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Located in Central Europe, Austria is renowned for its rich history, baroque architecture, rocky Alpine terrain, and scenic mountain villages. Vienna, the capital city of Austria, is home to the imperial palaces like the Schönbrunn and Hofburg Palace. From the Viennese cafe houses to the enchanting landscape of the Tyrol, the Belvedere Palace to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, Austria is sre to captivate. Rent a car in Austria to explore its contemporary culture, sweeping vistas and iconic landmarks at your own leisure.

It's your choice: Where to go in Austria

You will be spoilt for choices when it comes to booking a flight to Austria. Plenty of airlines offer direct flights to Vienna from major European cities as well as from the rest of the world. Vienna International Airport, the country’s largest airport, is well connected to the regional airports of Innsbruck, Graz, Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Linz. Flight times from regional airports to Vienna vary from 30 minutes to one hour. Getting to the city centre from the airport just takes about an hour. If you are planning to visit places like Tyrol or Vorarlberg, flying to Munich or Zurich is a good idea. Alternatively, rent a car in Austria to make the most of your trip to fabulous cities like Vienna, Salzburg or Graz, where attractions like the Vienna Opera, Mozart's former house and Schönbrunn Palace are waiting to be explored.

Things to do in Austria

Vienna offers a diverse range of delights for visitors. The Vienna State Opera House, one of the most visited sites in the country is famous for its splendid architecture. The Schönbrunn Palace, the past residence of the Habsburg dynasty and The Hofburg Palace, the official residence of Austrian president are well worth a visit. Hallstatt is well-known for its gorgeous salt lake and beautiful natural landscapes. History buffs shouldn’t miss the chance to explore the city of Salzburg, which is home to the Melk Abbey and the stunning Hohensalzburg Castle. Salzburg was the birthplace of Mozart, and the old city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well preserved architectural treasures. To get a feel of Austria’s enchanting outdoors, head to beautiful Innsbruck. Nestled along the majestic Alpine Mountains, the capital of Tyrol is a Skiing paradise that draws millions of visitors from across the globe. Cradled along the Lake Constance, the city of Bregenz is another favourite holiday hot spot offering activities like swimming, cruises, and hiking.

Important info about Austria

Austria offers a wide range of delectable cuisine influenced by diverse cultures including German, Roman, Greek, and Hungarian. Austrian cuisine mainly comprises meat dishes usually accompanied by potatoes and dumplings. Wiener schnitzel is a deep-fried veal escalope made with breadcrumbs and considered one of the most popular specialities of Austrian cuisine. Knödel is another favourite dish served either savoury or sweet according to taste. On a visit to Vienna, be sure to try the Tafelspitz made with boiled beef and potatoes, accompanied by dumplings and herbs. A visit to Austria wouldn't be complete without sampling coffee from one of its traditional coffee houses. Don't forget to try a Brauner or Kaffee mit Schlagobers (coffee with whipped cream); both are delicious! In addition to coffee, Austria is also famous for its sweets and pastries, and one of the mandatory ones to try is the Apfelstrudel.

Weather in Vienna
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Country Austria
Language German
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Central European Standard Time (CET)
Country Code +43

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Well-maintained roads and smooth traffic make driving in and around Austria is a pleasant experience. To rent a car in Austria, you’ll need to have a minimum a year old driving licence. You are required to drive on the right and overtake on the left in Austria. The maximum speed limit on motorways and other main roads are 130km/h and 100km/h respectively. Wearing a seat belt is mandatory for every passenger inside a car at all times. You will find many toll roads in the country, and you need to purchase a toll sticker for driving through the express ways. These toll stickers are available for purchase at gas stations, post offices, and various other locations. Using handheld mobile devices are strictly prohibited while driving. You are required to be 18 years and above to get an international driving permit for renting a car in Austria.

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Our tour suggestion for Austria

Sitting in the north-eastern region of Austria, Vienna is relatively well connected with the rest of the country. You can quickly get to various parts of Europe from Vienna via A1, which is part of the extended intercontinental road network. A10 connects Salzburg to the city of Villach in the south of Austria, which is known for its scenic lakes of Ossiach and Faak. Take the A2 and drive through the east to reach the city of Graz and Klagenfurt. Use the route between A8 and A12 to get to Innsbruck from Salzburg. Take the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria's highest mountain pass road to enjoy an unforgettable Alpine drive and explore the Hohe Tauern National Park, one of Central Europe's largest National Parks covering three provinces that include Salzburger, Carinthia, and Tyrol.

What to bring to your friends from Austria

Finding an ideal souvenir that is worth bringing back home from Austria isn't difficult! From elegant handcrafted pieces to mouth-watering sweet treats, Austria has plenty to offer. Consider buying a typical Austrian snow globe which depicts Viennese landmarks or winter scene – it will make a memorable gift for friends back home. A friend with a sweet tooth will love a box of Mozart Balls; the traditional Austrian sweet made from nougat and pistachio marzipan, coated with dark chocolate. Pick up a box of Sachertorte; the famous Austrian chocolate cake will make an ideal gift. A wide range of merchandise featuring Beethoven, Mozart, Strauss, and Schubert can also be considered as a fantastic gift.