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Country rank: 1 out of 2 Places To Visit In Austria

Sub-Region: Northeast Austria


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Ideal duration: 3-4 days

Best time: May to October (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Vienna (Check Flights)

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"Vienna: An artistic exploration"

Vienna Tourism

One of the most gorgeous capitals of Europe, Vienna is a city packed with architectural wonders, buzzing with melodious music, and streets are lined with most astounding restaurants and cafes. While innovative museums preserve the rich past of the city, there is a remarkable blend of old and new, giving Vienna a distinctive charm. With sheer quality of life and abundant artistic skills of the city makes it a perfect all-rounder destination.

The capital city of the republic of Austria and unmistakably one of the most visited cities of Europe; Vienna is sprawling with raw beauty and charm of its own. Shadowed by its rich history, one can see the reflection of the past all across the city through grandiloquent historic buildings and well-preserved culture. Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Danube River, Vienna served as an entryway between West and East Europe for centuries. Today, it is one of the most impressive commercial and cultural hubs of the country offering some remarkable historic sights, museums, live events and entertainment. Rivaling with some top-notch cities in the world, Vienna also has an exhilarating legacy of artist and musicians including Beethoven, Strauss, Mozart, Schubert and Gustav Klimt. The cosmopolitan environ, coffee houses, imperial feel, a famous horse-cab ride and a stroll along the clean street makes for a perfect vacation spot. With an incredible amalgamation of old-world _lan and a dash of modern essence, the city is worth visiting offering plethora of unforgettable memories.

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Austria and so Vienna is a city of rich culture and traditions. One should be aware of certain customs that are generally expected even of tourists. Shaking hands is the established form of greeting and use the title and last name while referring someone especially during a business communication. Punctuality, particularly when you have an appointment with a local, is important for people of Vienna and so apologize if you are running late. Although, people are mostly friendly and polite, do not be surprised if you came across a grumbling Viennese, itês their nature. There is no particular dress code for visitors or even locals however, make sure to dress up properly for some occasions such as theatre, operas or concerts. Tipping is usually practiced and is customary in hotels even though service charges are included in the bills. Normally, tip is given to the hotel concierge only for special services and employees are tipped in family run establishments. In restaurants, tipping is not mandatory although appreciated, as 10% has already been included in the prices.

German is common language spoken in Vienna. It is a correct and pure form in Central Austro-Bavarian dialect rather melodious and pleasant to hear. However, it differs a lot from High German making it a little difficult for even native Germans to understand sometimes. English is also widely spoken and understood in the city, so you wonêt be facing much problem there. Common words and phrases one should know before visiting the city are: Please: Bitte (pronounced as bitter) Thank you: Danke (like anchor with a d in front) Hello (formal): Grô_gott (groose-got) Hello (informal): Servus (sair-vuss) Goodbye (formal): Auf Wiedersehen (owf-vee-duh-zane) Goodbye (informal): Tschôss (chuce; Austrogerman) or Baba (bah-bah; Viennese) or Pfirte (p-fear-tay and leave no gap between the p and f; provinces) or Ciao (quite acceptable)

Vienna has a strong and rich historic roots going back to about 15 BC when first Romans arrived there. The city was probably a significant trading post prior to that for Celts. The place was named as Vindobonaafter the Celtic tribe Vinid. Soon the settlement bloomed as town and vineyards made their entry in the neighbouring areas by the3rd and 4th centuries. The town, in 881 was renamedas •Weniaê and the name was introduced in the legal documents. During the period, the town saw many changes of power until Babenburgs gained complete control. Later on, inherited by the Habsburgs, Vienna was made a permanent residence for first time in 1533 by Ferdinand I. The city went through several revolts, religious outbursts and suffered from plague during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation by the end of 17th century. However, it was during the beginning of 18th century that its golden age started adorned with extravagant architecture, elevation of classical music and many other reforms. After brief capture of Vienna twice by Napoleon, the actual growth of the city began and it successfully hosted the World Fair on international level in 1873. However, the freedom and growth was not long-lived as the city once again changed the hand of power and this time to Hitler who came marching on 15 March 1938 to the horror of 200, 000 Viennese. After suffering greatly under Allied bombing Vienna became independent in 1955 becoming a major player of new and old EU member nations.

