Vienna is one of the most beautiful and romantic places to visit at any time of the year, but especially during Christmas. The capital of Austria is most famously known as the City of Dreams and the City of Music. This metropolitan city has such a vibrant energy and a diverse selection of amazing and stunning world class attractions to see. We have highlighted some of the top things to do, some alternative fascinating places to visit and also where to stay to make your trip extra special.
Incredible cultural places to explore
With Vienna’s rich cultural history, you will have endless opportunities to soak up a huge amount of incredible works of art and stunning architecture in some of the world’s finest museums at the Museumsquartier. Discover the breathtaking Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum), housing artifacts from ancient Egypt through to major classics by painters such as Raphael, Dürer, including the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings. If you are looking for more inspirational modern art and culture, then head to the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation (MUMOK). Hidden inside the imposing hard grey cuboid exterior lays some of the most exhilarating and beautiful pieces of art in the world. From time-honored modernism and pop art by Andy Warhol, to abstract sculptures from Franz West and stunning classics from Pablo Picasso. For anyone seeking an unforgettable cultural experience you have to go and discover this area of the city.
Top tourist attractions to discover
With the name City of Music, Vienna has been the home of some of the finest classical composers in musical history such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven. So a trip to this magical city wouldn’t be complete without experiencing world class music in the heart of its origin. The Vienna State Opera House has hundreds of wonderful performances each year providing the perfect romantic evening with your loved one. Vienna is not only famed for classical music but also has a thriving contemporary and youth focused dance music scene too. Nights out in the city start late, with young people hanging out with friends, eating local and then heading to the clubs under the arches of the former Stadtbahn railway. It’s not uncommon for things to not getting going until around 2am, so take your time. Highlighted nightclubs to check out include Chelsea, Rhiz, B72, Flex, Techno club Donau and Club U.
Fantastic shopping in Vienna
If you want to do some shopping whilst visiting Vienna, then Mariahilferstraße is a great place to start. Just off Kärntner Strasse and Kohlmarkt is where all the local Viennese go for browsing and shopping needs. A huge bustling area that stretches for miles will keep any shopaholic entertained all day. At Christmas time, there are many quaint local night markets catering for this special time of year, great for browsing with your friends or loved one. If you are looking for a quieter more intimate shopping experience Lindengasse, Kirchengasse and Neubaugasse have smaller more boutique and hipster designed stores.
Delicious food and cafe culture
The Viennese locals are also well known for their street cafes and food culture. Coffee houses have been a part of local life for centuries and act as part of their everyday lives. Highly recommended is one of the oldest coffee houses in Vienna the Café Central, which opened in 1876. So sit back, relax, sip on one of their delicious rich coffees and watch the world go by. The cuisine is also an important part of Viennese culture. With dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel, a finely breaded and fried succulent slice of pork or veal is sure to have your mouth watering. Following your main course indulge yourself with a traditional Sacher Torte, covered in delicious smooth chocolate with a fine layer of apricot jam, it’s a must try for those with a sweet tooth.
Beautiful places to stay in Vienna
There are so many wonderful places to stay in Vienna it can be a little difficult to choose where to stay. So, we at HotelQuickly have hand selected a few hotels that will exceed all expectations and are near key areas of the city. The Grand Hotel Wien is a stunning 5-star hotel conveniently situated near the Opera House and also the Concert Hall, so if your looking to take in some fine classical music this is a great location to stay. Close by the beautiful river, the modern and chic Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom hotel is a fantastic place to book and offers breathtaking views across the city. Just on the other side of the river and close to some of the nightlife including the Flex nightclub, is the 5-star Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna hotel, beautifully designed with classy decor. More central to the city and close to the lovely botanical gardens is the Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna hotel, featuring spacious rooms and great service.
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