Austria

Austria is not only about beer and mountains. Although it’s the major skiing sport in Europe, it offers a different mix of landscapes which can be found on its territory; however, the size of the country is relatively small. Alpine valleys, vineyards, meadows can be found in Austria. All main governmental, cultural and financial establishments located in Vienna.

SAFETY INDEX

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While a very safe country, some parts of the Austria’s cities are best to be avoided, especially taking into the account the recent influx of immigrants in Europe. Pickpockets and bag-snatching can be a problem at some main touristic spots. SafeAround gathered information from multiple resources in order to make sure you have a safe trip in Austria and be aware of all risks and dangers. Austria is the 3rd safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.

Is Austria a Safe or Dangerous Country

Austria is a safe place to visit as long as you use common sense and take precautions. Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg and in January 2016 there’s been one prevented in Vienna. Thus the treat of terrorist attacks is high in Austria, as well as all over in Europe. Be vigilant to possible threats. Austria has one of the lowest levels of serious crimes in the world. Street crime levels are very low. In a country which attracts more than 25 million tourists per year, the level of pickpocketing and bag snatching are high. Tourists are often targeted on large train stations and main touristic routes, particularly in the capital. We recommend you maintain the same level of personal security as in any other country. ATM frauds are on the peak. Exercise caution while withdrawing money from the ATM. Keep your credit card in sight and monitor your transaction statements regularly.

Graz 

Second largest city in Austria. This city is situated in the southeast of Austria. Generally, city is very safe, the only neighbourhood of Stadtpark, Augarten and Volkspark are supposed to be risky at night. We advise just walk around these parks during the dark period of time.

Linz

Second largest economic center in Austria. Well known for its universities. Totally more than 30.000 students constantly live in a city. Very safe area.

Salzburg

It is situated on the border of Germany. The city is divided on Old and a New City. Old pedestrian part of the city Altstadt is a birthplace of Mozart. Areas north the train station and near the Basilica of Maria Plain are supposed to be dodgy at night.

Transportation

Austria counts with different types of public transportation that are considered safe and well maintained as they are constantly supervised by security personnel. There are known thefts on the overnight trains from Vienna to Prague. if you decided to travel overnight by train in a sleeping compartment, keep all your valuables in the special container under the bed.

Is it safe?

Yes, but always watch out for pickpockets.

Is it comfortable?

Yes. Most of the types of public transportation in Austria are new and air conditioned. Taxis are reliable and safe to use.

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Austria is an overall very safe city with a rating of 87.8, it is ranked 3rd out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpocketing and bag snatching are common in Austria, especially in tourist areas in the capital.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

There is no mugging or kidnapping risks in Austria.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

Common cybercrimes reported are requests of money upfront for services or investments. Widely known the accommodation scams. The main tip here is to be vary cautions before paying for overseas accommodation.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Overall, transportation in Austria is safe. However, travelers need to keep an eye on their belongings at all times.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Avalanches, mudslides can be a danger in alpine areas. Avalanche information is available on the following website European Avalanche Warning Service. Travelling to alpine areas constantly monitoring weather conditions, inform someone about your plans and plan your activities carefully.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks have happened in London, Paris, St. Petersburg and on January 2016 there’s been one prevented in Vienna The threat of terrorist attacks exist, but relatively low. Be vigilant to possible threats.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Austria is very safe for women travelers.

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Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Austria and most of Europe is the Euro. Allow a budget of at least 60-70€ per day including accommodation (unless you going to the skiing resorts). Credit and debit cards are accepted by most businesses, and ATMs are available in major cities and tourist areas.
Austria has a widely continental climate. Cold winters (temperature goes down to minus 20° Celsius) and hot, sunny summers (up to 35° Celsius). The peak season for skiing from January to March.
Busiest airports by passenger traffic are in Vienna, Salzburg, Insbruck. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.