Vienna Guide and Landmarks
Vienna is the capital of Austria only a few hours away from Prague or Budapest. As the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire the city has been a meeting point f travelers and merchants. Today it’s very easy to reach Vienna through the largest international airport of Schwechat. Regular buses run from Prague, Bratislava and Budapest to keep in contact with the region. Vienna is the best starting point to discover the region. If you’re planning a tour to the nearby cities choose the Austrian highway system by car, which is one of the best in Europe.
Romantic strolls in ViennaVienna is ready for visitors on every day of the year so whenever you arrive the hospitality is guaranteed as well as rich cultural life. Around Christmas time don’t forget to visit the fair in the old city to taste delicious cakes and punch to warm you up. If you want to go shopping go and search the quality stores along the Mariahilferstrasse. It is also a good place to find cheap accommodations as youth hostels but expensive hotels are also present. If you want to continue the walk head for the Museumsquartier, which is the museum district of Vienna. At the Maria Theresia Square you’ll find the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Art Histroy. The former presents an exhibition with dinosaurs and wonders of nature and even recent discoveries. The Museum of Art History has one of the largest collection of unique pieces in Europe. Behind the large stone gate you’ll see the Hofburg, which is the royal palace of Vienna. Organised tours take you around the palace to discover the rich history of Habsburg monarchs. If you want to know more about the monarchy head for the Schönbrunn Palace, the royals seat of the Habsburg dynasty. Opening hours and transport should be checked before visit. Once you’re in the Hofburg don’t miss the Schatzkammer once the treasury of the Habsburg kings. After the Hofburg feel free to walk around the streets of the old city. You can easily do so since there is no traffic only bicycles and buses are allowed within the district.
Look for a nice coffee house and taste the marvellous Sacher cake and the famous coffee of Vienna. Also try the Wiener schnitzel with potato salad. The old city has an endless number of restaurants so you don't have to worry about finding the right place. A common local desert is the Mozartkugel, which is marzipan in chocolate.
Soon you’ll see the towers of the medieval Stephansdom. The old cathedral can be visited from the crypt to the sacristy. In front of the cathedral you return into the sparkling atmosphere of the Stephansplatz. A short walk takes you to the Staatsoper, the famous opera house of Vienna. Within this building every year balls are organised which are famous of tradition and wonderful music. A special thing to see in Vienna is the Spanish Riding School which is home the Lipizzan horses. Look for information and prices in advance because there are a limited number of tickets available. The Belvedere Palace is the finest example of Baroque architecture and style. Walk around the magnificent halls and admire the paintings in the ballroom. The interior decoration is also rich with wooden furniture from the 18th century and exquisite tapestries.
Don’t miss the Prater in Vienna, which is a 19th century style amusement park with games for the people of today with the giant Ferris wheel. The Pater is located in Leopoldstadt district. Around the Prater there is a huge park to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Vienna is one of the greenest cities of Europe so don’t hesitate to look for parks such as the Stadtpark. Vienna itself worth more than a week of stay but if you have some extra time visit the nearby towns such as Graz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.
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