What to Wear in Austria

Vienna in February

Vienna in February

Vienna in March

Vienna in March

Salzburg shopping in April

Salzburg shopping in April

Salzburg in Spring

Salzburg in Spring

Salzburg market stalls, May

Salzburg market stalls, May

Melk, Benedictine Abbey, in June

Melk, Benedictine Abbey, in June

The Sound of Music pavillion, Salzburg, in June

The Sound of Music pavillion, Salzburg, in June

Hallstatt in July

Hallstatt in July

Malta reservoir, August

Malta reservoir, August

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg, in August

Mirabell Gardens, Salzburg, in August

Innsbruck in December

Innsbruck in December

Innsbruck at Christmas

Innsbruck at Christmas

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General Style Tips

  • Austrians tend to wear clothing that is quite formal and stylish.
  • Very smart casual or smart business orientated clothes will carry you through for business, sightseeing and for eating out.
  • Dark colors are generally more popular, as are solid colors.
  • No t-shirts, no baseball caps, no athletic/exercise suits - unless of course you are exercising.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Cobbled streets abound, so opt for comfortable and stylish flat shoes - but definitely no sneakers. We recommend Hotter shoes for their range of styles with total comfort.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Austrian women generally don't wear jeans, except perhaps in the evenings at an outside venue but definitely not during a working day.
  • By far the majority of women wear dresses and skirts.
  • Keep to low key but quality jewelry.
  • Save high heels for the evenings.
  • A stylish pashmina or shawl is a must-pack item.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • Younger Austrian men do wear jeans now and again but most other ages do not, so take some smarter pants and you will fit in.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • In the summer months (June, July and August) it is hot, but women do not wear shorts in the city, even teenage girls.
  • Even in summer the evenings can be cool, so pack a lightweight jacket or sweater.
  • A light raincoat is useful even in the summer months, as is a travel umbrella.
  • The winters are absolutely freezing and you will see lots of the locals wearing fur coats and hats.
  • For the winter months December, January, February and March you will need warm layers, a thick waterproof coat, warm hat, gloves and a warm scarf.
  • light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wear.
  • To keep your feet warm and dry in winter pack really good boots with soft rubber soles. It's important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles get really hard in the freezing cold. Make sure too that they have large spaces between the tracks, or the snow will get stuck in them and make them very slippery.
  • Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes during the day, whatever time of year you visit.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Austria

  • The Austrian forests are one of the highest-risk regions of Europe for tick-borne diseases. If walking in these areas, wear long, loose clothes and tuck pants into your socks. Clothes can also be proofed with suitable repellent beforehand and you may want to consider vaccinations before you go. Check your skin each day and if you are bitten remove the tick (you need a special tick removal tool, don't just pull it out) as soon as possible and/or seek medical help.
  • Innsbruck is famous for it's Christmas markets and with all the walking you'll do, make sure you keep your feet warm and dry in really good boots with soft rubber soles.
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Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Swarovski crystals are popular buys, along with alpine nativity ornaments.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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