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Vienna has a fascinating history and is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world. The city is famous for its vibrant music scene, and its historic city centre which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whatever you want from your city break you’ll be sure to find it in Vienna.
Vienna, the city of Klimt, Mozart, Freud and many more A Vienna city break– a guaranteed romantic weekend. Having meandered around the historic centre, go for a stroll in the Freihausviertel district . You’ll always find something to keep you busy in the contemporary art galleries, the hip stores and the many art deco cafes. Prolong your walk to the Naschmarkt (gourmet market) in Viennese Chinatown. There, you can fully absorb the local life. In the surrounding area, admire the “Art Nouveau” buildings of the area.
The M-ARS is an art supermarket. People come and buy a work of art, just like you would buy your groceries. A jury of professionals certifies the quality of works on the shelves. Prices vary between €9.90 and €899.90.
For a city break partying in Vienna, head to the neighbourhood called “Bermudadreieck” (the Bermuda Triangle) in the north of the historic centre. Here you can find a large number of bars grouped around two or three streets, which means night owls can do a crawl, visiting the “Roter Engel”, known for its architecture, for example.
In the 1990s, the party establishments expanded, and the Gürtel quarter became very lively. The 7th and 8th arrondissements are the student areas. You can celebrate the summer on the city’s beaches on Donauinsel island. And don’t forget Flex, one of the world’s most famous nightclubs.
As imposing as it is beautiful, one of the former homes of the Habsburgs, the Shönbrun Palace is an amazing place to visit. The Baroque-style Palace has over 1,400 rooms, and is one of the most popular attractions in the city. 40 of the Palace’s rooms are open to the public, and are authentically furnished in the same way they originally would have been.
The Palace’s gardens are an attraction in themselves, and along with the beautiful collection of plants, they are home to a maze and a labyrinth.
Vienna has a great selection of museums and art galleries for you to explore during your break. One of the best galleries to visit is the Museum Moderner Kunst, otherwise known as MUMOK.
The gallery has a collection of over 9,000 works that are regularly rotated.
You will be able to see work by many famous artists including Picasso, Magritte and Giacometti.
The gallery also has its own cinema which regularly shows video art, as well as documentaries about the gallery’s extensive collection.
If you’re in need of a break after seeing all that art you can head to the gallery’s restaurant. There is a great selection of light lunches and snacks, or even some cupcakes, which are a speciality.
An excellent way to make sure you don’t miss any of Vienna’s many sights is to book yourself on a cycling tour of the city. The tours include bike hire and are run by professional guides who will take you through the streets and give you personal insight into the attractions you pedal past. You get the chance to see the Vienna Opera House, which is built in a neo-Renaissance style, as well as Heldenplatz (Heroes Square).
If you would prefer a tour of the city that requires a little less pedal power there are also city tours that can be enjoyed from the top of a bus. The tours are run in a hop-on, hop-off style and have 15 stops dotted around the city.
Austrian cuisine, which is rather hearty, has a blend of German and Hungarian influences. Goulash, Wiener Schnitzel (Viennese escalope), Knödel (dumpling-like balls), Tafelspitz (boiled beef) or even Guglhupf (cake) are often on the menu. But above all, during your short stay in Vienna, don’t turn down the essential Viennese coffees!
Viennese cafes are a real way of life. Comfortably settled, you can eat and drink at all times of the day. Newspapers are free to read, and you can stay there all afternoon without being forced to order several times: ideal for a cheap Vienna City break!
In some areas, the cafes are overrun by tourists. At Sperl Café (Gumperdorfer Strasse), frequented by Freud, students come by regularly to play pool. Prices are not excessive, the welcome is warm and the cuisine is delicious.
Head to the Naschmarkt area where you’ll be spoiled for choice. Because a night out on a Vienna City Break can go on and on…
The city is very well served, especially on the right bank where the best part of the population and their activities are centred. The metro is undergoing full expansion and the tramway network is particularly dense. During your short stay in Vienna, we recommend you nevertheless discover the city centre on foot, the best way to admire the architectural wonders that the city has to offer.
You can obviously plan your city break in Vienna all year round. In winter, you can enjoy lower rates. In summer, Vienna takes on a new atmosphere with various concerts and you should note that the Lipizzan shows do not take place during this period.