Vienna: elegant, regal, artistic
- Name: Vienna;
- Founded: 500 BCE;
- Population: 1.9 million;
- Area: 414.65 km2 (160.10 sq mi)
- Known as: Capital of Austria, ‘City of Music’
Vienna, Austria’s capital, is one of the places that will charm you on a first sight and will compel you to come back to it to discover more. Elegantly seated on the banks of river Danube, this ancient city is alive with art, music and historical sites.
Vienna streets were once paced by geniuses such as Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud and legacy of these and many other masters is still felt and maintained throughout numerous museums and historical buildings.
Surrounded by Ring Road, famous Innere Stadt district, hosts various government and public buildings, including Vienna State Opera, most famous opera house in the world.
After strolling to city’s many landmarks, you can always stop at the restaurant for a coffee and one of famous Austrian desserts, such is Sachertorte, so you can have complete Vienna experience!
Main attractions. Schönbrunn Palace, spectacular, 1400-plus room baroque palace with lavish interiors, which also includes large gardens with a maze; Hofburg, baroque style, former principal imperial palace, nowadays official residence and office of President of Austria; Belvedere, a historic building complex in Vienna, consisting of two baroque styled palaces, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables; St. Stephen’s Cathedral, also known as Stephansdom, is a medieval Roman Catholic church in Vienna, a central landmark; Prater, Large public park with Vienna’s 2nd district hosting iconic giant Ferris wheel dating back from 1897; Vienna State Opera, world-famous opera house with largest repertoire and major productions, and many, many more.
Top things to do. Visiting top attractions listed above (and many more) is a must, numerous city’s museums and art galleries is also recommended, although you will need more than city break to do so as there are more than 100 museums! You can tour Vienna with bike by yourself or with guided bike tour and this is fun activity for entre family. If traveling with children, there is a nice zoo next to Schönbrunn Palace and also horse riding school with elegant Lipizzaner stallions.
Festivals and events. Vienna is famous for its festivals and events and first one starts on the very first day of the New Year – 1st January – World Famous New Year Concert, by Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; 1st May celebrations in Prater; Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) in May-June, Life Ball (June-summer), AIDS charity event, the biggest in the world; and many Christmas related events, such as Christmas markets and fairs.
Best time to fly to Vienna. The peak season for flights to Vienna is January, April and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is February, June and September.Vienna is served by Vienna International Airport. Direct flights to Vienna are offered by 48 airlines.
Interesting facts about Vienna:
- The world’s oldest carousel is located at the Prater park fairground.
- Vienna’s water supply comes straight from the mountain springs in the Alps, so inhabitants can have pure mineral drinking water straight from the taps.
- Vienna was recently ranked as a city with the highest quality of living in the world.