Vienna is Austria's cultural centre and a city of delights. Whether you are staying in a coffee house, visiting castles and museums, strolling amid impressive architecture or relaxing in Vienna's parks and gardens - the Austrian capital is sure to captivate you with its unique charm.
Vienna is packed with sights. In the city centre, the St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Hofburg (where you will also find the Spanish Riding School and Sisi Museum) are not to be missed, while the modern, lively MuseumsQuartier is sure to impress.
The baroque Karlskirche rises on the south side of Karlsplatz. A panoramic lift takes you up to the 32m dome so you can admire the recently-restored dome frescoes at close quarters. Take the time to visit Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna's largest palace and former imperial residence, located in the Meidling district. Apart from the many imperial staterooms, there is also an extensive palace park and a zoo to discover!
Whether sweet, hearty or spicy, traditional Viennese cuisine has a delicacy for every taste. The sweet Sachertorte has gained worldwide fame and is enjoyed best with a Viennese melange and plenty of whipped cream in one of Vienna's excellent coffeehouses. Hearty treats await you in the form of Wiener Schnitzel or Tafelspitz. Due to its proximity to Hungary and the former Bohemia, the menus of Viennese restaurants are often influenced by these regions. They offer dishes such as goulash, dumplings, strudel or pancakes. For everything else, visit the Naschmarkt, where you will find a huge selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, spices and much more.
How many inhabitants does Vienna have?
Vienna has a population of around 1.9 million, spread over an area of roughly 415 square kilometres. More than 2.8 million people live in the entire metropolitan area of Vienna.
How old is Vienna?
The first settlements on the territory of today's Vienna existed about 4,000 years ago. The Romans founded the legionary camp Vindobona on the same site in the 1st century A.D. The city and stacking rights were granted to Vienna in 1221 by Leopold VI.
How do I get around in Vienna?
Most inhabitants and visitors travel around Vienna by public transport. There are subways, trams, city buses and night buses operated by Wiener Linien GmbH & Co KG, as well as suburban and regional trains operated by Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB). The connections are closely spaced and spread over the entire city area, so you can reach every corner of Vienna quickly and easily by public transport. Vienna's tram network is one of the densest in the world.
What can I do when the weather is good in Vienna?
A lot! Take a long walk through the city park or the baroque gardens of Belvedere Palace. Maybe a sporty day surfing, swimming and trampoline jumping on Danube Island?
What tips are there for Vienna when it rains?
The museum landscape in Vienna is huge. The MuseumsQuartier alone has such a rich selection of museums that you can easily spend several days visiting the collections. Try the Kunsthistorisches Museum with its gallery of old masters from the 15th-18th Centuries; the Naturhistorisches Museum; the Albertina (graphic collections, paintings and sculptures); the Leopold Museum (Viennese Modernism and Expressionism); the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation; and the Imperial Treasury.
What are the best events in Vienna?
Music and dance are essential to Vienna's calendar of events. The New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic traditionally marks the beginning of the top-class Viennese cultural programme. The Viennese ball seasons beings in November, and since 1935 it has culminated at the Vienna Opera Ball in February. The Wiener Festwochen - a cultural festival for theatre, opera and dance productions - lasts a full five weeks during the months of May and June. Relax and enjoy the summer for three days in late June at Donauinselfest, Vienna's largest open-air music festival, with free admission! The Viennale, the international film festival, has taken place every October since 1960. Should you be visiting in November or December, the Viennale Advent Magic welcomes you to the Rathausplatz with candlelight and the scent of mulled wine.
Where can I hike in Vienna and the surrounding area?
The mountains around Vienna are ideal for hiking. Popular hiking routes lead around the Danube-Oder Canal, through the vineyards or to architectural highlights such as Klosterneuburg Abbey, Wilhelminenberg Palace or the Otto Wagner Villa.
Are there any tips for wine lovers in Vienna?
The city of Vienna has its own wine-growing region. You can have the fine wine served directly on-site in one of the typical rustic wine bars, the "Heurigen". Most of the restaurants are concentrated around the 10th, 19th and 23rd districts of Vienna.
What is the distance between Vienna and Bratislava?
Vienna and Bratislava are only 60 km apart - the shortest distance between two European capitals. You can get from Vienna to Bratislava by train in less than an hour.
How do I get from the airport to the city of Vienna?
Vienna International Airport is 16 km southeast of the city centre in Schwechat and has its own railway station. Most long-distance buses run to the International Bus Terminal at the underground station Erdberg.There is a direct train connection to the city centre, taking you from Vienna Schwechat Airport to Vienna Central Station to in just 15 minutes.
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