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Austria is a beautiful and mountainous country best explored on a car hire holiday. Using a rental car in Austria will give you the flexibility and freedom to discover fascinating cities, picture perfect villages, snow-capped peaks and summer trekking trails.

Book a rental car with easyCar, the low-cost, online car hire specialist and collect your hire car in Austria. Base your holiday in an Austrian city and use your hire car to explore the local area or spend part of your holiday in one city and part of it in another city or at a ski resort.

Cities and Towns in Austria

easyCar has car rental facilities at a number of airports in Austria, including Graz Airport, Innsbruck Airport, Salzburg Airport and Vienna Airport, and has car hire offices in cities and towns such as Salzberg, Vienna, Linz and Zell am See.

Vienna, or Wien, is the capital of Austria, and its centre is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Park your rental car and stroll down the Baroque and Romanesque boulevards, see a play at the Volkstheater or enjoy the opera at the Theater an der Wien. Vienna has many museums, including the Schatzkammer, or Imperial Treasury, in the Hofburg Imperial Palace, and you can also see the famous Lipizzaner horses perform at the Spanish Riding School. There's plenty to do in the city, but with a rental car, you can head to a ski resort for a few days or visit other local attractions.

Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, lies to the north of the Alps and was the setting for The Sound of Music. Attractions in Salzburg include the Hohensalzburg Castle, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, and Mozart's Birthplace. Use a rental car to get to nearby attractions, such as Eisriesenwelt Werfen, the largest ice cavern in the world, or the lakes of Salzkammergut.

Mountains and Rivers

Austria has many excellent ski resorts where you can take part in a range of winter sports, including ice skating, snowboarding and ski jumping as well as skiing. Many also offer activities during the summer, so whether you are taking a car rental holiday in summer or winter, hire a car and head for the mountains. Try resorts such as St. Johann, Kitzbühel, Kirchberg and St. Anton am Alberg, the lakeside town of Zell am See or the mountain village of Alpbach. In Saalbach-Hinterglemm, you can enjoy relaxing spa treatments as well as skiing, making it the perfect place to go as part of a winter car rental holiday.

You could also follow the Danube in your rental car. Start in Vienna and drive through the Wachau Valley, travelling through quaint picturesque villages where you'll discover ancient castles and vineyards.

Austria Driving Tips

When driving a rental car in Austria, drive on the right-hand side of the road. Seat belts must be worn and the laws regarding child seats are the same as they are in the UK. Keep within the speed limits and, as alcohol limits are lower than in the UK, it's best not to drink at all before driving your rental car. Keep your driving licence, car rental documents and passport with you when travelling in your hire car.

You may need snow chains for your hire car when travelling in Austria during winter. If so, book them in advance. If you need to transport skis or a snowboard, book a ski roof rack when booking the rental car.

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