Between a rich past and a rich present, Vienna alone synthesizes multiple currents. Its strategic location on the banks of the Danube, its turbulent history and its position on the eastern edge of Europe make it a city with a unique atmosphere. The old town of the Austrian capital still marks the cultural melting pot of the capital and dazzles with its imperial splendour. St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hofburg, the many Baroque churches and the multi-centenary cafés betray an exceptional past. Along the Ring, palaces and monuments thread like pearls on a necklace: the National Opera, Musikverein, the Museum of Fine Arts, and luxury hotels are all places to admire. Beyond that are the Bobo districts of Neubau and Mariahilf, the residential districts of Josefstadt and Wieden, the former Jewish district of Leopoldstadt. While Viennese people pay daily tribute to their glorious past by continuing to frequent cafés and enjoy legendary pastries, they are well anchored in their present. The city is full of contemporary art projects, trendy shops and iconoclastic boxes. And to relax and go green, a tram ride is all it takes to reach the heights of the city and the Heuriger, where you can enjoy the new wine in the middle of the vineyards. Vienna has many facets that deserve more than a weekend to explore, so follow in the footsteps of Mozart, Zweig, Strauss, Freud, Klimt....

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When to go to Vienna?

To go to Vienna, the seasons do not count... If the end of autumn is sometimes a little gloomy, the Christmas period is surely one of the most typical with its many Christmas markets, their wooden stands and the eternal mulled wine shops to resist temperatures below 0 °C. Spring is, after the Christmas and New Year's holidays, the season with the highest tourist numbers (especially from April to June), but at this time of year, the weather remains unpredictable. In summer, during school holidays, Vienna empties of its inhabitants. The climate is beautiful, the heat is still quite bearable and the city is open to you for bike rides or walks. Hotel rates are lower, and the general atmosphere is more relaxed. The lowest tourist periods then correspond to the months of January (after the holidays), February, October and November. Attractive discounts are then available in most hotels. But be careful, they can be offset by a congress or an important event. During the summer, July and August, hotel rates are acceptable.

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"Vienna in the footsteps of Sissi","Romantic Vienna","Vienna, capital of music": tourism professionals organise many short stays in Vienna. You will also be offered combinations with Salzburg, or with the other capitals of Central Europe (Budapest, Prague). You can finally opt for a cruise on the Danube.

It is very easy to travel alone in Vienna. Public transport and hotel facilities are abundant, you can make your choice. To avoid wasting too much time queuing in front of each monument, remember to buy your tickets in advance on the Internet or on site the day before. Queue-cutting tickets also save time for a few extra euros.

It would be unnecessary and expensive to carry a car inside Vienna. All tourist attractions, even the most remote, are accessible by bus or metro. Offers are available for a few days or by the week. For the Vienna Outside the Belt, the main attractions around are accessible by public transport.

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To go to Vienna, the seasons do not count... If the end of autumn is sometimes a little gloomy, the Christmas period...
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Weather forecast

Vienna's climate is of a temperate continental type, known as "Pannonian". It is rather cold (up to -10°C) and dry i...
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Budget

The euro is the currency used in Vienna. While Austria has a reputation as an expensive country, Vienna remains a rel...
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Formalities

As Austria is part of the European Union, it will be sufficient for a European citizen to have a valid identity card...
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Health

Health conditions are excellent in Austria. However, make sure your vaccinations are up to date. In addition, there h...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is very easy to travel alone in Vienna. Public transport and hotel facilities are abundant, you can make your choi...
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How to get organized?

"Vienna in the footsteps of Sissi","Romantic Vienna","Vienna, capital of music": tourism professionals organise many...
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Getting around

It would be unnecessary and expensive to carry a car inside Vienna. All tourist attractions, even the most remote, ar...
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