UNFORGETABLE VIENNA GETAWAYS
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Admire the imperial architecture, absorb the unique culture and discover the vibrant arts and music scene of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. There are so many things to do in Vienna – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Steeped in history, make your way around medieval alleyways, across imperial squares and along the Ring Boulevard – the majestic architecture will take your breath away. Absorb Vienna’s outstanding music heritage, visit one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses or head to atmospheric Vis-à-vis, where you can enjoy tapas, antipasto and gourmet olives with a glass of wine. One of the most magical times to visit is Christmas – where the glittering lights, nostalgic atmosphere and romantic advent village transform the city into a whimsical winter wonderland.
Allocate plenty of time for shopping in Vienna. Shop for Austrian delights and regional specialties in Judengasse. Make sure you pick up some Austrian-made souvenirs – you’ll find jams, chutneys, wine and more. Absorb the atmosphere and diversity of Brunnenmarkt, the largest street market in Vienna or pick up beautifully packaged chocolates and brightly coloured macaroons at Oberlass.
From spectacular palaces to fascinating museums and ancient churches. Head to the MuseumsQuartier, a remarkable collection of museums, cafes, restaurants and bars. Set inside former imperial stables – it is now the heart of Viennese culture. The world-famous opera house is a ‘must see’, whether you participate in a guided tour or attend one of the breathtaking performances.
Sample delicious Austrian fare in Amerlingbeisl. Set amongst cobblestone streets and quirky shops this charming restaurant is great in summer – when the roof slides back to create a lovely outdoor feel. The diversity of Vienna eateries will satisfy every taste and budget – from New York style brunch at the Breakfast Club to authentically rural cuisine at Stomach and the simplicity of Chang Asian Noodles in Waaggasse.
From pulsating nightclubs to sophisticated wine bars and cafes that transform when the sun goes down – you’ll be spoilt for choice in Vienna. Watch the expert bartenders ‘shake it up’ at stylish Eberts Cocktail Bar – a modern setting with funky jazz music. Arena, a former slaughter house turned music venue is one of the quirkier places to see live acts, while Artis International has six small cinemas in the heart of the Inner Stadt.
Unlock the hidden treasures of Vienna with advice from a local. We caught up with Tanja, she moved to Vienna to study 6 years ago and fell in love with the city, now she calls it her home. Check out her recommendations for the perfect stay in Vienna. You can connect with Tanja on the Ventoura app.Discover more about Ventoura locals
Tonnes of live music? Check. River-side beaches? Check. Cool island festival vibe? Check. Held in summer every year since the 1980s, Donauinselfest is undoubtedly Vienna’s coolest festival, offering an expansive and eclectic lineup that features everything from Austrian folk bands to international acts with huge followings. Stretched over a leisurely three days in summer, this is the ultimate way to learn about Austrian culture outside museum walls.
Sacher Torte may be Vienna’s most famous delicacy, but strudel is undoubtedly Austria’s most popular dessert. Creating the ideal crunchy strudel pastry is no small feat: the dough must be stretched fine enough to become transparent! Kurkonditorei Oberlaa is well-versed in the art of creating delicious strudels with fine, flaky pastry. Order the quintessential apfelstrudel and sip on the uniquely Austrianeinspänner coffee for a taste of Vienna’s café culture.
It may have been founded over 200 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped the Theateran der Wien from becoming Vienna’s most modern opera house. While baroque operas are still performed at the Theateran der Wien, it is now known for its contemporary operatic productions dating from the 20th century to today. There’s a smorgasbord of unusual and eclectic performances revised for modern audiences so you ought to find something that piques your interest.
As the grapevines ripen in summer, wine taverns in Austria’s east prepare forheuriger season, where new wines are first tasted by the public. Each heuriger is different: you might be serenaded with live Heurigensanger tunes, or enjoying wine al fresco with views across the Viennese cityscape. Tradition states that a bundle of fir twigs should be placed at the Heuriger entrance to indicate it is open, so keep your eyes out for this woodland-inspired welcome.
It's only after dark that Vienna truly lights up. There’s no better time to break the ice with a local and get their take on the city they love. You can join me on a stroll through the paved narrow streets discovering the city’s nightlife and food culture, we can find anything from classic Irish pubs to the most modern clubs in Europe. I can tailor your time for your tastes and interests, and show you how the Viennese party or unwind. Find me on the Ventoura app for iPhone and Android.
Enjoy a self-guided audio Schonbrunn Palace walking tour, followed by a three course dinner at Cafe-Restaurant Residenz. Within walking distance from the main entrance to Schonbrunn Palace and the Cafe-Restaurant Residenz lies the Orangery Schonbrunn where a concert of classical music with works by Mozart and Strauss will complete your evening. Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family, is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO's cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings.
For the best introduction to the beautiful city of Vienna, tour the sights by coach and boat. As you travel along the Danube you'll pass the Prater and Kunsthaus, as well as driving through the lovely Vienna Woods. On the tour you'll see some of Vienna’s impressive architecture and important landmarks from both land and water. Traveling to the hills of the Vienna Woods, you'll enjoy magnificent views over vineyards and the city, and pass through the romantic wine-growing village of Grinzing.
Spend an unforgettable evening in Vienna on this Danube River cruise. After complimentary hotel pickup, board the cruise and enjoy a dinner buffet of Austrian specialties, while listening to live traditional Viennese music. Join in singing to popular Viennese melodies and take in breathtaking views of Vienna and the Austrian landscape at sunset. While cruising, settle into the cosy wine-tavern atmosphere and enjoy a buffet dinner featuring a wide selection of traditional Austrian dishes and beverages.
See Vienna in a completely new and relaxing way with our hop-on hop-off bus tour. Set your own pace - your ticket is valid for one day so you get on and off at any of the 15 stops, as often as you wish. Shop, see the sights and create your own itinerary. Enjoy the full city tour and see every major sightseeing attraction in Vienna accompanied by a hostess. Easy and convenient – it’s the ideal way to explore Vienna.
For a different perspective of the Austrian capital, enjoy this walking tour of underground sites. See a different side of the city as you head below ground with a knowledgeable guide to explore the crypt of St Michael's Church, where more than 4,000 bodies were interred beginning in the 16th century. You'll also visit the Roman excavation on Michaelerplatz and tour the city's historical cellars. This walking tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring a small-group experience with your guide.