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All About Vienna
A city brimming with culture and history, Vienna is home to stately buildings, beautiful gardens, and more than 100 museums, with classical music at its heart. Austria’s capital gave birth to the world’s greatest composers, and today the Viennese Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra are among the most famous musical ensembles that call this city home. The city stages more than 15,000 musical events every year, with concerts and operas to enjoy almost every day of the week.
The city’s most impressive buildings include Schönbrunn Palace, the lavish former royal residence; Hofburg Palace, the largest palace complex in the world; and the opulent St. Stephen’s Cathedral. At the Kunsthistorisches Museum, you can see the world’s richest coin collection, while the Leopold Museum is Vienna’s finest art museum, and the MUMOK offers one of Europe’s most extensive contemporary art collections.
Along with music and culture, drinking good coffee in a traditional coffee house is an important part of everyday life in Vienna. Local favorites include a Wiener Melange (similar to a cappuccino) or a Mozart Café — a double espresso with whipped cream and sherry brandy. The Viennese believe that coffee is best enjoyed with a pastry, like an apple strudel, a Sacher torte (a Viennese chocolate cake), or a Kaiserschmarrn (a fluffy shredded pancake).
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Vienna
Summer is a great time to secure a vacation rental in Vienna when the days are warm and sunny and the nights are mild, perfect for enjoying outdoor dining at the city’s many restaurants and cafes. The main square in front of the Rathaus turns into a gourmet street food market and outdoor cinema with events all summer long. The weather is still generally pleasant in fall, and the changing colors in the Schönbrunn Gardens are spectacular.
The Wiesn — Vienna’s Oktoberfest — kicks off in late September with plenty of events around town. The weather can be changeable in spring, with cool, rainy days mixed with sunny spells. Vienna is a magical place to be in winter, with snow on the ground, beautifully decorated streets, and traditional Christmas markets, which have been held in the city since the 17th century. There’s also the popular outdoor ice-skating rink and the city’s famous New Year’s Eve ball. It can get very cold, though, so make sure you bring plenty of layers.
Top things to do in Vienna
This former royal summer residence is a UNESCO World Heritage site of cultural importance. Dating back to the 17th century, it boasts an extravagant 1,441 rooms, and a tour inside allows you to visit 45 lavishly furnished interiors befitting Austrian royalty. Outside, the sprawling palace grounds offer beautiful gardens with rows of flowers, a hedge maze, and the Neptune Fountain. The Gloriette, which is situated high above, offers amazing views of the entire palace complex and beyond.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Built in the 12th century, this immense Gothic Cathedral is the most important church in Austria. The impressive baroque interior houses many treasures, including priceless jewels and holy books, as well as the tombs of Viennese luminaries. When inside, look up and notice the intricately patterned main roof with hundreds of colored tiles. You can climb the 343 steps to the top of its tower, where you’ll be rewarded with amazing views of the city.
A visit to this historic amusement park is free, and here you can ride its iconic landmark — the 213-foot-high Wiener Riesenrad — one of the oldest Ferris wheels in the world, for a fee. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the city and the River Danube as you reach the top, with many other rides, games, and attractions, including a waxworks display. There are also food stalls and a famous traditional Viennese restaurant that’s known for its pork knuckles.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Vienna?
Vienna experiences a moderate continental climate. Summers (June to August) are warm with temperatures around 77°F (25°C), while winters (December to February) can be cold with averages near 32°F (0°C). Snowfall is common in winter, making it a great time for winter sport enthusiasts.
What are some of the best things to do in Vienna?
Explore the elegant architecture of Vienna's Ringstrasse by foot or tram, engage with the city's rich musical history at a classical concert, or sample traditional Viennese pastries at a local café. Visits to the Prater amusement park or a boat cruise on the Danube River are also frequently suggested activities.
What is the best time of year to visit Vienna?
The most visited period in Vienna is from April to October, peaking in the summer months. During this period, a wide array of events take place, including the Vienna Festival in May and June, and the Donauinselfest, Europe's largest free open-air festival, in June.
What are the best places to stay in Vienna?
Innere Stadt, Vienna's first district, is a popular area due to its close proximity to many historical landmarks. Leopoldstadt and Landstraße, home to the Hundertwasserhaus and the Belvedere Palace, are also frequently suggested. For a more trendy vibe, Neubau is worth considering.
What are the best places to visit in Vienna?
Vienna is rich in cultural landmarks such as St. Stephen's Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, and the Vienna State Opera. For art lovers, the Belvedere Palace and MuseumsQuartier are often recommended. Don't miss out on the beauty of Schönbrunn Palace and its vast gardens.
What are some hiking trails in Vienna?
Explore the city's scenic landscapes with trails such as the Vienna Woods Walking Path, the Lainzer Tiergarten, and the Kahlenberg Trail. Each has captivating views and varying levels of difficulty, allowing both beginner and seasoned hikers to enjoy.
What are some family activities to do in Vienna?
Families can explore the interactive exhibits at Haus der Musik, take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city's historic center, or visit Schönbrunn Zoo, which is home to more than 700 animal species. Don't forget a trip to Prater amusement park for some fun-filled excitement.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Vienna?
Consider a day trip to the Wachau Valley to explore its vineyards and charming villages, or visit the medieval castles of Kreuzenstein and Liechtenstein. The Melk Abbey, a stunning Baroque monastery on the Danube River, is also worth a visit.
How much does it cost to stay in serviced apartment rentals in Vienna?
Experience the best of Vienna with our serviced apartment rentals, starting at about $20 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.
Are there serviced apartment rentals with a dedicated workspace in Vienna?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 270 serviced apartment rentals in Vienna featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.