Wels is the second largest city in the Austrian state of Upper Austria.



Sights and Activities

  • Burg Wels, a fortress built in the 8th century in wood, and in the 13th century then in stone. rebuilt in late gothic style from 1508 to 1514 under Emperor Maximilian I, he died there in 1519. Today it is a museum.
  • Ledererturm, the last existing part of the town fortification built in the 14. century.
  • Schloss Polheim, was a palais and a brewery.
  • Haus der Salome Alt built in the 16. century, Salome Alt von Alenau was the longtime mistress of the Salzburg Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau.



Getting There

By Plane

The closest airport is Linz (very little traffic there), Salzburg and Vienna are better connected.

By Train

OeBB has Railjet trains to Vienna, Budapest, Munich and Zürich, Westbahn to Salzburg and Vienna. There are also trains to Passau, Frankfurt and other German towns.





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Keep Connected


Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.


See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.


For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.


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