Numerous baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces fill the streets of Vienna along with cafés. This ancient city was an important trading post for the Celts when the Romans arrived around 15 BC, so it only makes sense that it has become the cultural, economic, and political centre of Austria. You will want to stay in Vienna, whether because of the exquisite food, fine wine, enchanting melodies, or picturesque architecture.
Things to do
The MuseumsQuartier is an exceptional ensemble of museums, cafés, restaurants, and bars, all inside former imperial stables. It is a breeding ground for the cultural life of Vienna and is a perfect place to hang out and watch or meet people. Artistic souls will find refuge in the Leopold Museum, MUMOK, and Kunsthalle. If you’re travelling with children, make sure to visit Zoom – your children can make, break, draw, explore, and be creative in the ‘Atelier’, look at the ever-changing exhibitions in ‘Exhibition’, and the youngest ones can play in the ‘Ocean’.
The Kaiserliche Schatzkammer contains spectacular treasures from the baroque area. It contains a golden rose, diamond-studded Turkish sabres, a 2680-carat Colombian emerald, and the most interesting one of them – the Imperial Crown. It also has a collection of rare religious relics: fragments of the True Cross, the Holy Lance that pierces Jesus on the Cross, one of the nails from the Crucifixion, a thorn from Christ’s crown and a piece of tablecloth from the Last Supper.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna houses works of Europe’s finest painters, sculptors, and artisans. The museum will take you on a time-travel treasure hunt from Classical Rome to Egypt and the Renaissance.
Stephansdom is a masterpiece of the Gothic architecture and is Vienna’s pride and joy. A church has stood there ever since the 12th century, and reminders of this are the Giant Gate and the Towers of the Heathens. The exterior is adorned by a glorious tiled roof with a dazzling row of chevrons and the Austrian eagle. The inside of the cathedral will amaze you with its many details and the south tower that is 136 meters high. Inside is the tomb of Emperor Friedrich III.
Karlskirche, the finest baroque church in Vienna, was built between 1716 and 1739. It rises at the southeast corner of Resselpark. Two columns in front of the church showcase the life of St Charles Borromeo to whom the church is dedicated. It has a museum of religious art and clothing which supposedly belonged to the saint.
The Klosterneuburg Monastery is a 900-year old baroque masterpiece which has the oldest wine cellar and vineyard in entire Austria. Climb the Kahlenberg hill to see spectacular views of the entire city. The keen-eyed visitors will spot the Schneeberg mountain towering above the horizon on clear days.
If you are interested in the neo-Gothic architecture be sure to visit the Rathaus. It was completed in 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt. Many architecture enthusiasts will fall in love with its lacy stonework façade, pointed-arch windows and spindly turrets. The main spire is 102m high. Multilingual audio-guided tours will take you through the Arkadenhof, one of the biggest arcaded courtyards in Europe, and the Festsaal, which hosts the Concordia Ball every June.
Many events are held in Vienna all year round, most of them being musical and artistic in nature. The Magic Flute can be seen almost every day from May 3rd to May 31st in the Marionette Theatre. Those who always wanted to experience a Viennese ball can visit the Ball of Viennese Coffee House Owners. Here, modern artistic performance meets classic ball tradition. Those who appreciate baroque architecture will also appreciate the Architectural Tours of the Baroque Winter Riding School. Climb up 170 stairs to see the baroque roof structure of the school and learn more about it.
Top places to eat
Vienna offers local, national and international cuisine. You can try something local in restaurants such as Veranda, Schank Zum Reichsapfel, and Quell. If you are looking for a restaurant with international food, you will find yourself pleased in Julius Meinl am Graben Restaurant, or Das Lokal im Hof. No matter you choose, you will be more than pleased and full.
Top places to sleep
Vienna offers a large number of accommodations, such as excellent hotels, family guesthouses or hostels.
Vienna Hostel Ruthensteiner its situated 500 meters from the Wien Westbanhof train station and 300m from the theatre Raimund and 2,2km from Schönbrunn castle and it has free wi-fi.More on Hostels
Pansion Pharmador is located in a quiet courtyard and it`s just a 10-minute walk from Westbanhof train station and Mariahilfer Straße Shopping Street. It is a 5-minute walk from Wiener Stadthalle Hall and offers free private parking and Wi-Fi.More on B&B
If you are looking for a good hotel with nice service and excellent design Phoenix7 is for you.Located just a two-minute walk from Mödling Train Station. The hotel is characterized by modern Asian style design. There is an Asian restaurant, free Wi-Fi and rooms with a balcony and flat-screen satellite TV.More on Hotel
Vienna is well connected to the rest of Europe both via air and land, so you will have no difficulties getting there. Since Vienna is a big city, going on foot would be problematic, but the well-developed public transportation and taxis are sure to take you anywhere you want to.
Vienna has a good public transport system, which includes rail, commuter rail, underground, trams (trolleys), and buses. The underground is very efficient and will take you to within a few minutes’ walk of anywhere you are likely to want to visit. The subway alone has the second highest per-capita ridership in the world, and that is not accounting for the 27 tram lines, dozens of train lines or numerous buses. If you want to learn more about public transportation in Vienna, make sure to visit https://www.wien.gv.at/english/transportation-urbanplanning/public-transport/