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Vienna, Vienna only you!

Anyone who hears the name of the Austrian capital immediately has music in their ears: Mozart, Beethoven, but also Gustav Mahler and Peter Alexander lived and worked in Vienna. Vienna was and is not for nothing the home of many musicians and artists. The vibrant city of Vienna combines the magnificent flair of its imperial history with modern cool. Whether you are discovering Vienna for the first time or have known it for a long time: the friendly Danube metropolis will surprise you with new fascinating facets on every trip.

Vienna for connoisseurs

Vienna
Maria vom Siege Church, Image: Calin Stan / shutterstock

Cosy coffee houses, delicious Sachertorte, the legendary Wiener Schnitzel and the famous Naschmarkt are simply part of a visit to Vienna. Over 150 stalls from all over the world literally tempt you to snack here. But there are also hip cafés and trendy bars that, thanks to their Viennese charm, are less cool than elsewhere.

Not only in autumn, the traditional Heurigen restaurants in the Grinzing district provide for physical well-being and a good mood with hearty horse-drawn carriage goulash, new wines and music. If you like it sweet, you shouldn’t miss the Anna cake in the former k.u.k. court confectionery Demel. With a Melange or a small brown beer, you can watch delicious cakes being created through a glass pane in a magnificent ambience. Freshly strengthened, you are excellently equipped for visiting the sights in and around Vienna.

Vienna for city walkers

Many of the sights of the Austrian capital can be easily explored on foot: Stroll from the Steffl, as the Viennese affectionately call St. Stephen’s Cathedral, through the moat to the famous State Opera on Herbert von Karajan Square. The world-famous Vienna Opera Ball takes place there every year. Hike along the Opernring in the direction of the MuseumsQuartier: The Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Natural History Museum are not only impressive from the outside.

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The two museums are among the most important in the world and are definitely worth a visit. Walk across the grandiose Heldenplatz in the direction of the Volksgarten. The green oasis in Vienna’s city center is a small paradise and the first public park in the city center. The rose bushes, for which you can take on a sponsorship, are a beautiful backdrop and invite you to take a photo stop. The Vienna Parliament and the City Hall are further stops on the glamorous city walk, which has different highlights in store every season.

Vienna for horse-drawn carriage drivers

Fiaker Vienna
Fiaker in Vienna, Image: Muellek Josef / shutterstock

If you are less good on foot and want to experience Vienna particularly authentically, you can take a horse-drawn carriage at least once. The two-horse carriage is one of the landmarks that everyone associates with Vienna. Many horse-drawn carriages are already over 100 years old and are regularly lovingly restored. At all the striking sights, horse-drawn carriages are available for a traditional city tour with original Viennese stories. Depending on the price negotiated in advance, the round is smaller or larger. The Prater with the world-famous Ferris wheel, the imaginative Hundertwasser House or even the legendary Central Cemetery can be easily reached by horse-drawn carriage.

Vienna for Art Lovers

The Kunsthistorisches Museum, which emerged from the art collections of the House of Habsburg, is an attraction for almost every visitor to Vienna. Works by such well-known artists as Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, van Dyck, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Dürer attract tourists from all over the world every day. The Albertina regularly surprises with top-class special exhibitions of renowned painters and highlights by Chagall and Picasso. For friends of Viennese Art Nouveau, a visit to the Vienna Secession with Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze right next to the Naschmarkt is worthwhile after a stroll through the city, during which many exciting examples can be discovered. The Leopold Museum in the MuseumsQuartier, which opened in 2001, inspires with a large collection of important works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. Belvedere Palace is also a hotpot for art lovers, who can visit the world’s largest Klimt exhibition in the beautiful baroque palace.

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Vienna from above

Christmas Market Vienna
The Christmas market in Vienna, Image: Muellek Josef / shutterstock

The sweaty ascent over 343 steps to the south tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral is rewarded with a magnificent panoramic view. From up here, the striking church roof is also particularly photogenic. The slightly lower plateau of the north tower can be reached by elevator. If you pay a visit to the Water Zoo in the House of the Sea, you also have a magnificent view from the café on the roof terrace. The classic for a great panoramic view over the city is still a ride on the famous 65-meter-high Ferris wheel in the Prater. If you want to go even higher, you can get a bird’s-eye view of the Danube city from the 170-metre-high Danube Tower while enjoying culinary delights. Viennese and tourists alike rave about the sunset on the Kahlenberg, the panoramic mountain at the gates of Vienna.

In Sissi’s footsteps

The former Austrian empress still awakens dreams today. Quite a few visitors to Vienna dream themselves back to the imperial era day after day: The Sisi Museum, the Hofburg and, of course, Schönbrunn Palace make important stations in the life of the empress, brought to life by Romy Schneider, come alive to this day. A stroll through the spacious palace park and the imperial apartments is always fascinating. If you want to visit Sissi’s final resting place, you can take a guided tour of the imperial crypt under the Capuchin Church.

Music is in the air

It is certainly no coincidence that more composers have lived in Vienna than in any other city: opera, operetta, musicals, waltzes and Wienerlied are at home in the city. The Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra are an institution far beyond Austria’s borders.

Music lovers should not miss a concert, a visit to the Mozart House, the Hadyn House, the Beethoven Museum or the Museum of the Johann Strauss Dynasty during their visit to Vienna.

The much-sung city of Vienna is always worth a visit. Whether you are planning a weekend or a longer stay in the city: Vienna will always surprise and inspire you.