Vienna Travel Guide

Vienna is the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with past artistic glories, thanks to the cultural legacy of the many artistic geniuses nourished here. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, Gustav Klimt are few to name. It is both culturally and musically one of the richest cities in the world.

St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna travel guide

St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna

Best Time to visit Vienna

Best time to visit Vienna is during Christmas, when the city embraces the festive spirit and you can find amazing Christmas markets, festive decorations and Christmas lights everywhere.

During the Summer Vienna looks wonderful in the sun and has numerous outdoor events and festivals. If you love shopping, summer sales start on the second week of July and last till the end of August.

If you want to visit all top attractions in Vienna without waiting in lines, then autumn and spring are great, since Vienna is not crowded and sightseeing is easier and cheaper.

Accommmodation in Vienna

As Summer approaches and temperatures rise, hotel prices also flourish. Tourist peak seasons are Summer and Christmas, with high hotel prices and long queues at museums and attractions. Surprisingly from December until March hotel occupancy is also high with relatively high prices. The best hotel deals are found between April to May and September to November.

If you are traveling on a budget avoid the first District, as it is the most expensive one. Staying in the outskirts of the city is a good choice, as it is only 20 minutes from the city centre and there is an excellent public transportation network. Consider the Second and Fourth districts, as they offer great hotel deals, especially if you are traveling off-season.

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Things to do in Vienna

Walk around Ringstrasse, a circular road around the city centre, to get a glimpse of the finest and most elegant architecture, like the magnificent Opera House. Visit few of the city’s 80+ museums and galleries, such as the Albertina, the Leopold Museum, or visit the majestic Schönbrunn and Belvedere Palaces. In the city centre you will find St. Stephen’s Dom, a masterpiece of gothic architecture.

Vienna has the finest Cafe Culture in Europe, with glamorous coffee houses and amazing creamy coffees and cakes. Food is great in Vienna, so make sure you try some of the known delicacies such as the Wiener Schnitzel and Sacher Torte.

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Shopping in Vienna

From luxury boutiques to small independent stores, Vienna is fulfilling every fashionistas dream. For those looking to spend big, Graben, Kohlmarkt and Kärnterstraße, are located within the city centre near St. Stephans cathedrale.

You will find lots of high style boutiques and haute couture shops. Mariahilferstrasse is one of the main shopping streets with major commercial brands and many cafes and restaurants. Right next to Mariahilferstrasse starts Neubaugasse, packed with small boutiques by local designers or foreign underground labels. Vienna is one of the best shopping destinations in Europe.

Sales in Vienna

Winter sales start the week after Christmas and last usually to the end of January and summer sales from the second week of July to the end of August.

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