Austria : Safety by City
Snowy Austria is not just a dream vacation for skiing and winter lovers: it is a small, modern country located 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. Since it’s a landlocked alpine German speaking country, the first thing that comes to mind is the snowy mountains and German beer: but it is so much more than that.
Its capital Vienna is one of the cleanest capitals in Europe, filled with cultural facilities and museums as well as baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces. It is also considered as one of the safest country in the world.
Warnings & Dangers in Austria
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Generally, Austria is a very safe country to travel to. According to some sources, Austria is ranked 3rd on the list of safest and most dangerous countries in the world. Still, never let your guard down in a strange country.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Generally, transportation in Austria is safe and reliable. Be careful on public transportation since that's where pickpockets might try and steal from you.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
Pickpocketing and bag snatching are common in tourist landmarks and crowded areas but the issue is nowhere near serious. Just be vigilant at all times and never leave your belongings in plain sight.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
In alpine areas of the country, there are some risks of avalanches and mudslides. If you are traveling to this area of the country, closely monitor the weather conditions and tell someone about your pending whereabouts. Always follow the signs and the advice of the authority.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
You shouldn't worry about being mugged or kidnapped in Austria, since it rarely, if ever occurs.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There was one terrorist attack prevented in Vienna, in 2016. The threat of terrorists trying to execute an attack in Austria exists, but is relatively low.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Just like anywhere else, tourists will always be targeted for scams. Always check every change twice, negotiate everything in advance and be wary of strange people offering you help or trying to distract you, as it might be a trick to steal from you.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Women traveling solo are completely safe in Austria. If you have your wits with you and follow your common sense, avoid dark and desert alleys or walking alone with strange people at night, your trip should go smoothly.
So... How Safe Is Austria Really?
Austria is often considered as one of the safest countries in the world. Its robbery, assault, and car rates are among the lowest in the developed world, while violent crimes rarely occur. What differentiates Austria from other countries is that even the small towns and uninhabited areas such as forests are very safe at any time of the day. However, it is not without its dangers and you shouldn’t let your guard down: pickpockets do exist, even though they’re not common, so beware in crowded places. Their skills are excellent and they’re getting increasingly professional. Bicycle theft is also an issue in bigger cities, but rarely happens in smaller towns. Always lock your bike to an immobile object.
The ring road called Ringstrasse, known to the Viennese as the “Innere Stadt”, is where a vast number of historical landmarks of Vienna are located, such as the Hofburg, the former Habsburg palace that houses the National Library, the Spanish Riding School, as well as six museums, so naturally it’s where the pickpockets rally. Another area that can attract pickpockets is the busy square Karlsplatz in Wieden where tourists gather in large numbers to see the Karlskirche church. However this place, however attractive during the day, becomes a gathering place for drug addicts at night. You should also watch out in The Prater, a family amusement park that can be frequented by criminals and scammers.
- Visas - Most countries do not need a visa for any stays shorter than 90 days. Owners of Schengen visa can stay for as long as they like. Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months from your planned date of return. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - Euro is the official currency in Austria. ATMs are available everywhere and credit cards are accepted in most establishments.
- Weather - Austria has a temperate continental climate. Summers that can be sometimes hot, sometimes rainy and wet, last from June to mid-September. During summer, the temperatures in July and August are around 25°C, but sometimes it can get scorching hot and the temperature can reach as high as 35°C (95°F). Winters, that last from December to March (and sometimes even longer at higher altitudes), are cold in the lowlands and very harsh in the Alpine region with temperatures often dropping below -10°C.
- Airports - Vienna International Airport is the countries busiest international airport, and it is located in Schwechat, 18 km southeast of central Vienna.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Austria, since it covers not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.