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    Stunning collections of Old Masters, a dazzling musical heritage, equine brilliance, choral magnificence, opulent café culture and an audacious confection of architectural styles; Vienna has it all; and that it’s steeped in history and loaded with charisma, heaps additional icing on the Viennese cake.

    Few cities are as enchanting and captivating as Vienna. Musically and culturally it is one of the world’s richest cities with a wonderful assortment of galleries and palaces, bars and cafés, shops and street markets. It’s a capital that charms and seduces with an almost endless inventory of things to see and do, whenever you visit. In April, the gardens and parks blossom whilst outdoor festivals and open- air parties crowd May and June. One of world’s largest free musical festivals, Donauinselfest, boasting more than 2,000 acts encompassing every musical genre and drawing an estimated 3 million visitors, occupies an island in the Danube in late June.

    The cooling river and canals take the heat out of July and August, although concert halls, the state-run opera and theatres are closed. September is milder, ideal for exploring the countryside and enjoying the new season’s cultural calendar. Winter glows with Christmas markets and the ball season sweeps you off your feet from New Year to spring.

    Architecture & Palace

    For a city brimming with majestic architecture, central Vienna is surprisingly compact and navigation easy. Most notable sights are concentrated within Ringstrasse, Emperor Franz Josef’s 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 the elegant equine ballet of Lipizzaner stallions. There’s the State Opera House, Burgberg Theatre and museums aplenty, and the Imperial Apartments with their stunning chandeliers. Palaces include the Baroque Schloss Belvedere and the immense summer residence of the Habsburgs, Schloss Schonbrunn. Further architectural treasures include City Hall and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

    Music & Art

    Vienna is alive with music, hardly surprising given that the back-catalogue of the city’s formidable 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; be it the gold and crystal of the State Opera House, the fine acoustics of the Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, or the variation of the multistage Konzerthaus. The Viennese appreciation of the finer things in life extends to wining and dining at all price points. There are opulent coffee houses serving spectacular cakes, pub-like Beisln dishing up hearty portions of wiener schnitzel and goulash; an astonishing number of Michelin-starred restaurants, whilst fine Austrian wines can be sampled in Vinothek wine bars and the more rustic Heurigen wine taverns. Food for the soul is available at the Museum of Fine Arts amongst the works of Rembrandt, Rubens and numerous Old Masters, with flavours of contemporary art residing in the Museums Quartier.

    Vienna Card

    A superb public transport system makes for swift progress across the city, and a Vienna Card allows free use of all buses, underground and trams plus discounted entry to many attractions.

    We tailor-make all holidays and book flights from your local airport to Vienna.

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Stunning collections of Old Masters, a dazzling musical heritage, equine brilliance, choral magnificence, opulent café culture and an audacious confection of architectural styles; Vienna has it all; and that it’s steeped in history and loaded with charisma, heaps additional icing on the Viennese cake.

Few cities are as enchanting and captivating as Vienna. Musically and culturally it is one of the world’s richest cities with a wonderful assortment of galleries and palaces, bars and cafés, shops and street markets. It’s a capital that charms and seduces with an almost endless inventory of things to see and do, whenever you visit. In April, the gardens and parks blossom whilst outdoor festivals and open- air parties crowd May and June. One of world’s largest free musical festivals, Donauinselfest, boasting more than 2,000 acts encompassing every musical genre and drawing an estimated 3 million visitors, occupies an island in the Danube in late June.

The cooling river and canals take the heat out of July and August, although concert halls, the state-run opera and theatres are closed. September is milder, ideal for exploring the countryside and enjoying the new season’s cultural calendar. Winter glows with Christmas markets and the ball season sweeps you off your feet from New Year to spring.

Architecture & Palace

For a city brimming with majestic architecture, central Vienna is surprisingly compact and navigation easy. Most notable sights are concentrated within Ringstrasse, Emperor Franz Josef’s 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 the elegant equine ballet of Lipizzaner stallions. There’s the State Opera House, Burgberg Theatre and museums aplenty, and the Imperial Apartments with their stunning chandeliers. Palaces include the Baroque Schloss Belvedere and the immense summer residence of the Habsburgs, Schloss Schonbrunn. Further architectural treasures include City Hall and St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Music & Art

Vienna is alive with music, hardly surprising given that the back-catalogue of the city’s formidable 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; be it the gold and crystal of the State Opera House, the fine acoustics of the Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, or the variation of the multistage Konzerthaus. The Viennese appreciation of the finer things in life extends to wining and dining at all price points. There are opulent coffee houses serving spectacular cakes, pub-like Beisln dishing up hearty portions of wiener schnitzel and goulash; an astonishing number of Michelin-starred restaurants, whilst fine Austrian wines can be sampled in Vinothek wine bars and the more rustic Heurigen wine taverns. Food for the soul is available at the Museum of Fine Arts amongst the works of Rembrandt, Rubens and numerous Old Masters, with flavours of contemporary art residing in the Museums Quartier.

Vienna Card

A superb public transport system makes for swift progress across the city, and a Vienna Card allows free use of all buses, underground and trams plus discounted entry to many attractions.

We tailor-make all holidays and book flights from your local airport to Vienna.

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Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel

5 Star

In a wonderful location in the heart of the city and right opposite the Vienna State Opera, luxurious Hotel Bristol has been the focal point of Vienna’s cultural life since 1892 and is renowned for its Viennese charm and personal service.

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Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel

5 Star

The wonderfully grand Hotel Imperial is Vienna’s most lavish hotel and has played host to royalties, composers, classical music lovers and discerning travellers in search of impeccable service and outstanding accommodation since 1873.

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Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel

5 Star

In a wonderful location in the heart of the city and right opposite the Vienna State Opera, luxurious Hotel Bristol has been the focal point of Vienna’s cultural life since 1892 and is renowned for its Viennese charm and personal service.

Hotel Imperial, a Luxury Collection Hotel

5 Star

The wonderfully grand Hotel Imperial is Vienna’s most lavish hotel and has played host to royalties, composers, classical music lovers and discerning travellers in search of impeccable service and outstanding accommodation since 1873.

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Local airport:
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