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The Top 5 cultural places to discover in Austria

Austria, located in Central Europe, shares its borders with many European countries: Switzerland, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Hungary, making it a very easy destination to reach.

In addition, it has a particularly rich past and will delight culture and history fans. We recommend that you discover Austria’s Top 5 places to visit very soon.

1) Schönbrunn Palace

Located in Vienna, the Austrian capital, it is one of the city’s most beautiful jewels. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has long been the summer residence of the Habsburgs, the Austrian imperial family. Often compared to the Palace of Versailles, its many state rooms will take you back in time, to the privacy of emperors and empresses.

We also recommend a visit to the imperial apartments. If you have enjoyed the interior of this 18th century baroque castle, you will definitely be impressed by its 1 km-long garden with its palm tree greenhouse, a zoological garden, the imperial carriages museum and many fountains scattered here and there.

2) The library of Saint Florian Monastery

Located 20 minutes from Linz, this library is certainly one of the most beautiful in the world! Inside these walls steeped in history, there are thousands of very old books, some dating back to the 5th century. The library rooms are well hidden within the Saint Florian Monastery, built in 1071 and rebuilt in pure Baroque style in the 18th century.

For a long time, this extraordinary location was a place of worship and several masterpieces celebrating religion were created there: paintings by great masters, magnificent organs, secret manuscripts... We particularly recommend that you don’t miss the Marble Hall, totally disproportionate, where one feels tiny in front of so much wealth and gilding.

3) Mozart's birthplace

If you like classical music, we recommend a visit to Mozart's birthplace at 9 Getreidegasse Street in Salzburg. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756. He spent his entire childhood and much of his adolescence in this house. Now converted into a museum to the glory of the famous composer, you will find many of his musical instruments, portraits, furniture and objects.

4) The Grossglockner Road

For mountain and driving lovers, don't leave Austria without taking this famous road in Hohe Tauern National Park, regularly featured in the most beautiful travel magazines. A mythical road linking the Salzburg region to Carinthia, it offers incredible panoramas over 48 km. The route is particularly suited to tourism, as it has been equipped with lookouts, car parks, rest rooms, restaurants... So, you can enjoy the pleasure of driving here in complete safety. But for those who suffer from car sickness, be aware that there are exactly 36 hairpin bends on the Grossglockner road. 

5) The Krimml Waterfalls

Still in Hohe Tauern National Park, at nearly 380 metres high, these waterfalls are the largest in Central Europe and they really are very impressive. The waterfalls - there are 3 altogether- can be reached by a 4-kilometre path, open from mid-April to October, from which you can enjoy different views of the landscape.

Austria truly is an exciting region to discover, both for its historical and cultural heritage as well as for its diverse and sublime landscapes. Its central location in Europe makes it easy to reach by air or rail, making it an ideal destination for families with young children.

If you need a temporary transit rental, Munich is the nearest city to collect your car, after booking with our services. From Germany, you can discover Austria with confidence.