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Vienna

Vienna

Vienna is the capital of Austria and its largest city. Art and culture are embedded in the soul of Vienna: imperial splendour, world-class museums, opera and classical music heritage but also a unique Modernist legacy and a cosmopolitan flair. Walk down the parks- and grand palace-lined Ringstrasse, experience the centuries-old cafe tradition and admire the astonishing architecture of a buzzing modern capital filled with history.

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Church of the Most Holy Trinity (Wotruba Church)

The church is a fine example of classic brutalist and cubist architecture, designed by the architect Fritz Wotruba. 152 concrete blocks have been assembled to form this unique-looking structure, with windows have been built into the remaining spaces. As strikingly different as the facade might look, the inside resembles a familiar church interior.

Address
Ottillingerpl. 1, Vienna
Christmas Markets in Vienna

From mid-November until Christmas, a number of Markets in the city of Vienna start spreading early Christmas cheer. Mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, music and handcrafted goods sold at the little stalls create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, despite the at times cold Austrian winters. Some of the most exciting Christmas Markets include the Viennese Dream Christmas Market in front of the City Hall, the Christmas Village at Belvedere Palace (Prinz-Eugene Straße) and the Christmas and New Year's Market at Schönbrunn Palace; there are many other smaller markets with similar charm.

Palmenhaus

Where Vienna’s imperial charm meets the latest trends. The attractive Art Nouveau building offers good cuisine, great cocktails and has become an institution for locals and visitors alike. The terrace looks directly onto the Burggarten and tables there are in high demand when the weather is good. Inside the former greenhouse, guests dine in real style amongst exotic plants and relax over a good glass of wine or a fine cocktail.

Address
Burggarten 1
Figlmüller

Vienna’s schnitzel mecca, serving their distinctive larger, thinner and crispier schnitzels since 1905. Nowadays is still a family-run business, with a new addition to the historical Wollzeile venue right behind St. Stephen's Cathedral: another restaurant now helps accommodate the great popularity of their traditional Viennese cuisine.

Address
Wollzeile 5
Kärntner Straße

The route along Kärntner Straße, running from the Vienna State Opera to Stephansplatz is the most popular shopping street in Vienna. Stop by at Steffl department store with its luxury designers and fabulous panoramic elevator. Peek & Cloppenburg is another architectural highlight, while the Swarovski store offers a very special shopping experience. This high-street has mainly big international brands, but on its side streets some shops of local specialties can still be found.

Address
Kärntner Straße
Naschmarkt

Vienna Naschmarkt, on the plateau above the Wien River, is an absolute must for any visitor to Vienna. Shoppers can find a huge selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, spices and exotic specialties from many countries, such as Italy, Greece and Turkey in the 123 fixed stands. Stop by for some of the best kebab and felafel wraps to be found in town.

Address
Wienzeile

Passport/Visa

Austria can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Vienna in between April and May and between September and the middle of October. The weather is mild and the low-peak tourist season means that visitors can expect lower prices on average. The warmer summer months are very popular with tourists but expect prices to be higher.