The Republic of Austria lies in central Europe and has borders to Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Approx. 62% of Austria's total area is alpine. Austria is divided into 9 States: Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria, Tyrol, Carinthia, Salzburg, Vorarlberg and Burgenland. Main language spoken is German, although the German spoken in Austria might be referred to as Austrian.
Latest travel advice for Austria
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Coins: 1,2,5,10,20 and 50 Cents as well as 1 and 2 Euro coins.
Notes: 5,10,20,50,100,200 and 500 Euro
Local time: UTC +1 hour
We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake. For further information visit our Travel Insurance page.
Make sure you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC entitles you to free or reduced-cost medical care. An application is available from the Post Office or can you can apply online at www.ehic.org.uk. For further information visit our Travel Health page.
Additionally we advise you to obtain adequate travel insurance to cover any additional costs for treatment whilst overseas.
Nazi salutes and chants are illegal and anyone caught participating in them will be arrested in accordance with the "Verbotsgesetz 1947; § 3”.
It is forbidden to be masked at demonstrations and events where a large number of people are expected (i.e. football games)
Euro 2008 games to be played in Austria: (overview)
Sunday 08 June 18:00 in Vienna (Austria vs. Croatia)
Sunday 08 June, 20:45 in Klagenfurt (Germany vs. Poland)
Tuesday 10 June, 18:00 in Innsbruck (Spain vs. Russia),
Tuesday 10 June, 20:45 in Salzburg (Greece vs. Sweden)
Thursday 12 June, 18:00 in Klagenfurt (Croatia vs Germany)
Thursday 12 June 20:45 in Vienna (Austria vs. Poland)
Saturday 14 June, 18:00 in Innsbruck (Sweden vs Spain)
Saturday 14 June, 20:45 in Salzburg (Greece vs. Russia)
Monday 16 June, 20:45 in Vienna (Austria vs. Germany)
Monday 16 June, 20:45 in Klagenfurt (Poland vs. Croatia)
Wednesday 18 June 20:45 in Salzburg (Greece vs. Spain)
Wednesday 18 June, 20:45 in Innsbruck (Russia vs. Sweden)
Friday 20 June, 20:45 in Vienna (Match 26; WB - RA) Quarter Finals
Sunday 22 June, 20:45 in Vienna (Match 28; WD - RC) Quarter Finals
Thursday 26 June, 20:45 in Vienna (Match 30; W27 - W28) Semi Finals
Sunday 29 June, 20:45 in Vienna (Match 31; W29 - W30) Final
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British Representation in Austria
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