There are countries that are perfect for an escape from the daily grind and then there are countries that make us feel right at home. Austria can definitely be counted among the latter.
In Austria, you can always feel at home
If you can't decide where to take your fall trip, Austria has to be your destination of choice! The rustic Austrian cuisine, charming colourful towns, breathtaking alpine slopes, and soothing lakes make us feel right at home.
What to do in Austria
The roads are well-maintained and the drivers civilised, so being your own tour guy is a no-brainer. Just hop in the car and head to Vienna for a cup of coffee and Sachertorte, visit the fascinating Alps for some hiking, or get dressed up and visit the State Opera, one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world.
If you like photography, October and November are the best choices as nature is simply stunning during this time and the colourful architecture literally glows in the light of the autumn sun. It is truly breathtaking. Baroque and Gothic masterpieces in Vienna, Salzburg or Innsbruck will definitely inspire you.
The Salzkammergut - the magical lake district - is also a must-see. It is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of Austria. There are 76 lakes, one of them was even painted by Gustav Klimt. If you are near this place, you must visit the magical old village called Hallstatt. It is one of the most photographed places in Austria.
Even if you are not interested in photography or culture, you will enjoy the Salzkammergut as it offers numerous opportunities for long walks and bike rides.
Enjoy, eat and drink in Austria
We all wish to escape the cold autumn weather, but the best thing about visiting Austria is the wide range of spa and wellness centres that will make you feel warm and completely relaxed. You can even take it a step further and indulge in Austria's charmingly rustic cuisine.
The prominent Wiener Schnitzel - roasted much steak with fries, pork sausage and sauerkraut - fermented cabbage, apple strudel, germ dumplings or goulash - beef goulash are all amazingly filling dishes.
Good to know when driving in Austria
- The country is suitable for foreign drivers, the roads are well developed and the traffic rules are standard. Austrians drive on the right side of the road, and the general speed limits are 50 km/h (in cities), 100 km/h (on main roads) and 130 km/h (on motorways).
- Problem areas: Large city centres such as Vienna. (It is advisable to park the car in the nearest garage outside the destination city and take a short walk into the centre).
- Motorway Vignette is mandatory. You must affix it to the inside of your vehicle's windscreen as soon as you enter Austria. You can get stickers at Austrian Automobile Clubs and post offices, kiosks and petrol stations.
- Austria is part of the EU, so the Euro € is the currency.
- The official language is German, but you should have no problem communicating in English, especially in hotels, shops, restaurants and other places used to dealing with foreign tourists.
- International Driving Permit is accepted.
Renting a car in Austria
If you want to hire a car in Austria, you can choose between many reliable car rental partners we have in Austria. We offer a wide range of cheap car hire in many different cities like Salzburg, Vienna, Dornbirn, Sankt Poelten and so on.