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Marvelously positioned in Central Europe, Austria is a landlocked country with alpine character and German speaking population. It is bordering Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, as well as Italy and Slovenia to the south. Together with Switzerland, Austria is considered the main winter sports destination in Europe thanks to the Alps, however it is also popular place for summer holidays as well.

The Alps cover 75 % of the country but it is not all about mountains. Small in size, the country has diverse landscapes including meadows and glaciers, alpine valleys and vineyards, wooded foothills and plains, etc. Even if Austria has a well-organized transport network, the most comfortable way to explore the country is by a holiday car hire. On the territory of Austria operate local and international car hire companies that offer tempting car rental deals for the period of the stay.

Exploring Austria

Approximately one quarter of the population of Austria lives in Greater Vienna where are situated a great deal of the cultural, government and financial institutions, including the big business corporations and the national media channels. The rest of Austria outside Vienna and the cities of Linz, Graz, Salzburg and Innsbruck, is mainly rural.

The climate in Austria is temperate continental with summer lasting from June to mid-September and winters lasting from December to March. The Alpine region of Austria has serious temperature fluctuations and chilly nights even in the hottest summer days. The capital Vienna and the region around it often get strong eastern winds.

The biggest cities of Austria

The federal republic of Austria comprises of nine states and has nine big cities. They are as follows:
• Vienna – this is the capital and largest city of Austria. It is considered to be the cultural and economic center of the country, home to the Habsburg court and its empires in the past. The city has a beautiful historical center, included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Vienna is a vast city and the best way to explore all its landmarks is by getting an affordable car hire.
• Graz – this is the second largest city in Austria and home to several universities. It has a beautiful historic old town with plenty of museums, landmarks and churches.
• Innsbruck – that is the capital of Tyrol region and the largest ski resort in the Alps. Car rental at the airport terminal of Innsbruck is available here.
• Salzburg – this is a compact city that is the birthplace of the musical genius Mozart. The city has lovey atmosphere, lovely old town and pleasant baroque architecture.
• Linz – placed by the Danube River, the city has lovely old town with a castle, many landmarks and churches.
• Other nice settlements in Austria include Bregenz, Eisenstadt, Vilach, Klagenfurt.

Driving in Austria

Driving in Austria could be very stress-free and pleasant experience, as all roads are well maintained and there is no heavy traffic. The country is small in size and offers lovely scenery. The travelers who decide to make car booking should be aware of the following:
• International driver’s license is required.
• The seatbelts are compulsory for all passengers.
• The speed limits in Austria are: 50 km/h in urban areas; 100 km/h for the open roads and 130 km/h for the motorways.
• Payment of toll and special toll stickers are required for all vehicles on the highways of Austria.
• In the period 1st November – 15th April, the winter tires and snow chains are obligatory.
• Car hire insurance is required.
• Each vehicle should possess a reflective safety vest.
• The parking in the Austrian cities can be paid on work days. The paid parking zones are marked with blue lines.

Holiday makers, who decide to use car rental services for their trips in the months of July and August, should expect traffic jams on the Saturdays around the school vacations, happening on the motorways between Austria, Germany and Italy.

Car rental tips for Austria

Austria is fairly easy to be explored by an automobile hire, especially its rural regions. Some of the popular winter holiday destinations are also accessible only by car. Thus, car reservation for a trip in Austria is a good way to see the country.

Travelers that have decided to use of the car rental deals provided should be aware that they do not need off-road vehicles during the winter, besides the 4×4 automobiles. The cars of light way are better on the narrow mountain roads. Usually the roads in Austria are even and problems might occur with their steepness and the ice on the surface.

Mini Guide

Interesting destinations that provoke the attention of the travelers are:
• Lake Constance – the big lake in Vorarlberg area, which is shared with Germany and Switzerland.
• St. Anton ski resort on the Vorarlberg-Tyrolean border
• Worthersee – one of the warmest lakes in Austria
• Zell am See – am important alpine tourist town
• Neusiedler See – a national park and one of the largest steppe lakes
• Pinswang – ancient settlement in the North Tyrolean Ausserfern, placed on the border with Bavaria

Did you know?

• The flag of Austria is among the oldest in the world, dating back to 1191.
• The largest emerald on the globe (2860 carat) is to be seen in the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna.
• The summer palace of the Habsburgs – Schönbrunn Palace, has 1440 rooms.
• The man who invented the sewing machine in 1818 is an Austrian.
• The Tiergarten Schonbrunn in Vienna is the oldest zoological garden in the world (founded in 1752).
• The oldest restaurant in the world still in operation is in Austria – Haslauer (founded in 803).
• In the Central Cemetery of Vienna can be seen the tombs of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, and Strauss.