Travel Guide To Austria

Travel Guide To Austria

Indian Embassy in Vienna, Austria

Kärtner ring 2 (2nd floor)

1010 Vienna

Austria

Tel: (+43)1-505 86 66

Email: emb.vienna@mea.gov.in

Visa Process for Indians

Indian nationals travelling to Austria require a Schengen visa as Austria is a member of the Schengen area. The following documents need to be submitted while applying for Schengen visa-

  • 2 Identical Photos
  • Proof of civil status (Birth certificate, marriage certificate, birth certificate of child or death certificate of the spouse)
  • Passport (With at least three month’s validity beyond your departure from Austria, not older than ten years and with at least two blank pages)
  • Copies of Your previous Schengen Visas (If any)
  • Schengen Travel Insurance
  • Cover Letter specifying your reason for travelling
  • Round Trip Itinerary
  • Proof of Accommodation in Austria

Additionally, you will also be required to provide the Austrian embassy/consulate with documents related to your employment status, to prove that you meet Austria visa requirements. The conditions under various cases are as follows-

Employed-

  • Employment contract
  • Bank statement of the latest six months
  • Leave permission from the employer
  • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary

Self-employed-

  • Income Tax Return (ITR)
  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement for the last six months

Student-

  • Proof of enrollment.
  • No-objection certificate from school or university

Retired-

  • Pension statement of the latest six months.
  • If applicable:
  • Proof of regular income generated by the property, for the last six months.

About Austria

Austria -  A landlocked country in Europe, Austria is a traveller’s paradise with its rare combination of natural beauty and cultural brilliance. Gifted with God’s bounty, it can leave you enchanted with all that that attractions it has in store.

With picturesque sights of majestic mountains, gleaming lakes and beautiful vineyards waiting for you at each step, you’ll feel delighted beyond your expectations.

Top Places to Visit in Austria

 

Salzburg’s Old Town:Named as a UNESCO world heritage site, this district in Salzburg has old-world charm preserved in its lanes and architecture. With Medieval and Baroque buildings, this historic town draws millions of tourists every year.

Vienna’s Hofburg: This is an imperial palace located in the centre of the capital city of Austria. When at this majestic palace, you can enjoy a trail of Empress Elisabeth. Its palace complex is one of the largest in the world and is a spectacular site with its gardens, squares, the Royal Chapel and the many different types of architectures.     

 

Vineyards of Vienna: Vienna has 700 hectares of vineyards, whereas a visitor you can enjoy hiking trails and tours, along with trying a wide variety of wines. Not just that, the authentic atmosphere coupled with live music and good food will give you one of the most pleasing experiences while in Austria.

 

Lentos Museum: A modern art museum in the city of Linz, this is one attraction that can sweep you off your feet with all the exquisite masterpieces on display. Situated on the cultural mile, along Danube river, this museum puts together works which are international in appeal and yet rooted in culture.

Zwölferkopf Mountains: This mountain peak of the Karwendal mountain chain offers both adventure and soul-stirring beauty to the traveller in you. From enjoy hiking trails to skiing to Lake Achensee, you are sure to have a surreal as well as fun experience.

How to Reach Austria

Among the major international airports in Austria, the most famous touchpoint for Indian travellers is Schwechat-Flughafen. Located in Vienna, you will land here from India before proceeding further to any other state or city. Though there are several other airports located in different cities like Innsbruck, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, they are mostly open for European travellers.

 

Flights are available from many major Indian cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi. There are also some direct Austrian flights which will take even lesser less time in commute.

Best Time to Visit

One of the best times to travel to Austria is during the spring months, i.e. in between April – May. You may even visit it during fall, i.e. between September – October. During these months, you are sure to find excellent weather which will help you to enjoy outdoor activities to the fullest. Also, the crowd during this period is sparser.

The high tourist season in Austria that falls between June – August also sees good weather, but the crowds can be too overwhelming for you.

Things to Pack

Being well packed brings with it many benefits and helps make your trip smoother and more fun. So, make sure to keep these few essential items in your baggage when travelling to Austria:

  • Passport and Visa
  • High SPF sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Comfortable shoes (for hiking)
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • Camera
  • Travel insurance (to take care of medical emergencies)
  • Power adaptor
  • Medicines and first-aid kit

Top Delicacies

Viennese Apfelstrudel: Counted among their national foods, the Apfelstrudel is sweet and crusty to eat. It is a flaky pastry filled with a layer of apple filling, which is spiced with cinnamon, sugar and topped with raisins.

