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Vienna Travel Guide

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Plan Your Vienna Vacation

One of the great capitals of Europe, Vienna was for centuries the main stomping grounds for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The empire is long gone, but many reminders of the city's imperial heyday remain, carefully preserved by the tradition-loving Viennese. When it comes to the arts, the glories of the past are particularly evergreen, thanks to the cultural legacy

created by the many artistic geniuses—including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, and Gustav Klimt—nourished here. Today's visitors will find a city filled with a special grace. It is this grace that gives Vienna the cohesive architectural character that sets the city so memorably apart from its great rivals—London, Paris, and Rome.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Ride the Ringstrasse Hop on streetcar No. 1 or No. 2 and travel full circle along Vienna's best-known avenue. No. 1 will take you from Staatsoper to Schwedenplatz, No. 2 from Schwedenplatz to Staatsopera. Those monumental buildings along the tree-lined boulevard reflect the imperial splendor of yesteryear.
  2. World of Music Delight your eyes and ears with a night out at the State Opera or Musikverein to experience what secured Vienna the title "heart of the music world."
  3. Kunsthistorisches Museum Enjoy the classic collection of fine art, including the best of Breughel, Titian, Rembrandt, and Rubens, at Austria's leading museum.
  4. Schönbrunn Palace Rococo romantics and Habsburg acolytes should step back in time and spend a half day experiencing the Habsburgs' former summer home.
  5. An extended coffee break Savor the true flavor of Vienna at some of its great café landmarks. Every afternoon around 3 the coffee-and-pastry ritual of Kaffeejause takes place from one end of the city to the other. For historical overtones, head for the Café Central or the opulent Café Landtmann. Intellectuals flock to Café Bräunerhof, known for its free chamber music concerts on weekends. Café Hawelka is the contrasting seat of the smoky art scene.

When To Go

When to Go to Vienna

Vienna is warm and sunny in May and June, and in September and October; July and August can be hot and stormy, with temperatures reaching well ab...

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