Whether you're looking to experience picturesque Austria in the summer or winter, rent a car in Vienna to enjoy the sights in and around the city on your own schedule. A visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which offers one of the most extensive collections of fine arts in the world, is the perfect starting point. You will enjoy your time at Museum Moderner Kunst, known for its modern artwork collection, and the Albertina, boasting a fantastic selection of graphic artworks. Make sure to visit some of the world’s best opera houses that include the Grosses Festspielhaus, Theater an der Wien, and the Vienna State Opera. Located in Hietzing, Schönbrunn Palace is worth a visit. This ornate 1,441 room palace is one of the most iconic architectural and cultural monuments in the country. For history buffs, the Secession Building and Vienna City Hall are worth checking out - inside and out.
Rent a car in Vienna to enjoy the charming landscape and outdoor attractions the city has to offer. If you are travelling with family, treat the kids to some fun time at the Wiener Riesenrad, a 64m tall Ferris wheel in the Prater amusement park. Kids can also enjoy some quality time at Bogi Park; the largest indoor playground in the country offers ultimate fun and adventure for the little ones. Take a visit to the Marchauen WWF Nature Reserve and the Lainzer Tiergarten to get close with some beautiful animals. Grab a quick snack and take a trip to the Stadtpark or Schönbrunn Palace Garden, excellent places to spend some quality time in the afternoon and enjoy a bit of reading. Be sure to check out imposing castles like the Schloss Eckartsau and the Liechtenstein Castle, a visual treat for travellers of all ages. The Spanish Riding School, Casino Baden, and Concord Card Casino are ideal places to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.
You will find very few cities across the globe as vibrant as Vienna, offering something for everyone. The ball season in Vienna is one of the most popular cultural events; it starts with the Vienna Red Cross Ball in November and continues until February. More than 400 balls take place every year, and they feature electrifying public dancing and a variety of entertainment. The café culture is an integral part of Viennese life, and you will find plenty of coffee houses in the city, known for their classy interiors. A trip to the city wouldn't be complete without trying delicious Sachertorte or apple strudel. One of the best places to try these classics is the famous Café Central. Café Schwarzenberg and Demel Vienna are also well worth a visit.
Several roads in Vienna have tolls, and you'll need to buy a toll sticker (vignette), available at various petrol stations. You can also obtain on-street parking tickets from any of the tobacco kiosks found throughout the city. Overall, driving in and around Vienna is straightforward; beware of one-way streets, and keep a close eye on contra-flow cycle lanes as bikes will move in the opposite direction of car traffic. You must be at least 18 years old to obtain an international driving permit for renting a car in Vienna. Use a GPS to make your way around the city if you find it challenging understanding German road signs.