Vienna at a Glance
At first glance Vienna may seem nothing more than a former imperial city, filled with palaces and dated structures. But upon closer inspection, you will find Vienna to be one of Europe’s vibrant metropolises. Its contemporary art scene is one of the most thought-provoking in the World. Restaurants serve traditional cuisine, and modern-fusion dishes paired with local wines. Green spaces dominate the city, with over half of Vienna be classified as parkland. Evenings are filled with classical music from the masters and local musicians performing their music in petite clubs. Few cities bring together new and old as well as Vienna.
Not to be missed In a city where imperial palaces are mixed with urban living, these are some of the top attractions:
- Museumsquartier: Formerly the imperial stables, Museumsquartier is a sprawling museum, restaurant and café complex designed by Fischer von Erlach. There is a combined total of 60,000sq meters of exhibition space. Both the Leopold Museum and the Museum of Modern Art can be found here.
- Otto Wagner Buildings: A legendary architect and urban planner, Otto Wagner (1841 – 1918) left his impression on Vienna. Many of his beautiful works can be seen today including the Karlsplatz Stadtbahn Station.
- Brunnenmarkt: This highly ethnic market, the majority of booths are Balkan or Turkish, is the largest street market in Vienna. Try one of the kebab houses here for a scrumptious lunch.
- Spanish Riding School: The Spanische Hofreitschule is World-famous. From tiered balconies you will watch the legendary Lipizzaner stallions perform to beautiful classical music, a sight that is breathtaking. Tickets should be booked months in advance, as this is one of the most in-demand shows in Vienna.
Uniquely Vienna Schonbrunn Tiergarten was founded in 1752 by Franz Stephan and is the oldest zoo in the World. It is home to over 700 animals including giant pandas and Siberian tigers. In the centre of the zoo lies an octagonal pavilion that dates to 1759. Check with maps inside the zoo for feeding times to see your favorite animal chowing down!
Good to know about Vienna In a city with so much to offer, it can be easy to overlook Practical Details like these:
- Climate: Summers in Vienna are warm, with temperatures ranging between 22°C and 26°C. Winters are cold, and snow falls between December and March.
- City Transportation: Vienna is home to a very comprehensive public transit system, which makes seeing all corners of the city very easy. There are 5 underground lines, 28 tram lines and 83 bus routes.
- Accommodation: With hundreds of hotels and pensions, you will be assured something to fit your budget and style. See Vienna Hotels for more details.
- Eating Out: There are a wide variety of cuisines available in Vienna. Make sure to eat at least one meal at a Beisl (a traditional Viennese bistro). Here you will be able to dine on traditional fare in cozy, comfortable atmosphere.
Call your itravel2000 Travel Expert NOW to book! 1.866.WOW.DEAL (969.3325)