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ViennaAustria

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.

Top hotels in Vienna

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
The price is NZ$154 per night from 3 Jan. to 4 Jan.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ernst Happel Stadium, Hundertwasser House Vienna and Wiener Prater. Belvedere and University ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,286 reviews)

"Very close to the airport and therefore extremely convenient. The staff was friendly and spoke good English."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2020

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
Moxy Vienna Airport
Moxy Vienna Airport
3 out of 5
Ausfahrtsstraße 4, Schwechat
The price is NZ$135 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Danube-Auen National Park, Wiener Prater and Belvedere. Stephansplatz and Vienna State Opera ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,603 reviews)

"It is decent place to stay for one night, if you have a layover in Wien airport."…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2020

Moxy Vienna Airport
The Ring Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel
The Ring Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel
5 out of 5
Kaerntner Ring 8, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$260 per night from 2 Jan. to 3 Jan.

Located in Innere Stadt, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Musikverein and Vienna State Opera. St. Charle's Church and Spanish Riding School are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (993 reviews)

"A very pleasant and elegant hotel in a great location almost opposite the Opera House. You feel relaxed and cocooned. A good blend of classical Vienna and modcons."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2020

The Ring Vienna's Casual Luxury Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Vienna

MyPlace Premium Apartments - City Centre
MyPlace Premium Apartments - City Centre
4 out of 5
Vorlaufstrasse 3, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$216 per night from 8 Dec. to 9 Dec.

Located in Innere Stadt, this boutique aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Ruprecht's Church and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Hofburg Imperial Palace and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (806 reviews)

"Upgrade to suite was a nice surprise, check-in staff were friendly and helpful; location was perfect for central Vienna. Heating controls confusing, not working properly (thermostat had no effect, controls were hidden in the wall units), shower soap dispenser fell off the wall. Minor things, overall ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar. 2020

MyPlace Premium Apartments - City Centre
Kriehubergasse by Welcome2Vienna
Kriehubergasse by Welcome2Vienna
2 out of 5
Kriehubergasse 2, Vienna, Vienna

Located in Wieden, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna, Belvedere and Naschmarkt. Vienna State Opera ...

3.1/5 (16 reviews)
Very noisy surroundings

"Very noisy, without AC,so during the day time it was very hot, an isolated place very far from city center.The traffic was so intense that I couldn't sleep at nights."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2015

Kriehubergasse by Welcome2Vienna
SKY9 Apartments City Center
SKY9 Apartments City Center
4 out of 5
Rotenturmstrasse 16-18, Innere Stadt, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$148 per night from 3 Jan. to 4 Jan.

Located in Innere Stadt, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Spanish Riding School and Albertina. Vienna State Opera ...

4.3/5Excellent! (65 reviews)
vienna city nreak

"Apartment is well positioned for Vienna city centre - very clean & met all our requirements for a lovely city break"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2020

SKY9 Apartments City Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Vienna

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb. 2020

Beautiful city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Feb. 2020

Walking tour excellent, Belevedere magnificient, Albertina magnificient.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb. 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

25 Jan. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Traveller

18 Jan. 2020

Very safe and clean. A very nice environment.

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