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Vienna

Known for Museums, Castles and Cathedrals

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.

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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.

Things to do in Vienna

See a performance, visit the nearby opera museum or simply admire the architecture in one of the world’s most revered opera houses.

Visit the world’s oldest zoo, find your way through an 18th-century maze or take a tour around the opulent summer castle of Austria’s former ruling family.

Inspiring designs, religious artworks, intriguing legends and great views are featured in the city’s prominent Gothic building, the seat of Vienna’s archbishop. 

See masterpieces by Klimt, Monet, and Van Gogh and enjoy exceptional city views at this former imperial complex with gardens, stables and two Baroque palaces. 

Browse splendid museums and opulent rooms and visit theaters and equestrian shows in this historic residential estate of the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

See original works by Rubens, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt and many more in this lavish Habsburg residence in Vienna.

Ride the famous Ferris wheel or a roller coaster at one of the longest-running amusement parks in the world or simply enjoy a walk in the surrounding park. 

Giant crystals, dinosaur skeletons and an incredible animal specimens will amaze and educate you at one of the most important natural history museums in Europe. 

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Jump on a double-decker bus to explore the charms of Vienna on your own schedule. With no limit to the number of rides you can take, visit can't-miss attractions like Schönbrunn Palace, historic landmarks, and bustling corners of the city, enjoying special discounts and walking tours along the way.

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Design your own sightseeing program with the flexible and comprehensive Vienna PASS. Enjoy entries to top attractions, unlimited travel on the city’s hop-on hop-off bus routes and skip the line at many attractions.

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Savor an evening in true Renaissance style as the music of Wolfgang Mozart and Johann Strauss is stirringly brought to life. The refined Salonorchester Alt Wien recreates their enchanting compositions inside the grand Kursalon—an important landmark in Vienna's musical past.

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An elegant evening classical concert of musical masterpieces by composers Mozart and Strauss awaits you at the world-famous Schönbrunn Palace. Delight in the sounds that flood the sophisticated surroundings of the palace's Orangery as you embark on a musical journey with the Palace Orchestra and Ensemble.

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Feel like a rock star as you jump to the front of the line for an upbeat dining experience at Hard Rock Cafe Vienna. This multi-level cafe, which combines classic Viennese architecture with modern metropolitan elements, brings a unique blend of music and cuisine to the historic city.

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Combine two sensual destinations: exclusive culinary art and world famous music. In a restaurant on the Palace premises, you will be served a selected dinner. Afterwards, the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra will present the masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, accompanied by dance and song.

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