Austria Driving Ideas Guide
Stately, scenic, cultural, natural are all words that describe this mostly mountainous Alpine country with the main cities of Vienna, Graz and Salzburg being rich in representing what this nation has to offer. Your Austrian car rental will take you places that are picture perfect and even decadent as you traverse this fascinating part of the world.
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast in an Austrian accommodation, start exploring this moderately sized city in the south of the country where one quickly realizes its trendiness and vibrancy is a reflection of it being a university town. A recent census indicated that every sixth Graz inhabitant is a student, and being a UNESCO City of Design the buildings, green spaces and general infrastructure work extremely well together.
Dominating the skyline is a large hilltop fortification, Schlossberg, which is also the centre of the charming old sector of town. There’s an elevator if climbing to the top could deter you from making a visit, and while in the area go to the River Mur and visit what locals refer to as “the friendly alien”, or the Kunsthaus Graz, which is an uber modern complex that houses art exhibits, entertainment and cafes. It’s just another example of the blending of old and new in the town.
A trip to the town of Piber, 50 km (31 miles), brings you to the breeding and raising grounds of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions that offer tours, a museum and a fine dining restaurant featuring Austrian and Spanish cuisine. The area around Graz is also a wine-producing area with many wineries worth visiting, and in Stuebing, 15 km (9 miles), a large open air museum takes the visitor back to various epochs of Austria’s living conditions.
As it is with many countries that have mountains, the weather is changeable. However, in this town in the southern portion of the nation days are often sunny and mild. If going to a beach in this landlocked country is on your agenda, Klagenfurt is a good choice by having a large lake with a fully serviced beach. The town itself is incredibly picturesque and has received numerous awards for being one of Austria’s highlights.
Outside Klagenfurt, 21 km (13 miles), is one of Austria’s finest examples of its many castles, Hochosterwitz Castle, which has been mentioned in historical documents dating as far back as 860 A.D., and all accounts say it was never captured. Another trip to Minimundus, 5 km (3 miles), lets you easily “walk” the world and see many of its historical sites in the scale of 1:25 and reproduced in amazing detail. Think of all the possible selfies!
This medieval Tyrolean town in the Alps is quaint, and also exotic. It is the location of some of the best downhill skiing in the world, and you might be surprised with whom you could be sharing the mountainside. Parking is outside the centre of town and its streets are lined with prestigious stores. But even if skiing is not your pleasure, the stunning charm of the town with its chalets and ornate woodwork is worth visiting. Surprisingly, the town is not that high with an altitude of 760 meters (2,950 feet), so walking and hiking is not as laborious as it is at higher elevations.
As this is Austria where skiing might be regarded a national pastime, visiting Kitzbühel is a top-drawer representation of mountain resorts, and with the money saved with your rental car from Cheaperthancars and accommodation from Cheaperthanhotels it becomes entirely doable, and just think about your bragging rights!
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