Top Tips for Your Trip
1. Walk in the central neighborhoods. The Innere Stadt is deceptively small and most places are a short walk from Stephansplatz. Save time outside the centre by taking public transport, using a public transport pass. It’s easy to cross town on a tram or metro and then explore a neighborhood hub.
2. Spend time in the coffee houses and Beisln (bistro pubs), which are unique to Vienna. Build them into your daily routine; seek respite from bad weather in a coffee house, read the paper and get a feel for the city.
3. Explore areas in the evening or at night – it gives you a different feel for Vienna.
What to Wear
Winter can be cold and the ground icy, so several layers of warm clothing and good shoes are essential, along with gloves, scarf and a woollen cap or a hat. In summer, wear layers you can peel off and make sure you have something for occasional rain showers. The Viennese tend to dress up well in the evening or at good restaurants, but smart jeans are fine even for upmarket clubs and restaurants if combined with a good shirt or blouse.
Vienna is a very safe city and generally women and men will have no trouble walking around at night.
1. Karlsplatz station and Gumpendorfer Strasse can be populated with off-their-head lingerers late at night.
2. . The Prater and Praterstern can get dodgy at night. Ausstellungsstrasse is best avoided due to street walkers and kerb-crawlers.
3. The Gürtel has a heavy sprinkling of red-light clubs. North of Westbahnhof along the Neubaugürtel has a very high density (but gets better around Thaliastrasse), and directly south to Gumpendorfer Strasse is plain seedy.
4. S-Bahn and tram stops along Margareten and Wiedner Gürtel can be seedy.
ATMs are located all over the city, though not all are open 24 hours. Travellers cheques are generally no longer accepted and credit cards are not as widely accepted as in many other European countries – not even in some midrange restaurants (and sometimes not in budget hotels). You can change money in banks or post offices, but the cheapest method is using credit cards in ATMs.
Taxes & Refunds
Austria has a consumer tax of 20% on most items, 10% for goods such as food- stuffs. This is always included in the price but almost always listed separately on a formal receipt. Visitors from outside the EU can claim back the tax for individual purchases over €75.01. After processing fees, the deduction is usually around 13% of the consumer tax.
Tipping is usual in Vienna but not an essential part of a person’s income as it is in countries such as the USA. About 5% to 10% for service is usual if you are satisfied, done by rounding up a bill, or €1 or €2 in good hotels for porters.
Top Tips for Your Trip