Vienna is the capital and largest city in Austria. The city is host to many international organizations, including OPEC and one of the four official seats of the United Nations Organization. The center of Vienna was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Various architectural styles can be discovered. Imposing structures range from magnificent classicist buildings to modern architecture. Friedensreich Hundertwasser himself designed many of the well-known buildings which should be planned in each city trip. The Ringstrasse is well-known for its late-19th-century grand buildings, monuments and parks. The Romanesque Ruprechtskirche, Baroque Karlskirche, Gothic Stephansdom, Highbaroque Jesuitenkriche, Rococo Schönbrunn Palace, Baroque Belvedere Palace are only a few of the impressive buildings in Vienna which a tourist should not miss.
Vienna is known for its classical music. Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert recognized the glory of this city to use it as a muse for composing their brilliant masterpieces. The wonderful sounds of these and other prominent composers are still accessible in the operas, concert halls and other facilities, which are famous for its pomp and circumstance.
Traditional coffeehouses are ready to be explored at every turn in the city. Since 2011 the “Viennese Coffee House Culture” belongs to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. Male waiters in tailcoats will serve the wide variety of coffee drinks on silver patters on marble tabletops and the whole historical atmosphere would be topped off with piano music.
A huge variety of different museums can be visited. The museums of Art History and of Natural History are located close to Museumsquartier. The Museumsquartier houses a number of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and Leopold Museum which contains the largest collection of paintings by Egon Schiele. As the former imperial mews of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the Museumsquartier is now used as a public space which features cafés, galleries and squares for music and other performances.
Each year, the international consulting firm Mercer carries out a study in order to assess the quality of life in 231 cities around the world. The results of the study in 2018 also gave Vienna top marks and made the Austrian federal capital the most livable city in the world for the ninth time in a row. The survey compares the political, social and economic climate, medical care, education, and infrastructural conditions such as public transportation, power and water supply. It also takes into consideration recreational offers such as restaurants, theaters, cinemas, sports facilities, the availability of all kinds of consumer goods from food to cars, as well as environmental conditions – from green space to air quality.
USEFUL LINKS & INFORMATION:
- City Map: https://www.wien.gv.at/stadtplan/en/
- Public Transportation: https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/transport
The underground trains (U-Bahn) run from about 5.00 am in the morning to about midnight
The underground trains run around the clock on Friday and Saturday and on the eve of public holidays!
Night buses run every night along the city’s most important routes
- Vienna Tourist Information: https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/hotels-accommodations/tourist-information
Nearest tourist information point at the Main Station: 10, Am Haupbahnhof 1 | Daily 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
- Vienna City Card: https://www.wien.info/en/travel-info/vienna-city-card
- A value-added tax (VAT) of generally 20% is applied to most products and services. (A tax of 10% is added to books, food, and a few other items.) The VAT is included in the displayed price.