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Brimming with imperial palaces, endless architectural gems and a trademark café culture, you'll never be short of things to do in Austria's charming capital.

The historic city centre is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as an open-air museum. Ringstrasse boulevard is dotted with beautiful buildings including the Rathaus (town halll), the Spanish Riding School and the Hofburg Palace. However, the best place to take in the city's signature sights is in the MuseumsQuartier – a collection of captivating museums, cosy cafés and bars housed in former stables. Highlights include the MUMOK, Leopold Museum, Kunsthalle, Architekturzentrum and the interactive children's museum Zoom.

Take in the unique atmosphere of the city's coffee houses at Café Schwarzenberg, the oldest café on the Ringstrasse, which serves typical liver dumpling soup and apple strudel. There's also Café Central, where famous figures such as Leo Trotsky and Sigmund Freud would socialise. Afterwards, take a trip to the Riesenrad for some great views over the city. This age-old Ferris wheel rises to 65 metres and takes around 20 minutes to complete a rotation.

Vienna International Airport is situated just outside the city limits and can be reached easily by train, bus or taxi.


From £24 per night

Next weekend

From £45 per night

Most popular time to visit June–August
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency € 10 = £8.95
Language German
Average weekend price £79 per night
Average weekday price £83 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

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Spanish Riding School, especially the morning exercise.

23 March 2020

Spanish Riding School, especially the morning exercise. The Ferris Wheel. Palais Palffy for a concert - really good fun. Hotel Sacher - for the Sachertorte, worth it! Big Bus is good way to get around and you can hop on and off.

Fiona United Kingdom

We were initially disappointed because the coronavirus...

19 March 2020

We were initially disappointed because the coronavirus emergency had forced the closure of museums and galleries. However, this meant we ended up exploring much more of the city than we might otherwise have done. The city is simply beautiful, we were lucky with blue skies and golden afternoon sunshine which showed the cream and white architecture at its best. The old town is full of wonderful churches and lovely cafes, plenty quiet spaces to stop and relax before setting off again to explore further. The transport system is easy to navigate. Buses, trams and the subway all use the same ticketing system and each individual trip is very cheap at 2.40 Euro. I would recommend a trip to the Zoo, it's huge and the variety of animals is amazing. All looked very well cared for.

Alistair United Kingdom

Given the fact that all galleries and large venues were...

19 March 2020

Given the fact that all galleries and large venues were closed due to the novel corona virus, it says something that I managed to amuse myself wandering around just looking at the building from the outside. Plenty of good parks too.

Graham Italy

Enjoy wonderful museums, the best art, and architecture.

16 March 2020

Enjoy wonderful museums, the best art, and architecture. The Leopold museum restaurant opens until late and has a lovely menu catering for different diets and tastes. The state art gallery is so ornate, wonderful for coffee as well as art. Easy city to walk / navigate around. The market seĺls a great range of products including lovely food (including Vegan) and ceramics. Please avoid the riding school -horses do not naturally do those movements, think of what they are put through to perform. The horse and carriages -it is so cruel to make them work in all weathers including 30c+ and often in hectic traffic speeding as they go at a slower pace next to it.

Anonymous United Kingdom

Lots of very good art galleries and museums.

15 March 2020

Lots of very good art galleries and museums. Good public transport links. Easy to get vegetarian food even in restaurants that were not specifically vegetarian. The airport bus was reasonably priced and got us to the city centre in about 20 minutes.

Brenda Jane
Brenda Jane United Kingdom

Even though Vienna was "shut down" due to the...

14 March 2020

Even though Vienna was "shut down" due to the Corona Virus I, personally, found lots to do. Lots of walking and visiting many places I probably wouldn't have done if the museums were open. All in all I had a great time "wandering around" finding unexpected treas around corners

Michael United Kingdom

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