Think of a famous composer. The chances are more than high, that the musician was born in Austria. And Vienna, its capital, is often referred to as ‘the city of music’. And ‘the city of dreams’. Because it is also home to the father of scandalized theories and studies –Sigmund Freud.
You are more of an art fan? How about spending some time gazing at the pictures of Klimt? You prefer history, royal palaces and jewels? Then, maybe, you would like to get to know more about empress Elizabeth of Austria, or, simply, Sisi?
Amazing, how one city can give birth to so many geniuses and unforgettable characters. Want to find out, if this place will help you discover new talents? Then the time has come to visit the royal chest of Europe –fabulous Vienna.
Basic Information of Vienna Austria
Austria shares its borders with the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Impressive, right? A visa is generally not required for stays not longer than 90 days. EU nationals don’t need a visa at all. Some nationalities (Russia, China, for example) need a Schengen visa.
Vienna is the capital of Austria. It has a population of about 1.8 million people. That makes the city the seventh largest by population in the European Union. By the way, it has the second largest number of people speaking German (after Berlin).
The residents can be called ‘the Viennese’or ‘the Wiener’.
The historic centre of Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.
One of the world’s most livable and prosperous cities and the number-one destination for different conventions and congresses. Yes, all that is about proud Vienna.
How to Get There & Transportation
April-June and September-October is considered to be the best months to visit Vienna. Plenty of tourists continue coming during summer, but you have to bare in mind that a lot of cafes, shops and restaurants would be closed for summer break.
It is easy to get to Vienna by a low-cost airline. Especially, if you are flexible with the dates.
Prefer not to fly? Taking a train is a comfortable way to get to Vienna. You can try Austrian Federal Railways or Westbahn. Using a car or a bus can also be convenient, as the city is situated practically in the center of Europe.
If you like more extravagant appearances, then why not take a boat from Bratislava to Vienna? The Danube Canal ride will take only 45 minutes.
When you get to the city, better invest in a 72-hour Vienna Card or in a weekly Wochenkarte, with both of them you will be getting an unlimited access to the use of the public transport. The Vienna Card also provides you with museum and top attraction discounts.
What to See in Vienna Austria
Vienna truly has a ton of things to offer. For the art lovers –the arty trinity. The Leopold Museum, where the masterpieces of Gustav Klimt are kept. The Kunsthalle Wien, if you are a fan of contemporary art. And MUMOK, the museum of modern art that will blow your mind.
Don’t really want to walk? Take a ride on the 19th century Riesenrad. The Giant Ferris Wheel that has become the trademark of Austria’s capital.
You can get to the wheel by bike! Unlike in many other cities, in Vienna it is possible for a tourist to rent a bike without spending a lot of money. Register online at the Citybike website and start using all of the cycling advantages immediately.
You can visit the oldest zoo in the world or enter the house, where Mozart wrote The Marriage of Figaro. Don’t forget to visit the famous opera. Standing room tickets can become your option, if you don’t want to break the bank and would rather spend more on…food.
What to Eat in Vienna Austria
Schnitzel, schnitzel, schnitzel! This thin fried meat is to die for in Vienna. But when it comes to sausages, the Viennese can be considered the champions. A sausage may be called a frankfurter, wiener, wurst or hot dog.Stuffed? Cheesy? Smoky? The Viennese sausages can be anything, but plain, that’s for sure! Have a sweet tooth? Then the Apfelstrudel is what you need. And don’t forget to order a cup of extraordinary coffee.
By the way, when it comes to water –feel free to drink it from the tap. It is absolutely safe and delicious.
Ready to feed your inner genius? Welcome to the city of dreams!