Austria is a landlocked alpine German speaking country in Central Europe bordering Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Germany and Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east and Slovenia and Italy to the south. Austria, along with neighbouring Switzerland, is the winter sports capital of Europe. However, it is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities and villages and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps.
After a day of riding the gorgeous mountain roads or green rolling farmland of Austria, you can enjoy the Baroque architecture of Austria’s towns. Even the smallest towns have some of the grandest buildings. Austria’s big cities, like Salzburg and Vienna, boast some of the best musical events in the world. Austrians take their cultural events very seriously. Spending time in coffee houses, with the requisite classical music (sometimes live), is another traditional pastime. You can eat at a Stuberl, which will serve all the Austrian favorites like Wurst and Schnitzel, great with any of Austria’s excellent beers.
Austria has a temperate continental climate. Summers last from early June to mid-September and can be hot in some years and rainy in others. Day-time temperatures in July and August are around 25°C (77°F), but can often reach 35°C (95°F).
The best time to visit
Any time in the spring, summer or fall is good riding weather in Austria.
Roads and Riding
Roads in Austria are excellent and well signed. You may get two to three signs for each turn off. Indeed, it is almost impossible not to find your way in Austria. You will meet many Austrian motorcyclists enjoying their own roads. Roads in the mountains are twisty. In the ultra-green lowlands, they are smooth, fast and curvy.
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|National currency:||Euro (EUR)|
|Time zone:||Central European Time (GMT +1)|
|Visa, documents:||Tourists from most countries (EU, USA, etc) do not need visa. A valid passport is required only.|
|Electricity:||220 V / 50 Hz|