Vienna is the capital of Austria. With a population of over 1.7 million, Vienna is the largest city in Austria and is the cultural, economic, and political center of the country. In terms of population, Vienna is the seventh largest city in the European Union . Situated on the banks of the Danube and just 60 km east of Austria, Vienna lies in the southeastern part of Central Europe and near the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Vienna is home to several United Nations agencies and many international organizations, including UNIDO, OPEC, the IAEA, and the OSCE.
The theater, opera and fine arts sector in Vienna has a long tradition. In addition to the Burgtheater with its second stage, the Akademietheater (Academic Theater), is one of the most important theaters in the German speaking region. The City of Vienna also has the Volkstheater (People's Theater) and the Theater in der Josefstadt (Theater Josefstadt) are places to enjoy art. There are also many smaller stages where the quality is inferior to the big stage, which usually plays experimental, modern or specialized cabaret and other performing arts such as puppetry, mime , magicians, etc. The opera lovers are also satisfied in Vienna - the Vienna State Opera and the Volksoper Vienna meet all of them, in particular Volksoper Wien often felt responsible for the Vienna opera. In addition to other places, classical music ensembles are often performed in the Hall of the Vienna Music Association and in the Wiener Konzerthaus. Theater an der Wien has been featured in recent years with the first performances of the musical genre. Most successful was "Elisabeth", which was then performed worldwide in many languages. With "Haus der Musik" (Music House), Vienna has also created a Sound Museum for children and adults.
For tourists, Vienna likes to be antiquated and emphasizes the cultural heritage of the Habsburgs, Sisi and Mozart. Anyone who sticks to the main attractions will easily get a dusty and crinkled impression that is not entirely true. Because Vienna is also a very modern, dynamic and multicultural city, which is hard to find in a short stay. It is definitely recommended to immerse yourself a bit in the neighborhoods off the 1st district.
The demand for souvenirs is limited by many tourists to some "typical Viennese specialties". These include, first and foremost, sweets, ranging from Mozartkugeln over Manner slices to Sacher pies. These souvenirs can be found practically on every street corner, even in some supermarkets. Imperial Vienna is represented in the offer with a wide range of nonfiction books, with "Sisi" pushing its way into the foreground. Pictorial representations come mainly from the Art Nouveau, but one could believe that the only artist was Gustav Klimt, and his only work was the "kiss". Especially in the 1st district you will find in the souvenir shops a comprehensive selection of overpriced china junk, whereby seemingly authentic, local arts and crafts almost identical in total Central Europe is sold. Only the prices vary between Munich and Krakow.
But apart from these tourist shops, the offer is quite wide, you just need a little time and patience. Good points of contact are museum shops and specialty shops, but also the small boutiques outside the city center, where you can still get some local products.
Whether 3-star restaurant, guest house, Beisl or sausage stand - the gastronomic offer is comprehensive in Vienna and very low in European comparison. Especially recommended are the Viennese coffee and inns, where a large selection of coffee and typical Viennese cuisine is offered. Austria is famous for its desserts, such as the Sachertorte , the Kaiserschmarrn , the Germknödel or the pancakes.
The Vienna Water is - a rarity in big cities - of the highest quality and can be drunk without hesitation from the line. It comes from two high springs in the Alps and is transported for kilometers to the urban area via historic water pipes. In the inner city and in the larger parks there are always drinking water wells. In the winter months, however, these are turned off due to icing. In this case, one can fall back on a 16-sheet , the beer of the last major Viennese brewery. Viennese and tourists love the Heurige . As a wine tavern, both the young wine and the places in which it is served is called. Originally there was only a very modest cold buffet at the wine tavern and the in-house wine in the varieties "Heuriger" (wine of the current vintage) and "Alt" (wine of a previous vintage). The wines consisted of countless grape varieties that were already wildly mixed up in the vineyard and were viniviziert together. If you wanted a more elaborate meal, you had to bring this from home or take along the way with a host.
In a world metropolis like Vienna, the range of accommodation is correspondingly diverse - but also higher priced in a country comparison. The offer ranges from luxury five-star hotels, primarily on the inner ring, to guesthouses, apartments and youth hostels. Especially for the holidays, such as Easter and New Year's Eve, as well as between May and September, the search for tourists with a rather low budget can be a nightmare. The reservation should therefore be made early.
Flights to Vienna
Vienna International Airport - VIE
The Vienna International Airport (vie) is about 20 km south-east from Vienna's city center in the municipality of Schwechat . Here is a major hub of Austrian Airlines and Niki (Lufthansa Group). Numerous other major European airlines fly to Vienna from their hubs.
A good alternative is Bratislava Airport , about 70 km east of Vienna. He is mainly served by budget airlines such as Ryanair. From there there are approximately hourly direct bus connections to Vienna (Erdberg or stadium) - fare per direction about 10-15 euros; Travel time 60-90 min.
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Current conditions for Vienna, (VIE), Austria (48.12°/16.57°)
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