This capital of Austria is also the largest city in Austria and features a famous music scene, a fascination with death and highly sentimental music. Vienna is also famous for coffee - in fact Vienna residents consider the Kaffeehaus the place to drink coffee, read the paper and even fall in love.
The city is laid out in such a way that it is tourist friendly, with the districts all laying in proximity to each other and the Schonburnn Castle being at the ‘outer belt’ of it all, a must see if you’re visiting Vienna. All of this allows the general visitor a great opportunity to see much of Vienna on foot or for those who are interested in going further distances; nearly every tourist location can be reached by bicycle inside of one half hour.
Vienna offers many wonderful museums including the Belvedere which was originally intended as a summer getaway for Prince Eugene of Savoy and now hoses a superb collection of Viennese art from the early 20th Century. The New Palace offers an Ethnological Museum as well as Museum of Fine Arts, a collection of musical instruments and of course not to be missed the Collection of arms which represents an immense collection of weaponry from the past. You will also want to visit the Vienna House of Arts (KunstHausWien) where you’ll find major art contributions from Friedrich Stowasser and windows that peek out like eyes from the colorful paint.
Every traveler will love the Shloss Schonburnn - where John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khruschev met at the height of the cold war - you can see the Privy Garden the Gloriette with its Panoramic Garden and the Labyrinth. You’ll never forget this tour of authentic 18th century rooms.
Vienna offers a wealth of religious buildings and monuments including Augustian Friars’ Church where the dynasties waged war, Stehansdom where you’ll find 13th Century structures and a huge bell from melted down canons or the Old Synagogue a medieval sight for everyone to enjoy!
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Flea Market at the Naschmark where you can find Austrian war bond, hand-woven wicker baskets, gowns, pipes and so much more. For those who prefer indoor shopping, Millennium City offers a large shopping mall along the Danube River.
When you’re appetite dampens your spirit of adventure you’ll find a variety of foods from simple sandwiches, Chinese cuisine, traditional Viennese choices, German foods and even Greek foods. Consider stopping in and visiting Café Landtmann which was in his time frequented by Sigmund Freud. For a really different (if expensive) dining experience, visit Danube Tower Restaurant and have dinner while overlooking Vienna in their revolving restaurant. Make sure you visit one of the extensive numbers of coffee houses when you are in Vienna, however don’t order simply plain coffee. There are dozens of varieties of coffees available and you should experiment with at least one while you’re there!
Whether you are looking for a quiet evening or a loud and booming entertainment zone, Vienna will be a great place to let your hair down and enjoy the nightlife (especially in warmer weather). Most locales do however have a cover charge so please be aware of where you are going!