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Whether you’re looking for a designer shopping spree, a romantic weekend or just a bit of site-seeing, Vienna is the perfect European city break.

Part of the city’s charm comes from fusing some of the most glorious architecture from history with modern design that is admired and imitated around the world.

The arty crowd and culture vultures are well catered for with hundreds of concerts, galleries and museums.

However, a new younger breed of tourists have started to explore the city’s bourgeoning party scene. The influx of younger tourists has driven a rise in more affordable hotels and hostels that has helped keep this old city vibrant and dynamic.

One attraction that has been entertaining visitors to Vienna for over 115 years is the iconic Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel which offers amazing views over the city. The wheel was the largest in the world for the best part of a century and is still enough to make even hardened thrill-seekers feel a bit dizzy. Cinema fans will recognise the wheel from an unforgettable scene in the film The Third Man.

 

Another great attraction in Vienna is the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace. Situated just outside of the city, the palace was the ultimate showpiece of the former Habsburg Empire. It’s free to walk around the beautiful gardens but a tour of the palace itself will cost a small fee. There is so much to explore in the palace grounds it’s a good idea to set aside a whole day, though if you get lost in the famous maze you might be there a lot longer!

 

Animal lovers will love watching the dancing horses of the world famous Spanish Riding School. Owing to the huge international popularity of the school, it’s good to book for shows at least a month in advance.

Vienna has always had a great reputation for fine dining, having spent centuries catering for the sophisticated tastes of aristocrats and opera stars. However, the city has recently developed a thriving ‘foodie’ scene which means there’s now plenty of great quality fast food and causal cafes to explore.

 

If you’re looking for a pick me up, you can’t go wrong with one of Vienna’s world famous coffee houses. The Austrians were amongst the first Europeans to embrace the drink and pride themselves on providing some of the best quality coffee on the continent.

Location of Vienna

Key Facts

  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference from UK: 2
  • Flight time: 2 hours
  • When to go: All year round