Situated in Central Europe is the beautiful country of Austria. This German-speaking nation, home to over 8.6 million residents, is where you will find breath-taking landscapes and gorgeous cities. Austria offers you historic architecture, exceptional art, and memorable adventures. Popular attractions include the Historic Center of Vienna, Salzburger Altstadt in Salzburg and the Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen in Innsbruck.
Start packing your bags, because cheap flights to Austria are now available for a limited time! Austria’s capital, Vienna, is the home of Vienna International Airport (VIE), which is a 20-minute drive or 15-minute train ride from the city. VIE serves multiple airlines, including Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines. Popular flights to Vienna depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Vienna is approximately 12 hours, 45 minutes.
Popular flights to Austria
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Why visit Austria
With the Eastern Alps taking up 60% of the country, Austria guarantees you breath-taking views over these scenic mountains, as well as lakes, waterfalls and lush forests. Explore these beautiful settings that bring many visitors to this alluring nation.
Discover artistic wealth in Austria’s many art galleries and museums, such as Residenzgalerie Salzburg and Westlicht. These establishments display the works of notable local artists that include Heimo Zobernig and Xenia Hausner.
Austrian Culinary Delights
Indulge in the delicious smorgasbord of classic dishes and wines at some of the numerous restaurants, cafés and wineries in Austria. Some famous examples include the Wiener Schnitzel, the Knödel, Spätzle & Nockerl and Apple Strudel.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
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Vienna International Airport (VIE)
Best time to visit Austria
Austria is a popular destination among tourists in the summer (June – August) and the winter (December – February). If you prefer to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and the best conditions for skiing, be prepared to book your accommodation well in advance.
Should you instead wish to skip the crowds and high hotel costs that are common during these seasons, visit Austria during the months of May (late-spring) and September (early-autumn). The temperatures are still moderately warm during these months, while hotel deals will be down and you can enjoy accessing some cities’ attractions at your own pace.
Weather & Climate in Austria (Vienna)
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Book a flight to Central Europe and enjoy the magical holiday experience that Austria offers. This landlocked destination is a popular location for tourists, not only for its wonderful and historic cities, but additionally for the natural beauty of its provinces.
The capital, Vienna, sits on the magnificent River Danube, which flows from the western to the eastern border. The largest destination in Austria is famously known to have been the home of renowned artists and intellectuals, including Beethoven, Mozart and Sigmund Freud. Discover the incredible creativity behind architectural wonders like the Schonbrunn Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or enjoy a stunning performance at the State Opera House.
On the border between Austria and Germany is another gorgeous city - Salzburg. This destination offers you views of the breath-taking Eastern Alps. Take a tour and admire the medieval and Baroque buildings of the Altstadt, which is the birthplace of Mozart. Other major attractions of this Austrian metropolis include the Untersberg and the Mirabell Palace and Gardens.
Innsbruck is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure. The city is popular in the summer and the winter, with the nearby Nordkette mountain range inviting you for a thrilling time skiing down its many hills. This scenic capital of the Tyrol province includes many historic sites, such as Maria-Theresien-Straße and Schloss Ambras.
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You will need a Schengen visa to enter Austria. Applications can be made online through VFS Global.
The Embassy of South Africa & Permanent Mission to the UN & International Organisations in Vienna.
Address: Sandgasse 33, Vienna 1190
Phone: + 43 1 320 6493
Fax: + 43 1 328 3790 (Admin)
Contact your doctor about receiving all the routine vaccinations before you depart for Austria. You may need vaccines and medication for other diseases depending on your activities in the country. These include hepatitis A (spread through contaminated food and water), hepatitis B (spread through sexual contact, contaminated needles and blood products) and rabies (spread through the bites of infected mammals).
Keep your valuables close and out of sight when walking outside in any of the cities in Austria. If you use a bicycle, be sure to have it locked to an immobile object when you’re not using it. Beware of individuals that seek monetary assistance, as with plenty of instances, these are scams.
Be careful not to walk in bicycle lanes, as cyclists in the bigger cities like Vienna tend to ride very fast. Avoiding these lanes is considered polite and will prevent the likelihood of getting hit by a cyclist.