Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Spectacular snow‐capped mountains or low‐key pastoral landscapes with gently rolling hills ‐‐ the choice is yours…
Austria is a paradise for people who enjoy the outdoors, and is ideal for all types of skiing. Winter activities also include ice skating, curling, tobogganing and rides in horse‐drawn sleighs. In the summer you can enjoy walks, hikes, horseback rides and mountain biking. If you’re looking for an action‐packed honeymoon, Austria could well be the place for you.
One of the most densely forested and mountainous countries in Europe, Austria lies at the end of the Alps, which curve across the country. Lush valleys flank the river courses, the most famous of which is the Danube, Europe’s longest river.
Austrian law recognises only civil marriages; however, a religious ceremony may be performed after a civil marriage has been solemnised. Civil marriages are performed by officials of the Vital Statistics Office in the appropriate jurisdiction.
It is sometimes possible to arrange to have your civil ceremony somewhere other than in the Register Office, such as on a mountainside, but this is down to the individual Registrar, so if you have a particular preference for the location you must ask in advance.
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You should apply for your marriage licence at the Standesamt (Vital Statistics Office) of the first district of Vienna (for address, see Where can I find further information?). You must both attend, taking all necessary documents with you. Originals or certified copies of documents must be sent to the Register Office where the marriage is to take place at least 6‐8 weeks prior to your intended date of marriage. Any affidavits and your Certificate of No Impediment must be translated into German first.
18 Belgrave Mews West
Tel: 020‐7235 3731
Austrian National Tourist Office
14 Cork Street
Tel: 0845 1011818
Standesamt Wein Innere Stadt‐Mariahilf
Tel: 0043 ‐1‐ 40134 08583
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