Urban or Rural – Austria’s Top Relocation Destinations

The beauty and diversity of Austria is one of the reasons many people relocate to the country. With the awe-inspiring Alps and the vibrant, cultural cities, it is easy to see the attraction. This diversity also raises an important question for many expats relocating to the country – Do I want to live in urban or rural Austria? 

I suppose the best way to answer this question is with another question.

What is your reason for relocating to Austria? 

If you are retired and you’re relocating to find a slower pace of life, or if you want to take in more natural beauty, then perhaps the rural areas are for you. However, if you are relocating for employment opportunities, or you want to be close to cultural events and festivals, then the city life may prove a perfect fit. 

Whatever your reason for relocating, here are two of the top destinations that other expats have chosen.




With a population of over .7 million people, Vienna is by far the most popular Austrian destination for visitors and expats. The city boasts more than 25% of the country’s population and a high quality of life rating. The city hosts many festivals and events each year and is bursting with cultural flare. There is a significant expat community in Vienna, so you will likely notice international influences as well.


The province of Tyrol is considered the “greenest” in Austria and is the least populated. Tyrol is at the heart of the Austrian Alps and contains the best ski resorts in the country, with the highest peak of 3797 metres. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure lifestyle with a serene backdrop, then the province of Tyrol will not disappoint.               



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Transferring Funds – How to do International Money Transfers to/from Austria

When you relocate to another country, one task you will likely be faced with are international money transfers.  Of course you will need to have an Austrian bank account set up before you can complete a transfer, but this is an easy process in itself. International wire transfers that can be completed from your home bank to an Austrian bank, or vice versa. However, this traditional method can take weeks to receive funds. With today’s technology, there are a few other ways you can make international transfers. 

Foreign Exchange Companies

If you have travelled to another country before, you have likely used a foreign exchange agency of some sort to convert money from one currency into another. Some of these companies also offer international money transfer options to clients that want to send larger sums of money from a bank in one country to another country. Generally these venders offer a better rate then most banks, so do your research to find the best company.

SWIFT Transfers

You will need your SWIFT code and BIC information in order to complete a transaction with the Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). This service is generally one of the faster options for moving money abroad.

Bank Cheque 

This method is generally only possible if you have set up an arrangement with your bank before you depart the country. You may even need an additional person on your account to make the bank draft for you once you have left. A trusted family member in your home country is usually a handy option to have if you intend to transfer money overseas often. 

Whichever method you use to transfer your money from your home account to Austria or vice versa, you will need to budget for fees and completion time. It is also useful to be aware of each countries bank holidays to ensure you aren’t left waiting for your money to clear[...]

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To Take or Not to Take – How to Leave it all Behind

One of the hardest things about relocating to a new country is deciding what to bring. This rings true for many expats moving abroad, but there are simple solutions that can help you determine what you will really need in your new location.

Know the size of your belongings

When considering what you should bring with you and what is replaceable, it is necessary to consider the size of your items in relation to your new home. This is especially true to appliances and furniture. It is good to know the size of your furnishings before you move them half way around the world, so measurements are key. Also, most counties have a certain standard size to the average home and the sizes can vary greatly when comparing them. For example, homes in the US are generally much larger than those in most EU countries. 



Will things be cheaper to replace?

Answering this question may be difficult if you have never visited your new county before. However, there are many online resources that can help you decide what things cost in your new country of residence. Shipping things that are replaceable overseas can be a significant financial burden, so a little bit of research can go a long way. 

Renting vs. Buying

If you have not visited your desired country before, it may prove very useful to ease into buying new things once you arrive. Smart expats are increasingly opting to rent before they buy. This applies to renting a new residence or furnishing it too. Renting furniture is a great service that is available in most Austrian cities.

Whether you have visited first, are renting to be smart or you have already bought your new dream home, these tips will help you decide on what things you really need to take with you.   



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Tasty Treats – Favourite International Restaurants in Austria

If you are looking for some of the tastiest international cuisine in Europe, then Austria has a lot on offer. You can find almost any type of dish you desire here and there are a few that stand out in each major city. Here are some of the most recommended eateries to try out.



