City description  

The imperial city of Vienna will always be remembered as the dramatic backdrop for the life of the most famous Empress, Sisi, immortalised on the big screen by the divine Romy Schneider. You can walk in her footsteps at Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the extraordinary imperial residence that dates back to the 14th century and was remodelled and given an extravagant Rococo look by Maria Theresa of Austria, the wife of the Sun King. Schönbrunn Palace is exquisitely beautiful and incredibly grand, with its impressive Great Gallery and the charming Blue Chinese Salon, not to mention the stunning formal gardens in the park. At the other end of the charming paths, you’ll find Vienna’s Zoo, the oldest in the world, now home to some of Europe’s incredibly rare giant pandas.

Continue your journey through historic, romantic Vienna in the Volksgarten, a public park which is home to a Neoclassical temple. Enjoy some delicious tea in its café, where intimate concerts celebrating the work of musician and composer Johann Strauss are still held. You’ll be tempted to seek out the soaring arrow of St Stephen’s Cathedral, the symbol of Austria’s capital city, delicately crowned by four narrow towers and home to some remarkable treasures including the relics of saints studded with glimmering gold and precious stones. Next head along the Spiegelgasse to the Albertina, the huge imperial palace belonging to the Habsburgs that has been charmingly converted to house some stunning masterpieces, providing a grand backdrop for gems by Modigliani, Manet, Cézanne and the Austrian-born Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. However, you’ll find a more extensive collection by the latter, an artist and a poet, at the Leopold Museum, in the bustling museum quarter, beyond the famous Ringstrasse. “It is my will!” exclaimed the Emperor Franz Josef when this magnificent ring road that surrounds Vienna was built. It has become a magical tourist route for thousands of runners from around the world who flock here for the Vienna Marathon, as it is home to the most aristocratic of palaces and dazzling buildings the old imperial capital has to offer, including the Opera, the Burgtheater and the Museum of Natural History.Like a two-faced Janus, the city is a successful mix of its remarkable past and its vibrant present. Gaze up at the stunning decorative façade of the HundertwasserHaus. At the Vienna Naschmarkt, crowds flock to the wide array of tempting stalls and the pretty bars and restaurants with their contemporary, trendy architecture. After you’ve satisfied your hunger and thirst, it’s time for music lovers to fulfil a different need. In the summer, there are all sorts of concerts to choose from at the Donauinselfest, the biggest free music festival in Europe. Then you can succumb to the chill of autumn and enjoy the glamour of the Viennale, an international film festival, before warming up at the Christkindlmarkt, the ultimate Christmas market that fills the cold December air with the scent of cinnamon and gingerbread. The festivities continue in the spring with the Life Ball in Vienna, a charity event that attracts a host of international stars. A trip to the Wien Mitte (or The Mall), with its fifty shops and restaurants, is a sophisticated, seductive experience. If you still have the energy, head to the Lugner City Vienna, where you can celebrate your shopping spree with a breath-taking show.

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Café Sperl

A Viennese institution since its opening in 1880, Café Sperl’s sumptuous Art Nouveau interiors make this one of the most beautiful coffeehouses in the city. Dark wooden panelling gleams in the light of original chandeliers as locals and visitors read complimentary newspapers while enjoying over 30 types of coffee and a slice of traditional torte.


Balthasar Kaffee Bar

A hip coffee shop with a Scandinavian twist, Balthasar showcases its serious coffee craft in a relaxed atmosphere. The La Marzocco Strada coffee machine takes centre stage, nestled alongside the cutting-edge gadgets that make Balthasar a coffee-lover’s dream. Join the local crowd for an expertly-crafted espresso and a freshly baked apple strudel in this stylish setting with wooden floors, lofty ceilings and a light-filled atmosphere.


Café Central

Experience Vienna’s grand literary history at Café Central, where Europe’s literati sipped their coffees surrounded by vaulted arches, grand portraits and elegant chandeliers. Once a favourite of Sigmund Freud, Lenin and Trotsky, this historic coffeehouse boasts cathedral-esque interiors and is as inspiring today as when it first opened its doors in 1876.


