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    The oldest Classical Dressage riding school in the world.

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    Indulgent cakes and fabulous coffee are in abundance in Vienna

  • Music Film Festival on Rathausplatz

    Music Film Festival on Rathausplatz

  • Pallas Athene Fountain outside the Parliament building

    Pallas Athene Fountain outside the Parliament building

  • The impressive Imperial Palace in winter

    The impressive Imperial Palace in winter

  • Donnerbrunnen Fountain

    Donnerbrunnen Fountain

  • Imperial Palace at Heldenplatz

    Imperial Palace at Heldenplatz

  • View of Vienna's skyline and Votive Church

    View of Vienna's skyline and Votive Church

  • Schönbrunn Palace

    Schönbrunn Palace

Destinations » Austria » Vienna Travel Guide

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Vienna's inspiring attractions make for a perfect city break at any time of the year. The historic centre of Vienna 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.

With its monumental palaces, gilded opera houses and stately boulevard, Vienna might feel like an imperial capital lost in history. It is undoubtable that it is a city of great heritage but it is also a city that has embraced the modern world and is a leader of the contemporary art scene. With a thriving nightlife and numerous great café, bars and restaurants it is a city that offers great diversity.

Once the seat of the Habsburg Empire, Austria's capital retains an ambiance of imperial elegance and boasts some of Europe's most impressive royal buildings. 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 and the unique charm of Vienna's coffee houses. Synonymous with Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz and the compositions of Haydn, come and embrace Vienna's rich musical heritage.

Rathaus - Town HallRathaus - Town Hall

Possible Excursions

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 75min

Spend a day in the Vienna Woods on the outskirts of the city. You'll find vineyards and old vinter's villages. Many of these villages are now part of the city, but have retained their rustic charm and are a favourite destination for a visit to Heurigens (local taverns) where you will find excellent food and wine (approx. 45min by car).

Enjoy a romantic sightseeing tour of Vienna's attractions from the back of a horse-drawn carriage. This is definitely the perfect way to see the highlights of Austria's capital.

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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

Christmas Market 'Wiener Christkindlmarkt': 'You haven't been to Vienna, if you haven't seen this Christmas market'. This market is probably the most famous in Vienna. Take the Christmas Market Train to explore the entire area with its beautiful lights on the Rathaus and experience the wonderful Christmas atmosphere.

Christmas market at Spittelberg Besides the normal products that you can buy at every Christmas market, you can find arts and crafts along the romantic alleys of Viennas Biedermeier-Vorstadt. Furthermore you can buy 'adventtee', which is a box of 24 filters, for every day in December until Christmas.

The Gloriette in the Schönbrunn Palace GardenThe Gloriette in the Schönbrunn Palace Garden

Please take a look through our extensive list of excellent Vienna hotels. However, if you are keen to discover more of Austria, we can help you to plan anything from Graz city breaks to hotels in Zell am See.

For more information and to book, please visit the Vienna City Break page

Our Vienna Hotel Recommendations

Hotel Ambassador 4*

Why we like it: The mixture of tradition, elegance and luxury. Location: Ideally located between the shopping mile Kaerntner Strasse and Neuer Markt. Features: Restaurant, bar, café, lift, parking Accommodation: 85 elegant and air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities, TV, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi. Fred.\ Special: 4 for 3 nights 01.03.15 - 28.03.15
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K+K Hotel Maria Theresia 4*

Why we like it: The exclusive atmosphere with individual service and Austrian hospitality. Location: In the Bohemian district of Spittelberg near the Imperial Palace and the museum district. Features: Restaurant, bar, lift, fitness area, sauna, parking. Accommodation: 132 sound-proofed and air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities, TV, telephone, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi. tea/coffee making facilities. Fred.\ Special: 3 for 2 nights 02.01.15 - 28.02.15. Fred.\ Extra: Coffee and cake voucher when booking a minimum of a 3 night stay.
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City Hotel Tabor 3*

Why we like it: The excellent location which provides everything to explore the city. Location: Centrally located. The Ferris Wheel and the old town are within walking distance. Features: Bar, lift, safety deposit box, Wi-Fi, parking. Accommodation: 95 bright rooms with en suite facilities, satellite TV, radio,telephone, hairdryer, minibar. Fred.\ Special: 3 for 2 nights 06.01.15 - 28.02.15.
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More than 210 discounts and unlimited free travel by underground, bus and tram for 72 hours. The card gives you the chance to visit museums, sights, theatres, concerts, shops and restaurants. Each Vienna Card entitles one child below the age of 15 to travel with you free! From £18pp.
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Vienna International Airport

The City Airport train takes just 16 minutes to get to central Vienna and vice versa. It operates daily from 05:36 a.m. to 23:36 p.m and the terminal is just 10 minutes from St. Stephen's Cathedral at Wien Mitte station, which can be reached easily by tram, underground, bus or taxi.

