Vienna Travel Guide & Information

Vienna is the capital of Austria. It is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as the cultural, economic and political center. Vienna is often described as Europe's cultural capital, a metropolis with unique charm, vitality and flair. It boasts an outstanding infrastructure. Vienna is clean and safe and is an inspiring city to discover for travelers.

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Travel to Vienna, a dream city for anyone with a romantic streak or an interest in history. Sightseeing opportunities are abundant. Flights to Vienna will give you an opportunity to get close to carefully preserved remnants of the past, with numerous buildings from the artistic and intellectual flowering that took place at the turn of the century.

Vienna has been synonymous with music for centuries and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. This outstanding musical heritage has been preserved to present day. Whether you’re traveling to soak up the historic aspects of the city or you’re looking to taste the moth-watering Viennese cuisine, which boasts of dishes like Wiener schnitzel; Vienna has something to appeal to the most discerning traveler.

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Things to do in Vienna

Museums:

Vienna’s museums are steeped in history and culture.

Kunsthistorisches Museum: is one of the premier museums about fine arts and decorative arts known throughout the world. The museum's primary collections are those of the Habsburgs, particularly from the portrait and armor collections of Ferdinand of Tirol, the collections of Emperor Rudolf II, and the collection of paintings of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm. The interiors of the building are lavishly decorated with marble, stucco, gold-leaf and paintings, making it a spectacular work of art in its own right.

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Haus der Musik: is an interactive discovery museum located in the heart of Vienna's first district, nestled between St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. A host of interactive installations playfully communicate Vienna’s musical roots. Various interactive elements and installations invite visitors to utilize their own creativity.

Vienna Furniture Museum: Located just off the bustling Mariahilfer Strasse offers visitors a comprehensive tour of the interiors and furniture of centuries past. The Imperial Furniture Collection is a paradise for lovers of furniture and people with an interest in interior design. The museum has one of the largest collections of furniture worldwide.

Prominent Attractions:

Vienna has so many sightseeing opportunities that are a “must see” on a traveler’s itinerary.

Hofburg Imperial Palace: is a palace in Vienna, which houses some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty and rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. The palace comprises six museums, the national library, the famous Winter Riding School, a greenhouse, containing many famous plant and fruit species and a park.

Schonbrunn Palace: is a former imperial summer residence in Vienna. One of the most important cultural monuments in the country; since the 1960s it has been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs. The Palace Park offers a lot of attractions, such as the Privy Garden, a Maze and a Labyrinth.

Hundertwasserhaus: is one of Vienna's most visited buildings and has become part of Austria's cultural heritage. The house was built between 1983 and 1986 by architects, Professor Joseph Krawina and Peter Pelikan. It features a roof covered with earth and grass and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. Within the house there are 52 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces, and a total of 250 trees and bushes.

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Where to Stay in Vienna:

Vienna offers opulent and historic hotels, as well as cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99 and youth hostels.

1st District: Innere Stadt: Vienna's first district is called "Innere Stadt", which means "Inner City". It is not only the most central of all districts and the legislative focal point of Vienna; it is also the historic core of the city. The 1st District, the Innere Stadt, is where you will find most of the big luxury hotels. All of these hotels are situated on the Ringstrabe and offer luxurious amenities. Besides luxury hotels, budget travelers will find a large number of charming inns and bed and breakfast hotels.

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6th and 7th Districts: Mariahilf and Neubau: Between Wienzeile and Lerchenfelderstrasse, Ringstrasse and Gurtel is where travelers will find Mariahilf and Neubau; divided by Vienna's biggest shopping boulevard, the Mariahilferstrasse. With lots of chic bars and nightclubs, the 6th and the 7th Districts offer the busiest nightlife in town. The 6th district is also home to the Vienna State Opera and the flea market in Wienzeile, which takes place every Saturday. Visitors will find several hotels in all price ranges.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Vienna, here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* Austria is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Vienna for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

* Visit the Embassy of Austria website for the most current visa information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Vienna.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Vienna.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Vienna

With a plethora of things to see and do, Vienna is a popular destination that can be visited any time of the year.

The most popular time to visit is during the summer.

Budget travelers might want to travel during the winter months, except during the holidays. Airfares and hotels are much cheaper during the off-peak seasons.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (April through October)

Low season: (November to March)

Vienna Weather

Vienna has all 4-seasons. The city has warm summers and cold winters.

* Thunderstorms occur frequently during the summer and snowfall is common in winter. Winters are relatively cold with average temperatures at freezing points, and snowfall occurs from December through March.

* Spring and autumn are cool to mild. Precipitation is generally moderate throughout the year.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

ATMs are available throughout Vienna. Be sure to let your bank know your travel dates and find out what the cost for cash withdraws will be.

Languages:

* German is the official language.

* Most people speak some English.