** Christmas Markets **
Situated at the Rathausplatz, about 150 sales booths offer a variety of Christmas related things such as gift ideas, decorations, sweets and warm drinks like glühwein to celebrate the Vienna Magic of Advent. The Town hall and its surroundings are decorated with colored lights, and children could keep entertained handcrafting at a workshop or riding the carousel.
The capital of Austria with a population of 1.8 million is known as the City of Music. It was the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.
Vienna is situated on the banks of the Danube river in the region of Wachau, the north east part of the country.
With dry continental climate, the cold winds from eastern Europe make the temperatures drop significantly during winter, while in summer they reach to a comfortable warm level.
Being situated in a middle Europe country, the access from the neighboring countries is quite fast, making it a perfect destination for a road trip.
BASIC THINGS TO KNOW
- currency: EUR
- Language: German
- Important phone numbers:
Area code: +43-1
Ambulance service: 144
Fire brigade: 122
General Emergency line: 112
WHAT TO DO
– Schönbrunn Palace: Former summer residence of the Imperial family and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. It is surrounded by botanical and French gardens. With over 2.5 million visitors a year, it is considered one of the biggest tourist attractions of the city.
– Belvedere Palace: The building consists of the Upper and Lower Belvedere. It was the former summer residence of Prince Eugene and now houses a museum, with a venue for exhibitions and hosts its own art collection.
– Hofburg Palace: The former imperial palace built in the 13th century; residence and workplace of the President. The Imperial apartments, Sisi Museum and Imperial Silver Collection are all located in the same area of the Hofburg Palace.
– Vienna State Opera: The opera house from the mid 19th century is located in the center of the city. It was first opened to public on may 25th 1869 with a capacity of 2200 people. Guided tours are offered in several languages and the architectural value of the building makes it a much recommended visit.
– Austrian Parliament: The building, construction of 1883, is the seat of the National Council and the Federal Council. It is located on the Ringstrasse boulevard. It is one of the most notable buildings in the city.
– St. Stephen’s Cathedral: One of the most recognizable buildings in the city, this 1100’s church is the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna. It is located in Stephansplatz and offers guided tours.
– Mozarthaus: Located in Domgasse, Vienna’s old town, it was the residence of Mozart from 1784 to 1787 which is nowadays a museum.
– Johann Strauss Wohnung Museum: Located in Praterstrase, it was the composer’s residence, which now holds his own instruments and paintings for us to get a little bit closer to the background of his work.
– Albertina Museum: Holds some of the world’s most important graphic art collections, including works by Michelangelo or Rembrandt as well as modern photography and drawings.
– Mariahilferstrasse: Main shopping street in Vienna with a great number of shops, department stores and cafes