Austria Travel Information

Travel Alert Status

Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

Time Difference

UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Travel Climate

Temperature extremes in Vienna vary between summer highs of 95°F and - 4°F in winter. October may be damp and rainy, and light snowfalls occur in November and December. Snow, sometimes heavy, and frost can occur from January until mid-March. April, May, and early June offer pleasant spring weather, and summers are often delightful.

Vienna sometimes becomes uncomfortably hot in July and August, especially in the city's center, but the suburbs, particularly those which are elevated, are pleasant. The city is subject to rapid and marked changes in atmospheric pressures with accompanying winds. One such wind, the foehn, carries warm air from the south. It has a special meaning for the Viennese since many people blame it for peculiar human behavior. The average annual precipitation in Vienna is 21.02 inches.

The mountainous regions have long, cold winters with heavy snowfall and bright, crisp days. The Danube Basin usually has less snow, is damper, and therefore has more gray and overcast days than the higher altitudes.

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Language Spoken

The official language is German. Linguistic minorities include Turks, Slovenes, Croats, Slovaks, Hungarians, and Czechs.


German (official nationwide), Slovene (official in Carinthia), Croatian (official in Burgenland), Hungarian (official in Burgenland)

Ethnic Groups

German 88.5%, indigenous minorities 1.5% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Roma), recent immigrant groups 10% (includes Turks, Bosnians, Serbians, Croatians)

National Holiday

National Day (commemorates passage of the law on permanent neutrality), 26 October (1955)

Geographic Coordinates

47 20 N, 13 20 E


Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia



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