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Austria is summer and winter paradise

Austria is a year-round tourist destination, equally popular in the summer as in the winter time. It offers the finest ski resorts in Europe, stunning mountain ranges and green valleys, scenic cities, and plenty of outdoor activity options. The visiting tourists are drawn by both the divine natural treasures and the architectural jewels dotting the landscape of most Austrian cities.

Don’t be discouraged by the country’s small size. Austria will welcome you with many holiday opportunities and tourist destinations. A full immersion in the treasures of this green land will be most comfortable in your own vehicle.

However, those who would like to hire a car have a number of opportunities to do so in all major Austrian cities and at international airports. Thanks to a wide variety of rental vehicles and insurance options, your holidays will be peaceful and full of positive experiences.

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Faschina Pass Panoramic Road Faschina Pass Panoramic Road

Faschina Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
59 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Arlberg & Flexen & Hochtannberg Panoramic Road Arlberg & Flexen & Hochtannberg Panoramic Road

Arlberg & Flexen & Hochtannberg Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
50 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Reschen Pass Panoramic Road Reschen Pass Panoramic Road

Reschen Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
82 km 61 km/h 1 days scenic
Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road

Kaunertal Glacier Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
60 km 47 km/h 1 days scenic
Oetztal & Timmelsjoch Panoramic Road Oetztal & Timmelsjoch Panoramic Road

Oetztal & Timmelsjoch Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
81 km 41 km/h 1 days scenic
Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road

Grossglockner Road Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
108 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Filzensattel Panoramic Road Filzensattel Panoramic Road

Filzensattel Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
35 km 51 km/h 1 days scenic
Loibl Pass & Paulitschsattel Panoramic Road Loibl Pass & Paulitschsattel Panoramic Road

Loibl Pass & Paulitschsattel Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
185 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Wurzen Pass Panoramic Road Wurzen Pass Panoramic Road

Wurzen Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
22 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Nockalm Road Panoramic Road Nockalm Road Panoramic Road

Nockalm Road Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
181 km 54 km/h 1 days scenic
Alps Road Trip Alps Road Trip

Alps Road Trip

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2,236 km 54 km/h 14 days roadtrip
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Austria Road Trip

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1,454 km 61 km/h 11 days roadtrip
Salzburg to Bregenz Road Trip Salzburg to Bregenz Road Trip

Salzburg to Bregenz Road Trip

Europe - Austria
673 km 66 km/h 4 days roadtrip
Goldeck Panoramic Road Goldeck Panoramic Road

Goldeck Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
158 km 52 km/h 1 days scenic
Danube River Road Trip Danube River Road Trip

Danube River Road Trip

Europe - Austria
355 km 53 km/h 3 days roadtrip
German Alps Road Trip German Alps Road Trip

German Alps Road Trip

Europe - Germany
827 km 58 km/h 8 days roadtrip
4 Mountain Passes Panoramic Road 4 Mountain Passes Panoramic Road

4 Mountain Passes Panoramic Road

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131 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Kuehtaisattel Panoramic Road Kuehtaisattel Panoramic Road

Kuehtaisattel Panoramic Road

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60 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Brenner Pass Panoramic Road Brenner Pass Panoramic Road

Brenner Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
27 km 53 km/h 1 days scenic
Gerlos Pass Panoramic Road Gerlos Pass Panoramic Road

Gerlos Pass Panoramic Road

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57 km 51 km/h 1 days scenic
Felbertauern Panoramic Road Felbertauern Panoramic Road

Felbertauern Panoramic Road

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94 km 64 km/h 1 days scenic
Postalm Panoramic Road Postalm Panoramic Road

Postalm Panoramic Road

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156 km 52 km/h 1 days scenic
Tauern Pass Panoramic Road Tauern Pass Panoramic Road

Tauern Pass Panoramic Road

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49 km 63 km/h 1 days scenic
Nassfeld & Ploecken Pass Panoramic Road Nassfeld & Ploecken Pass Panoramic Road

Nassfeld & Ploecken Pass Panoramic Road

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121 km 50 km/h 1 days scenic
Styrian Wine Road Trip Styrian Wine Road Trip

Styrian Wine Road Trip

Europe - Austria
113 km 57 km/h 2 days scenic
Garmisch Partenkirchen to Salzburg Road Trip Garmisch Partenkirchen to Salzburg Road Trip

Garmisch Partenkirchen to Salzburg Road Trip

Europe - Germany
260 km 52 km/h 3 days scenic
Salzburg to Villach Panoramic Road Salzburg to Villach Panoramic Road

Salzburg to Villach Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
279 km 67 km/h 2 days scenic
Oetztal Transalp Road Trip Oetztal Transalp Road Trip

Oetztal Transalp Road Trip

Europe - Germany
304 km 58 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Neusiedler Lake Road Trip Neusiedler Lake Road Trip

Neusiedler Lake Road Trip

Europe - Austria
213 km 66 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Ammersattel Panoramic Road Ammersattel Panoramic Road

Ammersattel Panoramic Road

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54 km 44 km/h 1 days scenic
Scharnitz Pass Panoramic Road Scharnitz Pass Panoramic Road