Knödel: Knödel is Austria’s version of dumpling, which is also famous all across Eastern Europe. Counted as an Austrian snack, the Knödel can be made as a sweet or savoury. When served as a side dish or in the form of meatballs in soup, it will be considered a savoury.

Tiroler Gröstl: This is Austrian’s comfort food at its best! Most common in the Austrian Alps, this is a rich dish made in the form of a pan-fried potato dish, along with chopped beef or pork and a good serving of butter and onion. This palatable dish is given a top layer of fried egg, which makes it even more delightful.  A must-try dish, this one is counted among Austria’s classic foods.

Potato Gulasch: The Gulasch is a hot soupy stew, which comes in many variants. Hearty and spicy, it is made up of vegetables like potatoes, onions, sausages and bell peppers. Served with toasted bread, it is a breakfast dish.

Shopping List Essentials

Every destination has its distinct cultural charm. To carry a piece of that charm back with you as a memory, you should buy souvenirs and things that are unique to that place. Some of the items you must consider buying from Austria are as follows-

  • Mozart Balls- These are Austrian sweets, found in all the good supermarkets there. Covered in packets having the famous composer’s face on it, these come in delectable flavours and can be [perfect to carry back for your loved ones and friends.
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  • Snow Globe- These miniature wonders were first created by a surgical instrument mechanic and have now gone on to become a sought-after souvenir in markets worldwide. You may even head to Snow Globe museum in Vienna here, which has the most extensive collection of such globes.
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    Beethoven Bust- Austria being Beethoven’s home country sells exquisite and quirky stuff with master composer’s picture and elements from his life. From fridge magnets to clay busts, you can buy several of these to carry back as a memory.

    Top Indian Restaurants in Austria

  • Schulhause
  • Location: Dorf 128, near Volksbank 6306, Soll, Austria
    Ratings: 4.5 stars

    Cost for two: INR 3,288

     

    IMLAUER Sky- Bar & Restaurant

     

    Location: Rainerstrasse 6, 5020, Salzburg, Austria
    Ratings: 4.5 stars

    Cost for two: INR 5,101

     

    Hospiz Alm Restaurant

     

    Location: Saint Christopher street 118, Arlberg Hospiz, 6580, Austria
    Ratings: 4 stars

    Cost for two: INR 3,396

     

    Restaurant Tian

    Location: Himmelpfortgasse 23, 1010 Vienna, Austria
    Ratings: 4.5 stars

    Cost for two: INR 3,350

    Healthcare Centers

  • Confraternität Private HospitalThis private hospital is located in the centre of Austria’s capital city, i.e. Vienna and is easily accessible through public transport.
  • Location: Skodagasse 32, 1080 Vienna

    Airport: Vienna 25 km
    Train station: 3,5 km
    Next public transport: 100 m

     

    Contact:  +43 1 401145873 

     

    Döbling Private Hospital

    Location: Heiligenstaedter Str. 57-63, 1190 Vienna

    Airport: Vienna 26 km
    Train station: 1,5 km
    Next public transport: 250 m

     

    Contact:  +43 1 36066775

     

    Graz Ragnitz Private Hospital

    Location: Berthold-Lindner-Weg 15, 8047 Graz

    Airport: Graz 15 km
    Train station: 5 km
    Next public transport: 200 m

     

    Contact: +43 316 5960

    No one would want to fall sick while on their trip to a place as fascinating as Austria. However, sickness, bodily injury or any other medical complication are unforeseen and can thus, arise at any moment. That is precisely why you need travel insurance before flying down to an international location. It will support you in getting treated in the best hospitals in Austria while ensuring that it doesn’t cause a dent in your pocket.

    Currency

    The official currency of Austria is Euro.

    Basis of Local Communication

    English

    Austrian German

    Yes

    Ja

    No

    Nien

    I’m Sorry

    Es tut mir leid

    Thank you

    Danke

    What’s your name?

    Wiederholen Sie bitte

    Good Morning

    Guten Morgen

    Excuse me

    Entschuldigung Sie bitte

    How Much Does that Cost?

    Wie viel kostet das?

     

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    What kinds of medical coverage’s are provided??

    The following medical expenses are covered: 

    • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

    What is a deductible?

    “Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

    What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

    • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
    • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
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    What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

    Loss of passport and documents:

    Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

    Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

    Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

    Hijack Distress Allowance

    Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

    Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

    If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

    Legal Expenses

    Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

    Personal Accident

    Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

    Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption


    Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.


    Trip Delay


     Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

     Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

     Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

     Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

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    During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.

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