Austria by Car advice for drivers

Winter  Driving  in  Austria

Austrian  Holidaymakers - Journey tips for vehicle car drivers

Tips  on traveling  in and around Austria by Car. 
  1. Plan your route well in advance,  take into  account  the terrain,  its  much  slower going  up or down a mountain, than  perhaps driving  around  a mountain instead  on the motorway. Take account  of the topography  and take  in the views.
  2. In planning your  journey  perhaps  look for  somewhere  to satay over night,  for  those travelling  from the west  one  such stop over place is the  Baden Baden Spa  which  makes a lovely  stop  over place en-route to Austria.  Munich  is also  another great  place to stop with lots  to see and do
  3. Consider the weather  and possible traffic  conditions  in planning  your route give  yourself  plenty of time, to make  the journey a relaxing  part  of  the holiday and include enough breaks. 
  4.  A relative new law  is  the creation of  an emergency  safety lane.  So on autobahns and highways, a free "lane" must be created  between the individual lines of traffic,  so if  there is a traffic jam or the traffic is slowing down, move over to create space for an ambulance, police car, fire engine to get through. This will help emergency workers get to an incident  much more quickly, and hopefully reduce your delay.  
  5. In Austria winter tyres are compulsory  from the November  1st  right through  until the 15th April, Hire cars hired in Austria  will come  with these tyres winter,  for other countries when hiring please ask. Winter  tyres  be used or snow chains on at least two drive wheels. Snow chains are only allowed to be used however, if the road is continuously covered with snow or ice. 
  6. The  wearing  of  seat  belts  is compulsory.
  7. Motorway / Autobahn vignette / licence  All car vehicle drivers who are travelling on autobahns must display a valid vignette  on the inside  of the window-screen.Current prices  for 2013 are for up to ten days €8.30, two months €24.20, and  for a year are  €80.60. 
  8. Take a reflective vest out-side built-up areas car drivers must put on a reflective vest after a accident  or emergency breakdown if entering the road carriageway.
  9. Other things  you will need:-  are a warning triangle, first-aid box, hands-free speakerphone if  you intend  to use your phone while driving, valid personal documents (driver's license, insurance documentation, European Health Insurance Card).  For rental cars  you will need  your rental agreement  and the paperwork provided with the car.  

Wishing you a safe journey  on  your  holiday.  If  you are looking for somewhere to stay / rent for 3 to 9 persons? that has the benefit of three bedrooms and three bath / shower rooms,  in a great location. Then please take a look at

Alpine scenery a great drive
Mountain passes over the Alps Grossglockner

Spa Blog Article:- Top 10 Spa Trends

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Susie Ellis has come up with a list of the top 10 spa trends. Here then you can judge for yourself as to  the top 10 spa trends of the past decade, it gives an American perspective but even so, it makes an interesting read:-

Susie's Spa Blog: Top 10 Spa Trends for the Past DECADE

1. Indigenous Treatments

While one would see the use of local ingredients and local customs on occasion at spas decades ago, during the past decade this became an almost unspoken rule. Not only do local ingredients and customs provide a healthy native flavour, they are a special experience that could not be easily replicated. From a lomi lomi massage in Hawaii to the Royal Javanese Lular wedding ritual from Indonesia, indigenous treatments gave spas a sense of place that made each spa-going experience around the world truly unique.

2. Medicine and Spa

In the early 90’s there was very little overlap between medicine and spas. That has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. With more doctors ‘discovering’ that spas add to health and reduce stress through their own experience (perhaps a massage after a round of golf at a medical retreat) the spa world and the medical world began talking. Then when Botox arrived in 2002, a new type of aesthetic/medical spa was born and the spa and medicine connection was solidified. Spas also got their act together, becoming more transparent and down-playing the ‘woo woo’ factor.

3. Organic

This was the big story in spa products for the decade. The popularity of organic and ‘green’ helped several obscure organic lines make it big, and nearly all spa product companies launched their own branded organic lines. The organic trend also helped open the door for a new eco-friendly, environmentally conscious zeitgeist in the spa arena that while it's not yet garnering universal praise, at least has gotten things going in the right direction.

