Vienna is called The City of Music, as more famous composers have lived and worked here than anywhere else in the world, including 4 of the top 10 classical composers in history. The fascinating world of Viennese music is at every corner of the city, but for an immersive experience visit the Vienna State Opera and the House of Music.
The Gothic and Baroque buildings such as St Stephen’s Cathedral, the historic stairways of Kunsthistorisches Museum , and the Schönbrunn Palace courtyards, will charm you with elegance. However, classic blends perfectly with modern Vienna / – innovative, green, smart and diverse.
Art & Culture
The Museum Quarter Wien has about 70 cultural facilities, making it the largest art & culture complex in Europe. Whether you prefer contemporary art, the classic imperial collection at the Art History Museum, natural history at the Natural History Museum, or literature, in Vienna there is something for everybody.
Symbols of the City
The Wiener is the oldest, still operating, Ferris wheel in the world. Located in the Prater amusement park, it’s one of Vienna’s best tourist attractions and even considered a symbol of the city! Another symbolic building is undoubtedly the Danube Tower. Its observational tower reveals a 360° spectacular view and the restaurant at the top rotates around its axis, allowing you to enjoy the panoramic scenery.
Taste of Vienna
Vienna’s exquisite cuisine is known for culinary staples such as the Viennese schnitzel, the strudel, and (yes,) the croissant! The city is also called the Wine Capital of the World, being home to over 1,700 vineyards. And Vienna’s trademark cake Saher served with a cup of hot coffee perfectly describes the Viennese spirit – always combining love, tradition & culture.
You can taste Vienna everywhere – in the coffee shops and restaurants, at the local hot dog stands, or over a glass of wine in a heuriger (wine tavern). Dig in and enjoy!
Quick Facts & Tips
- Vienna has been ranked by the EIU as the world's most liveable city. In Vienna they call it Lebenskunst—the art of living well.
- 450 Balls take place in Vienna every year. So, don't forget your dancing shoes.
- 10% Tip is the recommended amount for tipping in Austria.
- 70 Cultural Facilities can be found in the Wien Museum Quarter - the largest in Europe.
- Obey the Highway Code - always follow the Green Man when crossing the street in Vienna, to avoid hefty fines.
- Brush-up on your German - Saying 'Hallo', 'Vielen dank' and 'bitte' can go a long way with Viennese people.
- Pet Lovers - Dogs are allowed in almost all restaurants and boutiques.
Information based on The online travel guide for Vienna – VIENNA – Now. Forever