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Destinations » Austria » Vienna Travel Guide
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.
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 coffeehouses. Synonymous with Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz and the compositions of Haydn, come and embrace Vienna's rich musical heritage.
For more information and to book, please visit the Vienna City Break page
Approx, 1.7 million
Vienna International Airport
16min to the city centre by train
You will find the main shopping streets in the city centre: Kärntnerstrasse, Graben, Kohlmarkt and Rotenturmstrasse.
Austrian Delights: Exclusive Austrian foods and luxury goods.
Manner Shop: One of Vienna's favourite sweet shops.
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.
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.
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 neighboring Budapest, then here you can get a taste of traditional Hungarian cuisine.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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