Vienna’s grand past reveals itself in many grand residences, such as the Belvedere, Hofburg and Scbonbrunn. A great place to begin your tour of Vienna is at the Innere Stadt, the historic centre of the capital. It boasts an awe-inspiring array of imperial palaces, landscaped gardens and Gothic churches all lined by the iconic circular road, the Ringstrasse.
Two palaces also sit at the edge of the Museum Quarter, Vienna’s most inspirational area. This is where you’ll find the MUMOK gallery of modern art and the Leopold Museum, which has some stunning works by Klimt and Schiele on show.
As the city where Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven spent most of their lives, Vienna has a longstanding connection with classical music. That’s why it’s a great idea to soak up the atmosphere at the Musikverein. It’s the home of the Vienna Philharmonic, so expect to enjoy note-perfect performances if you can grab a ticket.
Vienna’s Prater fun fair is a little outside the centre of the city, so you’ll probably have to catch the (very regular and clean) U-bahn to reach it. The journey is worth it for the sparkling atmosphere – see the Riesenrad Ferris wheel and retro rollercoasters lit up against the night sky.
Vienna can lay claim to having one of the world’s oldest Christmas markets. From late November to late December, enjoy the classic festivities at the Rathaus Christkindlmarkt or the Schoenbrunn Palace. You’ll find more than 20 Christmas markets to explore.
We’re giving you 22kg hold baggage on all city breaks to Vienna. All this extra space means you don’t have to worry about decanting toiletries and squeezing everything into your hand luggage. Instead you’ll get loads of room for extra outfits and sightseeing essentials, not to mention all those souvenirs you can bring home too!
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.
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.
Over 130 of the city's finest museums invite you in between 6pm till 1am to see a range of exhibitions and programmes after dark. Just one ticket gets you access to all participating locations and special events.
Boasting over 20 Christmas markets Vienna is a great city to enjoy the Christmas festivities in. Explore the magic of the markets in front of the city hall and at Schonbrnn palace, two of the locals favourites!
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★ Kahlenberg makes a great day trip from Vienna. Located in the Vienna woods, it offers spectacular views of the city. Travel there by bus or for the more adventurous it can be reached on foot. And you will be rewarded with views over the entire city.
★ Buy a Vienna card as the public transport is brilliant and very easy to use. You can use it for trams, trains and buses.
★ Stroll in the parks between the museums, parliament and Rathaus as the buildings around are fabulous to look at.
Considered one of the most important opera houses in the world,this shouldn’t be missed. Learn about the history on a guided tour or see one of the fabulous productions.
This extraordinary structure is 107 metres long with four towers. Take in views of the city from the tower room by climbing 343 steps and come back when the church is beautifully lit-up at night.
Home to the Habsburg dynasty for seven centuries, this palace is full of history. Make sure you have enough time to take in the many collections on display.
This principal square hosts a rich fabric of history and is surrounded by splendid architecture. There is plenty to take in here; the grand St Mark’s Church, the Campanile bell tower and of course the colonnaded arcade of famous cafes.
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!