Everything You Need to Know About Vienna

Everything You Need to Know About Vienna

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Iris Sinilong

Vienna is the perfect city for travelers interested in the arts and glories of the past. As the birthplace of many artistic geniuses like Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Gustav Klimt, visitors will find a city brimming with a special grace. Walk along the cobbled streets of Innere Stadt and come across a wealth of architectural character. Walk through the beautiful neighbourhood of Belvedere and explore one of Europe’s most important museums.  With so much to marvel at, your time at this vibrant city will certainly be unforgettable.

Everything You Need to Know About Vienna

City Basics

Arriving in Vienna. International and domestic travelers will arrive at the Vienna International Airport, a modern and compact terminal at Schwechat, located just 18 km southeast of the city centre.

Getting around. To get to town, visitors may commute by train, bus, or taxi. The City Airport Train departs every half hour, arriving at S-Bahn station Wien Mitte. The ride takes around 16 minutes and cost €11 ($15) for a single trip, and €17 ($24) for a return trip. For a more affordable option, you may take the Vienna Airport Line buses, which departs every 30 minutes. This route takes about 30 minutes and cost €8 ($11) for a single ride, and €13 ($18) for a return trip. You may also take a taxi to the city centre, which will cost roughly around €45 ($63) and €33 ($46) if you ask for a set price.

Where to Stay

Hotel de France (5 stars)

Hotel de France is a luxury hotel located in the core of Vienna. It is within walking distance to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, and the State Opera.

Arcotel Kaiserwasser (4.5 stars)

Situated opposite of the UNO City and the Austria Centre Vienna, the Arcotel Kaiserwasser is perfect for visitors looking to be in the heart of it all!

Gartenhotel Altmannsdorf Hotel 1 (4 stars)

Located in the district of Meidling, the Gartenhotel Altmannsdorf features a café, a sauna, and a solarium. It is just 3-minutes away from the Am Schöpfwerk Underground Station and 30 minutes from Vienna’s vibrant centre.

Attractions

Gallery Belvedere

The Gallery Belvedere is a museum housed in the Belvedere palace. It features art collections from the Middle Ages and Baroque up until the 21st century contemporary.

Upper Belvedere: open daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Lower Belvedere: open daily from am to 6pm and 10 am to 9 pm on Wednesdays
21er Haus: open on Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm and Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

Vienna Hofburg Imperial Palace

The Vienna Hofburg is a must-see for anyone wanting to explore the world of the Habsburgs. There are three highlights of this attraction: the Imperial Silver Collection, Sisi Museum, and Imperial Apartments. The Imperial Silver Collection provides a glimpse of the lavish imperial table setting. The Sisi Museum conveys a complex picture of Empress Elizabeth and fascinating insights into her official and personal life. While in the Imperial Apartments, travelers are guests in the home of Austria’s most famous ruler.

Hours: September to June (9am to 530 pm); July and August (9am to 6pm)

Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna

Covering around 8 hectares of land, this attraction features 9,000 species, some of the oldest plants such as a 200-year old Ginkgo biloba, and endangered native plants like the österreichischer Drachenkopf (Dracocephalum austriacum) and Pracht-Königskerze (Verbascum speciosum).

Giant Ferris Wheel                  

A fanciful landmark built in 1897 for the jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I, this attraction offers sweeping panoramas of Vienna through the glass window of 15 spacious red cabins.

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