My wife and I will be taking about a week's trip to Austria in March, 2018 to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I was there about 20 years ago and loved it, but she's never been. We are going on our school's Spring Break (we're both musicians). We will be arriving around noon on Tuesday, 3/13, and leaving about 7am on Monday, 3/19, so we have a total of about 5 1/2 days.
In getting there midday 3/13, we will stay in Vienna that evening and head out to Salzburg the next day (3/14). This is where I am needing the advice.
I am trying to figure out if renting a car and driving would be beneficial. I would like to stop by St. Florian on the way from Vienna to Salzburg, but it's not a deal breaker. Once we get to Salzburg, we will be taking a day to go to Hallstatt, so I'm thinking that renting a car might save some time?
We were originally going to go to Salzburg/Halstatt on 3/14, 3/15 and leave to return to Vienna on 3/16, however, I am thinking that with the trip to Halstatt will take most of a day from start to finish? If that is true, then that would only leave parts of two days in Salzburg, which I don't think would be enought time, so I think that we may extend and come back to Vienna on 3/17 instead.
That would leave about half of 3/17 and all of 3/18 in Vienna. We know that we want to see St. Stephens and Schonnbrun, but what else should we see?
I guess my two main questions revolve around renting a car and driving (have never done this outside of the US) and how to split time between Vienna and Salzburg/Halstatt.
Thanks for any tips and information.