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A refined city filled with prestigious palaces

A great place to begin your tour of Vienna is at the Innere Stadt, the historic centre of the capital which boasts an awe-inspiring array of imperial palaces, landscaped gardens and Gothic churches, all lined by the iconic circular road, the Ringstrasse. Your journey will take you past the famed Rathaus (City Hall), the Austrian Parliament Building and Votivekirche, all unforgettable sights during your time in the city.

It’s equally fitting that the so-called ‘City of Dreams’ should be seen as a place of enlightenment too. After all, the Austrian capital boasts an abundance of art galleries, museums and intricately designed churches. Its State Opera House looks as if it has been sculpted out of pure gold as dusk draws a blanket of darkness over the city.

Plus, if you’re thinking of enjoying a festive break in Vienna, you’ll find more than 20 Christmas markets in the city. Expect to see stalls selling authentic Austrian wares such as wooden toys, ceramics and even fine silk scarves.

It’s yet more proof that whether you’re soaking up the atmosphere of festive fairs or admiring some of the world’s most stunning stonework, Vienna is a city that’s always worthy of celebration.

The impressive style of a stunning city

To begin your exploration of Vienna, the best place to start is on the Ringstrasse. Originally created to replace the old city walls, this famous road rings the historic Innere Stadt and takes in an immense wealth of the most famous attractions.

That includes the incredibly grand City Hall or Rathaus. It’s an intensely pretty building, as the elaborate arches and spires of its 19th century Gothic facade are lit up at night with silvery lights that sparkle like jewels.

Considering that the Ringstrasse also takes in the Vienna State Opera, with its elaborate interiors of marble and gold, and the Academy of Fine Arts, it’s little wonder that the street was a favourite daily walk of Sigmund Freud. The Austrian Parliament Building, with its grand neo-classical columns, is also placed nearby, while the 19th century Votive Church stands as an impressive monument to the Emperor Franz Joseph.

It’s also well worth venturing a little further out to the cream-coloured Schönbrunn Palace. Built back in the 17th century, the residence has enjoyed a prestigious reputation since its creation by the Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand II.

You’ll also be astounded by the enduring imperial beauty of Belvedere Palace created for Prince Eugene of Savoy, Hofburg Palace that once housed the rulers of Austria-Hungary and Schottenkirche in the Freyung triangular square.

Insider Tip

Kahlenberg makes a great day trip from Vienna, located in the Vienna woods it offers spectacular views of the city. Travel their by bus or for the more adventurous it can be reached on foot. Once there you will be rewarded with views over the entire city. Just below the summit sits the Baroque St. Joseph's Church, where you can enjoy the panorama terrace. A restaurant and takeaway cafe offer not only beautiful views, but also Viennese delights.

Food and drink

Vienna is famed for its decadent cuisine. Enjoy espresso and cream at grand coffee houses, alongside sachertorte (chocolate cake with apricot jam) or a buttery apple strudel. The Neubau district has many gourmet eateries too.

Shopping

For true luxury, visit the Golden Quarter, a large shopping centre filled with designer labels. Meanwhile, Mariahilfer Strasse is the city’s longest shopping street, offering you some serious variety!

Must-see

Vienna’s regal past reveals itself in many grand residences, such as the Belvedere, Hofburg and Schönbrunn palaces. It’s a city of culture too, as you’ll see at the State Opera House and the fascinating Museum Quarter.

Getting around

It’s easy to explore the historic centre of Vienna on foot, especially as the Ringstrasse loops around the city’s best sights. The underground system is also astoundingly clean, and offers 24 or 48-hour tickets.

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Vienna City

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Where is it?

Vienna is the capital city of Austria in central Europe. The city is located in the north east of Austria, close to the Slovakian border.

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  • Language

    German
  • Currency

    euro
  • Time difference

    +1 hour
  • Travel

    £10 for a 48 hour travel card
  • Beer

    £3
  • 3-course meal

    £40
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