Flights to Vienna
Vienna is one of the most standout capitals in Europe, greeting visitors with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and grand architecture. The city is very rich in history – the glory of an empire, followed by war and then the rise of a modern city. What to do in Vienna? We have a couple of ideas.
The glorious past of Vienna will certainly impress those who love traditions and customs. The Viennese are particularly proud of their high culture and keep it alive with music, theatre and food festivals held all year round.
If possible, don’t spend your entire visit in the city centre, but spare some time for the wine taverns (Heurigen) and cafés outside the centre. The tradition of them spans several centuries. The glorious Schönbrunn Palace and Prater Park are also just a bus ride away.
The palaces of Vienna are a must-see. Schönbrunn, the former summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty, has 1440 elegant and opulent rooms and halls. Concerts of classical and chamber music are held in the Orangery, offering a truly fine experience with the perfect harmony of atmosphere and sound. The park of the stunning rococo Belvedere Palace in the city centre will also take your breath away.
If you really don’t care for palaces, how about a visit to the Sigmund Freud Museum? The famous psychoanalyst lived in Vienna from 1860-1938, most of this time at Berggasse 19, where the museum is now located. You can take a look at his home, practice, letters, books and videos of rare material.
The unusual goods, food and people at the Naschmarkt create a wonderful and lively atmosphere for this market. Sellers offer local and foreign goods imported from Eastern Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans. The direct translation of the market’s name is ‘snack market’, because you can taste food from all over the world as you walk from stall to stall. Location: Linke Wienzeile, near the opera house.
Stadtpark or the Vienna city park is situated right in the centre and consists of manicured lawns, flower beds and shrubs, which are dominated by an imposing statue of Johann Strauss. In summer, restaurants in the park offer the opportunity to dine al fresco while listening to traditional Viennese orchestra music. There is a big playground in the centre of the park, giving parents the chance to enjoy a picnic whilst their kids keep themselves busy with attractions.
Travelling with kids
The 18th-century amusement park Prater Park is the perfect place for a family day in the open air. We certainly recommend a ride on the giant Ferris wheel, which offers beautiful views of the city.
The unique Vienna Zoo in the gardens of Schönbrunn Palace is one of the oldest in the world. Kids may not be interested in the old architecture, but the 760 animal species will surely catch their attention. The zoo was named the best in Europe in 2010. It is located at Maxingstraße 13b.
The Christmas market is mandatory for families visiting Vienna in December. The market is set up in front of Vienna Town Hall. You’re sure to find the presents you still need to get, as well as something sweet for everyone.
The public transport system in Vienna operates like clockwork. Navigation is not difficult at all. It is worth remembering that Vienna is divided into numbered districts. You don’t need to remember long names, as numbers are enough. Most of the sights are in the city centre or district 1.
Public transport covers the U-Bahn (metro), S-Bahn (trains), Straßenbahn (trams) and buses.We advise buying a public transport card or Vienna Card, which gives you unlimited use of public transport for 72 hours, except for night buses. The same card also provides discounts in many museums, shops and cafés.
Vienna International Airport is situated ca 20 km from the city centre. The easiest way of getting from the airport to the city centre is by train (S-Bahn S7, which takes around 25 minutes). The other option is the City Airport Train, which takes you from the airport directly to the city centre (Wien-Mitte railway station) for €11. A bus from the airport to the city departs every 20-30 minutes and ticket prices start at €8. You should be prepared to pay at least €30 if you decide to take a taxi.