4. Men

While the decade saw a range of new demographics enter the spa arena, from teens to pre-teens to babies and seniors, it was the steady stream of men who began making spa-going part of their lives that has had the greatest impact. While it took some doing to get men to try a spa for the first time, almost universally their first time resulted in a second and third, etc. Men found that there was more to this spa-going thing than just idle pampering – it was, in fact, the quickest way for them to reduce stress (something that there was plenty of in this decade) , help improve their sports performance and a healthy way to move from feeling poorly to feeling great.

5. Wellness

The word wellness was hardly used in the 90’s and did not really appear on the scene until after the millennium. Starting in Europe as a term that combined fitness and well being, it gained momentum because for Europeans the word ‘spa’ had a different connotation (water treatments for sick older people) and the newer spas (ushered in by the swanky Brenner’s Park Hotel and Spa in Baden Baden) were associated with expense and pretension. Thus the word wellness was a good word to describe places that offered fitness, massage, medical testing, and healthy nutrition – the very things that spas are known for.

6. Yin of Luxury, Yang of Discount

While the decade may have ended with more emphasis on the yang of discount, the decade definitely spent quite a bit of time in the yin of luxury. The reality is that with more than 80,000 spas in the world now, there is plenty of yin and plenty of yang to go around. One can find bargain-priced massages and other spa treatments in most countries alongside sky-high-priced options with bejeweled massage oils and exotic over-the-top settings to suit any taste and budget.

7. Spa Comes Home

The influence of spa on the home started at the beginning of the decade as a simple purchase of a candle to use in the bath and perhaps the addition of a loofah sponge. It has blossomed into an entire industry of spa-type products, services, and furniture experienced at home. Taking the trend even further was the birth of ‘spa real estate’ –luxury high-rises and communities with spectacular spas where one could purchase a residence and truly live the spa lifestyle. Spa-ing burst out of the confines of the walls of an establishment labeled 'spa', and the new term ‘spa lifestyle’ described a way of living for those looking for a healthy life.

8. Online Spa

I remember lamenting to my husband at the turn of the millennium that I wished there were more spas that had a website. His answer? Just wait, they will all have one soon. Well of course he was right. Today every spa – and even therapists and practitioners – has its own website and consumers can book spa appointments online, buy spa products, review spas and fully engage in spa-related social networking. And with technology solutions for wellness coaching and medical diagnosis, the entire spa experience is becoming available through the Internet. Only the therapists’ hands haven’t been brought online – yet.

9. Social Spa-ing

While spas put emphasis on the pillars of exercise, nutrition, body and beauty treatments, the social aspect of spa going was not often discussed until recently. Now we know that social spa-ing – just like spa programs for sleep health and brain health – is a recognized contributor to health. From the isolation of a massage therapy room and a whisper-friendly relaxation lounge, has come the idea that mingling and socializing is a healthy thing to do.

10. Gift Certificates, Vouchers, Cards.

And finally we come to a trend that was so gradual that we hardly noticed its importance and never even mentioned it in a top trend list. And yet it has probably had more to do with the explosion of spas and the number of spa-goers around the world than almost any of the other trends – or even all of them combined! That is the emergence and popularity of the spa gift certificate, card and voucher that introduced so many new people to the spa experience. (In fact, research has shown that approximately one third of all spa visits are a result of certificates and vouchers.) The spa gift whose reach was galvanized collectively by every spa which sells them as well as third party universal programs, not only gave people permission to pamper themselves, it also ushered in an attitude that gifting 'spa' was an expression of true thoughtfulness and care. To put it in perspective: while SpaFinder is the largest retailer of spa gift certificates, cards and vouchers in the world, we didn’t make our first certificate sale until 1999. Today over 5,000 spas worldwide are part of our gifting programs and our cards/vouchers are available in virtually every major drug and grocery chain.