Gay Travel Information
When to come?
Hm…hard to tell…actually…Now or Never!!!
Springtime in Vienna is just beautiful. The city awakes from it’s wintertime nap and the Stadtgartenamt (Municipal Department – Parks and Gardens) is showing off with their work. Although the weather is fairly mild due to the climate of Eastern Austria, not many tourists visit during spring. This means you will get a real insight of authentic Vienna.
Not only summer, but also Sand in the City. Vienna is sizzling during summertime with all its great events and locations. Enjoy a wild ride with the rollercoasters at Prater (http://www.prater.at/GeneralInformation.php?LI=1) or take a relaxing stroll trough Schloßpark Schönbrunn. More of a nightfly? Then cure off your hangover by sticking your feet into the sand at one of the artificial sand beaches at Donaukanal while drinking a Bloody Mary or a Reperaturseidl (Viennese slang word for the “curing” beer after being drunk).
Grab a glass and run – through all the Heurigen! Did you know that Vienna has nearly 1.700 acres of vineyards? Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the city with pleasantly warm temperature and warm, golden light by strolling through Grinzing or the Cobenzl area – always prepared to take a short stop at one of the famous Heurigen. As most museums will present their new temporary exhibitions, it is also the new season in theatres and operas.
Want to see a city like you imagined when hearing bedtime stories? Illuminated by thousands of little lights shining on snowflakes? Well, then you definitely have to visit Vienna in December. But be sure to bring a thick coat, hat and gloves. I assure you – even the ones of you who never wore a cap before – in winterly Vienna with it’s icy winds, you will gladly do so! The world’s famous Christkindlmärkte start end of November and are open to December 24th.
Certainly, there are a lot of gay and lesbian highlights over the year, notbably in chronological order
- Regenbogenball (January)
- Life Ball (May)
- Vienna Pride (June - July)
- Regenbogen Parade (June - July)
- Identities (queer film festival - July, biannual over two weeks)
- Wien in Schwarz (Vienna in black - gay leather festival in autumn)
Each event is definitively worth a visit!
If you want more detailed information about the weater in Vienna, please visit this website!
Underground trains (U-Bahn) run from about 5.00 am in the morning to about midnight, except weekend nights and the nights before holidays with continuous service. Trams and buses normally stop running earlier. A detailed timetable is available at each stop or with the qando app on your mobile. Night buses run every night along the city’s most important routes. Public transport in Vienna is very gay-friendly. Wiener Linien takes part in the Rainbow Parade every year.
Immigration & Visas
European Union citizens, respecitvely nationals of member countries of the Schengen Agreement and the European Economic Area (EEA) do not require a visa for a stay up to 90 days. Following Countries are members of the Schengen Agreement and the EU or EEA: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakiac, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
If your country is not listed above, you will probably need a visa. Please check following website for further information and download application forms: Austrian Foreign Ministry (http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassy/consulate-general-new-york/practical-advice/visa-and-residence-permit/entry-permit-visa.html)
The currency is Austria is the Euro. Most popular credits are usually accepted in Vienna, although sometimes their use is subject to a minimum purchase amount. You can use your Maestro card (bank ATM card) almost everywhere - especially in shops - even for small amounts.
Cash can be withdrawn with Maestro and credit cards at cash dispensers, which can be found everywhere in the city.
If you need to exchange money, you are best doing this at a bank. Foreign exchange booths sometimes charge high fees, so please check, before you change your money.
Most banks in Vienna are open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm, and until 5.30 pm on Thursdays. In the city centre (1st district), almost all banks are open over lunchtime.
Most banks in Vienna are open from Monday to Friday from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm, and until 5.30 pm on Thursdays. In the city centre (1st district), almost all banks are open over lunchtime. Bank Austria is a very gay-friendly bank, taking part in the Rainbow Parade every year. They also have rainbow groups for bank employees.
In many service areas, such as restaurants, taxis, hairdressers, serviced filling stations, etc., a tip is traditionally given. This is normally 5 to 10 percent, with the exact amount depending on the level of satisfaction with the service provided.
If you get in trouble, you probably need to call the poice, the firefighters or an ambulance. Even if your mobile phone has no connection, you can still dial emergency numbers. If you don’t speak German, call the European emergency number 112. We hope, you won’t need it – but better be save than sorry!
The Austrian police has a phone number for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, namely +43 (0) 1 31310 78 900. In case of harassment or sensitive cases or even complaints and general inquiries you can call this phone number. There is also an organization for gays, lesbians and transgenders in the police, the Gay Cops Austria.
- Fire service: 122
- Police: 133
- Ambulance / rescue: tel. 144
- Emergency doctor: tel. 141
- European emergency: tel. 112
- ViennaMed doctor’s hotline for visitors (0-24): tel. +43-1-513 95 95
- Evening and weekend dental service (taped service): tel. +43-1-512 20 78
- Evening and Sunday drugstores (0-24): tel. 1455
The hotline 0800 633 42 46 offers a free initial consultation for medical problems and helps you find suitable measures to take. German, English, Italian, French. http://0800medicine.at/ and www.zakel.at
- ÖAMTC: 120
- ARBÖ: 123