The home of alpine vistas and breath-taking Gothic architecture, Austria lures winter sports fans with its superb resorts and pristine pistes, and summer travellers with its historic architecture and outdoor activities. Whether you’re coming to hike, ski or enjoy a culture-packed city break, let Luggage Mule ship your luggage and sports gear to Austria ahead of you so you can travel hassle-free.
Customs: Austria is part of the EU, so entry from other EU countries is fairly easy. However, meat products not originating from EU member states are forbidden, as is the transport of pets including dogs, cats and birds. Check the Federal Ministry of Finance for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £29.99!
Shipping times: 4 working days
Flights: Flights to Austria from the UK usually take about two hours. Nearly all international airlines provide a service to Austria but flights from outside Europe sometimes involve one or more changes. Major gateways include Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Graz.
Currency: Euro (€)
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports or any other EU state citizens do not need a visa to travel to Austria. Other nationalities may need a Schengen visa. To check the visa requirements of your country visit Schengen Visa Information website.
Time difference: GMT+1
Packing for Austria
If you’re travelling to Austria for the summer, pack for sunshine. Suncream, sunglasses and a hat are musts. Remember you’ll also be exposed to the sun if you’re skiing – in fact, snow’s reflective surface can make you burn even quicker. Remember your winter clobber if you’re Alps-bound, with gloves, woolly hat, fleeces, a warm coat and sturdy shoes essentials.
Finally, if you’re heading to the Salzkammergut region for some outdoors adventures, consider taking your watersports gear, as the 76 lakes there offer a lot of opportunity for windsurfers and wake boarders. Whether you want to take a full windsurfing rig or just a wetsuit, Luggage Mule’s Austria luggage shipping service can help.
Ship your bike to Austria
Austria is superb for mountain biking. The regions of Vorarlberg, Tirol, Salzburgerland, Upper Austria and Carinthia all offer some great trails, but particular highlights are Ischgl, a small village in the Paznaun Valley, and Kitzbühel, a famous ski resort whose summer season opens up phenomenal mountain routes for bikers. Away from the mountains, try the Danube Cycle Path for a flatter, family-friendly route. It runs along the banks of the famous river and includes a passage through the glaciers of Zell am See-Kaprun. Luggage Mule can ship your bike to Austria securely and at reasonable rates, so all you have to worry about is finding the perfect trail.
Ship your skis to Austria
Austria’s skiing is legendary. The country is dominated by hills and mountains, with its skiing resorts concentrated in the Alpine ranges in the west. There’s huge variety here, from learner slopes for novices to serious challenges such as Kitzbuhel’s Streif, which is the location for the world-famous Hahnenkamm downhill race. And it isn’t just about the pistes. Austrian resorts are renowned for their authentic, villagey feel, particularly in the Tirol region. Wherever you’re headed, Luggage Mule’s Austria ski shipping service can take your ski gear to your resort ahead of you, so you can get on the slopes as soon as you arrive.
Ship your golfing gear to Austria
Austria may not be a top-five world golf destination, but stunning scenery and a favourable climate mean there’s plenty here to enjoy. Notable golf regions include the Carinthia area, which is home to Austria’s highest course (Golfanlage Bad Kleinkirchheim) and some scenic lakeside options; and Tirol, which offers impressive Alpine backdrops plus a summer golf festival in Kitzbuhel. Luggage Mule can ship your golf gear to Austria and the Alps at reasonable rates, giving you the chance to explore this under-appreciated golf destination with your own clubs.
What to ship home from Austria
Austria is famous for its jewellery, with popular names including innovative modern brand FreyWillie, the long-established Juwelier Wagner and of course Swarovski, famed for its crystal pieces. For something more traditional, try traditional wooden items such as cuckoo clocks and walking canes. Foodies have plenty to look out for in Austria too, with Vienna and Salzburg famous for their cakes and confectionary, the wine regions of the east noted for their dry whites and sweet dessert styles. On top of all that, the country is home to Riedel, a world-famous manufacturer of wine glasses.
Whatever you decide to buy, Luggage Mule’s Austria shipping service offers you a generous 30kg allowance, so you’ll have plenty of room for souvenirs.