Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Vienna
We are almost at the half way mark with Europe month, which brings us to Vienna, the capital of Austria! Vienna is often regarded as the city of music due to its musical dynasty. In 2009 Vienna was ranked joint first, with Vancouver, in a list compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world most liveable city.
As has been the case with a great deal of the capital cities listed during Sixt’s Europe month, Vienna is home to an immense Romanesque, Gothic cathedral. Stephansdom, St Stephens Cathedral in English, was built in the 12th century and has since become one of the most important religious buildings in Austria. The cathedral has been witnessed to some of the city’s most historically significant events, and its distinctive multi-colored roof has since become one of the cities most recognized symbol. Upon entering the cathedral, you will find the interior equally as stunning, with a grand pulpit taking center stage with impressive intricacies upon it. On top of the churches, Vienna also has an impressive collection of museums. The majority of these museums can be found on MuseumsQuartier, one of the world’s most ambitious cultural spaces. Of the great variety of museums on offer at MuseumsQuartier, the best are the Leopold Museum which houses the largest collection of Austrian modern art with over 5000 exhibitions over 5 decades; the other highlight within MuseumsQuartier is MUMOK which has a collection of over 7000 modern and contemporary art works, the work being displayed at MUMOK includes world renowned artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Wolf Vostell and Roy Lichtenstein.
In the center of Vienna is the Donauinsel, or Danube Island, a long island of 21 km which acts as an elongated swimming lake and is full of bars, restaurants and has plenty of space for recreational activities such as cycling, canoeing and rollerblading. And, if you find yourself in Vienna towards the end of June, check out Donaunselfest. An annual open air festival with almost 3 million visitors. Donaunselfest has hosted such world-famous acts as Madonna, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Bonnie Tyler and many more.
There almost not a truer representation of contemporary Viennese culture than a visit to one of the 26 markets dotted around the city. For the bargain hunters among us, Naschmarkt, an all-day flea market on every Saturday, is a must. For food lovers and flower aficionados Rochusmarkt is the place for you, with a wide section of fruit, vegetables, flowers and most importantly cheese, go crazy with the wide variety of samples available.
To broaden the availability of attractions, hire a rental car from Sixt. Just one of the places you can visit with this car rental is Liechtenstein castle. The castle is located on the edge of the Viennese forest, a 20 minute drive from Vienna. You will recognize this castle from the 1993 film the Three Musketeers staring Kieffer Sutherland. Continuing the theme of movie locations, and if you wish to have a longer drive along the wonderful Austrian roads, something that will well worth the wait is Salzburg. It is only 2.5 hours away, which is not much for the wonderful Sound of Music tour. Our recommendation for your Austrian adventure is the Mercedes Benz C-Class. The drive to Salzburg will pass extremely quickly and you can really test the limits on the Austrian autobahns with this beautiful, easy to drive car rental.
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