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Hire A Car In Austria This Summer, More Than Just Football

Feb 25, 2008
This summer will see thousands of football fans descend upon Austria for the upcoming Euro 2008 championships. Car hire companies will doubtlessly make a great deal of money during the period as travelling to and from the various venues will make up a large part of most holidays. Advisably, the use of car hire services will make the viewing of your nations matches much easier; while travelling the mountainous roads of Austria offer the driver immeasurable pleasure.

Sadly for English fans the championships will not see their team's inclusion. That is no reason however not to travel to Austria and tour the cities in a hire car. True football fans will enjoy the spectacle on a level above national pride, and the party atmosphere will be a great incentive for some. With hosting cities at either end of the country the opportunity to see the marvellous scenery in transit will also be a reason to travel to Austria for many.

Vienna will be one of the major cities of the tournament and will see a large number of nationalities meeting up to view some great football. Not only will the stadium be jam packed but the outside viewing screens will see scenes of partying and revelry. If I were travelling to Vienna I would advise using a hire car from the airport and staying outside the city; having your own transport will allow you to view the matches within the city whilst allowing retirement to the more relaxing scenery of the surrounding hillsides.

Salzburg is only a short but stunning drive from Vienna, perfect for traversing in a hire car; ensure to book one that has good handling; you will need it. Salzburg will also have large viewing screens in Mozart square; the amazing baroque architecture will offer brilliant surroundings to view the stars of the European game. This historic city will offer the tourist much more than football and those who wish to sample all this artistic city has to offer will not be disappointed.

Innsbruck is usually famed for its ski jumping competitions but this summer will see football invading the city. In the west of Austria, a great idea for a trip would be to hire a car and visit northern Italy in between games, with arguably the finest stretches of road in the world, this part of Europe is a must for those who love to be behind the wheel. This alpine city is one of the finest in Austria and has fantastic transport links to Switzerland, Italy and Germany.

The most southern host city of the Euro championships is Klagenfurt, the city will providing covered viewing areas for fans while its large pedestrian areas in the city negate the immediate need for a hire car, touring the Worthersee, the warmest alpine lake in Europe is a trip worthy of any tourist's time. The oppressive Hochosterwitz Castle gives tourists who are not overly excited with the sporting entertainment the chance to see some of the history of this once powerful principality.

Touring the alpine scenery of Austria in a hire car is a pleasure. There are stretches of road that will truly leave drivers breathless and amaze passengers. It is strongly advisable to traverse the mountain roads in your own time and in your own transport, the mountain villages are worthy of excursions and the inhabitants are friendly and hospitable.

This summer Austria will be one of the busiest places in the world, missing out on this festival of football would be a crime. But if you would prefer to avoid the football Austria offers many serene retreats that will ensure relaxation and refreshment.
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Travel expert Thomas Pretty strongly advocates driving holidays and regularly uses Budget's car hire Austria services. To find out more please visit http://www.budget.co.uk/car-hire/car-hire-austria.htm
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