City Breaks in Vienna
The artistic capital of Austria
Vienna’s historic centre is one of the most beautiful for a city break in Europe. Discover its beguiling skyline and it will provide an insight into this fascinating city. Wander the city streets and discover remnants of the medieval period, such as the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which is one of Vienna’s most renowned landmarks. Alternatively, explore the impressive Hofburg Imperial Palace, which showcases the baroque architecture typical of the city; whilst buildings such as the Staatsoper and the Kunsthistorisches Museum provide an insight into Vienna in the 19th century. Vienna is home to a wonderful selection of churches, palaces and parks, which pays homage to the wealthy rulers of ancient times. Vienna’s historic, musical heritage, which spans from Mozart’s classical music to the famous Viennese Waltzers of Strauss, contributes to the imperial flair found in Vienna’s charming old town.
Things to do in Vienna
Equally inherent to the old town is the wonderful Viennese culture and cuisine, where you can unwind in a cosy cafe, sample delicious pastries and browse the historic shops situated within the royal buildings before returning to your cosy Vienna apartment. Be sure to visit Vienna’s trendiest shopping area - the Mariahilfer Strasse, which is nestled between Old Town and Westbahnhof station. Here you will discover hundreds of shops selling wares including fashion and jewellery. For something a little more luxurious, head to the Old Town, where you can browse exclusive and luxurious jewellery shops and fragrant perfumeries.
A typical Viennese shopping experience would not be complete without a visit to some of its authentic markets. It is here that Vienna best showcases itself as a melting pot of nations. Discover a melodious blend of Eastern European charm, oriental flair, a relaxed Southern European temperament and a dash of Western European culture. There is almost nothing that you can’t find in the markets; from fresh and colourful fruit, vegetables and flowers, to Persian caviar; authentic sushi to tantalising Indian Tandoori chicken; traditional kebabs to luxurious oysters - Vienna’s markets are brimming with opportunity. The most famous market in Vienna is the Naschmarkt; the renowned market is flooded with appetising aromas, as well as a fusion of exotic produce paired with typical Austrian staples. Lastly, no trip to Vienna would not be complete without a stop at a traditional “Heurigen” for a refreshing glass of wine. After all, Vienna is one of the only cities within easy reach of local vineyards. Wherever you choose to go, you are sure to be spoilt for choice when visiting Vienna.