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To learn more about Austria's top attractions, keep reading on down the page. You'll find information on great cities and tourist sites, all easily accessible when you rent a car in Austria from Sixt. You can securely book online and customize your rental car with our affordable extras. The tips we have gathered can help you plan an itinerary for your visit. From beautiful architecture to breathtaking mountain peaks, Austria has a wealth of sights and experiences to enjoy.
Choosing car rental in Austria with Sixt means accessing an up-to-date, leading brand fleet that features a range of car categories to suit all kinds of travel. Once you select your rental vehicle you can easily include any add-ons you require. Snow chains and magnetic ski racks are ideal if you're heading for the piste, while a GPS can make it easier to find those secluded spots.
The driver and renter must present their identity card or passport along with their driver's license when collecting the vehicle. A standard US license is acceptable to drive in Austria if you have been in the EU for less than six months. If your license uses non-Latin characters, such as Russian, Arabic or Chinese, you will need an International Driver's Permit (IDP).
You must be at least 18 to rent a car in Austria from Sixt. Drivers under 25 may have to pay a surcharge and further age restrictions may apply to certain models. The booking engine will describe these during the rental process.
All major credit cards are accepted for car rental in Austria with Sixt but we cannot accept cash, debit cards or prepaid cards.
In the event of an accident, calling 112 will connect you to the emergency services. You must report any damage to Sixt immediately and fill in the accident report form that was provided with your rental vehicle. All accidents must also be reported to the police, even if no other car was involved.
TIP: It is generally cheaper to rent a car at least three months before any high season. Free cancellation up to 24 hours before collection is almost always possible, but is dependent on the chosen tariff.
Austria has an excellent and well-maintained road network. To use the Autobahns and motorways you must purchase and display a 'Vignette'. These can be bought at gas stations, border crossings and tobacco stores. The E60 and E45 are the main east-west routes, while the E59 runs north-south between Vienna and Graz.
The Hohensalzburg Castle sits atop Salzburg's Festungsberg and with a length of 820 ft. and a width of 490 ft. it is one of Europe's largest medieval castles. The Steinhaus is the private home of famed Austrian architect Günther Domenig, situated at Lake Ossiach near his birthplace of Klagenfurt. The house has featured in all kinds of media from TV to books, magazines and art projects, and is considered to be a cultural icon. The Kunsthuas Graz, or Graz Art Museum, was built in 2003 and specializes in contemporary art exhibitions. Its often referred to as the 'Friendly Alien' because of its so-called blob architectural style. The Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna is the former imperial summer residence. Its history spans over 300 years and is one of Austria's most important architectural, cultural as well as historical monuments.
Krimml Waterfalls, found in the High Tauern National Park, are the highest waterfalls in Austria with a total height of 1,247 feet. The Zugspitze is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains sitting 9,718 feet above sea level. The border between Austria and Germany runs over its western summit. Eisriesenwelt Cave complex is a system of ice caves featuring miles of paths winding through stunning caverns. Descending for more than 700 steps, you will find the famous Eispalast, a sparkling natural palace carved from the ice. The Grossglockner Alpine Road is open from May to October and offers drivers breathtaking views of the high Alpine scenery. Ascending to the Josefs Hohe Visitor Center, the views to Austria's highest peak, Grossglockner, are magnificent.
Austria has been the backdrop for many a famous film. "The Sound of Music (1965)" is one of the most famous films of all time and was shot in Salzburg and the surrounding mountains and valleys. Telling the story of the musical Von Trapp family, the film is studded with memorable songs and the just as memorable backdrop of Salzburg and the Alps. The 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solance" featured scenes shot at the floating opera stage at Bregenz while the 2015 Bond film, "Spectre", shot scenes on the the Ötztal Glacier Road, Rettenbach Glacier and had the Ice Q Restaurant at the Solden ski resort stand in for the fictional Hoffler Klinik. Parts of the 1997 film "Seven Years in Tibet" about the Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer were shot in Austria while the 1973 spy movie "Scorpio" was both set and filmed in Vienna.
Austria is centrally situated in Europe and provides a great base from which to explore other countries. Our car rental deals in Austria allow cross-border trips but you must inform the rental branch if you intend to drive abroad or insurances will be invalidated. Charges may apply depending on the model of car and country visited. More information is available here: Rental Information.