Vienna

The Imperial city

The best of Vienna

  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • The famous Austrian Sachertorte
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Schönbrunn Zoo
  • Belvedere Palace
  • Vienan’s Ringstrasse

VIENNA – “The Imperial city”

Austria’s capital city is famous for its cultural events, Imperial grandeur, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.

Vienna’s history dates back to the first century A.D., when the Romans established the military camp Vindobona in what is now the city centre. Today’s cityscape is characterised by an abundance of Baroque architecture, largely created under the rule of Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Franz Joseph. One of the finest is Schönbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence whose beautifully tended formal gardens, Gloriette monument, Palm House and Zoo attract hordes of visitors each year. Another of Vienna’s most popular sights is the magnificent Hofburg (Imperial Palace), seat of the powerful Habsburg monarchy for over six centuries.

Vienna’s prime landmarks are the gothic masterpiece Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater (Vienna’s old recreational park), and the Spanish Riding School with its famous Lipizzaner horses. In the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from the State Opera, you'll find a unique tropical oasis - the Imperial Butterfly House, where all year round visitors can admire four hundred free-flying butterflies inside one of the world's most beautiful Art Nouveau palm houses. 

Vienna owes much of its international fame to the many celebrated composers who lived and worked here, including Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.

Vienna owes much of its international fame to the many celebrated composers who have lived and worked here, including Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The city is regarded as the international capital of classical music: the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s finest, and the State Opera stands amongst the leading opera houses, not forgetting the famous Vienna Boys’ Choir.

For art lovers, Vienna offers many internationally renowned museums and galleries. The Museum of Fine Arts houses the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings, while the Museumsquartier is home to the Leopold Museum, the Museum Moderner Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), Architekturzentrum (Architectural Centre) and the Kunsthalle Wien, all ranking among the city's major cultural venues.

In Vienna, the old coffee house culture is very much alive, and rustic wine taverns stand alongside top restaurants and shops. All this, plus plenty of green space and recreational areas including the Wienerwald, the Prater and the Danube Island, make Vienna a very special city to visit.