1. Best Times to Visit Vienna
The best time to visit Vienna is from April to May or September to October. The mild weather in spring and fall brings mild crowds. Most visitors aim to enjoy the warm, sunny weather that Vienna experiences in the summer months. Between June and August, you can expect the city to fill up and room rates to skyrocket. December also sees a spike in tourism since many Europeans flock to the city for a taste of Christmas spirit served Viennese-style, but chilly temperatures can be a deterrent.
2. Free Wi-Fi hotspots
So if you’re worried about roaming charges or using up your bandwidth, a free Wi-Fi hotspot would come in useful. Fortunately, Vienna is a wired-up town, with plenty of public and private access points.
The wide availability of public hotspots
City-sponsored public Wi-Fi has around 400 access points
Freenet service covers hundreds of locations, too
Many hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping centers, etc. work with the Freewave network, providing free Wi-Fi for their customers. At the time of writing, Freewave manages around 800 hotspots in Austria, with the majority in Vienna.
3. Language Of Vienna
The national language of Austria is German. So the majority of the people in Vienna speak German. The local Viennese dialect, Wienerisch is different from standard German mostly in pronunciation and in certain words. But the locals can switch to mainstream German at all times. The educated populace is fluent in English. Thus, English is the most popular foreign language which the Austrians learn and speak. Some people may follow basic Spanish, French and Italian too.
Here are some of the words that you need to know in their language.
a.Hello - Hallo
b. Good morning - guten Morgen
c. Taxi - Zug
4. What should I know about using my debit and credit cards in Austria?
Major providers such as American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners Club are widely accepted at major restaurants, stores, and hotels in Austria. However, Austrian stores are famous for only accepting cash at smaller shops and grocery stores. So it’s a wise idea to always carry cash with you while you’re there.
5. Avoid exchanging too much cash at the airport or your hotel
Airports and hotels take advantage of being captive markets -- meaning they can charge higher prices due to the lack of alternative suppliers around. Exchange only what you will need at these locations before reaching an exchange center with a more reasonable rate. Your pocketbook won’t regret it.
6. Getting Around Vienna
The best ways to get around Vienna are on foot and by public transportation. Many historic attractions can be found within the compact Innere Stadt and are easy to reach with just a sturdy pair of walking shoes. But if you are interested in exploring some of the more remote districts, the city's subway, bus and streetcar routes will get you where you need to go. Taxis are abundant as well. There are also several methods of public transportation connecting Vienna to the Vienna International Airport (VIE) – about 12 miles southeast of the city center – including the City Airport Train (which costs 11 euros for a one-way ride).
a. On Foot -You can really get a sense for this city by walking. In fact, many of Vienna's historic attractions – including St. Stephen's Cathedral and Hofburg Palace – are just a few paces from one another in the Inner City
b. Bus and Streetcar - Vienna's convenient and easy-to-use public transit, the Wiener Linien, is great for exploring the outer limits. Bus and streetcar (strassenbahnen) route snake throughout the city. You can transfer between modes using the same ticket, which are available at every stop. Single rides cost 2.20 euros or you can purchase a one-, three- or eight-day unlimited pass (prices range from around 7 to 40 euros, depending on the length of validity). Your Vienna Card can also be used on public transport. Should you happen to miss the last streetcar or bus, you can hop on special night buses (marked with the letter "N"), which operate fairly frequently along designated routes.
c. U-Bahn and S-Bahn - The Wiener Linien also operates a subway system (the U-Bahn), which services the city and a speedy light-rail system (the Schnellbahn or S-Bahn) that services the suburbs. Fares and transfers are the same for the U-Bahn and S-Bahn as they are for the buses and streetcars, and you can use the same tickets on all forms of public transportation.
d. Taxi - Taxis are easy to find in Vienna, but you should only use them when you really need to because rates add up quickly. Agree on a fare before getting into the cab, otherwise, you could be overcharged. It's also a good idea to ask your concierge what the going rate is to and from various sites. Vienna is also home to ride-sharing services like Uber.
