The Imperial grandeur of Vienna
Vienna is Austria's capital city with a vibrant cultural life, making it popular for city breaks. Reminders of the city's former life as home to the Habsburg Court are all around, with the historic city centre being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The two best known museums in Vienna are the Kunsthistorisches and Albertina Museums.
When is the best time to travel to Vienna?
Spring in Vienna arrives in March, while the Summer months are July and August, which feature hot, humid days. It is best to visit Vienna from April to October. New Year is also popular, when the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs a series of concerts and the Vienna Festival of Theatre, Opera and Dance takes place in May and June.
What do I need to know before travelling to Vienna?
Cheap restaurant meals in Vienna start at around 10 EUR, popular dishes are Schnitzel and Sachertorte. 10% is usually added to restaurant bills by informing the waiting staff how much you wish to tip.
What do I need to know before arriving in Vienna?
The S-Bahn links the airport to the city centre, taking about 25 minutes and costing 4.50 EUR for a single ticket. The City Airport Train takes just 16 minutes, but costs more, while taxis can cost up to 45 EUR. Vienna's public transport system of Metro and buses is extensive, efficient and cheaper than taxis. Single journeys cost about 2.20 EUR, while a day ticket is around 7.60 EUR. A Vienna Card costs 19 EUR for 48 hours, or about 22 EUR for 72 hours, also giving discounts in museums and galleries. Travel tickets need to be validated before each journey. Hostels cost roughly 15 EUR a night, with hotels starting at around 70 EUR a night.