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Yes, for every problem with the police, you can insist to do it at the station. (except some pretty much impossible situations where any delay brings harm to people etc., but at the same time checking your ID is more important than helping them ... this won't happen to you) But I wouldn't choose this as first option automatically. Normally trivial things ...


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No, GBP can not be used directly in Austria. No store will accept them. You won't have any serious trouble finding a currency exchange store to convert them to Euros though.


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(I read the question title "Munich from Rome" and therefore this is a northbound description, but the route should by symmetrical in the opposite direction) You can't do this entirely by train avoiding long tunnels, but you can take a combination of trains and buses, essentially take trains to the foot of the Alps, buses across the big passes, then get on ...


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Your Australian driver's licence is only valid in Austria together with an International Driver's Permit or with a translation issued by an authorized Austrian organization, e.g. ÖAMTC. If you are not able to get an IDP in Australia before you leave, it should be quite easy to get a translation from any of the ÖAMTC offices in Austria. They charge €14 for ...


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You don't need to go somewhere else (by cab or similar) from the airport to reach a train. It has a station called "Flughafen Wien Bahnhof", which is easily accessible from the terminal buildings without even going outside any buildings. You exit to baggage claim, and then the way to the station is marked by signage. In the station, there is three platforms, ...


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Google reverse image search says that it might be Feldkirch, Vorarlberg. Indeed the church and the first house in the foreground (the one with the two windows underneath the straight part of the roof) seem to be the ones in the picture below from Wikipedia: File:Feldkirch3.jpg, Wikimedia Commons, CC by SA 3.0 Google maps places it here. By precise ...


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I notice in the comments that you're looking for somewhere to sit and work. Apparently, Vienna has a very high concentration of co-working spaces purpose-designed for the sort of thing you're looking to do. From this article: Move over coffee shops! The Viennese have found a better place to work, connect, and stay warm: Austria may be small, but ...[has]....


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I work in the industry and therefore feel qualified to answer this question. For cards bearing a chip; if you need to use a PIN in your home country, then you will be required to use a PIN overseas. The preferred method of authorisation is embedded into the chip in your card. All terminals that comply to the EMV standard will request a PIN to authenticate ...


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Inspired by @gerrit's answer, this one has one tunnel that is 5865 m long (and can be avoided with a 30 minute bus ride), but otherwise all other tunnels are much shorter. Roma-Firenze-Bologna-Milano: you will probably have to take regional trains, as the high-speed line has many tunnels: Roma-Firenze has 5 tunnels over 3 km (longest 10.5 km), Firenze-...


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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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The purpose of the Schengen Treaty is to let EU/EEA citizens pass internal EU borders without having to wait in line to have their papers checked. This greatly simplifies cross-border travel and commerce since there are no delays. Earlier treaties allowed EU citizens to pass those borders without visa or passports, just with their national ID cards. Those ...


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It's certainly doable. There is a train station right in the airport. Best connection runs once an hour: Railjet to Wien Central Station and than another Railjet to Graz. You have 10 minutes to change trains in Wien Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) (Platform 7 to Platform 8). Do NOT take the City Airport Train (CAT) to "Wien Mitte". It's heavily advertised ...


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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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The UK requires visas of all refugee travel document holders, unless the UK issued the travel document (in which case it is obviously good for return to the UK).


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There are no objections to taking the train from Vienna airport to Brno. However, in your precise case, the bus has two advantages. The bus is direct. You get in the bus at the airport and get out off the bus in Brno. No need to change. With the train you have to change at least once, sometimes even twice or three times. You have to carry your luggage ...


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Don't worry, you will be able to communicate in Hochdeutsch. One thing you should know is that the German you will hear and read in Austria is not the German you may hear in Hannover. There are some particularities (EN, DE). However, if you have a good command of German this won't be a problem. Moreover, the Austrians when speaking have a typical accent ...


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Renting Winter-Equipped Cars in Italy I think it is actually possible to rent a car, equipped for winter road travel, in Italy. Indeed, Hertz agrees with me: To help you enjoy safer, more reliable and more comfortable journeys, we offer a range of winter driving accessories: Winter tyres - for significantly improved handling and stopping ...


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I used to be travelling a lot by railjet, and the maximum delay I got was 30 minutes, and that happened only once, altogether. (It was around when the refugees came in and rushed on the train). I took the railjet mostly from Budapest to Wien and backwards, and about twice a month from Salzburg to Budapest and back. I think it is reliable, but its mostly my ...


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Denmark-Austria is effectively a domestic route; no border control is carried out, only an ID check by bag drop if you check in luggage, to confirm that you're the ticket holder. Furthermore, under the freedom of movement you have the right to be in Austria no matter what, and as the emergency passport proves nationality, you'll be fine in case police stops ...


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If you wish to bypass the long Wienerwald tunnel, you need to get off at St. Pölten and take a different train to Vienna. If you have a look at a railway map (http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/map.php?file=maps/austria/austria.gif for example), you will see there is a second line from St. Pölten to Vienna (the tunnel line is still marked as under ...


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Most of the border between Switzerland and Austria north of Liechtenstein is along the Rhine, so there you'll have to cross the border over a bridge. But you can still do it on foot: Note however that there aren't that many bridges, and not all bridges have footpaths, though. This picture actually even shows people walking (and another cycling) over one of ...


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Seems wild to me that I couldn't find this info in English from the official sources. Here's a shot: VOR Fares The regional transit authority, VOR, fares are valid on the vast majority of mass transit in the region: All trains operated by ÖBB (S-Bahn, Regionalzug, railjet...) Underground (U-Bahn) operated by Wiener Linien Trams (Straßenbahn, "Bim") ...


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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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Every capital city I have ever been, and many smaller cities and towns, have shops selling coins, and those mostly also do bank notes of the country. In German, for Vienna and Germany, you google on 'Münze' or of course 'shops Coins or Numismatics' (leave off the last few letters and google will fill it out for you. I can not find the Slovak word as fast, ...


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There are a number of reasons that a shop might choose to accept some currency. Obviously, they'll accept the local currency. If they're in an area where a relatively large fraction of shoppers are tourists from some particular place, they might accept that currency, too. Likewise, if they're very close to an international border, doubly so if, for example, ...


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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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You can search for stores on the Starbucks site, here are the results for Vienna, Austria. There are many stores and many are near U-Bahn stations and/or tram and bus stops. For example this store is right beside Wien Mitte Station and also even closer to a local tram stop, here's a Google Maps shot: and a close up showing the tram stop: But there are ...


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I have unfortunately no statistics on the Railjets being on time. However, I have an answer to the second part of your question: If that train doesn't go [...] will my ticket be valid for the 13:08-18:19? If it is expected that the first train that will leave after the departure time as printed on your ticket, will arrive at least one hour after the ...


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Does the 48-hours ticket include train from airport to city center? No. The 48-hour ticket, excludes the zone the airport is in. If not, are there any ways not to buy separate ticket, but just "expand" 48-hours ticket? Theoretically yes. The 48-hours covers all of Zone 1, so you only need to buy a ticket from the airport to edge to zone 1. However, I ...


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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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