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Living in Upper Austria: Useful Facts

Discover Upper Austria, find new perspectives

Those who spend their leisure time in Upper Austria will experience many different landscapes, and discover it from ever changing perspectives. The granite highlands of Mühlviertel offer views of the vast landscape. Along the Danube River, Upper Austria shows how versatile it is: steep banks, riparian forests and Linz, the vibrant city of culture, form an exciting contrast for all senses. The Salzkammergut region is a composition of mountains and lakes. The mountains in the Pyhrn-Priel region and the virgin forests of the Kalkalpen National Park give visitors a chance to sharpen their focus on the details and nature.

Those who are ready to explore something new off the beaten tracks will be rewarded with surprising experiences. Whether hiking, cycling, water sports, or culture - all of these activities offer a chance to step out of the comfort zone. Upper Austria offers an experience to remember for each visitor, which can be taken home like a hidden treasure.

Access www.ausflugstipps.at for more online information about trips in Upper Austria, or contact an Upper Austrian tourism association. www.oberoesterreich.at/en > Events offers event details and highlights in Upper Austria such as Urfahrmarkt, Bubble Days, Pflasterspektakel, Klangwolke and much more. Regional trade shows and public fairs offer information on certain topics: www.oberoesterreich.bz > Messeplan.

Everyday life in Upper Austria is characterized by numerous rituals and traditions. Dependent on the region, certain customs are still alive. www.oberoesterreich.at > Activities > All year > Culture & City trip > Customs/tradition gives an overview of all the Upper Austrian traditions. The calendar under www.brauchtumskalender.ooe-volkskultur.at explains diverse regional customs, as well as their origins and significance.

People in Upper Austria enjoy being part of associations, whether culture, sports, music or bee-keeping associations, savings clubs or choirs. Associations make social integration much easier. The Austrian culture is strongly characterized by associations, which are engaged in voluntary work, an important factor in the local community. New members are welcomed with open arms. Local and municipal authorities provide online information about regional associations.

Opening hours

Opening hours vary between stores and are different in rural and urban areas. Stores are usually closed on Sundays by law, except for supermarkets in train stations and mini-markets at gas stations, which are allowed to sell groceries on Sundays and public holidays. There are also some bakeries with cafes open. Restaurants are open on Sundays, but often close on Mondays. General opening hours are:

  • Supermarkets and drug stores from 7.30 a.m.-7.30. p.m. during the week, Saturday until 6 p.m.
  • Fashion, electronics and furniture stores from 9 a.m.-6 or 7 p.m.


Payment

One can usually either pay in cash or with debit card (including all functions such as Quick or Paypass) in Upper Austria. In some shops it is also possible to pay with credit card, but in this case it is advisable to be careful and also bear in mind that not every store accepts them.

The majority of people in Austria are a member of the Roman Catholic Church. There are also other religions, such as Protestants (4.7%) and Muslims (4.2%), as well as some other smaller religious groups.

Masses in Roman Catholic Churches take place at different times. They are announced in the church or on the homepage of the respective church community or municipality.

Holidays

There is no school or work on religious holidays in Austria. Annual holidays are:

  • New Year's Day (1 January)
  • Epiphany (6 January)
  • Easter (March or April)
  • National holiday (1 May – no religious holiday)
  • St. Florian (4 May – off school, but no general holiday)
  • Ascension Day (May)
  • Whitsun (June)  
  • Corpus Christi (May or June)
  • Assumption of Mary (15 August)
  • National Day (26 October – no religious holiday)
  • All Saints' Day (1 November)
  • Immaculate Conception (8 December – it is a holiday but many shops stay open)
  • Christmas (25 December - many people don't work on 24 December either)
  • Boxing Day (26 December)

Fire department (Feuerwehr) 

122

Police (Polizei) 

133

Service hotline for police (connects automatically to the local police station)

059 133

Ambulance (Rettung)

144

European emergency number

112

On-call pharmacy service        

1455     www.apo24.at

Emergency doctors service

141

Information   

118811

Breakdown service – ARBÖ    

123

Breakdown service – ÖAMTC

120

Mountain rescue  

140

Women’s emergency hotline

+43 (0)1 71 71 9

Gas leaks 

128

State lawyer for young children and teenagers

0800 240 264

Emergency services for the deaf (text messages)

0800 133 133

Emergency hotline for young people (Rat auf Draht)

147

Emergency dentist  

+43 (0)732 78 58 77

Psychological advice for children, teenagers and parents

116 000

Locksmiths

www.aufsperrschluesseldienst.at/ooe

Power cuts

0800 500 600

Telephone counseling 

142

Pet emergency services

+43 (0)664 3220404 (Linz/German)

Poisoning hotline 

+43 (0)1 406 43 43

Water leaks

Plumber (www.installateure-ooe.at)