Vienna charms the traveler with its stunning cultural sites and beautiful architecture. The Austrian capital, Vienna, attracts the tourist with its ornate buildings, endless delicacies and fascinating history that takes you back in time to the glory of the Habsburg Empire.
Austria about 1.8 million inhabitants, the capital city of Vienna is known, above all, the Opera, famous composers, Habsburg, magnificent architecture and Sachertorte. However, Vienna also has a lot of new and experimental art, good shopping opportunities, lush green areas and a lively urban culture in the streets, cafes and restaurants.
Castles and cafes
The main attractions of Vienna are the imperial castles of Hofburg, Schönbrunn and Belvedere, which take visitors instantly to the past. The St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the middle of Vienna is also worth seeing.
Vienna is surrounded by the Ringstrasse, with its many sights such as the opera house, several museums and many parks. The Museum of Cultural History and Natural History, especially at the end of Mariahilfer Straße, are important attractions.
In Vienna, there is plenty to see for several days, and just walking around the city, sitting in cafes and enjoying the immediate atmosphere are enough for the content of the trip. Many of the city’s main attractions are a short walk away, such as the Westbahnhof train station, the Mariahilfer Strasse shopping street, the Museumsquartier, the pedestrian area around Stephansplatz, and the famous Stephansdom cathedral.
In Vienna, you should also head just outside the city center, for example to the Prater district, where you will find many charming streets, cafés, a market square and an amusement park. The amusement park named after the Prater district and the famous Riesenrad ferris wheel in front of it are worth seeing. There is no entrance fee to the Prater Amusement Park area, so you can experience the relaxed amusement atmosphere for free.
The green Donauinsel island along the Danube and the quaint Hundertwasser House are also worth a visit.
Although Vienna is mainly known for its historic architecture, the Donau City guarantees that the city can also enjoy skyscraper landscapes.
Vienna is a great destination all year round, but the best time to travel to Vienna is from April to September, when temperatures range from just under +20 degrees to around +30 degrees. It is often frosty in winter, and snow also falls in Vienna.
There is even rainfall all year round, but it rains the most during the summer months.
Plenty of cultural attractions
Vienna is a diverse city destination that offers tourists both high culture in the form of an opera and many museums, but also great shopping opportunities. The center of Vienna is quite small, making it easy for the tourist to explore the main sights on foot.
There is also plenty to do in the winter, when a lot of dances are held in Vienna and a huge ice rink is frozen in the middle of the city. The Christmas market, typical of German-speaking countries, is also quite popular in Vienna.
The price level in Vienna is quite high compared to other Central European cities, but still reasonable compared to the Finnish price level.
Vienna is a safe tourist city where you can do English, but a few German words are helpful. For example, restaurants and cafes do not always speak English, so the basic vocabulary is worth learning.
THE BEST OF VIENNA
Vienna’s museums and parks make you enjoy the outdoors.
The finest museums
- Natural History Museum
- Cultural History Museum
- Vienna Art Gallery
The best places to shop
- The environment of Stephansplatz
- Mariahilfer Strasse shopping street
- Naschmarkt market