e. Bike - Like many European cities, Vienna is very bike-friendly, boasting more than 150 miles of marked bicycle paths. In fact, many Viennese forgo their cars in favor of bicycles. You are also allowed to carry bikes on public transportation for free. You'll find plenty of rental agencies around Prater and along the Danube Canal, and rates begin at around 40 euros per day.
f. Car - Those of you who opt for your own set of wheels will soon discover why many Viennese hardly use their cars: Vienna's streets are narrow and difficult to navigate, while traffic in the city center can be a nightmare. Also, unless you buy a parking ticket – which you can purchase at most newsstands and tobacco shops – you will not be able to park anywhere in the central neighborhoods. If you're planning a scenic country drive, consider waiting to rent a car until you're ready to leave Vienna; that way, you can avoid having to park in the city.
Rental agencies can be found at the airport, but you'll have to pay an extra 6 percent surcharge on top of an already steep 21 percent tax on all rentals. Rates are cheaper in town. To rent a car you will need to present a passport as well as a driver's license that is at least a year old.
7. Time Difference
The United Arab Emirates is 2 hours ahead of Vienna, Austria
8. Traditional Souvenirs to Buy in Austria
a. Mozart Balls - It’s difficult to imagine what the classical composer would make of this phenomenon. They sound slightly crude, but, your friends back home will love you if you bring back a box of these traditional Austrian sweets. Wrapped up in foil featuring the famous composer’s face — red for milk chocolate, blue for dark — these smooth chocolate spheres containing a marzipan center are the quintessential Austrian treat. Find them in almost every good supermarket around Austria. They can also be found in the café dedicated solely to the chocolate balls in Salzburg, the composer’s homeland, where the treats were originally created.
b. Beethoven bust - There is a plethora of Beethoven-, Strauss-, Mozart- and Schubert-related souvenirs available to purchase in Vienna — their famous faces are etched on a surprising amount of merchandise. However, if you’re a true groupie of the 19th-century composer, take a trip to The Beethoven Pasqualati House, where Beethoven lived for eight years, composing his famous fifth and sixth symphonies. Here, you can pick up a variety of items related to the composer, such as a tiny clay bust or, simply a fridge magnet.
c. Snow globe - The enchanting snow globe, now a staple in souvenir stores worldwide, was created in Austria by surgical instrument mechanic Mr. Perzy I in 1900. He came up with the idea when attempting to improve the brightness of the newly invented electric lamp. For the largest selection of the miniature wonders, take a trip to the snow globe museum in Vienna, where you can learn about the birth and journey of the prized Austrian gift and choose one from more than 350 designs. There are a few Austrian monuments to choose as the setting inside your globe; The Stephansdom, Wiener Riesenrad, or the Vienna State Opera House.
d. Austrian beer glass - Drinking beer is a favorite Austrian pastime. The best places to sample the golden tipple in Austria is a Heuriger — their equivalent of a British pub. Ordinarily, in the eastern regions of the country, the Heuriger was originally where local winemakers would debut their newest creations to the people of the town. You’ll find beer glasses, etched with an Austrian brand, in many good souvenir stores.
e. Empress Sisi fridge magnet - Since her assassination in 1898, Empress Elizabeth has become a kind of cult figure around Austria, praised for her rejection of her royal duties. The Sisi Museum, inside the Hofburg Palace, contains a shrine of over 300 items once owned by the Empress and has a gift shop where you can purchase all things related to the former Queen — including fridge magnets.
f. Austrian wine - Austria is unfortunately and unfairly not universally recognized for its wine-making culture. Heurigers in the vineyards in the outskirts surrounding Vienna sells a wide variety of whites and reds. Pick up a bottle and impress your friends back home with your knowledge of Grüner Veltliner — Austria’s most popular dry white wine.
g. Manner wafers - Wonderfully wrapped in vintage-style strawberry pink, these are another of Austria’s prized and best-selling sweet treats. The tasty bite-sized Neapolitan hazelnut wafers have become a kind of status symbol of the Viennese lifestyle (mainly, eating chocolate). Created in 1898, by Josef Manner, the recipe of hazelnut cream, chocolate, and the wafer has remained the same since birth. The company has since expanded its repertoire and there is now a range of products. Pick them up at most supermarkets or at the Manner store in Vienna’s Stephansplatz.