VIENNA TRAVEL GUIDE
Vienna Travel Guide – Vienna is, quite simply, one of the most romantic city’s in the world. From the fantastically ornate facades of the imperial-palaces and theatres to the horses and carriages that clatter past the oak-panelled coffee houses displaying their jewel-like cakes and sweetmeats from behind their frosted glass, Vienna is enchanting. Not content with being aesthetically beautiful, the city has one of the world’s finest art collections, orchestras and opera houses with an extensive history of cultural heritage. Every brick is coated in history ranging from the strains of Mozart’s musical compositions to the reign of the decadent Hapsburg’s and the terrors of the Second World War.
The Inner Stadt, or the centre of the city, is relatively compact and the winding labyrinthine streets are crammed with twinkling shops and cosy cafes that can be explored easily on foot. At the very centre of the medieval streets, the Stephansdom cathedral rises up from the low roofs and offers a very handy visual aid if you take a wrong turning! Also occupying the centre is the former Imperial Palace of the Hofburg family, now an excellent museum, and serves to remind mere mortals of the wealth that this family one commanded.
Almost entirely circling the Inner Stadt is the famous Ringstrasse, studded with the city’s grandest buildings, such as the Opera House, Parliament and several museums. Walking the entire length of the street can be exhausting (although Sigmund Freud managed it on a daily basis when he was a Viennese resident) so catch tram number one or two to glimpse the magnificent structures.
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Unusually for a city, the River Danube doesn’t flow through the centre of town but rather through the north-eastern outer suburbs. If you want to catch a glimpse of it, then board one of the boats that regularly plough up and down the waterways, more information about this service can be found in the Transport section.
The outer suburbs are relatively quiet compared to the myriad of attractions available in the city centre, but to the north-west there are some wonderful wooded paths which provide some respite from the bustling metropolis, especially during the sizzling summer months. Find out more about this with a travel guide to vienna video. To the south-east lies the enormous Central Cemetery where some of Vienna’s most illustrious citizens now lie.
Just outside the city lies the spa town of Baden that can be easily reached by tram. Highly popular in both the Roman times and nineteenth century, the healing waters never lose their appeal and Mozart wrote his Ave Venim chorus for the choir at the church. The pretty town of Durnstein is also just a train-journey away and lies at the edge of the Wachau wine-growing district. The area is steeped in history and make sure you visit the lovely eighteenth century monastery and church in the centre.
Back in the city, the newly constructed MuseumsQuartier is an educational marvel and has plenty of bars and restaurants to offer some respite from the great artworks during the day and after dark. Although the Viennese aren’t known for their all-night parties, there are certain districts that have a number of after-hours venues ranging from jazz to the latest DJ’s who have their residences in newly converted clubs.
Vienna can be enjoyed all year round from the snow-frosted Christmas markets to the hot summer festivals, and be warned; you are sure to succumb to its fairytale charm.
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