The historic city centre of Vienna was designed for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages. As a result, many of the cities important attractions are within easy reach of one another, so you don’t have very far to travel. The city offers a unique blend of imperial traditions, rustic wine taverns, old coffee houses and stunning modern architecture.
The former Imperial summer residence, the Schonbrunn Palace, boasts beautifully tended gardens, the Gloriette monument, the Palm House and a zoo – it is one of the most visited attractions in the city and is a definite must for all visitors to this beautiful city.
Vienna owes much of its international fame to the many celebrated composers who lived and worked here including Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. One of the city’s greatest achievements is being home to these famous composers. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s best, and the Staatsoper is one of the world’s leading opera houses, the Vienna Boys’ Choir one of the world’s most famous as well. In recent times, Vienna has also established its reputation as a great musical metropolis which attracts many to take a Vienna city break be it because of their calling as a musician or to simply appreciate the city and everything that it has to offer. The city breathes nobility, and makes for a lovely city break.
Take the finest culinary traditions from Bohemia, Austria, Hungary and the Balkans, blend them together and you’ve got Viennese cuisine. This mixture of cultures means Viennese food can’t be compared to anything else. If you’re looking for restaurants that come recommended, we’d recommend Leupold und Kupferdachl, Roth and Griechenbeisl.
Looking for somewhere to enjoy a few drinks? Vienna is home to many different bars, but we’d recommend B72, First Floor and the Onyx Bar.
The main shopping street is Mariahilfer Strasse which is located between the centre of the city and the Westbahnhof where you’ll find hundreds of shops offering jewelry, fashion, accessories and gadgets. In the city centre the Karntner Strasse, Graben and Kohlmarkt are the main areas to spend your hard earned cash. You’ll have no problem spending your money in Vienna, as the city offers many different venues to shop in!
When in Vienna…
Make sure to visit the palace, the Opera House, the museum of Fine Arts, Marahilfer street, St. Stephen’s church, Naschmarkt market and the Haashaus building!