Austria Travel Practical: The Public Holidays

May Practical Info

May Practical Info

First of all, you need to know the time zone you will be traveling to. Austria is in the CET time zone and this is the Central European Time. There is Daylight-Savings Time from the end of March in Austria. This will advancing the clocks and you will also have more daylight in the evenings, thus less daylight in the morning. In spring, everyone in Austria will adjust their clocks and watches forward for one hour, then in autumn which is the end of October in Austria, it will be adjusted backward. While you will be traveling in Austria from this spring 2012, you might want to take note of the public holidays there. The 17th May is the Ascension Day, 28th May is the Whit Monday.

Ascension Day in Austria

The 40th day of Easter is the Ascension Day and in Austria, it is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven. This day is a free day for people who are working and most people will take a long weekend due to the day falling on a Thursday. Your travel plans might be disrupted for some reasons and you do not want to be disappointed, so do plan ahead if you have any meetings etc. The following day which is a Friday is quiet for offices and shops as well. Special services are taking place at churches throughout the country. Since it is a public holiday for the Austrians, the government offices, banks, schools and many businesses are closed. The public transport services are on weekend schedule if this day is observed. So if there are places you have planned to visit, do check the transport availability in advanced.

Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday

Whit Monday ©

Whit Monday

Whit Monday is also a Christian holiday and it commemorates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples of Jesus Christ. This is according to the New Testament of the Bible. In Austria, this Monday is a public day of rest, an official holiday. However, these places: Kunsthaus Graz, Landeszeughaus, Museum im Palais, Neue Galerie Graz, Multimedia Collections, Schloss Eggenberg (Alte Galerie, Archaeology Museum, Gardens and State Rooms), Coin Cabinett, Austrian Sculpture Park, Schloss Stainz (Hunting Museum, Agriculture Museum), Folk Life Museum, and Schloss Trautenfels are opened on the 28th May 2012. In Styria of Austria, there is an interesting multidisciplinary museum called the Universalmuseum Joanneum and being the oldest and largest universal museum in central Europe, it is definitely worth a visit.

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