Despite mountains covering 75% of the country, its appeal isn't limited to the winter months. During the summer, tourists flock here to enjoy the scenery, lakes, and hiking.
The country is actually larger than you might think and there's plenty to cram into a visit here! Enjoy everything from a visit to the capital city of Vienna to exploring tiny and traditional mountain villages.
Reasons to choose us
Sample Zest Car Rentals fresh approach to hiring a car in Austria. Our booking process is simple and hassle-free and, unlike other brokers, we don’t charge any credit card fees.
We work with carefully selected and trusted car rental providers in Austria. We’ve won awards and receive regular testimonials for our customer service and that’s why our UK based head office is open 6 days a week, past ‘normal’ working hours.
We also operate a 24/7 emergency phone service to help with any problems you may have when you’re on the road as well as providing breakdown assistance throughout Austria. Should you require even more cover, we offer top-up insurance to ensure your complete peace of mind. When it comes to renting a car in Austria, we’ve cut down on the jargon so you know exactly what you’re getting and can focus on your holiday instead.
Which airports do we cover?
Serving the capital, Vienna Airport is perhaps the busiest airport in Austria. Vienna is home to many attractions from the marvellous St Stephen's Cathedral, through to flea markets, excellent museums, the famous Ferris wheel, and Schönbrunn Palace. It even has a city beach on the banks of the Danube.
If you’re a musical fan, head to Salzburg Airport. There’s more to the city than its association with The Sound of Music. The birthplace of Mozart is also home to some stunning architecture. Marvel at St Peter's Monastery, the Residenz zu Salzburg, and the Cathedral. Alternatively, jump in your car and head for Hohensalzburg Fortress which is located at the top of a mountain.
If you’ve come for the skiing, Innsbruck Airport is a great choice. Lying beneath the striking Nordkette mountain range, it’s close to some of the country's best ski resorts. Innsbruck has even hosted the Winter Olympics twice. Besides winter sports, the medieval Altstadt is home to some beautiful buildings such as the magnificent Hofburg Palace, considered one of the most culturally important buildings in Austria.
Alternatively, visit Klagenfurt and explore a town full of curiosities. The seat of the Carinthian parliament, the Landhaus is an eye catching building that dates from the 16th century. Armorial Hall should be of particular interest. This is where Josef Ferdinand Fromiller painted 665 coats of arms on the walls. Also, be sure to view the Lindwurm monument which dates from 1590 and commemorates the slaying of a dragon that was terrorising the area.
Other things to see and do
Austria is a popular destination whatever the weather. Enjoy mountain pursuits and cultural delights aplenty. Hiring a car will make your holiday all the more memorable, allowing you to create your very own itinerary.
Between May and October, head to the incredible Grossglockner Alpine Road. This mountain pass provides uninterrupted views of the country's highest mountain; the Grossglockner. You'll have to pay a small toll to do so but it's more than worth the investment.
Take a tour of Austria's most attractive towns and villages. Start off at Hallstatt, a pretty village on the shores of a salt lake that has always guaranteed the village's prosperity. The gorgeous Melk Abbey makes the town of Melk a great destination too.
Renting a vehicle makes reaching the country's many ski resorts all the more accessible too. You can combine fun on the slopes with an Austrian road trip.