Austria is a landlocked country of approximately 8.7 million inhabitants in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The majority of the population speaks German, which is also the country's official language. Other local official languages are Croatian, Hungarian and Slovene.
Money and Currency
As a member of the European Union, Austria is also part of the Economic and Monetary Union – which introduced the EURO as the common currency. ATM's are widely used in Austria and are called "Bankomat". You will find outdoor venues at most branches of Austrian banks. Credit cards, although accepted in hotels, major restaurants and stores, are less used for purchases in small shops, cafes, or grocery stores.
Important Telephone Numbers
112 - General Emergency (The European Standard number)
122 – Fire Department
144 - Ambulance
133 – Police
Power plugs and sockets
In Austria the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
The organizers can accept no liability for personal injuries or for loss or damage to property belonging to the participants, either during or as a result of the event. Participants are advised to take out proper travel and health insurance before departing from their home country.
During the week opening hours of supermarkets are usually from 8 am to 8 pm, other stores generally open later and close earlier. Stores close early on Saturdays and stay closed on Sundays, except from some stores in stations and tourist areas.
Austria is on Central European Time – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. From April to October is summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.
Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about five percent.