Austrian Public holidays in 2017

After a Christmas and New Year which fell very disadvantageously for people wishing to eke out the most time off for the least number of holidays to end 2016, today’s holiday for Epiphany, falling on a Friday has again meant that there was no Fenstertag to exploit.

Unnecessary fees and skimming risks when withdrawing cash from ATMs in Vienna

There has been a lot of reporting in the Austrian media recently about some ATMs charging for cash withdrawals from Austrian accounts (non-Euro denominated accounts have always been subject to some kind of fees). Fortunately not all ATMs charge – the most widely-spread ones (Bankomat) with their distinctive blue and green logos are not charging…

Austrian Beer

Many VE members enjoy nothing more than meeting for a beer, and with around 4,000 locations serving beer in Vienna, there is certainly no shortage of choice. Indeed the Federation of Austrian Breweries (Verband der Bräuereien Österreichs) proudly boasts on its website, that Austria has the highest level of breweries per capita of any EU…

Buying property in Austria

One of the particular features of buying property in Austria is that fact the the ancillary costs in relation to the purchase are pretty high – apparently among the highest in Europe, with ancillary costs when buying property in Austria being around 10-11% of the purchase price (e.g. on a property costing EUR 250,000 between EUR…