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From: Lukas Johannes
Date: 11-11-2014 12:42:08 pm
Subject: Essential Etiquette to Remember on a Visit to Salzburg
Essential Etiquette to Remember on a Visit to Salzburg
By Lukas Johannes
Plenty of leeway is given for tourists and travellers, especially if you don't speak the language of a destination, but it is always a good idea to familiarise yourself with the basic principles of etiquette. When travelling to Austria, your first point of call will likely be Salzburg. Your transfers from Salzburg airport will be the first opportunity you will have to put your skills in to practice.
Behave Respectfully In and Around Churches
No matter what your inclinations toward religion may be, it is considered grossly disrespectful to be loud and stir up a ruckus in and around the historic churches of Austria. Bare legs and shoulders are typically frowned upon, although tourists may get away with it as long as they act decently during their stay - particularly if they are on tours or transfers from Salzburg airport.
Be Mindful of the Local Dress Code
Speaking of bare legs and shoulders, it is important to remember that Salzburg is a city that favours more formal attire. If you want to make a good impression during your visit, you may want to dress a bit more sharply, with well-fitting suits and smart dresses. This is especially important to remember when dining in upscale restaurants and paying a visit to the many theatres and operas around the city.
Dealing with Tips
Most establishments already include a service charge in the bill around the 10 to 15 percent mark, especially when you're tagging along with tours or taking transfers from Salzburg airport. If you are particularly pleased with the service you received, however, you can tip your waiter about another five percent of the total bill. It is also customary to give this money directly to the waiter instead of leaving it on the table.
Know How to Address Others
If you must address others, refer to their last names while adding the proper honorific - "frau" for ladies and "herr" for men. Common greetings you may encounter include "grub Gott" for "God greet you"; "servus" for both "hello" and "goodbye" in a casual tone; "auf wiedersehen" for a formal goodbye; "danke" for thanks and "bitte" for "please." Using these terms of respect is helpful to better connect with local residents, although make it clear you don't speak the language if pressed further - "ich spreche nicht" for "I don't speak German", and "English bitte" for "English please."
Always, Be on Time
This is a city that is very conscious about time, and it is considered very disrespectful to be late by more than five minutes. If you think you will arrive more than five minutes late to an appointment, make sure to give notice as soon as you can. Failure to do can (and often does) offend the hosts, so be mindful of the time.
Keep these basic tips in mind and you'll be able to leave a much better impression in a variety of situations - from enjoying the dazzling operas of the town to saying goodbye to the guides that handle tours and transfers from Salzburg airport.
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct. If you're looking for transfers from Salzburg airport, Shuttle Direct provide pre-booked shuttles to major destinations all over Europe. Wherever you travel, Shuttle Direct can make sure that you don't miss your car on your holiday abroad.
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