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Vienna

Sheer Grandeur

Vienna, Austria

The Austrian capital is an architectural testament to imperial grandeur. With grand baroque palaces and stately boulevards, there's a certain nostalgic regal air that can even feel a little intimidating.

It is a city where urban life is lived at a slower pace, with mandatory daily stops at the legendary coffee houses or cool modern cafes for their divine pastries and cakes. They're housed in glorious ornate buildings that once also saw many of Europe's greatest musicians pass through their doors (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Haydn, Strauss...), making Vienna the world's classical music capital. Naturally, it is also home to world-class orchestras, as well as incredible art collections.

MuseumsQuartier is one of the world's largest art complexes, displaying the more contemporary side of the city, including the MOMUK Museum of Modern Art alongside other superb museums. Also worth checking out is the Blickfang annual design exhibition that features fashion, furniture, and jewelry.

The city also offers chic shopping opportunities, and a growing number of hip bars and pumping clubs, making Vienna in the end turn out to be more inspiring than intimidating.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. See the incredible collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum.
  2. Go inside Schloss Schönbrunn Palace and walk around its stunning landscaped gardens.
  3. Wander the halls of Hofburg Palace.
  4. Go up STEPHANSDOM, the city's glorious Gothic cathedral.
  5. Roam the Museumsquartier, with its the Austrian Museum of Architecture and the Leopold Museum.
  6. See why the Belvedere is considered one of the finest Baroque palaces in the world.
  7. Visit the colorful Hundertwasserhaus.
  8. Admire the Baroque architecture of KARLSKIRCHE.
  9. Go inside the grand Staatsoper.
  10. Spend a couple of hours at the NASCHMARKT.

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Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

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Eating and Drinking

You haven't experienced Vienna until you go to a kaffeehaus. After your coffee or sachertorte (the city's famous chocolate cake), you could go for the wiener schnitzel for lunch (the traditional veal scallops specialty) but you don't have to -- Vienna's culinary renaissance has brought it influences from around the world and there is a variety of menus throughout the city.

Shopping

Vienna's elegant shops are not for those looking for bargains. But you'll love shopping in this city if you like top-quality products, especially interior design. Those shops are scattered around the city, while for the high street fashions everyone heads to Mariahilfer Strasse, the busiest shopping street in Vienna. Big crowds are also found in Kärntner Strasse, home to more expensive shops but also higher quality.
Unmissable for anyone is the Naschmarkt, the city's largest and most famous market mixing fruits, vegetables, and local and international specialties.
For one-stop shopping head to Ringstrassen Galerien, a rather expensive shopping center with designer clothes and gourmet products. For cheaper and middle-of-the-range labels the Gerngross department store is the place to go. Most popular of all is the Steffl located in the center of the city. This department store has most of the designer names you can think of, but also home décor, cosmetics, fragrances, and great views from the top floor.

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