Hi TA Experts :)
Right now we are scheduled to fly into Vienna on 12/27 and head directly to Melk for a quiet night in the country, returning the next day for four nights in Vienna. Two questions I am having trouble with right now:
1) Transit to Melk
We originally were going to take the train to Melk, relax for a night and explore the town, and then train back, but I realized we were missing out on exploring the valley via car. So....
I have a car rental reserved through Auto Europe w/ Buchbinder. However, I am reading terrible things about them. I am also reading that reserving a car at the airport is a mistake. My options that i have found is to either keep the car and take pictures, prepare to make a fuss, etc... or cancel and go through Sixt which has an office about 15 minute walk from our hotel in Vienna. We will only have the car to travel to Melk & back, so we would be turning it in on the 28th and walking to our hotel.
also - have you had any experience with the AMEX Premium Car Rental Coverage? My AAA insurance doesn't cover international driving, so I would either have to get the rental insurance or a 3rd party provider.
2) NYE in Vienna
From what I am reading it appears that the whole of downtown is a party zone on NYE. What is the best way to experience this extraordinary event? Would you recommend reservations at a local restaurant, a ticket to a ball/party/concert, or just enjoy the city?
I will be traveling with my wife, and we are more in the mood for fun and excitement, but not to the club/dance party level. So concerts would be fun and romantic, or a crazy NYE party in the streets would be fun as well.