Vienna, the capital of Austria, has a historic city centre which is wonderful to visit for a city break. Whether you are eating "Wiener Schnitzel" or touring the palaces and churches, Vienna has something for everyone and should not be missed!
Air: Vienna International Airport (VIE) is the main city airport and has a wealth of European destinations as well as some further afield. To the city, the quickest option is the City Airport Train which only takes 16 minutes but is expensive. A cheaper option is the S Bahn regional train service.
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Rail: Vienna is easily reached by train from Prague, Paris, Berlin, Venice and Bucharest amongst others.
What to See and Do
Vienna's numerous attractions include the following:
Schloss Schönbrunn: This palace is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and it is easy to see why! The former summer palace of the Habsburg family, Schönbrunn has extensive grounds, a zoo, maze as well as the palace itself. It is a short trip from the city centre and should not be missed under any circumstances! This is the highlight to any Vienna trip.
Spanish Riding School: The Spanish riding school is famous across the globe. Amazing horsemanship awaits but you are not allowed to take pictures or film.
St Stephen's Cathedral: Located in the Stephansplatz, the Cathedral is a magnificesnt site. English language tours are available.
Hofburg Palace: This palace was home to the Habsburg emperors until 1918. There is so much to see here that you should allow several hours for a walk round. The nearest metro stop is U3 Herrengasse.
Vienna Card (Wien Karte) is a good deal if staying in the city for a few days. Free travel on public transport awaits plus reductions in entry fees. Stamp the card on its first use to start the clock ticking.
Foot: The best way to explore the centre of the city is to use your own feet!
Metro: An efficient metro system gives numerous options in the central area.
Bike: A good option is to use a bike which can be hired locally. Cycle paths and lanes make Vienna a bike friendly city.