Are you a fan of "The Sound of Music”, a lover of Mozart, a follower of Freud, an admirer of Klimt or a seeker of the splendid Sachertorte? If so, historic, imperial and sometimes decadent Vienna is sure to delight. With numerous museums, parks, year-round balls and grand coffee houses, Vienna, the city of music, is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Vienna
Vienna is well known for its artists, classical music and grand architecture. Vienna has 23 districts, which spiral out from the city centre. It is a perfectly planned paradise and one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Central Vienna – The centre of the city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prestigious buildings, including the Hofburg Palace and the university, line its magnificent boulevards. Here you can immerse yourself in history, music and architectural delights.
Leopoldstadt – The home of the city’s largest green park, Prater Park, a large amusement park and the city’s biggest Jewish population, Leopoldstadt is a great place for family fun, chilling out or grabbing a tasty snack from a kosher bakery.
Gürtel Area – Dozens of clubs and bars make this vibrant part of Vienna the best place to go if you want to party.
Naschmarkt Area – After a long day exploring Vienna, make yourself at home at a coffee house in Naschmarkt. You can also pick up some gifts to take home at this area’s trendy stores and art galleries.
Things to See in Vienna
Start your trip in Vienna by viewing the city from above on the fantastic Ferris wheel in Prater Park. Then go on a walk through the historic streets to encounter a range of architecture from classicist to modernist. Vienna is a great city to explore by foot with cultural gems such as the Schönbrunn Palace, the Hofburg Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral all within walking distance of each other. For a really unique experience and photo opportunity, visit Hundertwasserhaus. This interesting building of several stories resembles a collage of colours and was built as a tribute to Expressionist artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. And what is the most fitting way to explore the historic city of Vienna? Why, by by horse-drawn carriage of course.
Things to Do in Vienna
One could easily spend days exploring the Museumquartier in the City Centre of Vienna which contains over 100 museums. A good place to start is the twin national museums of fine art and natural history. Vienna is also famous for its balls, with over 450 taking place every year. Get your glad rags on and waltz the night away at the opulent Hofburg Palace or at any of the more affordable balls held across the city. Of course, a trip to Vienna is not complete without a visit to the theatre or the opera. Vienna’s historical celebrities, such as Mozart, have left their mark on the city, and seeing a show at a venue such as the Theater an der Wien will be sure to make a lasting impression on you.
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