Das Loft

With a breathtaking setting on the 18th floor of the Jean Nouvel-designed Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, Das Loft restaurant is one of the leading dining destinations in the city. Kaleidoscopic colours dance across the restaurant’s spectacular 21,500-square-foot illuminated ceiling created by multimedia artist, Pipilotti Rist, while floor-to-ceiling glass windows showcase stunning views of Vienna’s iconic St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Danube river and the pretty Vienna city skyline. Award-winning young chef Fabian Günzel will take you on a culinary journey to be remembered inspired by the diverse tastes of the world, accompanied by an excellent wine list overseen by sommelier Steve Breitzke.

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Vienna • Austria

Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery by Sofitel

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Vienna • Austria

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When to go

Located in the northeastern part of Austria, spanning both sides of the Danube, Vienna has a mild continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters.
The temperatures vary from -2°C in January, including snowfalls during the winter months, to 23°C in July. Spring and summers are mild and rainfall is generally moderate throughout the year. The wettest month is June.
The best period to visit Vienna is from May to October.

Vienna annual calendar

  • Jan

    New Year’s Concerts & Ball of the Viennese Industry, early January

  • Fev

    Vienna Balls (Opera and Rudolfina), 5 and 8 February 2016

  • Mar

    Art Austria 2016 art trade fair, in the Leopold Museum, 10 - 13 March 2016

  • Apr

    Vienna City Marathon, 10 April 2016

  • May

    Wiener Festwochen, Vienna Festival performances, 13 May to 19 June 2016

  • Jun

    Vienna Music and Film Festival, open-air cinema, 1 - 30 June 2016

  • Jul

    Jazzfest Wien, Vienna Jazz Festival, 29 June - 10 July 2016

  • Aug

    Vienna KlangBogen, an opera festival, 1 July - 31 August 2016

  • Sep

    Season of the Vienna Opera, Spanish Riding School and Vienna Philharmonic

  • Oct

    Viennafair, International Contemporary Art Fair, 6 - 9 October 2016

  • Nov

    Vienna International Film Festival, Viennale, late October - early November

  • Dec

    Christkindlmart, Vienna Christmas Market, all of December

Travel transportation


Transportation is very convenient and easy to organise in Vienna, and includes: local cabs, private car services, rental car, ​​trains, metro, trams, buses and bikes.​
Wiener Linien, operates a network composed of 5 underground lines with more than 100 metro stations, 30 tram lines running more than 500 trams, and 100 bus lines. During weekends and bank holidays the underground runs all night.
A single fare ticket will cost €2.20 for the underground lines and €2.30 for the bus and tram. Tickets can be purchased at underground stations or directly on buses and trams.
The city of Vienna has developed a public bike rental system at a very accessible price. More than 1,000 bikes are available at 100 different spots throughout the city. The Vienna Citybike service is very popular with locals and also tourists.
Keep in mind that when driving in Austria​, you must drive on the ​right ​side of the road.


There are more than one hundred taxis companies operating in Vienna which can be booked over the phone, hailed on the street or found at taxi stations.
The initial charge is ​3.80€, or 4.30 at night and weekends, then add 1.42€ for each additional kilometer. Some additional charges may apply, such as 2.80€ for telephone reservations.​ Credit cards can be accepted although additional charges may apply (1.50€). A tip of 5 to 10% is usually offered to the taxi driver.

getting to & from the airport

Vienna International Airport is located in Schwechat, 18 km southeast of central Vienna
A taxi to the centre of Vienna will take approximately 20-30 minutes and will cost €30 to 40€.
From 5am to 11:30pm, every 30 minutes, you can take the City Airport Train to central Vienna, Wien-Mitte railway station. It takes 16 minutes and will cost 12 EUR. The Vienna Airport Lines bus is 8,20€.
Metered taxis are available and private transfers can be arranged at the airport​.

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