Stunning unspoiled nature, endless all-season recreation, a wealth of musical and cultural offerings, a tempting culinary scene, a well-known tradition of hospitality, and a reliable and safe infrastructure make Austria a very appealing destination at the heart of Europe, easily accessible from the UK.
Visa requirements: No visa required
Time zone: GMT + 1
Population: 8.8 million
Electricity: 230 volts, adaptor required (type F)
Tipping policy: Tip 10-15 per cent in restaurants. Gratuity at hotels is appreciated but not required.
AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to Vienna (average flight time: 2h):
Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, Manchester.
Direct flights to Salzburg (average flight time: 2h):
Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle Nottingham.
Direct flights to Innsbruck (average flight time: 2h): Birmingham, Bristol, London (all airports), Manchester, Newcastle.
Indirect flights to Klagenfurt (average flight time: 4h): London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester.
TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Schlossberg hill Graz, a public part and site of a fortress
Belvedere art gallery
Hahenkamm Downhill Race, Kitzbühel
Vienna Opera Ball
Bregenz Festival of music and performing arts
Long Table of Graz, a culinary event
Legal proof of marriageability and any possible impediments to marriage
Required documentation (original or certified, translated into German): certificate of no impediment, proof of residence, passport, photocopies of passports of witnesses, birth certificate; if divorced: decree absolute and previous marriage certificate; if widower: death certificate of previous spouse and marriage certificate; if applicable: name change deed poll certificate and adoption certificate
Same sex or LGBTQ marriages are legal in Austria.