"I've noticed that shops in..." Vienna Local Custom Tip by Krystynn

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I've noticed that shops in Austria seem to close MUCH EARLIER compared to other European cities. If you were to speak with most Europeans, they most probably will appear unfazed by this. But to the average American, Canadian and Asian, we are indeed surprised by this 'revelation' because you can find no equivalent of the '7-Eleven' store here in Austria (read: 24 hour shopping)!

However, shops in tourist areas often stay open later than normal and have longer weekend hours (<i>including Sundays</i>) during the peak tourist season. Anyhow, here's a general guideline of the store opening hours here in Vienna/ Austria:-

<b>Monday-Friday: 8 or 9AM - 6PM.</b> In smaller towns and villages, shops may close for 1 to 3 hours at midday.

<b>Saturday</b>: <b>8 or 9AM - Noon or 1PM (till 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month)</b>.

<b>Sunday and Public Holidays: CLOSED. </b>

Review Helpfulness: 1 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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