Austria is an amazingly diverse country for independent travel and exploration, compact, beautiful. Vienna has been called “the city with the highest quality of life” many times. This popular destination is well-known by tourists: we have combined our own experience, travel tips and offer to plan a trip together in quiet European Austria. We will tell you about housing, transport, food and prices.
There are several airports in Austria that are located in different cities: the cost of tickets varies from the chosen place of arrival, season, time of purchase (the earlier you buy, the cheaper the ticket is). Tourists are received by the airports of Vienna, Salzburg, Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Klagenfurt. Most of all direct flights from Russia to Vienna, to other cities there are flights with transfers in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Helsinki, Hamburg. If you want to get to the capital directly, then the cost of the flight starts from 6000 rubles. If you are planning to walk around one of the European cities before the trip, add an extra day to your trip and take a transfer ticket.
Do you prefer the train? You can get there by rail: every day a trailed car "Moscow - Vienna" departs from Moscow (it will take 32.5 hours). Another option is the “Moscow - Nice” train: it passes through Vienna, Innsbruck, and leaves Moscow on Thursdays (duration of the trip is 28 hours).
You can go around the country by car in a few days - must-visit points: Vienna, Linz, Graz, Salzburg. Moving between these points will allow you to visit castles, Alps, lakes, cities with museums, sights.
Traveling in Austria by car is a convenient way to go around the most famous sights of the country, including those located on private territories. Car rental is available here from the age of 18 (sometimes from 19), drivers under 24 pay an additional daily fee. Many roads in the country are toll, but you can save on a vignette - the rental price includes this amount. If you are passing through the country in transit, you will have to buy a vignette: the price is 8.3 € for 10 days. Car rental companies in Austria require an international driving license (+ Russian driver's license). The approximate cost of renting a car in Vienna for a day for drivers from 25 to 69 years old is 3570-6065 rubles per day.
Are you planning to get around Austrian cities by public transport? Please refer to the Tourist Information Window at Vienna Airport for information on transport times and prices. Vienna is easy to navigate thanks to the well-developed public transport system. There are no turnstiles in the local metro, but the penalty for travel without a ticket is 100 €.
Tickets for all types of transport are the same, they are sold in vending machines at metro stations, tobacco shops, from drivers (more expensive). Ticket prices vary depending on the zone where the route runs. Children under 6 years old travel for free, up to 15 years old - free on Sundays, holidays, vacations + 50% discounts for many types of transport for children of all ages.
Snow is falling in the mountains. At 3000 meters above sea level, it shrinks into glaciers, the glaciers melt and turn into pure water. Water penetrates underground to a depth of 1800 meters, and turns into thermal water with a cocktail of trace elements. And after all this journey, he returns to the surface of the earth, hot and enriched. So, having made a trip of 5000 meters, thermal springs appear in the Austrian Alps.
The culture of building thermal baths at the outlets of mineral springs was brought to this region by the ancient Romans, some modern complexes are located in the places where the first baths were laid by Roman legionnaires. The culture of thermal and SPA recreation in Austria is at an exorbitant level, there is everything that the soul desires and a little more: there are spa zones, bath complexes, swimming pools, jacuzzis, water parks, massages, yoga and children's zones. There is even a Safari Terma. Usually a luxury hotel adjoins the thermal complex, and its happy inhabitants can come to the thermal baths through the underground passage right in their bathrobes.
Be sure to visit at least one of the thermal resorts. It is not customary to drink thermal water in Austria, as it is in our sanatoriums. Here they swim in it. It is an incomparable pleasure: even in winter - after a day of skiing; and in summer - after a day of trekking in the mountains or cycling. This is the best solution to relieve fatigue and "soreness".
Perhaps it is worth telling about one small detail that travel guides to Austria often shyly omit. It is forbidden to enter the bath complex in Austrian baths in swimsuits and swimming trunks, everyone is soaring naked or wrapped in a towel. Germans and Austrians are very calm about the sight of naked bodies. For our travelers, this can cause shock and confusion. "Don't worry", if you are shy, wrap yourself in a towel, take a bathrobe at the reception of the thermal complex and go to the sauna area, it's worth it. The Austrians, like the Germans, are very rational, the sauna is not at all the same in a swimsuit, then why is it?
Children under 12-14 years old are not allowed to enter the sauna area (in most thermal baths). They can be left supervised in the children's area. The saunas also have relaxation areas where you can lie down, sleep, admire the glaciers or relax with aroma or chromo therapy. In all thermal complexes there are necessarily two zones, the zone without swimsuits is saunas, and the swimwear zone is a children's zone, and a family zone, which necessarily has pools, a jacuzzi and a SPA.
A few more nuances. The entrance to the baths can be paid for a year, month, week, day, for three hours. If you bought the entrance for three hours, but decided to stay longer, at the exit you simply pay extra for the extra time (usually it is cheaper than the previous time). The recalculation takes place in a multiple of 30 minutes. If you want to save money, come 2-3 hours before closing time - this is the cheapest time.
At the entrance, you will be given a bracelet for access to the paid zones and with the number of the locker for storing things, usually you can buy time with the entrance to the swimwear area and the nursery, and saunas are already with a surcharge. In the dressing room area there are many lockers where you can leave clothes and valuables, there are also large locker rooms and showers. In the thermae you only need towels and bathrobes, leave everything else in the locker. Using the bracelet, you can buy drinks or food in restaurants on the territory of the complex and SPA services, payment is also at the exit, according to your bracelet.
Everyone, now just relax. Welcome to the perfect world of the hot Alps!
Ski resorts near thermal springs are looking for those who have already experienced the bliss of relaxation in the thermal baths after a day of skiing, so let's start with them.
Map of thermae and the best thermal ski resorts in Austria