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City Breaks Vienna

The capital of Austria, Vienna is a charming and cultural city with magnificent baroque buildings, elegant gardens and stunning 19th and 20th-century art. Nicknamed the City of Music, Vienna will welcome you with its cosy coffee-house culture, and dazzle you with historical artefacts and orchestral symphonies.

25 °C

Best time to visit: Spring or autumn for mild temperatures, sunny days and the least chance of rain.

3-4 hours

Vienna International Airport (VIE) is located 10 miles southeast of Vienna.

If you’re looking for a vibrant city break with plenty of history and culture, Vienna is perfect for you. From exploring the grand architecture and 19th-century art, to visiting the elegant coffee houses and concert halls, there are plenty of fascinating things to do in Vienna.

Exploring the city’s historical landmarks tops the list of things to do in Vienna. Spend a day touring the impressive baroque buildings and monuments at the Historic Centre of Vienna. For more insight into the city’s cultural heritage, be sure to also visit the spectacular Hofburg Palace. 

Discover the city’s finest collection of 19th and 20th-century art at the Museum Quarter. This bustling cultural hub is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Vienna. Start at the Kunsthistorisches museum, exploring the stunning collection of artefacts from the Habsburg Dynasty. Move on to the Leopold museum before breaking for a coffee.

You can’t go on a city break to Vienna without enjoying a latte at one of its legendary coffee houses. These opulent cafes are the perfect place to soak up the Viennese atmosphere and indulge in a spot of people-watching.

Get a taste of local life in the city with a visit to the famous Naschmarkt. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna, this large market is a melting pot of international fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Visit on a Saturday morning when the flea market is also running.

There isn’t a better time to experience an orchestral concert than on a city break to Vienna. This musical city has a rich programme of events throughout the year. Book in advance for a performance at the famous State Opera House. If the music doesn’t blow you away, the marble decor certainly will. 

VIENNA IS BEST FOR...

Classic Music lovers: Vienna’s rich programme of orchestral concerts and festivals will keep classical music lovers entertained all year.

Coffee drinkers: Vienna’s cosy coffee houses are the perfect place to take a break and people-watch.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Vienna is German

Currency: The currency used in Vienna is the Euro (€)

Local time: The local time in Vienna is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Vienna International Airport (VIE) is located 10 miles southeast of Vienna

Flight time from UK: 2 - 3 hours

Tourist Information: Further Vienna tourist information can be found at www.wien.info/en

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/austria for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Vienna. 


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Highs of 25 (°C) in summer and lows of -3 (°C) in winter.

Best time to visit: Spring or autumn for mild temperatures, sunny days and the least chance of rain. 

Vienna has a continental climate with warm summers and very cold winters of strong winds and snowfall. The best time to visit is between March and May or September and November.


GETTING AROUND

By bus: Vienna has an excellent bus and tram service that operates all day, and a limited number of night buses that run from 12.30am to 5am. 

By underground: Vienna’s extensive underground system is an easy and reliable way to travel through the city. 

By hire bicycle: Take the scenic route around Vienna on a hired bicycle. The city has an extensive cycle track network, so you you’ll feel perfectly safe while enjoying the views.


EVENTS

Outdoor Ice Skating: Eistraum is a winter event not to be missed, as Vienna’s city streets are transformed into a magnificent ice-skating rink from January to mid-March. 

International Music Festival: Get your tickets early for the International Music Festival in May, which sees international orchestras, conductors and classical greats descend upon the city for top-class performances.

All That Jazz: A highlight of the year is the world-famous Vienna Jazz Festival in June, with live performances from over 50 local and international acts.


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