Vienna Airport is a 20 minute drive from the centre of Vienna. Being the largest airport in Austria, the roads leading to it are excellent. This makes getting around in your hire car a breeze. There are multiple museums, theatres, and parks to visit in Vienna. If you’re planning to go further afield, the airport is close to the international borders of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Things to See and Do
There is accommodation to suit all budgets and lots of delicious Austrian food on offer.
Taking a trip on the Riesenrad is a must for any visitor. This 65m tall Ferris wheel dates back to the 19th century. What a great way to see the city from a different perspective! Appearing in both The Third Man and The Living Daylights, the wheel has become synonymous with Vienna.
If shopping is your thing then there are various markets around the city. The Naschmarkt, is the most popular and you can spend plenty of time hunting out bargains. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the baroque architecture is captivating.
In addition to classical architecture the city is famous for its musical heritage. The Mozarthaus, a Mozart museum is located in one of the composer’s Viennese residences. Even the parks have a musical theme, with various statues of iconic composers, including Johan Strauss, located in the beautiful Stadtpark.
Vienna is also the largest wine producing capital city in the world and you can sample many of them in Heuriger.
Exploring the State of Vienna
The Spa town of Baden is within a short drive of Vienna. This picturesque town is great for a day trip with wonderful walks including the popular route into the Helental Valley. Home to the historic aqueduct that serves Vienna and the 12th century castle of Rauhenstein, Helental is definitely worth a visit.
The cities of Graz and Salzburg are also within driving distance of Vienna. Whilst in Graz you must visit the Schloss Eggenberg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a Baroque palace with stunning architecture and perfectly manicured gardens. You can also wander around the Old Town and sample some of the food that gained Graz the title of ‘City of Culinary Delights’.
If travelling to Salzburg, you’re in for a feast of Mozart. In addition to musical history, Salzburg has some incredible religious buildings worth visiting, including the Baroque cathedral. It is also close to numerous ski resorts and it is a great base if you want to try your hand at some winter sports.