Scharnitz Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Germany
47 km 49 km/h 1 days scenic
Ursprung Pass Panoramic Road Ursprung Pass Panoramic Road

Ursprung Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Germany
40 km 57 km/h 1 days scenic
Silvretta Road Panoramic Road Silvretta Road Panoramic Road

Silvretta Road Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
79 km 46 km/h 1 days scenic
Soelk Pass Panoramic Road Soelk Pass Panoramic Road

Soelk Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
159 km 63 km/h 1 days scenic
Kaiserau & Hengst Pass Panoramic Road Kaiserau & Hengst Pass Panoramic Road

Kaiserau & Hengst Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
118 km 52 km/h 1 days scenic
Zellerrain & Preiner Gscheid Pass Panoramic Road Zellerrain & Preiner Gscheid Pass Panoramic Road

Zellerrain & Preiner Gscheid Pass Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
113 km 59 km/h 1 days scenic
Pfaffensattel & Feistritzsattel Panoramic Road Pfaffensattel & Feistritzsattel Panoramic Road

Pfaffensattel & Feistritzsattel Panoramic Road

Europe - Austria
69 km 58 km/h 1 days scenic

Austrian diversity

Vienna is one of the most visited European capitals; thus, it doesn’t come as a surprise that most tourists start their journey around Austria from there. A gateway between both parts of the continent in the past, Vienna is the best place to explore country’s musical heritage, interesting museums, and splendid monuments.

For those who quickly get tired of crowded city centres, Melk and Krems might become equally perfect retreats that are full of stunning architecture, including a number of churches, a Baroque monastery, and a Renaissance palace. 

The northern part of the country is characterised by unique landscape, picturesque villages, and great dining places that will surprise even the most demanding gourmets. The blissful Bad Ischl offers travellers a wide range of health spas that just need to be included in your to-see list. However, the major highlight of this inconspicuous settlement is a gondola lift that runs to an alpine pasture allowing visitors to marvel at a breathtaking view of the Salzkammergut Mountains.

The birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg, is a top-rated option for all the avid fans of art and music. Whereas in Wels, you’ll have a unique opportunity to visit an old water tower and have some fun in the municipal zoo. 

Innsbruck, located in the picturesque Inn Valley, is the jewel of Tyrol and Western Austria. Considered one of the most popular holiday options in the country, it has plenty to offer for all types of tourists. The majority of the architectural jewels are located in the Old Town. The city’s charm is hidden in the coble streets riddled with local restaurants and coffee shops that are hard to miss!

The southern part of the country is a treasure trove of natural and urban highlights. Lienz will welcome you with the beauty of the Dolomites and Bruck Castle dating back to the 13th century, Villach is well-known for its thermal springs and its vicinity to the spectacular Lake Faak, Klagenfurt has a dazzling Old Quarter full of fancy dining venues and a range of Renaissance buildings, and Graz is filled with Baroque ambience that can be felt in each corner of the city.

While travelling along the southern border, a fine choice will be the exploration of South Tyrol. With such settlements as Bruneck or Brixen, it will become an ideal retreat for those who seek idyllic views, green plateaus, and a variety of local food delicacies.

Roads, documents, and traffic rules in Austria

Generally, being a motorist in Austria gives you a lot of freedom and flexibility in terms of your destination choices. Driving around the top tourist attractions at your own pace is a major advantage, especially that Austria enjoys well-maintained roads and great infrastructure regardless of whether you choose to move along the main motorways or travel off the beaten track.

When travelling to Austria in the summer season, it is highly recommended to choose a rental vehicle that is equipped with air conditioning. For those who are into more fancy cars, you can also opt for a shiny convertible.

Roads in Austria are flat as a table and driving along the motorways will be extremely pleasant. The only things that can stop you from full exploration of the country are toll sections. In order to cover that issue, it’s enough to buy a motorway tax sticker that you can obtain at one of the gas stations or at the border crossing. There exist also motorway sections that apply additional charges. These are paid in special booths that are located along the motorway.

In order to drive on the Austrian roads freely, you need to possess your ID or passport, driver’s licence, liability insurance, registration document with vehicle technical inspection certificate, and the European Health Insurance Card.

Drinking and driving in Austria is heavily panelised, and the alcohol limit per 100 ml of blood is 50 mg. What’s more, you shouldn’t be talking on the phone while driving the vehicle. Don’t worry, the use of hands-free devices is fully accepted.

There is a wide range of on the spot fines that you can get if you don’t observe the traffic rules in Austria. If you don’t have enough money to pay when you’re stopped by police officers, you’ll be taken to a bank or a cash dispenser to withdraw the appropriate amount of money. Austria has also introduced a special system of the so-called “yellow cards”. If you get three of those, you will be banned to move around the country for a period of three months.

Speed limits in Austria

It may come as a surprise that Austria is one of the countries with the highest speed limit not only in Europe, but also worldwide. You are allowed to drive at a speed of 130 km/h on motorways. When it comes to driving in built-up areas and rural areas, you should observe the limits of 50 km/h and 100 km/h respectively. So if you want to spare yourself additional costs, it’s best to drive below the designated limits.

Austria: car equipment

The obligatory items that you need to have in your car include a reflective vest, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, and a warning triangle.

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