The Baroque beauty of Austria’s capital proved an inspiration to the likes of Brahms, Strauss, Klimt, Schiele and Freud – and our bespoke holidays to Vienna will also help you to successfully waltz your way through the many sights.
Once the centre of the Hapsburg Empire, the city of Vienna is still today infused with an imperial grandeur, most evident in the magnificent palaces and grand mansions that sit imposingly all along the Innere Stadt.
The city's cultural heritage is impeccable: Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn and Mozart all lived and performed here, and today the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the State Opera House keep the city's traditions alive.
The Viennese have a reputation for enjoying the finer things in life: from Sachertorte cake and gourmet fare to cafes that resemble art galleries, the city’s culture and history are always close at hand, and sublimely tasteful. Hear the angelic voices of a choir filtering through the stained-glass, infused atmosphere of a church. Experience the pomp and prancing of the legendary Lipizzaner stallions. Vienna effortlessly blends Italian romanticism with a German love of order, which makes getting around the city not only captivating but quite effortless. Most of the city's tourist attractions are within the largely pedestrianised inner city area, which was once enclosed by the city walls, but today is circled by the Ringstrasse, a wide ring road.
Outside of the city lie the thrills of the Prater amusement park, the opulence of the Schonbrunn summer palace and, hidden away in the Vienna Woods, the decadence of the ancient heuringen, or wine taverns.
For a spot of shopping, Vienna's most trendy outlets can be found on Mariahilfer Strasse, where hundreds of stores offer fashion, jewellery and accessories. Local specialities include Augarten porcelain, ceramics, handmade dolls, wrought-iron work and leather goods.
Laid-back Vienna does have a nightlife, it’s just a little more refined than you may be used to. The city's best bars are in the Innere Stadt. Look out for the atmospheric Adolf Loos’ American Bar whose Art Deco brilliance can be appreciated over a beer or cocktail.
With lovely summers for sightseeing and snowy winters for skiing, Vienna's seasons are as accommodating as the city itself.
Vienna has a temperate continental climate, with warm, sunny summers and cold winters. The average temperature in the warmest summer months of July and August is 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit), while the winter months of December to February hover either side of freezing point.
Thunderstorms occur frequently in summer and snowfall is common in winter, the latter, however, only adds to the delicate beauty of the city.
The language that you will hear most of in Vienna is German, but English is very widely spoken.
Austria is a member of the European Union. You may need a Schengen visa (short stay visa) to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Please check rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.
Non-EU nationals must hold a return or onward ticket and sufficient funds.
Austria is considered one of the safest European countries for international travel. Personal crime rates are very low and the public transport system is generally safe to use at all hours.
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