Vienna

Vienna city breaks

The Austrian capital is renowned for its refinement. It’s an ornate city made magnificent by imperial palaces and a great heritage in the arts. There’s a café culture bubbling up every afternoon, so Sachertorte’s definitely on the menu. Vienna’s sublime by night too, so get your fanciest wardrobe together for a night at the opera.

Palaces aplenty

Palaces aplenty

Vienna’s grand past reveals itself in many opulent residences, like the Belvedere, Hofburg and Schönbrunn. Begin your tour of this majestic city 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 Ringstrasse.

Quaint quarters

Quaint quarters

It’s no surprise that this traditional city has many old buildings to explore. Get acquainted with the two palaces that sit at the edge of the Museum Quarter, Vienna’s most inspirational area. This is where you’ll find various art galleries showcasing intricate works of renowned artists, too. There’s culture around every corner.

A classic night out

A classic night out

As the city where Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven spent most of their lives, Vienna has a long-standing connection with classical music. So pack your best attire, as this is the place for a night with a very smart difference. The home of the Vienna Philharmonic offers note-perfect performances, so you’ve got to grab a ticket.

No.22 – TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations
Famous for its old-school glamour and happy-go-lucky ways, it’s no wonder Vienna’s visitors have voted it number 22 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations in Europe.
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Austrian Parliament Building

Austrian Parliament Building

Vienna

Take a guided tour of the seat of Austria's government. Breathe in the history, art and architecture of the parliament building on the Ringstrasse. See what the daily life of an Austrian politician is like. You...
Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace

Vienna

This historic palace is home to an incredible collection of art. It's where you'll find the world's largest collection of work by Klimt, including The Kiss. Built in the 18th century, the building itself is...
Heldenplatz

Heldenplatz

Vienna

Take in the splendour of Heroes' Square in front of the Hofburg Palace. Many important events took place here, notably Hitler's ceremonial announcement of the Anschluss, the annex of Austria by the German Third...

Language

German

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

£3 / €3.40

48-hour travel card

£10 / €11.50

Three course meal

£40 / €45.50

Sightseeing
Classic cafés, towering cathedrals, pristine palaces – Vienna is a tangle of historic architecture, with every inch encased in traditional charm. Down one street you’ll find one of the world’s most important opera houses, and along another you’ll clap eyes on centuries of picture book royal residences. Discover more around the ring road.
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Eating and drinking
Vienna is famed for its rich, decadent cuisine. Enjoy an espresso and cream in the many grand coffee houses, alongside a generous but immaculate slice of Sachertorte, a traditional chocolate cake with apricot jam. You could even opt for a buttery apple strudel. The Neubau district has many gourmet eateries too.
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Shopping
For true luxury, visit the Golden Quarter, a large shopping centre filled with the most desirable designer labels. Meanwhile, Mariahilferstrasse is the city’s longest street offering a dash of retail therapy, giving you some serious variety! So buckle up for window-browsing, bargain-hunting and some chic shopping.
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Getting around
It’s easy to explore the historic centre on foot, especially as the Ringstrasse loops around Vienna’s top sights. The underground system is also clean and convenient, showing off the sheen of this city, and offers 24 or 48-hour tickets to make multiple trips really simple.
May – June 2018 – Opera on the Square
If you’re not sure you like opera, why not try it for free? Head to Karajan-Platz throughout May and you can pull up a chair in front of a big screen showing of a live performance. That way, you can experience the show without spending a penny.
11 May – 17 June 2018 – Vienna Festival
The annual theatre and music festival serves up five weeks of contemporary stage art, drama and dance by artists from around the world. 2017 will even welcome Hollywood A-lister Jude Law.
Vienna Ball Season
14-15 July 2018 – Vienna Jazz Festival
It isn’t just operatic performances to expect if you’re mad about music. Here in Vienna, there’s a jazz event showing off some of the most championed international acts.
06 October 2018 – Long Night of Museums
This is your chance to explore over 130 museums after dark. Between 6pm and 1am, you can experience some of the city’s finest art and exciting exhibitions, without the crowds.
Vienna Film Music
25 October - 8 November 2018 – Vienna International Film Festival
Uniting filmmakers from across the globe, Vienna’s another trap for celebrating upcoming cinematography. From indie flicks to bigger-budget hits, this is a key European film fest.
November 2018 – January 2019 – Christmas Markets
Lit-up stalls, enchanting cathedrals, kitsch wooden gifts – Vienna becomes a festive funfair. Enjoy a mug of warm punch by the Ferris wheel and in horse-drawn carriages.
Vienna Ball Season
January – February 2019 – Ball Season
At this most star-studded time of year, over 450 balls take place across the city’s grandest venues for elegant evenings of music and waltz. Get your glad rags on and arrive in style on a horse-drawn carriage.
06-22 April 2019 – Schönbrunn Palace Easter Market
Snap up handmade gifts and souvenirs, and see how many chocolate eggs you can nibble on as you explore the Easter events at the mighty palace.

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