Long considered the musical capital of Europe, and perhaps even the world, Vienna hosted more composers than any city of earth, including such notables as Mozart and Beethoven. It is quite easy to sing Vienna’s praises, from the ornate St. Stephens Cathedral to the mysterious Vienna Woods. Austria’s musical capital is itself a work of art.
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One of the world’s most renowned rivers, the blue Danube, runs through Vienna.
The immense 1,441-room Baroque Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the imperial family’s former summer residence during the reign of Maria Theresa, is a must-see on any vacation in Vienna. This ornate UNESCO World Heritage Site offers an extensive look into the art, architecture and cultural heritage of the city. The historic Centre of Vienna is also an impressive World Heritage Site. Historic buildings sit beside contemporary museums at the immense MuseumsQuartier Wien, one of the world’s most extensive cultural complexes.
Vacationers can visit one of Mozart’s residences from 1784 to 1787 at Mozarthaus Vienna, or create their own tales with a tour, bike or hike through the historic towns and verdant forests of the actual Vienna Woods surrounding this sparkling capital.
What To Do
Tour Vienna’s incredibly ornate Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens.
Listen to enchanting recreations of the classics at the renowned Vienna Philharmonic. Discover the educational House of Music’s fascinating interactive exhibits. Experience the art and culture of Vienna at the city’s massive MuseumsQuartier Wien. Explore more than 70 cultural facilities, shops and cafes, encompassing some of the most eclectic art, architecture, music, fashion, theater, dance, literature, and photography of the region.
Visit the Hofburg (Imperial Palace), an enduring symbol of Austria’s cultural heritage, currently home to myriad museums and the offices of Austria’s president.
When to Go
Hot summers and cold winters make spring and fall some of the best times to visit Vienna, weather-wise. However, if you’re heading for some of the city’s frequent festivals, anytime is marvelous. June and September are ideal, and April/May and October/November are usually cooler and less crowded.