10 Things NOT To Do in Austria! Download

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  • Jul 8, 2020

  • Every culture has a few customs that tourists need to be aware of, if they want to stay on the right side of the locals. Follow these tips and you’ll have a great time in Austria! 1. Never Mistake Austria for Germany Although it is a German-speaking country, Austria is completely separate to its neighbor. The language, food, and culture can be vastly different from Germany, and Austrians won’t be too happy if you get the two confused. 2. Don't Mistake the Nationality of a Wiener Schnitzel A schnitzel is a German dish consisting of a pounded piece of meat that is bread-crumbed and fried. But a Wiener Schnitzel is made using veal, and is an Austrian dish, protected by Austrian law. 3. Never Mention The Sound of Music… Although it may be hard to believe, the film was a complete flop in Germany and Austria when it premiered in 1965. Austrians resented the historical inaccuracies depicting their heritage, while Germans found 'other themes' (VISUAL: Nazi's in the film, WITHOUT SHOWING THE SWASTIKA) difficult to swallow so soon after World War II. 4. Don't Mention Arnie! Despite having lived away from Austria for over 30 years, he’s still considered one of the only famous Austrians. However, there are other far more relevant popular Austrian cultural figures, such as celebrity Conchita Wurst, the winner of the 2014 Euro-vision Song Contest. 5. Don't Ask if They Wear Lederhosen You might see a few Lederhosen-clad men wandering around the city, but they will mostly be in fancy dress. Austrians are pretty up to date with their attire, so do refrain from asking about the whereabouts of their leather trousers. 6. Don't Go During Main Season Tourism is the biggest industry in the country and the most scenic cities can be pretty crowded especially during the summer months. This makes driving in Austria challenging. So book tickets and transport in advance if visiting between June and September and during advent in November. 7. Don't Pay Too Much Tax If you are a non-EU citizen, you will get the value-added tax reimbursed at your departure (typically at an airport). Considering that VAT is an impressive 20 percent in Austria, even medium-priced souvenirs justify the hassle with forms. 8. Don′t Order Tap Water I know that′s silly in a country that has extremely high-quality tap water straight from the Alps, but ordering tap water is generally considered rude in Austria. There were even instances where landlords charged more for tap water than bottled water. 9. Don't Buy in Tourist Trap Shops Souvenirs are often exorbitantly expensive in many touristy places such as city centers. For "classic" souvenirs like Mozartkugeln or liquors, supermarkets or duty-free zones are always better than souvenir shops. No Austrian would buy chocolates or booze in a souvenir shop. 10. Don't Forget Ötzi This is the 5300 year old ice mummy that was found in the 1990's in the Tyrolean mountains. He died wearing sandals in alpine terrain, which made a comedian speculate whether Ötzi was German. If you don't want to end up like Ötzi remember to bring hiking boots, warm clothing, sun block and a mobile phone. Where do you want to know what not to do in next? Comment Below! Get more Tips here! http://www.destinationtips.com


  • humbie1000
    humbie1000 2 months ago

    as an austrian i have to say that almost this entire list is complete nonsense - seriously....

  • The Kito
    The Kito 3 months ago

    I always order tap water. Was born raised and now live in austria...

  • Pulse.
    Pulse. 2 months ago (edited)

    No you can ask about arnie. Nobody will have seen the sound of music but you can also ask about it.

  • Francis Gabriel L Abordo

    You should say dont confuse with Australia

  • SeBasstian_Basst
    SeBasstian_Basst 3 months ago

    11. Pls pronounce Austrian Words right. We don't wear "Liederhosen" it's Lederhosen.

  • Ein Fan Girl
    Ein Fan Girl 2 months ago

    I'm from austria and i don't really get why you shouldn't mention Arnold Schwarzenegger or the sound of music (i literally heard of it just now) and lederhosen are for special occasions and some don't even own one (same with dirndeln). You should have mentioned that we learn English in school and many people can speak and write in English

  • Christian
    Christian 2 months ago (edited)

    We like Arnold Schwarzenegger!!! and it is not rude to order tap water, I only drink tap water and that never was a problem.

  • Karl Huber
    Karl Huber 3 months ago

    If you occupy space in a cafe or restaurant and only order water i think it's just fair if you get charged for it.

  • Markus Weissenböck
    Markus Weissenböck 1 month ago

    You can mention Arnie everywhere and anytime - All, really all Austrians are proud of him.

  • TotalWarGamer245
    TotalWarGamer245 2 months ago

    at number 8 I live in Austria and I can confirm thats fake

  • Zendra Gallhauser
    Zendra Gallhauser 2 months ago

    What about Christoph Waltz? He is an Austrian Oscar winning actor!

  • Elisabeth Kremser
    Elisabeth Kremser 2 months ago

    I am From Austria 🇦🇹

  • Caylee Castro
    Caylee Castro 3 months ago (edited)

    okay so im 6 to comment nice 19 person to like nice im early for once nice video

  • Nørth Førcë
    Nørth Førcë 3 months ago

    Please do a video on what not to do in Zambia

  • Elijah Edric Guinto
    Elijah Edric Guinto 2 weeks ago

    In number 4, don't forget David Alaba!

  • ESCPoland
    ESCPoland 3 months ago

    Conchita ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 The best win in the history of the contest! 🇦🇹

  • Aamo
    Aamo 4 days ago

    Checked this video out cuz i’m going to Austria next year for my student exchange. All the facts seem like utter nonsense tho apart from the ”don’t call us germans” bit😂.

  • t o m a t o ._.
    t o m a t o ._. 3 months ago

    austrian here 👋👋

  • random name
    random name 1 week ago

    I, an austrian who loves tap water, order it in every restaurant I visit. I never got in trouble for doing that

  • godly noob
    godly noob 3 months ago

    4, 5 and 8 are not true