Coffee houses, the Hofburg, Schönbrunn Palace, Viennese waltzes – when you think of Austria’s capital, a picture from a bygone era immediately appears before your eyes. A stroll through the city quickly takes you back to the days in which guests of balls flocked to the soirée at the Court Opera and renowned authors and thinkers met and talked in the coffee houses.
The cityscape is characterised by Wilhelminian-style buildings, which call to mind the splendour of the former imperial city. Other eras have also left their mark, however, from romanticism, baroque all the way to art nouveau. There is plenty for architecture fans to discover in Vienna. Anyone in need of a break would be well-advised to choose one of the city’s many coffee houses. This is where locals and tourists alike meet to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can relax here with a tasty mocha or a so-called “Einspänner”.
However, Vienna has plenty to offer besides architecture and coffee culture. Gourmets can enjoy Wiener schnitzel and Sachertorte and discover delicacies from across the world at the Naschmarkt. With as many as 60 cultural institutions, the MuseumsQuartier is one of the world’s largest art and cultural sites and has something to offer for every taste. And in the Vienna Prater, both fairground fans and those looking for recreation can get their money’s worth; in addition to the many rides and the famous giant Ferris wheel, the extensive area of the Green Prater invites you to relax.
We have put together a selection of the best attractions and some genuine insider tips with the help of our Facebook groups from Vienna.