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Vienna
Travel Guide

Belvedere which includes a castle, heritage architecture and a garden

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.

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Where to stay in Vienna

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
The price is £72 per night from 18 Jul to 18 Jul
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ernst Happel Stadium, Hundertwasser House Vienna and Wiener Prater. University of Music and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,206 reviews)
"We only stayed 1 night as we were just traveling through but the hotel is beautiful with friendly and helpful staff, food on site if you wish, and prime location across from the airport. I would highly recommend this hotel"

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2021

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
Hilton Vienna Plaza
Hilton Vienna Plaza
5 out of 5
Schottenring 11, Vienna
The price is £115 per night from 22 Jul to 22 Jul
This family-friendly Vienna hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Vienna City Hall Area and University of Vienna. Spanish Riding ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"This hotel exceeded my expectations. The staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating. The breakfasts were great and the dinner was even better. The hotel is within convenient walking distance to many attractions, and public transit was mere meters away. I would definitely recommend this ..."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2020

Hilton Vienna Plaza
Moxy Vienna Airport
Moxy Vienna Airport
3 out of 5
Ausfahrtsstraße 4, Schwechat
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £79 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Danube-Auen National Park, Wiener Prater and Belvedere. Stephansplatz and St. Stephen's Cathedral ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,176 reviews)
"The ambience. As soon as you are in the hotel you feel relief of escaping from airports. Moxy is the best transit hotel I ever stayed becausd does not look like a transit hotel."

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

Moxy Vienna Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Single Apartment in Schwechat
Single Apartment in Schwechat
3.5 out of 5
Mannswörtherstraße 73, Schwechat, Lower Austria
Situated in Schwechat, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Danube-Auen National Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Wiener Prater and Ernst Happel ...
Single Apartment in Schwechat
Ruhige Zentral Gelegene Ferienwohnung
Ruhige Zentral Gelegene Ferienwohnung
Wienerstraße 22, Schwechat, Lower Austria
Located in the heart of Schwechat, this condo is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Central Cemetery and within 6 miles (10 km) of St. Marx Cemetery and Military History Museum. ...
Ruhige Zentral Gelegene Ferienwohnung
Apartment in Schwechat für 2-3 Personen
Apartment in Schwechat für 2-3 Personen
3 out of 5
Johann Resch Straße 17, Schwechat, Lower Austria
Situated in Schwechat, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Danube-Auen National Park and within 9 miles (15 km) of Wiener Prater and Belvedere. Ernst ...
Apartment in Schwechat für 2-3 Personen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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