Getting there: Austria has a an average direct flying time of 2 hours from most major UK cities, probably making flights the quickest, easiest, and cheapest travel option with Vienna International Airport (VIE), the main hub. However one can also opt for the train, coach lines or the car, for a more scenic journey through alpine scenery, lush forests and historic towns.
Capital city: Vienna.
Population: 8.474 million.
Religion: Roman Catholic.
Language: German, Austrian German.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Climate: Austria has a temperate continental climate with cold winters and hot sunny summers generally.
Transport: Austria’s dense transport infrastructure consisting of trains, buses and trams is excellent, reliable and fast. Bus services operate in most cities with just Vienna having a metro system. Cycleways abound too.
Best time to travel: The urban areas are year round destinations whilst the mountain resorts basically function in two cycles — one for winter sporting activities and the other for summertime hiking. April to October heralds the best summer weather which is always warm but not extreme. If skiing, November to April almost always brings thick snow. .
What to wear: Formal, stylish or smart casual clothes with some rain gear for the abrupt showers that can occur.