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Guide to Vienna

This European capital has a dazzling repertoire.  It has been called the city of music, the city of dreams, and is one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Austria’s largest and capital city, Vienna, has an accolade of honours. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2010, was voted as the top city in the world for quality of living.  When visiting, you will notice how well-maintained it is.

Vienna has a variety of old and new visitor attractions in a beautiful setting.  By walking the city’s famous ringed street, the Ringstrasse, you can see many important sights; the Rathaus (city hall), Museum of Fine Art and Museum of Natural History, the Parliament and the Burgtheater, one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world.  You can also tour the Ringstrasse by tram or on a Fiaker, an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage.

The city’s reputation for music stems from the Viennese Classicism era.  It has been the home of many famous composers, and is the birthplace of the Waltz and operettas.  Today, the impressive Vienna State Opera is the stage for international opera stars with guided tours and different shows on almost every day.

Sigmund Freud, the famous psycho-analyst, gives Vienna its reputation as a city of dreams (or analysis thereof). Freud’s former residence, where he received patients, is now home of the Freud museum.  Here you can see how he and his family lived prior to abandonment during the Second World War.

Vienna provides the location for some major international organisations such as the United Nations which is located in the Vienna International Centre by the Danube River.  This area is known locally as UNO City, and is Vienna’s modern side. 

For some of classic Vienna on a grand scale, go to Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, a former imperial summer residence.  There is a palace, palm house, gardens and Vienna Zoo.  This small zoo, the oldest in the world, is popular with tourists with numerous exotic animals such as elephants, lions and pandas.  Schönbrunn is slightly out of the city and takes around one half day to explore. 

For Vienna’s religious history visit one of its many churches.  St Peter’s Church (Peterskirche) is an umissable 18th-century church that can be identified by a striking copper domed roof, the inside of which is adorned with beautiful frescoes. Vienna’s most important and most visited religious building is St Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) which was consecrated in the 12th-century.   It can be spotted easily due to its ornate, patterned roof.

Vienna’s motto is ‘now or never,’ and there has never been a better time to visit than now.


Guide to Exploring Vienna


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Moxy Vienna Airport

Moxy Vienna Airport

Ausfahrtsstraße 4, Schwechat
4.1
of 5, from 115 reviews
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Central Cemetery, Hundertwasser House Vienna, and Wiener Prater. Riesenrad and Ernst Happel Stadium are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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NH Vienna Airport Conference Center

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center

Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Central Cemetery, Ernst Happel Stadium, and Hundertwasser House Vienna. Wiener Prater and Riesenrad are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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Lindner Hotel am Belvedere

Lindner Hotel am Belvedere

Rennweg 12, Vienna
4.2
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Located in Landstrasse, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Konzerthaus, Belvedere, and Viennese City Park. Vienna State Opera and Secession Building are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£39
Star Inn Hotel Wien Schönbrunn, by Comfort

Star Inn Hotel Wien Schönbrunn, by Comfort

Linke Wienzeile 224, Vienna
4.4
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Situated in Vienna, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Schoenbrunn Palace, Vienna State Opera, and Schoenbrunn Zoo. Secession Building and Leopold Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£54
Hotel Schani Wien

Hotel Schani Wien

Karl-Popper-Strasse 22, Vienna
4.5
of 5, from 156 reviews
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Located in Favoriten, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Swiss Garden and Belvedere. Vienna State Opera and Secession Building are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£76
Hotel Imlauer Vienna

Hotel Imlauer Vienna

Rotensterngasse 10, Vienna
4.3
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Located in a peaceful part of the city, Hotel Imlauer Vienna makes a great base, with the Taborstr. and Nestroyplatz U-Bahn stations 5 minutes away. Guests can walk to the Prater amusement park, 10 minutes away, and ride the Riesenrad Ferris wheel which made an appearance in the movie The Third Man.

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Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

Handelskai 269, Vienna
4.3
of 5, from 757 reviews
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Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront is directly on the river, a 15-minute walk from the Prater park and the Messe Wien trade fair. Danube pleasure cruises dock close by, and the trip into the city center takes around 15 minutes from the nearest U-Bahn station, a 5-minute walk.

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Hotel Vienna Urban

Hotel Vienna Urban

Sechshauserstr. 83, Vienna
3.8
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Located in the heart of Vienna, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Schoenbrunn Palace, Vienna State Opera, and Schoenbrunn Zoo. Leopold Museum and Secession Building are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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