Vienna

Vienna – the capital of Austria. It lies in the countries east on the Danube river. The population of the city is a bit more than 1.8 million people, and a city is well known for its imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn and its worldwide known residents including Mozart, Freud and Beethoven. Today Vienna is a city of art-galleries, museums, majestic parks and modern culture.

SAFETY INDEX

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The Viennese cultural legacy attracts more than 12 million tourists per year, which exceeds its inhabitants by 6 times! It's no wonder that numerous distracted and vulnerable tourists attract pickpockets. Most common crimes are theft, pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Violent crime is extremely rare in Vienna, as in the whole country. In order to make your journey as calm as possible, SafeAround carefully compiled information concerning all possible dangers in the Vienna’s neighborhoods.

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 Vienna, especially in tourist areas we mentioned above. Simple precautions will almost eliminate chances of being robbed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Vienna is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks. There are known only several muggings in the 11th district in recent years.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Be aware of con artists and refuse any help in case if your credit card stuck in the ATM. There are known numerous accommodation scams. We advise to be very cautious before paying for an accommodation in advance. Double check the website, read the comments about the company on the web and try to call there, before making any online transactions. There are scams with fake police officers and criminals which use electronic “skimming” to steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Generally, public transport is safe and reliable. Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There is some risk in alpine areas, to find out more read the following article about Austria. Vienna is safe concerning natural disasters.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

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

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Austria and Vienna, in particular, are very safe for women travelers.

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WHAT TO DO?

1st District (Innere Stadt)

Most famous district in Vienna. It is the heart of the city; thus all main attractions are closely around. Among them are Vienna State Opera, National Library, City Hall, Parlament and more than 6 museums. The so-called Inner City has dozens of pedestrian streets. During summer and Christmas time, these, often narrow streets are super overcrowded, therefore it is the main pickpocket spot in Vienna. Be extremely vigilant and watch out the suspiciously looking people around you.

2nd District (Leopoldstadt)

Situated in the heart of the city and frequently visited by tourists. Generally, there is nothing to worry about in this neighborhood, simply some parts of this district looking run down, because of the high density of homeless people, especially near the Praterstern Station.

4th District (area around Karlsplatz in Wieden)

A place where many tourists flock to observe the domed church Karlskirche during the day and a shelter for drug addicted at night. SafeAround advises to be aware of any suspicious activity and prudent while visiting this area after the sunset. During the day, be wary of “bumping”. Pickpockets use this in order to distract attention and commit a crime.

11th District (Simmering) 

The place is known as a home for a Chechen gang. There have been reported numerous muggings. We advise refraining from visiting this area.

Gürtel

Nothing really dangerous in this area, just a bit shady place. This neighborhood is notorious for gambling and prostitution. Lots of sex shops and peep shows are here. If you travelling with children, we are not advising to go there. Use common sense while visiting this area and do not start talking with people who randomly approach you in the street.

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.