Give Vienna a whirl and enjoy Danube river views, cosy taverns, fine museums, monumental architecture and a truly romantic atmosphere in the Austrian capital.
The art stop
In search of culture? Head to the museum quarter where you can browse a huge collection of Austrian modern art at The Leopold Museum including works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Then you can pop into the Kunsthalle Wien to catch the latest temporary exhibition. For the big finale, try the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) which exhibits pop art, photorealism and multimedia works. Pick hotels in Vienna close to the museum quarter and you won’t have to walk far to see great works of art.
History and culture
Explore the major landmarks along the Ringstrasse on foot or if you’re short on time, hop on the U-bahn. This historic area reflects Vienna’s past status as one of the most important capitals in the world, before the fall of the empire. We recommend a stroll along the boulevard from Vienna State Opera to Rathaus (City Hall). Vienna State Opera has a huge repertoire and some top opera stars have played here, so book your tickets in advance if you want to catch a concert. If you just want to peek inside, a tour takes in the grand staircase, tea salon, marble hall, Gustav Mahler room and the auditorium. You’ll find a great range of Vienna hotels to suit your budget near Ringstrasse so you’ll always be close to the city’s elegant architecture. Meanwhile, in the centre of town St Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) draws in thousands of visitors to gaze at its dark and imposing exterior. If you can stomach it, take a guided tour down into the crypt where royal intestines and thousands of skeletons are held.
For some down time, head to Old Danube, a leisure paradise. For those seeking sun, take a cooling dip in the outdoor pools (Gänsehäufel). Grab yourself a rowing, pedal or sail boat and get out on the water. Alternatively, you can find relaxation in the heart of the city at The Imperial Butterfly House where visitors enter the beautiful Art Nouveau palm house to admire over 400 free-flying butterflies in their special environment.
Shop for bargains
Try the eclectic market of Naschmarkt for foodie treats or try the popular Saturday flea market. If you’re serious about picking up some flea market finds, try getting there by 7am to haggle for the best pieces. Things get even livelier at the weekends when DJs hit the decks to entertain the crowds. While you’re here, we recommend popping into Café Drechsler. Carefully remodeled by designer Terrance Conran, it’s a café of 21st century style while continuing Drechsler family tradition by offering typical Viennese coffeehouse cuisine and a relaxed atmosphere.
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