Travelers to Vienna would probably be aware that the city is the capital of the Republic of Austria. Vienna is considered the largest city in Austria and there are about 1.7 million people living in it, making it the tenth largest city in the European Union. It is the
country’s cultural, economic, and political center. The city is close the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
One important information on Vienna that every traveler must take note off is the city climate. Summer season is warm with temperatures hitting 22°C to 26°C (72°F to 79°F). Temperature during winter reaches freezing point and snow fall during December until March. There is usually a mild to cold weather during spring and autumn. Rain fall averages at 620 mm (24.4 inches) yearly.
Here are some useful facts about Vienna:
- Business Hours: Businesses normally operate from 9am to 6pm from Mondays through Fridays but limit operation only until noon or an hour past noon during Saturdays. But Vienna holds a tradition called langer Samstag where shops are open until 4:30 or 5pm on the first Saturday of every month.
- Drugstores: Pharmacies are openfrom 8am to noon and 2 to 6pm, and Saturday from 8am to noon on a weekday. Signages with names of the nearest open shops are posted outside every drugstore on a weeknight and on a Sunday.
- Electricity: 220 volts AC. Transformer/converter is needed for U.S.-made appliances. Viennese hotels usually have adapter plugs but not power transformers.
- Time: Central European Time (6 hours later than U.S. Eastern Standard Time). Clocks are advanced an hour during summer.
- Tipping: Bills in hotels and restaurants have10% to 15% charge for service but you might spare a few extra euro for waiters and hotel maids that assist you.
- Transit Information: Tickets, information and transport maps are all available from Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 8:30am to 4pm, at Vienna Transport’s main offices located at Karlsplatz or at the underground station in Stephansplatz. 24/7 information is provided in German and English about public transport anywhere within greater Vienna by calling the number 01/7909100.
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Hospitals: 01/40400 (Allgemeines Krankenhaus, Währinger Gürtel 18-20)
- Restrooms: Public toilets labeled WC are found at convenient locations all over the city. These restrooms are clean, safe, and well maintained so visitors may use them. Public facilities are also available in Vienna’s major tourist attractions.
- Safety: It is highly advised to be discreet in carrying cash with or without wallets/purses. Snatchers and pickpockets are also common in this part of the world. If possible, wallets should not be opened in public and it helps to be cautious and guarded when talking to strangers.