Information & Facts
Although cold, the high alpine resorts are usually much sunnier
in winter than below in the valleys where fog and cloud persist,
but in summer the Alps may become cloudy during the hotter part of
the day. In autumn and spring some alpine valleys (particularly
those running from south to north) experience the warm and very dry
wind known as the
foehn, which can quickly melt snow and trigger off
avalanches on the mountain slopes.
The official language in Austria is German.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into
100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change
available in all towns, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks
are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at
airports and major city rail terminals are open seven days a week.
Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small
hotels and restaurants may only accept cash. Travellers cheques are
Local time in Austria is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday
in March to the last Sunday in October).