Vienna is an inspiring multi-cultural city with many historical buildings. Vienna city breaks are perfect any time of the year. Take in the beautiful city covered in crystal white snow in the winter or wander the cobble stone streets and sample the delights of Viennese cuisine and the unique charm of Vienna's coffee houses in the summer. The historic centre, with its world-famous sights such as the St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Imperial Palace, has been added to the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list.
Take advantage of more than 210 discounts and unlimited free travel by underground, bus and tram for 72 hours with this card. Includes museums and attractions, theatres and concerts, shops and restaurants. Each Vienna Card entitles one child below the age of 15 to travel with you for free. Prices start at just £21pp.
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During winter time the Vienna Christmas Market transforms the city into a fest of lights and decorations with the aromas of rich berry punch and freshly cooked gingerbread men filling the air. The market holds up to 150 lavishly decorated stalls each year, attracting families and couples on romantic Christmas breaks.
Once the seat of the Habsburg Empire, Austria's capital retains an ambience of imperial elegance and boasts some of Europe's most impressive royal buildings. Take a Vienna city break and follow in the footsteps of the Habsburgs. Visit the stunning Baroque Palaces, Schönbrunn and Belvedere, and stroll along the Ring Boulevard surrounding the Imperial Palace.
Also inextricably linked with the city, are the delights of Viennese cuisine with plenty of pastries and other delicious delicacious on offer. Synonymous with Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz and the compositions of Haydn, come and embrace Vienna's rich musical heritage.
Things to do
Don't miss a visit to the Spanish Riding School, the world's oldest and only riding school that cultivates classical equitation.
Spend a day in the Vienna Woods on the outskirts of the city. Here, you'll find vineyards and old vintners' villages that have retained their rustic charm and are a famous for their Heurigens (local taverns). Approx. 45min by car.
Take the Twin City Liner (a catamaran, specially designed for the shallow waters of the Danube Canal), from Vienna to Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, in 75 minutes.
Places to see
City Tour and Schönbrunn Place: This city tour will introduce you to the most important sights of the Austrian capital. Drive around the famous 'Ringstrasse', pass by the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University. The highlight is a visit to Schönbrunn Palace for a tour of some of the most magnificently decorated rooms. Return to the city centre, passing by Belvedere Palace, where you can end your tour, or choose to continue to the State Opera House. Prices start at £34pp, including coach, entrance fees and guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace.
Belvedere Palace: Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Belvedere is the location of the Austrian Gallery Museum which features Gustav Klimt's famous painting 'The Kiss'.
The Third Man Museum: The place to go for anyone who loves the film.
Dine in the 165m-high Danube Tower. The entire city spreads out below from the revolving restaurant, where Viennese specialities like flavoursome bacon-wrapped pheasant breast or smoked halibut with horseradish are served. Arrive when the sun sets and Vienna's city lights start to twinkle.
Take a 'Danube & Panorama' tour during your visit to Vienna. The tour starts with a boat-trip on the mighty Danube to see the famous sights of Hundertwasser. It then passes through modern Vienna enroute for the northern part of the city, the 'Cobenzl' (or Northern Vienna Woods). From here you will have a marvellous panoramic view over Vienna. Then, passing by the picturesque little wine growing-village of Grinzing, return to the city centre where the tour ends. Prices start at £37.50pp