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Experience Vienna in Your Thrifty Rental Car

As Sigmund Freud’s hometown, some people call Vienna “The City of Dreams,” while others think of it as “The City of Music” due to its famous musical residents — Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss. And then there is the imperial history (the Habsburg monarchy), spectacular architecture (Museumsquartier) and many innovative restaurants. In reality, you would need to spend years in Vienna to actually experience everything, but we’ve highlighted a few must-see activities that are easily accessible to you in your Vienna rental car.

Anchor Clock

Built between 1911 and 1917 after the plans of painter Franz von Matsch. The Anchor Clock connects two buildings in what is believed to be Vienna’s oldest Square, Hoher Markt. The clock shows time by historical figures that move across the clock face. Each figure has a roman number on their head with minutes shown by an arrow above them. You’ll want to get in your Vienna rental car and arrive at the clock tower before noon (roughly 12 miles away from Vienna Airport); that’s the only time when all 12 historical figures move across the clock face.

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna Opera House has a worldwide reputation for first-class performances. Built in the 1860s, the building closely resembles Italian Renaissance as homage to the very first operas written and performed in Italy in the 16th century. It’s a short drive from Vienna airport — just eight miles — and there is plenty of parking available for your Thrifty rental car.

Schonbrunn Zoo

Pretty much every city has a local zoo, but only Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna can claim to be the world’s oldest and only baroque zoo. Built in 1760, the zoo was originally part of the Habsburgs’ summer residence. What makes the zoo so unique is the way the animals are cared for — according to baroque heritage. The Schonbrunn Zoo is also one of the few zoos worldwide that houses giant pandas. Conveniently located 17 miles away from the Vienna Airport, you can take a tram, bus or simply drive over in your Vienna rental car.

The Prater

It’s easy to find The Prater (Amusement Park). Just look for the giant Ferris wheel in the city center. Visitors are treated to a spectacular view 200 feet above Vienna. The wheel was originally built in 1897 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Unfortunately, the wheel burned down in 1944 at the height of World War II, but it was eventually rebuilt using the original design plans. It’s also easy to get to — just an 11-mile drive in your Thrifty rental car. In addition to the giant Ferris wheel, you can try some of the local cuisine while in the park. The Vienna Schweinstelze, (pork knuckle) and the Langos (Hungarian garlic bread) are the two local favorites.