Known as the City of Music, Vienna has a long history of producing world-renowned names such as Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Strauss to name but a few. So when it comes to modern-day musical entertainment, Vienna has a lot to live up to, and it certainly meets the mark. With a wealth of venues at its disposal to showcase its ever-brimming cup of talent, music lovers will always find themselves at home here.
Perhaps you’re more into your art than your music. Never fear, Vienna has this base covered too! With some of the world’s greatest artistic treasures contained within its city walls, visitors will be treated to incredible displays in a range of locations, from the Leopold Museum to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and beyond. You’ll find modern art hung side-by-side with classical pieces that you may only have read about until this point.
What could pair better with art and music, than a spot of fine dining? It’s not just coffee that the Austrians have perfected as foodies will find themselves transported to a dreamland of culinary marvels and high-end eateries in this capital. Whether you choose to sample local tastes or test your mettle against the more exotic dishes on offer, you’ll find that Vienna serves only the best of everything.
There’s no better way to spend a lazy day in the gorgeous capital of Austria than with a boat tour on the serene Danube River. You’ll be able to see all the architectural sights of the city without even lifting a finger (or foot). If you feel like treating yourself, you might even enjoy these sightseeing opportunities alongside a sumptuous meal on board, while being serenaded by a live band. The Danube itself is Europe’s second longest river and flows through 10 different countries including Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia.
The Austrian National Library is an unbelievably breathtaking space which will leave you with no words to say but plenty to read. Originally constructed in the early half of the 18th century, the space has only grown more impressive as its volumes have been added to and its interiors made ever grander. No standing at almost 80 metres long and 20 metres high, the picturesque structure is finished in a flourish of domed splendour that will leave you reeling.
A symbol of Vienna, the giant Ferris wheel, which is over 60 metres tall, will undoubtedly give you the best views of the city, sitting prettily beside the wending waters of the Danube. Originally built in 1897, this everlasting landmark on the Viennese cityscape has featured in several internationally famous films such as the James Bond adventure The Living Daylights.
A unique building crowned with an octagonal dome, the Kunsthistorisches Museum was built in 1891 and is located near the Imperial Palace to house the extensive art collections of the imperial family. The museum is also known as the “Museum of Fine Arts”, and visitors are invited to admire works spanning five millennia, dating all the way back to Ancient Egypt and it also houses the largest Bruegel collection in the world.
Blooming meadows in spring, soaring blue skies in summer and endless opportunities for snow-filled fun in winter; Austria is a year-round destination. To get the best of the sun with the fewest crowds, head there between the end of March and the beginning of June. If you’d rather get the most out of the slopes, we recommend travelling between December and February.
If you hold a British Citizen passport or an EU National passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Austria and are visa exempt for 90 days. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria/entry-requirements.
The currency used in Vienna is the Euro (EUR).
The main language spoken in Vienna is German, although many locals also speak English.