Vienna
Vienna

Vienna

An inimitable city, where nostalgia is not a state of mind but a way of being. With no regrets: Vienna loves its past but looks to the future.
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Vienna is truly unique: only in the Austrian capital does it seem as if the 19th century never ended. Mozart’s music and waltzes are still the big hits, played by prestigious orchestras in sumptuous palaces and halls. The elegant cafés are always full but never rowdy. Sissi, the empress made immortal by a famous film saga, seems to pop up before you from one moment to the next. The beautiful blue Danube continues to flow, placid and inexorable.

This magical fairytale atmosphere reaches its climax at Christmas time, when the traditional Christmas markets open and young and old alike flock to the atmospheric ice-skating rink in the heart of the old town.

Imperial Vienna will not disappoint your expectations, but what tourists are generally unprepared for is the modernity of Vienna: trendy clubs make the Austrian capital a must-visit destination for electronic music lovers, trendy cafés vie for clientele with historic cafés, and public transport is highly efficient.

Whether it’s the nostalgic charm or the exciting dynamism of this city that brings you here, our online guide to Vienna will help you experience the holiday of your dreams.

Things to do in Vienna

Cosa vedere a Vienna
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One could fill an entire weekend just visiting the royal palaces of the Habsburg court. If you’re short on time, concentrate on the two most opulent: Hofburg, the Imperial Palace, and Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence (perhaps with a stop at the zoo); to these you can add Belvedere Castle and the Rathaus, a town hall with sumptuous rooms.

It’s hard not to notice the neo-Gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral on the central Stephanplatz: its towers and spires soar high into the Vienna sky and the roof is decorated with thousands of coloured tiles forming two iconic images of the city and nation.

For a complete change of atmosphere, take in the vibrancy of the Naschmarkt and flea market, stroll through the picturesque Spittelberg district or get your fill of art and culture in the Museum Quarter.

Discover the 10 must-see sights of Vienna on our Things to do in Vienna page.

Things to do in Vienna

Cosa fare a Vienna
© Österreich Werbung, Photo: Peter Burgstaller

One of the symbols of Vienna is the Giant Wheel in the Prater: a ride on the romantic Wiener Riesenrad is a thrilling experience not to be missed.

For an authentic Viennese experience, step into one of the city’s historic cafés, but know in advance that in front of such mouth-watering cakes, you should forget your diet and good intentions.

Whether or not you are a fan of symphony concerts and operas, during a holiday in Vienna, don’t miss the opportunity to attend a classical music concert. The exclusive locations in which they are performed, such as castles, imperial palaces or historical cafés, will enhance the magic created by the music.

If you have some time, treat yourself to a cruise on the Danube, Europe’s most romantic river, which inspired Johann Strauss’ famous waltz.

Active holidaymakers will find fascinating cycling and hiking routes in and around Vienna, including the famous Ringstrasse cycle path; if you come in winter you can try your hand at sports such as ice skating and curling.

For more ideas on what to do on your holiday visit the Vienna Tours and Activities page.

Where to stay in Vienna

Hotel a Vienna

Hotels in the centre of Vienna tend to be expensive, which is a bit of a surprise for tourists who want to organise their own holiday. Fear not: there are solutions to suit all budgets, fromluxury hotels in the Innere Stadt and the Ringstrasse to budget hotels in the neighbouring districts.

Don’t disdain quality hotels and B&Bs just because they are located in the suburbs: public transport in Vienna works very well, so getting to the centre is quick and easy.

For more in-depth advice on how to choose the best area, visit Where to stay in Vienna.

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Entrance tickets and activities

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Where is located Vienna

Things to do in Vienna

Things to do in Vienna

The must-see sights in Vienna. A guide to the must-see attractions on your next trip to the Austrian capital.
Where to stay in Vienna

Where to stay in Vienna

Guide to the best areas to sleep in Vienna and a selection of recommended hotels and flats in each district.
Best restaurants in Vienna

Best restaurants in Vienna

The complete list of the best restaurants, cafés, pastry shops in Vienna where you can enjoy traditional dishes, delicious cakes and more.
Tours & activities in Vienna

Tours & activities in Vienna

Any ideas on what to do in Vienna? Here is a selection of classic and original tours and the most interesting activities for your holiday.
Vienna City Card

Vienna City Card

Vienna Pass

Vienna Pass

Nightlife in Vienna, the best clubs and discos

Nightlife in Vienna, the best clubs and discos

Events in Vienna

Events in Vienna

Transport in Vienna

Transport in Vienna

The best cafés in Vienna

The best cafés in Vienna

Weather Vienna

Weather Vienna

Map of Vienna

Map of Vienna

Reaching Vienna

Flights to Vienna

Flights to Vienna

All direct flights to Vienna Airport from major european airports.
Vienna Airport

Vienna Airport

All useful information on Vienna Airport: arrival and departure times, services, how to get there, nearby accommodation, car rental and more.
Driving in Austria

Driving in Austria

Useful information for driving in Austria: rules, limits and the motorway sticker. Plus practical directions for getting to Vienna by car.

How to save on transport and entrance fees

City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.

Vienna City Card: 24 - 72 Hour Access to Public Transport + Discounts
Vienna City Card: 24 - 72 Hour Access to Public Transport + Discounts
This _über_ convenient Vienna City Card brings the city to your doorstep! Ride all public transport within Vienna city limits and get a discount book for attractions. .
From 17,00 €

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