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Directly after the train station in Zurich there will be nothing to see. You will drive through a tunnel for a quarter of hour and when you will see the daylight again, you are already at the lake Zurich. The train line follows more or less directly the shoreline, and if the weather is nice it can be interesting to observe the people there sunbathing and the ...


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In my opinion, 8 days are fine to visit Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt, but you'll have to speed up a bit to visit the main attractions. I recommend you this route: Vienna-Salzburg-Hallstatt. Spend at least 3 days in Vienna. This city has one of the biggest cultural offers so, even a 3 days time visit won't be enough. Visiting "the Ring", Vienna's city ...


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The sign "dekoriert" in Germany and also in Switzerland means that there will be Fasnacht/Fasching/Karneval decoration in the venue, mostly in Restaurants and Bars. Only decoration - nothing else implied. You will find those signs on the most boring and conservative countryside family restaurants just as well as downtown bars that open at 23:00 and close at ...


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Generally, Austrian trains are quite punctual and on time. However, two minutes to change a train is really tight, and 4 minutes isn't really better. The train station in Schwarzach-St.Veit is quite small and this will enhance your chance that you will catch the train. On the other hand, the train station in Salzburg is quite big, so if you're unlucky, there ...


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The answer is indeed no; no visa or ESTA of any kind needed for a visit of 90 days or less. Here's what the US State Department (Bureau of Consular Affairs) has to say: ENTRY / EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR U.S. CITIZENS: Austria is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter Austria for up to 90 days in any 180-day period for ...


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You might not have a seat. In European trains, the seat reservation is independent from the train pass. Some trains require a seat reservation (TGVs in France) but not all. In German countries (at least Germany and Austria) it is possible to buy a train ticket and then a seat ticket. You can also buy it anytime (as long as there are seats left) and the ...


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There are a lot of different questions in here. I tried to answer at least some of them: 1) Apart from a fully functioning car I would recommend to take a GPS navigation device with you. Check if the maps are up-to-date. Additionally, you should inform yourself, if you need any additional gear if you want to travel through foreign countries. If I remember ...


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In Germany, there are two options that you might use: A Reisemobil-Stellplatz is an officially designated area where you can spend the night in your vehicle, theoretically it's inteded only for RVs. However, many of them also allow cars and I doubt you'd be turned away with a car that you actually intend to sleep on. There are websites such as this and ...


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If you're willing to drive 2.5 hours from Munich you can reach some of the famous ski resorts in Austria. A good starting point to find some resorts is this website, that maps a lot of them to a map. You're particularly interested in those on the left side of Austria. This site is very similar, but maybe even easier to understand, since here Munich is also ...


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06:00 to 18:00 at most on Saturdays, not opened at all on Sundays. There are exceptions for stores in airports and train stations. Here's a list of branches with special opening hours for Billa, a large supermarket chain.


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The information you're looking for is which mountain passes are open/closed. Here's a site (in German) detailing the situation in Austria, as well as Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia. Purple/red means that the passes are closed.


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Supporting Roflcoptr's answer: Kitzbühel was a wonderful place to go on a ski vacation, and I say this as a dyed-in-the-wool Colorado native. While I was there with a friend, and thus wasn't so much looking for a romantic dining option, the actual town is a fairly charming Austrian town, with lots of cozy, dark restaurants and the like that with a romantic ...


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Well, yes. Most hostels have guest kitchens, and indeed when I stayed in Vienna at one of the Wombat chain hostels, it had both a bar with food and drink, and a guest kitchen for people to prepare their own meals. As a comment on the question said, it's very rare that hostels don't have kitchens for guests to use. They may be small, they may be ...


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According to the official EU website: In addition to their own valid passport or ID card, all children travelling: alone; or with adults who are not their legal guardian; or with only one parent may need an extra (official) document signed by their parents, second parent or legal guardian(s) authorising them to travel. You should first ...


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It does not cover all the regular busses in the country but postbus.at is the main operator and does operate busses you could use. Unfortunately, it's not a part of the national train company (ÖBB) and the website therefore also includes trains, which is why busses do not show up in the search results for this particular journey… rome2rio is another site ...


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I did some researching the last days and since no one else has answered this question, I'll do it. During the winter, but also in spring or late autumn, passes are often closed for cars, because of the weather and road conditions. If you're lucky, you can catch a day when the pass is still closed for cars, but it is already possible to drive over it. This ...


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There can be a few reasons, generically, why the bus can be better than the train: sometimes, the bus is faster! For example, from Buenos Aires to Rosario (Argentina), the bus is faster than the horrendously slow train. sometimes the bus is cheaper! (Although you've mentioned in this case it's not). In the previous example, the bus is also cheaper than ...


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If you are travelling through Wachau, the ruins in Duernstein and Loiben are remarkable, Duernstein having a connection to the myth of Blondel the singer. Both venues offer breath taking views of the Danube. And of course the local cuisine is a treat.


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In Vienna they speak Viennese, which is their city dialect of standard German (Hochdeutsch). However they have no problem in speaking or communicating with you in Hochdeutsch. You will be perfectly fine . In addition most young Austrians speak English, so if the German were to play up (although highly unlikely) you can always communicate in English.


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Almost every hostel I've checked on hostelbookers had a kitchen on offer (exception: AOHostel). But the kitchen may be far from what you expect. I was staying in Westend Hostel, a very nice place anyway, but the 'kitchen' there was a microwave and an electric kettle in the common room. There were plates, spoons etc. so you could eat packaged dinners from ...


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You can use the DayPass M which includes 50 MB for one day and costs 2.95 EUR. It's the only roaming data package for T-Mobile prepaid cards that you can use in Austria.


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While in Germany if you're driving in the Autobahn you can park and sleep overnight in any Raststation‎. You also have toilets in the morning, they cost about 70 eurocents. I've already done it a few times with no problems. Once I slept in a car parking in Köln, near the river, but it is not allowed in the city. I don't remember the exact source of this ...


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The "Member state of first entry" will be Austria because that's where you will pass through immigration.



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