ViennaAustria

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The city that nurtured genius, whose buzz still crackles among its monumental museums, grandiose palaces, sublime churches and astonishing opera houses.

Pinched between towering Alps to the west, and the mighty Danube to the east, Vienna is a city of legends. The musical genius of Mozart, the ponderings of Freud and the controversy of Klimt have all played out among the coffee houses of Vienna. Its palaces are grander, its churches are more daring and its galleries more ground-breaking than any other city in Europe.

It's all a lot for visitors to take in. A good place to start is the fairground of the Weiner Prater, where the century-old Ferris wheel will lift you up well above Vienna, giving you a birds-eye view. St Stephen’s Cathedral will probably grab your attention first. Its gleaming white Gothic spire pierces Vienna's skyline, advertising one of the most dramatic cathedrals in Europe. It has its counterpart in St Charles’s Church, whose shimmering green dome and twin towers celebrate a glorious fusion of Romanesque and Baroque styles.

These both lie within the bounds of Vienna's Innere Stadt – the historic centre ringed by the wide Ringstraße. The city's most famous museums can also be found here: the Museum of Art History, Natural History Museum, Albertina, and the modern-art hub of the MuseumsQuartier. The Austrian National Library’s name is deceptive, as this also houses three fascinating museums.

The peaceful surroundings of Central Cemetery include memorials to the City of Music’s most famous sons. Head to the Vienna State Opera to hear some of their works performed, or enjoy high-quality theatre in the lavish surroundings of the Burgtheater.

You can’t miss Vienna’s Hofburg Imperial Palace. For centuries, Vienna was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Habsburgs dynasty ruled large swathes of Europe from here. You can see their wonderful extravagance at the summer Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg Imperial Palace (their winter residence). Lesser members of the aristocracy also created beautiful palatial residences like the Prince of Savoy's 18th-century Belvedere home.

Visit the famous coffee houses to enjoy delicious pastries, or head to the Naschmarkt open-air market for fresh food and shopping.

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Top hotels in Vienna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
4 out of 5
Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 10-14, Vienna, Vienna
NZ$130
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

Located in Hietzing, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Schoenbrunn Zoo and Schoenbrunn Palace. Schoenbrunn Bad is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Hietzing ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,948 reviews)

"Lovely building and room. Would prefer Wifii rather than the hotspot system, USB points in the room and the cleaner didn't wash our cups when the room was cleaned"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Moxy Vienna Airport
Moxy Vienna Airport
3 out of 5
Ausfahrtsstraße 4, Schwechat
NZ$145
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Wien-Umgebung District, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Danube-Auen National Park, Belvedere and Vienna State Opera. St. Stephen's Cathedral ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,820 reviews)

"location: close to the terminal; it is also convenient that the tunnel (starting about 50 meters away from the hotel) connects the hotel with the terminal."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2020

Moxy Vienna Airport
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
NZ$186
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Wien-Umgebung District, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Hundertwasser House Vienna, Wiener Prater and Ernst Happel Stadium. University of Music ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,212 reviews)

"Location of the property is the key. Convenient for airport, rental car and fast train to central Vienna."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center

Popular activities in Vienna

Vienna State Opera
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Vienna State Opera

4.5/5(50 reviews)

This “people's opera house” spends 300 nights a year wowing audiences with its world-class opera company.

Schoenbrunn Palace
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Schoenbrunn Palace

4.5/5(93 reviews)

The summer playground of the Habsburg emperors features landscaped gardens, beautiful ruins, an imperial zoo and a Baroque palace where Rococo runs riot.

St. Stephen's Cathedral
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St. Stephen's Cathedral

4.5/5(86 reviews)

Ancient, glorious and shot-through with history, this Gothic pinnacle makes the skyline of central Vienna its own.

Belvedere
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Belvedere

4.5/5(62 reviews)

This former palace has it all – formal gardens, sweeping views, superb Baroque decor and the best-known embrace in art: Klimt's The Kiss.

Hofburg Imperial Palace
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Hofburg Imperial Palace

4.5/5(81 reviews)

Explore this grand former imperial home, with galleries, museums and even live horse-riding performances.

Naschmarkt
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Naschmarkt

4/5(29 reviews)

Stroll through Vienna's top food market to understand Austria's love affair with food – and the world's love affair with Vienna.

Top activities in Vienna

Vienna City Card
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Vienna City Card

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$29
Per adult
Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert
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Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$65
Per adult
Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride
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Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$134
Per adult
Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$46
Per adult
Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat
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Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat

76% of travellers recommend
NZ$123
Per adult
Private transfer from Vienna to Ljubljana
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Private transfer from Vienna to Ljubljana

NZ$120
Per adult

Reviews of Vienna

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 21, 2020

One of our favourite cities for music, art, architecture, coffee and cake! Very walkable and so elegant.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Beautiful city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 7, 2020

Walking tour excellent, Belevedere magnificient, Albertina magnificient.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

Vienna is a beautiful city, particularly in the winter. Eating or drinking in the busy tourist areas is generally not worth it, as it is expensive, crowded, and the staff are often too busy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 25, 2020

Natural History Museum was a delight for us and our teenage children.

5/5 - Excellent

Traveller

Jan 18, 2020

Very safe and clean. A very nice environment.

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