Welcome to Vienna

Few cities are as enchanting and captivating as Vienna; it charms and seduces with an almost endless inventory of things to see and do. Stunning Old Masters, a dazzling musical heritage, equine brilliance, choral magnificence, opulent café culture and an audacious confection of architectural style. That it is steeped in history and loaded with charisma is the icing on this rich Viennese cake.

When to visit

During April the gardens and parks blossom whilst outdoor festivals and open-air parties crowd May and June. The cooling river and canals take the heat out of July and August, although concert halls, the opera and theatres are closed. One advantage of the summer is that large proportions of the Viennese population disappear to summer residences or vacations, so there’s more room for those who visit. Summer also brings the street culture to life with the opportunity to sit outside into the late evening enjoying the delights of the many excellent cafés, bars, restaurants, and wine taverns. September is milder, ideal for enjoying the new season’s cultural calendar. Winter glows with Christmas markets and the Ball Season features more than 450 glamorous gowns-and-tails dance balls from New Year to spring.

Prater Ferris Wheel, Vienna

Prater Ferris Wheel, Vienna

Experience Vienna

We’re delighted to highlight a few holiday experiences to enhance your visit to Vienna. Simply confirm at the time of booking or prior to travelling.
For further details and prices of private excursions and small group escorted tours, to visit some or all of these places of interest, please ask our Personalised Travel Team about pre-bookable experiences and excursions on 0800 008 7288.

We highly recommend…

Sacher and schnitzel

To sample the famous apricot and chocolate torte, Sacher Tart, avoid the queues
at Café Sacher and head to the Salon Sacher, where there are drinks
too. For the best schnitzel, it might be Café Central.

Historical Vienna (2 hours)

A private tour that follows the Ringstrasse. Places of importance include Sudtiroler Platz, Opera House, the Hofburg, museums of Art History and Natural History, Parliament, City Hall and Burgtheater.

 

From £167 per person

City tour and Schonbrunn Palace (half day)

Vienna city tour that also includes priority access to the Schonbrunn Palace, the magnificent summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty. Admire all Vienna’s impressive sights with this panoramic tour.

From £51 per person

Big Bus Vienna (full day)

A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour which allows you to see all of Vienna’s top sights and attractions in one day. Learn about the Habsburg dynasty at Hofburg Palace or discover the Baroque buildings of imperial Vienna along the famous Ring Road.

From £29 per person

Treasures of the Habsburgs (half day)

View great art, exquisite jewels and the sumptuous treasures of the House of Habsburg visiting the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace as well as the outstanding collection in the Kunstkammer, part of the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

 

From £23 per person

Strauss and Mozart concert at Kursalon Palace (2 hours)

Enjoy a night of classical music in spectacular surroundings in the heart of Vienna’s City Park. The spiritual home of waltz, Strauss and Mozart, Vienna’s musical traditions are brought to life at the unique Kursalon venue.

From £70 per person

Danube and Wachau Valley (full day)

Experience the natural beauty of the Danube and Wachau valleys with this romantic day trip that takes in charming villages, steep vineyards, ruined castles, monasteries and, in the summer months, a cruise along the famous river.

From £78 per person

Out and about

Vienna is one of the world’s most culturally rich cities with wonderful galleries, palaces, bars and cafés, shops and street markets. Central Vienna is surprisingly compact and easy to navigate. Most sights are concentrated within the Ringstrasse, the circular boulevard around the inner city. Here, Hofburg Palace incorporates Imperial Chapel where the Vienna Boys’ Choir sings Sunday Mass, and the famed Spanish Riding School is home to Lipizzaner stallions. There’s the State Opera House, Burgberg Theatre and museums aplenty, and wonderful palaces, including Schloss Belvedere and Schloss Schonbrunn. Vienna is alive with music. The city’s musical heritage includes the works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, both senior and junior, and Brahms and Mahler. Performances are frequent and the venues appealing; the gold and crystal of the State Opera House, the fine acoustics of the Musikverein or the Konzerthaus. The Museum of Fine Arts houses works of Rembrandt, Rubens and numerous Old Masters, with flavours of contemporary art residing in the Museums Quartier.

There is wining and dining at all price points. There are opulent coffee houses serving spectacular cakes, pub-like Beisl dishing up hearty portions of wiener schnitzel and goulash and an astonishing number of Michelin starred restaurants, whilst fine Austrian wines can be sampled in Vinothek wine bars and the more rustic Heurigen, traditional wine taverns.

Good to know

A superb public transport system makes for swift progress across the city, and the purchase of a Vienna Card allows free use of all buses, including the hop-on hop-off Vienna Sightseeing Tour buses, underground and trams and free entry to over sixty attractions. Vienna is almost unbearably picturesque from above. Take the 38A bus from Heiligenstadt for the view from the top of the Kahlenberg. Alternatively head to the Prater amusement park and enjoy the view from the Ferris wheel. Shops close at 6pm on weekdays and are closed on Sundays.

Luxury hotels in Vienna

Grand Hotel Wien

Vienna

  • Central Location
  • Michelin Star Cuisine at Le Ciel
  • Leading Hotels of the World member

Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Vienna

  • Fine Dining
  • Central Location
  • Opera View Rooms offer prime viewing of the State Opera live-streams

Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Vienna

  • Ideally Located
  • Lavish Interior
  • Michelin Awarded Restaurant

Vienna musts

Vienna State Opera

Wiener Staatsoper is one of the world’s most important opera houses and boasts close to 60 operas and 10 ballets each year with the Season running from late September to early June.

Schloss Schonbrunn

The Habsburgs’ opulent summer palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 1,441 rooms; see 26 of them on an Imperial Tour, or all 40 that are open to the public, on a Grand Tour.

Spanish Riding School

A Viennese institution, this matchless equestrian ballet is performed by graceful Lipizzaner stallions to classical music under glistening chandeliers.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

One of the exceptional experiences of any trip to Vienna, this sumptuous neo-classical palace overflows with works by Europe’s finest painters, sculptors and artisans.

Hofburg Palace

This resplendent, immense palace owes its size and architectural diversity to various rulers; it was the home of the Habsburgs from 1273 to 1918 and now houses numerous worthy museums.

Christmas Markets

During November and December the captivatingly traditional Christmas markets fill the air with scents of sizzling bratwurst, hot coal braziers, fragrant spicy punch and roasting chestnuts.

Twin centre

Ask our travel consultants about combining a stay in Vienna with time spent in Mozart’s birthplace and home of The Sound of Music, Salzburg.
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