Moving to Austria
If you are moving to Austria, it goes without saying that your belongings are precious and should be handled and moved with care throughout the entire moving process. You will want to know that your worldly possessions will be treated with respect from the moment the movers arrive until the last item is placed into your new home.
Choosing White & Company, who are a BAR, FIDI & OMNI registered removal expert, will ensure you are using a company that meets the highest standards within the removals industry. Our removal staff have all the necessary training, expertise, experience and professionalism to carry out your move as efficiently as possible.
Before committing to a removals company, it would be wise to check that they hold sufficient insurance to cover. White & Company offers comprehensive insurance and will be happy to supply you with full details.
About Austria and Moving to Austria
If you are looking at moving to Austria you will find a country, which is an interesting mixture of modern cities and historical villages.
It is one of the richest countries in Europe and attracts many expats wanting to benefit from its highly developed economy. It has very low unemployment and EU citizens can legally work in Austria without having to obtain a work permit.
The official language is German although Austrian German differs greatly from standard German and is full of regional particularities! Anyone moving to the country would be wise to learn a few basic phrases or to enroll in a language course.
Registration When Moving to Austria
Everyone who moves to Austria will need to register with the local authorities within three days of arrival in the country. You will need to fill out a Meldezettel form and get it stamped by your letting/real estate agent.
This form will be used as proof of address for opening a bank account, arranging utilities contracts, when arranging a telephone contract and for many other official situations. When you move within Austria or leave the country, you will also need to inform the local authority office.
Where to Live When Moving to Austria
There are many lovely cities and town across the country, here is the lowdown on some of the most popular:
Vienna is one of Europe’s most beautiful and inspiring places. The capital city of Austria has stunning architecture, the famous State Opera House and always ranks highly in the annual Mercer Quality of Living Survey. Vienna is one the most musical cities in the world and one of the best places to experience the works of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven and Johann Strauss.
This is Austria’s second largest city and has a large student population (some 50,000 in four universities). This all helps to make the city a vibrant, young and an exciting place to be. The city is located on the Mur River in the southeast of Austria and has a population of approximately 292,000 people. The climate is pleasant as the city is shielded from the weather fronts that come in from the North Atlantic and is influenced by the Mediterranean; it has more hours of sunshine per year than Vienna or Salzburg.
Often called the ‘Sun Town’, Linz is situated in the Tyrol province of Austria, so it’s very close to the country’s southern border with Italy. The area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and during that time, the land has changed hands many times. It has been part of the Roman Empire, the Hapsburg Monarchy and Nazi Germany.
This beautiful city stands beside the Salzach River and has an active arts scene, wonderful food and some outstanding concert halls, although the references to the ‘The Sound of Music’ can become a little trying! The city has a tourist-per-capita ratio higher than Venice or Florence and is one of the busiest places of Europe all year round. It has many sights to see including Salzburg Castle (one of the biggest castles of Europe), St Peter’s Monastery, Mozart Square and St Sebastian Church.
Property prices When Moving to Austria
There is a wide choice of accommodation in Austria. Often the employer will deal with the task of finding something suitable. Most expats are likely to choose the option of renting in the short term, until they are familiar with the area. Expats are advised to invest in the help of a real estate agent to find something suitable:
AGE Immobilien Zell am See http://www.sage-immobilien.at/en/
Salzmannstraße 5, 5700 Zell am See, Austria. T: +43 6542 70170
Kristall Spaces AG http://propertysaleaustria.co.uk/zellamsee/
Mozartstraße 3, 5700 Zell am See, Austria. T: +43 676 3472878
Marschall Real Estate http://www.marschall.at/
Währinger Str. 2-4, 1090 Wien, Austria. T: +43 1 5332030
Schooling When Moving to Austria
Expats will have the choice of educating their children at an international school or a public bilingual school. In Austria public schools will teach all the lessons in German, and this language barrier often persuades expats to choose an international school enabling children to follow the same curriculum as at home. The down side of this is that international schools, although highly regarded are also very expensive.
The following site will help you find a suitable international school: https://www.wien.gv.at/english/education/internatschool.htm
Local Information When Moving to Austria
When you first move to a new city finding your way around the local taxes and requirements can be daunting, a quick visit to the following website can help you on your way: http://www.expatarrivals.com/austria/banking-money-and-taxes-in-austria
Local Travel When Moving to Austria
Public transport in Austria is efficient, cost effective and easy to use. Trains and airplanes offer good transport links between cities. Buses and subways provide transportation across cities. Many of the main cities are pedestrian and it is easy to live in Austria without needing to own a car. If you do decide to purchase a vehicle, it would be wise to consider the cost of parking, street parking is often very limited and may require purchasing a daily parking ticket.
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