Vienna

Vienna

If you want to top up on culture and immerse yourself in a world of magnificent architecture and impressive museums then you’re in the right place. Vienna wasn’t the cultural centre of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries for no reason.

Art & culture

With so many attractions it is hard to know where to start in Vienna. The Kaiserpalast of the Habsburg dynasty, from which many European kings have originated since the 13th century, the art history museum with its incredible ceiling paintings and other art treasures, the Sigmund Freud Museum and the museum quarter attract tourists from all over the world. In the Ringstraße, which circles the historic centre, you can find one magnificent building after the other: the State Opera, the Burgtheater, the city hall and countless others demonstrate the various architectural eras.

If you are passionate about equestrian sports then you can experience the perfection of the Spanish Riding School and be witness to the special harmony between man and horse during a guided tour or demonstration. Fans of classical music will not want for any more in the Austrian capital. Tip: visit the open “class evenings” of the students at the Vienna College of Music! Many famous composers spent time in Vienna including Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart. Mozart often played in Vienna’s oldest coffee house, the Frauenhuber coffee house. You can still enjoy a slice of Sachertorte cake and a freshly brewed coffee or tasty hot chocolate there today.

Local specialities

The many coffee houses perfectly reflect the typical Austrian serenity. You can sit there for hours, happily reading a newspaper or a book whilst enjoying one of the delicious local specialities, for example warm apple strudel.

If you want to try some other local specialities, take a stroll through the Serviten quarter, where new cafes and restaurants are sure to stave your hunger and put a smile on your face. Our special lunchtime tip: the Soho Kantine in the National Library! You will find affordable and tasty dishes in an impressive setting.

Shopping time

Fruit, vegetables, fish, pastries and much more are available at the Naschmarkt, which translates roughly as the ‘nibble market’! The Viennese have a saying, “If it’s not available at the Naschmarkt, it’s not worth having”. See what they mean by taking a wander along the very diverse market stands and enjoying the delicious scents of local specialities.

A few little facts

Vienna also has more on offer than just culture! If you’ve always wanted to know just how difficult it is to find your way out of a maze, head down to the Schlosspark Schönbrunn. The Wurstlprater and the slightly smaller, more relaxed version, the Böhmische Prater, stir up memories of old with Ferris wheels, ghost trains and rollercoasters. The Hermann Beach Bar will get you in the holiday mood, while there is live music at Café Carina every evening.

If you are in need of a break after all the museums, food and music, we can only recommend a walk in the Wienerwald forest, the north eastern edge of the Alps. Or why not visit the world’s oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn! Tigers, monkeys and meerkats have been roaming here since 1752. And when your city break comes to an end, you’ll almost certainly wish the Viennese a sincere “Wiederschaun!” as you leave.