Flight Time

2 hours 15 minutes

You will find the main shopping streets in the city centre: Kärntnerstrasse, Graben, Kohlmarkt and Rotenturmstrasse.

Other shopping destinations are Mariahilferstrasse, one of the longest streets in Vienna, Favoritenstrasse and Landstrasser Hauptstrasse.

The Naschmarkt is a daily fruit and vegetable market south of the opera district. Vienna's largest and best known market offers a mixture of Viennese and international delicacies.

Right in the heart of the city is the supremely designed Haas House. The mirror image of St Stephen's Cathedral reflects in the building's semicircular glass facade. Here, you will find a number of exclusive shops and boutiques and a terrace restaurant which offers fantastic views over the historic city centre.

Austrian Delights

Exclusive Austrian foods and luxury goods.

Manner Shop

One of Vienna's favourite sweet shops.


Mozart Cake

Enjoy one of the many coffee specialities served in the traditional coffee houses and try a piece of Mozart Cake


This Viennese restaurant is rich in tradition and inseparably linked with the Prater in Vienna. Here you may enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in the large beer garden - the perfect place to enjoy yourself with a delicious meal under giant old trees.

Sacher Hotel Restaurant

This is the best spot for a romantic dinner and a showcase for imperial Vienna. The restaurant serves various Viennese and international dishes and the famous Sachertorte was invented here.

Wiener Rathauskeller

There is no more traditional place to dine in all of Vienna than this cellar-level restaurant in Vienna's Town Hall. Live musicians entertain as you sample your Wiener schnitzel.


If you can't visit neighbouring Budapest, then here you can get a taste of traditional Hungarian cuisine.

The Original Sacher-Torte

The Wiener Sachertorte is world renowned and a favourite for more than 175 years. Try this dream of a chocolate cake with unsweetened whipped cream and a 'Wiener Melange' coffee.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

This cathedral is not only Vienna's major sight and symbol, it is also the city's most important Gothic construction and has been the church of the archbishopric since 1722. The cathedral represents eight centuries of architectural history.

Imperial Palace

Until 1918, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) was the centre of the vast Habsburg empire. Today, the vast palace complex houses more than 20 top museums and exhibitions as well as several cafés, restaurants and gardens.

Belvedere Palace

A magnificent Baroque palace surrounded by beautiful gardens. Belevedere is also the location of the Austrian Gallery Museum which features Gustav Klimt's famous painting 'The Kiss'.

Schönbrunn Palace

The former summer residence of the imperial family is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe.


Close to the Imperial Palace you will find Vienna's exciting art complex with several renowned museums and a lively restaurant and bar scene.


Spend a fun-filled day in the Prater, Vienna's amusement park and location of the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the city's famous landmarks.


Viennese nightlife offers something for everyone. You can dance into the morning hours, hear a concert, attend an opera, go to the theater, gamble, or simply enjoy regional wine in a local tavern.

Music is at the heart of Vienna's cultural life. The city continues to attract composers, musicians and music lovers. You can find places to enjoy everything from chamber music and pop to waltzes and jazz. Austria's capital is also home of four major symphony orchestras, including the world-acclaimed Vienna Symphony and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, there are dozens of others, ranging from smaller orchestras to chamber orchestras.


State Opera

Home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the world's leading opera stars perform at this legendary opera house.

Vienna's blossoming bar scene centres around Schwedenplatz in the so-called Bermuda Triangle. Here, you will find everything from intimate pubs to large bars with live music.


This is one of the most famous jazz pubs in Austria, noted for the quality of its U.S. and central European-based performers. The bar is located in a deep 200-year-old cellar.

The Heurigen (wine taverns) on the outskirts of Vienna, have long been celebrated in operetta, film, and song. Grinzing at the edge of the Vienna Woods is the most-visited district. This is an area full of narrow old streets and houses, with thick walls surrounding inner courtyards.

Weingut Wolff

This wine tavern offers one of the best authentic atmospheres just 20 minutes outside Vienna city centre. In summer, you can enjoy delicious wine and tasty food in the flower-decked garden set against a backdrop of ancient vineyards.