Vienna, the capital of Austria, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the MuseumsQuartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt and other artists.

Vienna Things To Know

    Places to see: Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, Stephansdom, Prater.
    Main currency: Euro
    Main language: Austrian German

Hit the high notes

As the home of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna was the epicenter of power and all its trappings. That legacy remains in the form of sachertorte, Baroque buildings, and opera. The iconic Vienna State Opera (German: Wiener Staatsoper) is the busiest opera house in the world. But just around the corner, in the Stadtpark, is perhaps the best place in the city to catch a concert. The Kursalon. In 1868 Johann Strauss gave his first concert there, and it was such a success that it has remained a concert venue ever since. Throughout the summer, the Kursalon hosts concerts of music by Strauss and the other Viennese golden boy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As you make your way inside look for the gilded statue of Strauss himself.

Schönbrunn Palace

Royal dynasties didn’t come much grander than the heavyweight Habsburgs. Need proof? The opulent Schönbrunn Palace was initially envisioned as a hunting lodge. They must have had a completely different definition of the word ‘lodge’. Any way you look at it it’s a spectacular place to visit. With over 1400 rooms in the palace (40 of which are open to the public, and vast UNESCO Heritage-protected gardens – plus a labyrinth), it’s no surprise that it’s Vienna’s most popular tourist attraction. The Imperial Carriage Museum and the Tiergarten are also both onsite here, offering a wide array of activities. A day here is a day spent basking in the warmth of the Austrian sun (and the former glory of the once-mighty Habsburgs).

Travel through time

Vienna’s got a lot of history to get your mind around. At Time Travel Vienna there’s 1,300 m2 of space to accommodate your family’s time traveling adventures. In just one hour you’ll get to know this fascinating city – right back to its foundations as the Roman camp Vindobona. Led by a real tour guide, each trip offers fact-based insights into the city that was the home of the Holy Roman Emperor for more than 300 years and that played a key role in the outbreak of WWI. Plus, it’s an actual 400-year-old monastery.

Home of The Third Man

With sharp cinematography, outstanding acting, and a unique zither-centric score, this 1949 British film noir is considered one of the greatest films of all time. The action unfolds in Vienna. Now that you’re here, make like the film’s protagonists Holly Martins and Harry Lime (played by Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles) and take a ride on the 19th-century Riesenrad (Ferris wheel) in the Prater amusement park. It’s the only remaining work of engineer Walter Basset (who also built wheels for Blackpool, London and Paris).

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