General & Useful Information
Austria is a member of the Economic and Currency Union and the common currency is the Euro.
Outside of banks, cash can be withdrawn around the clock at cash dispensers throughout Austria. National and foreign Maestro cards (cash cards) are accepted. Other automated teller cards are national and foreign MasterCards, American Express cards, Visa credit cards and Diners cards, as well as the Cirrus and Visa-Plus cash cards that belong to this payment system. International cash machines may charge a fee when you use your debit card (the amount varies from bank to bank).
Credit cards are accepted in cities and tourist centres by numerous hotels, restaurants, shops and petrol stations. If and which credit cards are accepted is indicated by the logos displayed on the exterior facade of the respective business (usually on the entrance door).
Water & Food
Austria’s waters impress with outstanding quality and if not otherwise stated, all waters are of drinking-water quality.
In Austria, you will find many farmer’s markets and regional products in the supermarkets. More than 20% of the cultivated area is used for organic farming – more than anywhere else in Europe. Eating organically and locally is more than just a trend in Austria.
Power plugs and sockets in Austria are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Health & Safety
Austria is a safe country, but you should always act with precaution. In case something should happen, call the police on 113 immediately.