With stunning nature, historic cities and a strategic location in the heart of Europe, Austria makes for an exciting travel destination. Start planning your trip to the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on 27-30 June.
- Visas: Austria is a member of the border-free Schengen area in Europe. Most visitors, including citizens from the USA, Canada and Australia, are granted visa-free entry for up to 90 days. Find out more here.
- Currency: EURO. ATM’s are readily available and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
- Language: German, though English is widely spoken in the service sector and at the Red Bull Ring. Nevertheless, installing a translation app on your smartphone is a good idea.
- Time Zone: during summer, Austria observes Central European Summer Time, which is equivalent to UTC + 2 hours.
- In an Emergency: dial 112.
- Power Sockets: Austria uses the same Type F power sockets as the rest of mainland Europe. Bring an adaptor if you are travelling from another part of the world.
- Weather: the Austrian Grand Prix falls takes place in summer, when temperatures average a high of 25°C (77°F) and low of 14°C (57°F). Although warm, sunny weather is common, there’s also a high chance of some rainfall. Pack accordingly!
Arrival & Getting Around
The Red Bull Ring is a rural circuit close to the town of Spielberg in the Styrian region of Austria. For the best selection of European and long-haul flights, we recommend flying into Vienna Airport, which is approximately 2 hours’ drive from the circuit. You can also take the train from Vienna to Knittelfeld, the closest station to the track and then a free shuttle bus. Trains and buses also run to the Red Bull Ring on Grand Prix weekend from Graz and other larger Austrian cities. Given the circuit’s rural location however, hiring a car for the weekend is also a good choice. More information: 2019 Austrian Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide
Where to Stay
Trackside camping is very popular at the Red Bull Ring, but if you are after some more creature comforts, the best selection of accommodation can be found in Graz, around 75km from the circuit. F1 Experiences offers a 4-night stay at the Lend Hotel in Graz or the Falkensteiner Hotel & Asia Spa in Leoben – guests at both hotels benefit from daily coach transfers to and from the Red Bull Ring. Add accommodation to your Official Ticket Package today!
Best of Graz
With a beautifully preserved old town and plenty of cultural attractions, Austria’s second largest city – the birthplace of Arnold Schwarzenegger – makes a great base for the Austrian Grand Prix.
- See & Do: explore the World Heritage-listed Old Town (Alstadt von Graz), which is home to many important landmarks, including the Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II and the Styrian Armory, the only preserved example of its kind in the world. The Old Town is overlooked by the Schlossberg, or Castle Mountain. Take the lift or ride the Schlossbergbahn Funicular up to the top for panoramic views of the city. Lovers of modern architecture won’t be disappointed by several structures that were built to commemorate the European City of Culture, a title that the city held in 2003, including a café and amphitheatre floating in the middle of the Mur River (Island in the Mur) and Kunsthaus Graz, an arts complex referred to by locals as the “friendly alien.” Hollywood action man (and latterly California Governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, just outside Graz. You can now visit a museum dedicated to his life and work.
- Eat & Drink: some of the best local restaurants can be found in the Old Town, including Restaurant Krebsenkeller and Landhauskeller, both of which have been around for hundreds of years and specialize in local favorites such as Wienerschnitzel. For stunning views and delicious modern cuisine, head to Aiola Upstairs. For a more relaxed vibe, head to Kunsthauscafé, which does everything from breakfasts to evening cocktails.
DID YOU KNOW? The area around the Red Bull Ring is known as the “green heart” of Austria. Popular outdoor pursuits in summer include hiking in the mountains, watersports on the numerous lakes, cycling and golf. The Steiermark region also produces some of Europe’s best white wines. Learn more here.
Best of Vienna
Just two hours from the Red Bull Ring, the Austrian capital is definitely worth adding to your itinerary! Regularly ranked as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Vienna was once the capital of the wealthy and powerful Austro-Hungarian Empire.
- See & Do: some of the city’s best sights can be easily explored on foot, starting in the historic centre – highlights include the imposing Hofburg Palace, Museums Quartier and St Stephen’s Cathedral. The latter is also in the heart of the best shopping precinct in the city. Located just outside the city centre, Schönbrunn Palace is another must-see in Vienna. The former summer residence of the ruling Hapsburg family is hugely popular – we recommend buying your entrance tickets in advance if you want to check out the interior. You can also check out Schönbrunn Zoo or just wander the impressive gardens. No trip to Vienna would be complete without a visit to Prater, a huge city park and amusement park – especially if you are travelling with kids. The Giant Ferris Wheel is just one of more than 250 attractions. Other things to do in Vienna include checking out the panoramic city views from the 252-metre Danube Tower, taking a river cruise down the majestic Danube River or visiting the open-air Naschmarkt market on Saturdays.
- Eat & Drink: Vienna’s cafés are world famous, especially for the Viennese coffee they serve (two shots of espresso infused with whipped cream) and some of the best can be found in the historic centre – Café Frauenhuber is the oldest, while Café Landtmann was said to be Sigmund Freud’s favourite. Vienna’s modern dining scene offers a mix of traditional and modern; from traditional taverns in the old town serving staples such as Wienerschnitzel and pork knuckle (we recommend Figlmüller Bäckerstraße – bookings essential) to laid-back bistros all over the city. For something a little different, the Salonplafond Restaurant housed within MAK, the Museum of Contemporary & Applied Arts, serves a modern take on traditional Viennese cuisine in a historic setting. Vienna also comes alive after dark, especially in the summer – hit the Standbar Hermann for relaxed beach vibes and DJ sets next to the Danube, take in some opera at the Wiener Staatsoper or catch a show at Jazzland.
Official Ticket Packages for the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix include the best grandstand seats, access to trackside hospitality in the Champions Club and Formula 1 Paddock Club, plus our signature benefits such as driving tours of the track, meet-and-greets with F1 drivers and more.