Vienna

Vienna city breaks

Swoon-worthy Vienna makes for a charming city break. Sweeping boulevards are an architectural dream, with baroque, medieval and imperial touches giving the Austrian capital a frozen-in-time feel. And the history doesn’t stop there. You’ll find elegant cafés standing shoulder to shoulder with atmospheric wine cellars and traditional taverns. If you’re not following your nose, listen out for orchestral tones, as classical music is big business here. Concert halls and jazz bars are the main magnets come night fall.  

Enjoy architectural adventures

Enjoy architectural adventures

Feel as if you’ve fallen into the pages of a fairytale during a city break to Vienna. Showstopping palaces bring the magic, from the landscaped gardens of Schloss Belvedere to the opulent halls of Schloss Schönbrunn and The Hofburg. The grandeur continues at gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral – it’s a real must-see!

Go museum hopping

Go museum hopping

Culture’s in no shortage here, with world-class museums huddled into Vienna’s centre. Begin in the brilliant MuseumsQuartier complex to tick off a multitude of exhibitions. Meanwhile, art from all eras can be found in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, along with Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities.

Indulge in coffee-house culture

Indulge in coffee-house culture

After a dose of sightseeing, take a seat in one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses – it’s an essential experience during a trip to this city! Café Sacher is a firm favourite. Order a frothy coffee and the sweet signature here, a chocolatey slab of sachertorte filled with apricot jam, while admiring twinkling chandeliers and vaulted ceilings.

Wander around Palmenhaus Schönbrunn

Wander around Palmenhaus Schönbrunn

This pine-green, glass Palm House takes centre stage in the heart of the palace park. Split into three sections, it’s filled with Mediterranean and tropical plants, from orchids to palm trees. Afterwards, it’s well worth a walk around the surrounding gardens with their pretty flowers and perfectly manicured shrubbery.

See the Hundertwasserhaus

See the Hundertwasserhaus

The colourful Hundertwasserhaus is a must-see on any visit to Vienna! It’s a wacky, residential block of flats designed by Vienna’s radical architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Although you can’t go inside, you’ll be able to snap plenty of pictures of the mosaic shapes and colours from across the street.

Catch a performance

Catch a performance

Between candle-lit concerts and classical equitation performances, Vienna’s menu of exciting shows is a real feast for the senses. Start with the Spanish Riding School, where a group of showstopping stallions and their Lipizzans demonstrate the art of classic horsemanship, accompanied by Viennese music.

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Vienna Christmas markets
Get that festive feeling with a Christmas market city break. Wooden stalls line the streets selling local toys, trinkets and unusual knick-knacks. And what’s more Christmassy than a hot dog and piping hot cup of glühwein?
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Sightseeing
A city break to Vienna promises a treasure trove of history and culture to discover. Palaces, museums, churches and state buildings in a patchwork of architectural styles create a stellar sightseeing line-up. The joy of exploring here lies in simply getting lost among the beautiful streets.
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Eating and drinking
Strudel, schnitzel and sachertorte are just the start of Vienna’s culinary delights! Cafés are an obvious place to start dipping into sweet treats, while the bistro pubs are where to go for hearty grub. Eating on the move? Pick up a würstel drizzled with mustard from one of the many sausage stands.
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Shopping
If you’re hoping to indulge in a little retail therapy, independent boutiques, designer shops and family-run stores are what to expect. And as you’ll be in Vienna at Christmastime, you won’t miss the magical markets that take over the city!
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Getting around
Pack those comfy shoes as Vienna’s a compact city, so most sights can be easily navigated on foot. But it you’re venturing between districts or the weather’s taken a turn, trains and trams are your best bet.
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