When visiting a new country, one is likely to encounter customs and traditions unfamiliar to your own. While you’re not always expected to take part, learning a little about the culture will help you show your respects to your host nation.
Austrians take etiquette seriously and old-fashioned good manners will go a long way. While some might not appreciate you as a tourist, it’s important to keep up appearances if you’re going to have a good time (and not get kicked out.). Etiquette doesn’t have to be a gamble like those games on www.jackgold.com. Do as the locals do, be humble and you’ll go a long way. Here are some more tips:
Austrians are generally quite competitive with Germans and are fairly sensitive about their rivalry. Generally, try and avoid this topic as it is considered one of bad taste. Far worse, is any Nazy Reference. Symbols of Nazism, including material questioning the extent of National Socialist crimes or praising its actions, are forbidden in Austria and any kind of neo-Nazism carries a prison sentence of up to ten years. Foreigners are not exempt from this law, so keep any jokes or Hitler salutes at home.
Keep your swimwear on in summer unless you’re on one of Austria’s many nudist beaches, health spas or saunas where nudity is compulsory.
When entering and leaving a small shop in particular, always say hello and goodbye. It’s simply polite – a necessary action if you’d like to get good service. But don’t shout. Raising your voice in public can be seen as a sign of aggression. “Loud foreigners” are not entertained happily.
If you’re meeting someone for the first time, a hand shake will do. Make eye contact and keep your other hand out of your pocket. If you’re meeting for the second time, Austrians kiss cheeks twice except for Vorarlberg where people kiss each other three times.
And when you get invited into someone's home, it's usually customary to take off one's shoes.
As in most cases, do as the locals do.