The capital city of Austria, that lies on the Danube river, with the population over 1.8 million people, is a city of art-galleries, museums and parks which can be found in The Museums Quartier.
It is extremely proud of its imperial artistic palaces and masterpieces of architecture. The famous residents of this city were Mozart, Freud and Beethoven. Thus, inevitable landmarks of Vienna are Sigmund Freud Museum, Schloss Belvedere and the Spanish Riding School.The interesting fact is that children are very welcomed, and many of the city’s museums organize exhibitions for children.
Nowadays, more than 12 million tourists visit Vienna per year and its great reputation attracts more and more visitors.
Warnings & Dangers in Vienna
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Vienna is a very safe city. Its ranking is 88% which makes it one of the safest capitals in the world. However, it is always advisable to get familiar with the possible risks in order to be as calm as possible once you travel here.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Public transport is relatively safe in Vienna, but tourists need to be attentive of the possible pickpocketing in the public transportation. It is always better to call a taxi from the hotel or other accommodation, in order to avoid unlicensed ones.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
As in any other capital, tourists attract pickpockets. The only way to eliminate the chances to be robbed is to remain vigilant and pay special attention to suspicious people around you. Bag snatching is also possible in crowded places. Areas around famous landmarks and pedestrian streets are the zones where the pickpocketing is dominant.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Natural disasters are not something that should worry the tourists. Geologists have informed that the Vienna area is at risk of a strong earthquake at some point in the future, but more research needs to be done on this subject.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
There are very little recordings of muggings and kidnappings in Vienna in recent years. The whole country, as well as Vienna, is very proud of violent crime rarity.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Considering the fact that terrorist attacks have occurred in Europe’s capital cities like London and Paris in January 2016 and the one in Vienna has then been prevented, the risk of a terrorist attack exists, and tourists should be aware of that, although it is considered low.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Unlike all the other risks in Vienna, scams are some of the dangers that can be found throughout the city. Tourists should not accept any help from people concerning their credit cards and they need to be as careful as possible when paying for their accommodation in advance and need to check their online transactions via websites. Fake policemen are also present in Vienna.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Vienna, and the whole Austria, is believed to be very harmless for female visitors. However, none of the cities is danger-free, especially for a woman walking alone at night.
So... How Safe Is Vienna Really?
Vienna is the capital city that is highly visited and it attracts tourists from all over the world during all the seasons. Whether it is its classical architecture, the famous buildings and monuments, or its surroundings that urge people to visit Vienna, it can be said that the touring of city is a breathtaking experience.
Vienna is a secure place for tourists. However, most famous districts in Vienna are in the heart of the city and during summer or at Christmas season they become overcrowded, which can lead to pickpocketing, mugging and even terrorist attacks in Vienna. In these areas frequented by tourists, bus and train stations, people around you need to be carefully watched and your possessions should be kept close to you.
Simmering is the place famous for a Chechen gang, as well as drug addicts who are usually active at night, so be cautious while visiting this area, and if you do not need to visit it, it is advisable to circumvent it.
Besides all these dangers, there are very few capital cities in the world in which you can walk securely in the street and Vienna is certainly one of them.
- Visas - The requirement of visas is different, depending on the country you are coming from. Visas are not necessary for the visitors of any nationality that are staying less than 90 days, while the residents of EU countries can stay in Austria as long as they want. Some nationalities need a Schengen visa. Nevertheless, nationals of China, Russia and South Africa do require a visa. Your passport is the documentation that needs to be valid during your stay in Austria. Website www.doyouneedvisa.com gives all the information about visas.
- Currency - As in most European countries the official currency in Austria is the Euro. The average amount of money that you need to pay for the accommodation in Vienna is 60-70€ per day. Credit cards are acceptable and ATMs are available almost in all major cities.
- Weather - Continental climate in Austria is characterized by cold winters with the temperature below -20°C and very hot summers with the temperature up to 35°C. For tourists who want to enjoy the skiing on the snowy mountains of Austria, the period from January to March is ideal. However, for those tourists interested in sightseeing Vienna, the best period to come is from April to June and September to October.
- Airports - The tourists can travel to Austria via some of the busiest airports in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck. The Vienna International Airport is only 19 km from the city center and has international flights. Restaurants, ATMs, supermarkets, and a post office are only some of the facilities that are at the airport. However, the Bratislava airport is only 60 km away from Vienna, and it is a great alternative to flying to Austria and avoiding the crowded flights.
- Travel Insurance - Travel insurance which covers theft and medical problems is highly recommended for the tourists that are coming to Austria.