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Situated along the River Danube, Vienna is the largest city and capital of Austria. The city offers a perfect blend of rich cultural heritage and spectacular modern architecture. Vienna is renowned for its ornate palaces, imperial museums, traditional coffee houses, and unique Viennese charm. Home to celebrated composers like Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, and Mahler, the city is also known for its musical legacy. Rent a car in Vienna to explore this historical city at your leisure.

It's your choice: Where to go in Vienna

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.

Things to do in Vienna

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.

Important info about Vienna

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.

Weather in Vienna
Country Austria
Language German
Currency Euro
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +43

Good to know

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.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Vienna

The city is a perfect base to explore the neighbouring towns and surrounding countryside, and all those locations will be easily accessible when you book a car rental in Vienna. Situated along the A23 and just 24km south of the city centre, Laxenburg is famous for its stunning castles and beautiful parks. While in the town, head to the Schlosspark Laxenburg where you can enjoy a boat ride on the lake or swim in the pool. You can also go hiking in the park to encounter fascinating wildlife. Austria is known for its hot spring spas offering restorative treatment to relax and unwind. Baden bei Wien is a renowned spa town located just 38km south-west of Vienna. This pretty town centre is home to many quality health resorts. Indulge in some great shopping and sample excellent local wines.

What to bring to your friends from Vienna

Choosing the perfect gift for your friends back home from your Vienna trip offers endless choices. From Habsburg portrait miniatures to special fruit preserves, Vienna offers a wide variety of items that will make great souvenirs. Grab a box of Sachertorte (the famous Viennese chocolate cake); they are packed beautifully and come in various sizes, making an ideal gift. A piece of handcrafted FreyWille jewellery can be a beautiful souvenir that your loved one will treasure forever. Your friends back home are sure to love a box of Mozart Balls (Mozartkugel); these quintessential Austrian sugar confections are wrapped in foil containing the legendary composer’s image. Be sure to visit the Beethoven Pasqualati House to pick up a range of items related to Beethoven. Manner wafers, one of Austria’s best-selling sweet treats, are also considered one of the most desirable gifts. Another idea to consider is a piece of beautiful Augarten porcelain.