Introducing the city

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About Vienna

Known as the ‘City of Music’, Vienna is home to some of Europe's most beautiful music halls; it also has a great coffeehouse culture, makes its own wine and has a serious thing about sausages.

Beer, balls and bratwurst - we're not talking about a dodgy stag weekend, but one of Europe's biggest musical hubs and cultural centres - Austria’s capital, Vienna. Home to almost two million residents, Vienna attracted almost five and a half million visitors in 2014, who are drawn to its coffeehouse culture, historic palaces and musical traditions. The city also hosts over 200 balls each year, which feature live music, waltzes and the chance to people watch.

Get your cultural hat on at one of the many famous and historic music venues all over the city, including the Vienna Musikverein, Vienna Volksoper, Vienna State Opera, Theater an der Wien and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Art museums are also abundant too - don't miss the Kunsthistorisches and the Leopold. If you love animals then make sure you visit Tiergarten Schönbrunn (the world’s oldest zoo), before hopping on the Reisenrad Ferris wheel for great aerial views of the whole city. When you've worked up an appetite, head to one of the markets for grilled sausages and mustard before going beer-drinking in Vienna's pubs and bars. We'll take that over a messy weekender any day.

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When Should You Visit?

September is warm, with fewer crowds and you can make the most of discounted, off season prices.

Vienna features both an oceanic and a subcontinental humid climate. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of minus one degrees Celsius; the warmest is July with 19 degrees Celsius. However, the summers can also get very hot (upwards of 30 degrees Celsius). The wettest month is June, although the city sees quite a lot of rain throughout the year.

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Travioor top tips

Free Entry
Markets
Culture

Insider Info

  • Plan a visit on the first Sunday of the month (between September and June) when entrance is free to all metropolitan museums.

  • For a delicious purse-friendly meal head to one of the grilled sausage stalls on Hoher Markt.

  • Score standing room opera tickets at the Staatsoper for the price of a beer - tickets are sold 80 minutes before the start of the performance.

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Food and drink

Main Course £8.40 | 10.00 €

3-Course Meal £41.98 | 50.00 €

Cappuccino £2.57 | 3.06 €

Beer £2.94 | 3.50 €

The Scene

Food plays a big part in Viennese life, from the many food markets to the numerous coffeehouses, there are plenty of chances for a feast. Stalls selling sauerkraut and grilled meat are a good choice for lunch on the go (Naschmarkt or Hoher Markt are particularly popular). Here, you'll also find lots of Würstelstände (sausage stands) selling the city's favourite dish; frankfurters or wurst served with mustard and a thick slice of bread. Save room for dessert; Vienna's famous for its pastries, including Apfelstudel (apple strudel), Kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancakes with jam) and Sachertorte (Chocolate cake).

Vienna's night time scene is all about the bars, where locals sit and sip a Märzen (pale lager) or a glass of Austrian Heurigen wine (it's the only capital of Europe that produces wine within the city itself). Schnapps is popular as a digestive, as are fruit based liqueurs and brandies - be warned, it's usually pretty strong stuff.

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History

Vienna’s Story

The city dates back to the Roman times when the Roman Empire created a military camp in the first century. Today, you can visit the Roman ruins at Michaelerplatz in the city centre, believed to have been a camp brothel for the soldiers. The city continued to grow in size after the fall of the Roman Empire under the name of Vindobona, which is thought to have Celtic origins and translates as 'white base'.

By the 11th century, the city had become an important trading place and became the capital of the Babenberg and then the Austrian Habsburg dynasties. It became one of Europe's main cultural hubs during this time, famed for its musical heritage and art. Since the end of World War One, Vienna has been the capital of Austria and remains one of the world's most musically significant cities.

Language

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German

German is Vienna's official language although most people speak a good level of English. If you understand German, you may be confused if you hear Wienerisch, which is the local Viennese dialect - it's almost unintelligible from German. Fortunately, you'll find plenty of locals that are willing to help explain, and tourist sights, maps and guides are available in a variety of languages. If you get stuck, these German phrases may be helpful:

  • Goodbye: Tschüss
  • Please: Bitte
  • Do you speak English: Sprichst du Englisch

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Need to know

+43 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • During school holidays and the summer season, the city gets very crowded and prices soar; travel outside these times if possible.
  • The Vienna Travel card (which will save you money if you're planning on using public transport) is valid for 72 hours.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Austria here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Heritage

Discover Hapsburg heritage at Schloss Schönbrunn and the city's Hofburg.

2. Museums

Explore the bars, cafes, galleries and restaurants of Vienna's Museumsquartier.

3. Risenrad

Take a spin on the Risenrad, the city's iconic Ferris wheel, which was built in 1897.

4. Stephansdom

Visit Stephansdom Cathedral which has a unique multi-coloured roof.

5. Food

Treat yourself to Viennese pastries and sweets from one of the many bakeries.


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