Vienna comes alive with jazzy lights and pulsating music as the sun goes down the horizon. The city offers something for everyone from chic bars and club lounges to Irish pubs and small dingy places. One will find the most happening array of bars in the old Jewish Quarter (First District) in Ruprechtskirche area called the Bermuda Dreieck (Bermuda Triangle). However, the Spittelberg area, around Amerlinghaus (Seventh District) and in the Fourth District, adjacent to the Naschmarkt is more quieter area with few tourists around. If you want to experience something very Viennese, then one must try out the local favourite beer taverns, heurigen being one of the popular one. Amerlingbeisl, Caf_ Central, Lutz Bar, Elektro G_nner, Pratersauna, Jazzland, Wiener Konzerthaus etc are some of the major places to hang out at night.

Vienna is a city of glamour, where one will find plenty of options to shop ranging from high-end fashion brands to small designer boutiques and local artisan labels. The place is a fashion hub offering wide range of retailers and a respite from the mall culture to present the beautiful wide streets and rows of stores lined up. The most popular spot for shopping in Vienna is in the maze of narrow streets at the inner city. This is the pedestrian area along with the K_rntnerstrasse and Graben fusing together with elegant Haas Haus where one will find some of the exclusive stores with mirrored facade. If you want to experience the authentic Vietnamese shopping style then go for Mariahilferstrasse situated between the Sixth and Seventh Districts selling some amazing clothes, music and other similar products. Naschmarkt is another popular market, which is clustered with fruit and vegetable stalls and plethora of eateries. If you are looking for a flea market then The Flohmarkt is the place that is held on Saturdays at the far end of the Naschmarkt offering some remarkable bargains. For souvenirs, one can go for quality craft and art pieces from the MAK Design Shop, at Stubenring 5 and few other places.

Vienna is one of the most popular cities of Europe attracting tourists in large number every year. Almost all the major cards are accepted here including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa, Discover etc. Euro is the official currency of Austria and so of Vienna. Carry your cards carefully and make sure to carry some cash as well.

Vienna is cosmopolitan city that offers various ways of currency exchanging beginning right at the airport. One can also get the exchange done at hotels, currency exchange booths; however, rates are quite high with several hidden fees, although they promise of no commission. The best way to get cash is either at bank or even better at ATM. Although fee charged for ATM transactions may be higher as compared than at home but Cirrus and Plus exchange rates are excellent. The exchange booths are almost everywhere, at airports or train and bus stations, at hotels, at restaurants, or at stores. ATMs are also available almost everywhere in the city and are easy to locate.

Vienna is a largest and capital city of Austria offering variety of expeditions. The place is packed with tourist attractions and comes with a happening nightlife. Following is the daily-basis expenses for different type of travellers in the city. It is approximate per day per head cost excluding the hotel charges (including food, water, local transport, entertainment, tips and handouts, local transportation, souvenirs and alcohol cost). Budget travel: EUR 20 approximately Comfortable travel: EUR 50 approximately Luxury travel: EUR 100 approximately

Almost 60% of population in Vienna is said to follow to Roman Catholic faith followed by Protestants, Muslims and members of the Christian Orthodox faith.

Veinna being a cosmopolitan city and one of the most visited cities of Europe offers a variety of food and cuisines from all around the world. From Italian and French to English and Croatian food is served at various restaurants in the city. However, only problem one might face is the English menu which might not be available at all the places. Viennese restaurants usually serve a large portion of meals with a recent inclusion of vegetarian food at some places. Wiener schnitzel is one of the most popular delicacies of Vienna, which is basically deep-fried slice of veal with a lemon on top. Tafelspitz (dish prepared with beef) and Vanillekipferl (a must try pastry made up of flour, butter, egg yolk and sugar, with added vanilla) are other popular dishes of the city. Also coffee culture is quite a prominent culture in the city, so try out wide range of coffee preparations at various cafes scattered around the city such as Oberlaa, Aida, Cafe Sacher Wien and many more.


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