This important European city is both the capital city of the Republic of Austria and the country’s economic and cultural heart. Vienna is often described as a New Old City. This epithet is quite apt because while Vienna has an important role in the modern world as it houses the headquarters of the United Nation and OPEC, it is also steeped in tradition and history, from its colourful arts history to the legacy of the Habsburg court. Vienna is an excellent destination for anyone looking for a European city break in a place with classy Old World charm.
Vienna is served by Vienna Airport (VIE) which is the largest airport in Austria and is a major central European hub. The airport itself has a number of great restaurants and plenty of shops in which you can pass your time waiting for your flight. In addition, Vienna Airport is one of the most punctual airports in Europe and prides itself on its great customer service.
On average, a flight from London to Vienna will take just over two hours and there are 3 airlines that operate direct flights. For most of the year, a return flight from London to Vienna will cost you less than £100. However, between July and September ticket prices rise to £140.
What to Do in Vienna
There are many fascinating heritage buildings to visit whilst in Vienna. Schönbrunn Palace is a popular destination for many visitors. This impressive Baroque complex used to the summer residence of the imperial family. Take an audio tour around the numerous beautiful rooms of the building before going outside to traverse the beautiful palace parks and visit Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the oldest zoo in the world. With so much to see and do at the palace, you can easily spend the whole day here!
There are many other important heritage sites to visit in Vienna, such as Hofburg Palace. This enormous palace is now home to the president’s offices, the Imperial Chapel a number of important museums such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum. The colourful St. Stephen’s Cathedral is another popular destination for visitors.
Vienna has an exceptional music scene, as it is home to a number of talented composersand musicians, both past and present. This makes the State Opera House is a must-visit for any music enthusiast. Be sure to visit the Opera House’s website to see what performances are on while you are visiting and book tickets.
As Vienna is well-known throughout the world for its coffee culture, a cup of coffee in one of the many cafes that dot the city is a must-have. To fully immerse yourself in Viennese coffee culture, try a local specialty like an Einspaenner Coffee, a strong black coffee topped with whipped cream, while listening to a literary reading or a piano at a local coffee house.