Hill Restaurant – International Grill 

This lovely restaurant is located in a suburban area outside the downtown area in northwest Vienna. It holds the title as the best place to eat in the city on Trip advisor and boasts some of Thomas Göls’ best creations. The price tag ranges form 9CHF – 36CHF and there is an extensive wine list on offer.

Distrik Steakhouse

This elegant steakhouse is located in the Ritz Carlton Hotel and offers a high class dining experience. Of course meat is the main menu item, but there are also vegetarian friendly options. With valet parking and a selection of 2 steak knives to choose from, you will not be disappointed by this unique restaurant experience. Open daily for lunch and dinner.




Restaurant Anna – International

Located in the Palais-Hotel Erzherzog Johann, Graz, this lovely restaurant will not disappoint. The chefs offer tasty Austrian and international cuisine with prices ranging from 6-28CHF on the menu, or set menu options for a more unique dining experience. Open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner only.



Restaurant Esszimmer – Austrian & International 

This top dining destination offers a set menu of 5 courses that includes wine pairings and for lunch there is a 3-course menu on offer. The price tag is high end, but customers have awarded the restaurant as the best in Salzburg. Open Tuesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner only.  

Whatever your palette desires, there is an abundance of restaurants available in any major Austrian city to suit any budget. The fun is in trying them all out and deciding for yourself!  [...]

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Schools out for Summer – Where to Holiday in Austria

So, you have been living in your new country for a while and you are finally going to get some quality holiday time with your family. The kids are out of school and you have ample time to explore the new surroundings. So, where should you go? Follow this guide to a fun filled school holiday! 

Austria is an adventure explorer’s paradise and the outdoor activities in this country are endless. Whether you bike, walk, hike, ski or ice skate, there is an outdoor activity for you. Ski Turracher Höhe, hike the Valley of Vultures or pedal the Kitzbüheler Alpen. These are just a few of the options for the outdoors adventurist.

Ski or Hike

Depending on the season, the Austrian Alps are one of the most favourable characteristics of the nation. Tyrol is one of the most popular provinces for families to visit. With 500 mountain peaks, all with latitudes above 3000metres, the Tyrol province has an abundance of options when you want to hit the slopes or hike to a spectacular view. Bear in mind that booking ahead may be smart if you are travelling in a holiday season, as this area is a very popular destination. 

Museums for Children

If you are seeking something more cultural or educational for the kids this holiday, then why not take them to one of Austria’s child friendly museums? There are venues such as; Zoom museum, Haus der Nutur (Museum of Nature), Frida and Fred or Villa Sinnenreich Museum.

Whatever you decide to do for your family’s summer or winter holiday, Austria will surely not disappoint. With one of the best public transit systems at your fingertips, you can travel around without the added driving stress. Or if you’ve explored enough of Austria’s sites, you can fly to many European countries in less than a few hours. Gute Reise!  






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Relocating your pets to Austria

Many expats are faced with the difficult task of not only relocating their family to another country, but also their furry family members too. So how does one approach such a task when they aren’t aware of the regulations of the new country? Here are a few tips for a successful transfer of mans best friend. 

Before you leave 

Make sure your dog is up to date with any shots or vaccinations required by the relevant authority of your home country. Ensure that you take all documentation with you as proof that your animal is healthy and risk free. 

Microchips are required for all pets in Austria, so make sure you have your animal micro chipped according to ISO standard 784.  

You must have your veterinarian fill out a European Certificate of Health, which will be checked by officials when you enter the EU. The certificate is generally valid for 0 days from the time you have it signed by your vet.   

To ensure that you have all the relevant documentation with you before you leave, review this checklist: 

  • Microchip record
  • Rabies certificate
  • Letter from your veterinarian
  • European Health Certificate


Once you arrive

After your pet is safe and sound in your new country of residence, make sure you know exactly when any shots or check ups are required in the future. Finding a new veterinarian is a good idea to ensure all members of the family are kept healthy.

If you are unsure if you would like to accomplish these tasks on your own, there are companies that can assist in relocating your animals for you. Some services will handle everything for you entirely, whilst others will provide some of the certificates or guidance for a fee.


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