ect

    Tipping is a sensitive thing and you will hear a lot of different meanings about it. In many "tips" on VT you can read, that it is usual to add 10% to the bill...THAT is simply not correct, as most people in Austria simply ROUND UP the bill like :02,70 --> 3,0027,30 --> 28,00246,20 --> 250,00The only "sense" of that kind of tipping is, not...

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  • Schleicherlaufen in Telfs 2015

    Schleicherlaufen in Telfs is a carneval-event that takes place only every 5th year, and the next time is in 2015 !It is not easy to translate Schleicher into english, but "sneaker" might be a good explanation : they have a bell fixed at their back and they have to make sure that this bell stays calm, this is why they have to move very...

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  • People from Telfs are Telfer, no Telfser...

    People from Telfs are Telfer, no Telfser, and it is also important to say the Telfer Fasnacht and Telfer Schleicherlaufen !The tradition of the Schleicherlauf goes back at least to the 15th century as it was mentioned in old documents already in 1571. But the way it is celebrated nowadays is a tradition that was started in 1890 and since then it...

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  • Laningers, the Naz & the Schleicherlauf

    The Laninger-familyclan is another typical row of characters of the "Schleicherlaufen" and they are decendants of local farmers whose brothers had herited the farms and they had to search for jobs somewhere else and were mostly living in wagons like vagabonds, offering all sorts of "services" for the local farmers, everything from prostitution to...

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  • Big-game-hunters at Schleicherlaufen

    These Big-game-hunters were my favorite characters at Schleicherlaufen. There is an elephant and a camel, there is an orang utan in a cage, there are apes and bears running wild, a lama with 2 riders, an oistrich with a rider and a giant turtle as a part of the parade of Schleicherlaufen. They also have a wagon and while they are doing the parade...

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  • Spitting - please not in Austria

    I thought it is worth writing this tip: please do not spit in Austria. You will not find Austrians doing this. If you see one, most likely, the person is not an Austrian.I have just come from China where many people spit. This is not common in Austria.

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  • Tips - anyone?

    If you go to a restaurant, do not forget to tip. If you don't leave some, that would imply that you were not happy with the service. 10% is customary but of course when the bill is high, it is totally up to you how much to give.Locals usually tell the waiter how much to get as they give the money. Say the bill is Euro 24, the customer gives Euro 30...

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