As the capital of Austria, Vienna is a city with rich architecture and attractions echoing the times of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. With a population size of more than 1,840,000 inhabitants and area of 414.65 square kilometers, Vienna offers any visitor a rich quality of life as evidenced by the Economist Intelligence Unit, along with one of the most economically viable cities in the world according to UN Habitat.
If you are planning on a Euro trip this summer, be sure to visit Vienna. The capital city of Austria offers a wide selection of cultural and historical attractions that are ideal for spending quality time with your friends or family members. The city is well known for being a famous host for various international conferences and conventions, attracting more than 3 million tourists between 2005 and 2010. For this reason, Vienna is a great place to visit if you are planning a business trip or just a way of spending quality family time. If you are wondering what places you need to visit as part of your top things to do in Vienna, you can check out the Schonbrunn Palace. This centuries old magnificent architectural masterpiece has a history dating back to the 16th century when the land was purchased by the Roman Emperor Maximillian II. The palace comprises of over 1,400 rooms and was initially used as a popular hunting ground. The emperor ordered the area to be fences and contain various kinds of game including ducks, deer, and pheasants. Other things to do in Vienna that you can explore are visiting the Hofburg Palace, Belvedere, Tiergarten Schonbrunn, Kunsthistorisches Museum, and more.
In addition to the many attractions, Vienna is a city that offers an array of luxury hotels and shopping malls, owing to its reputation for hosting a number of different international conferences and conventions. Therefore, if you decide to visit Vienna, you can stay in the luxurious Park Hyatt Vienna. The hotel exhibits a rich vibe of elegance and prestige, owing to its majestic classical European architecture. Here, you have access to a plethora of housing amenities and facilities including marble bathrooms, connecting rooms, deluxe and executive rooms and a variety of world-class restaurants. Another quality hotel that you can consider for you visit to Vienna is the Hotel Sans Souci Wien. Among the most beneficial of its features is its central location. This makes it within walking distance to many of the city’s attractions and public transport. In addition, you are offered a delicious breakfast, spa and gymnasium facilities, and the option of choosing from a variety of quality suites and deluxe rooms. In addition to the city’s array of luxurious hotels, there are also plenty of areas for you to purchase the finest clothing collection and fashion brands. Also, you can also visit the many points of interest including the Leopold Museum, KunstHausWein, Spanish Riding School, and the Vienna Museum of Natural History.
If you are fond of Opera, then you must visit the Vienna State Opera to listen to the music there. You can do that by either being a part of the tour, which are lead by experienced guides, or you can purchase a ticket and experience the evening performance that takes place from September till June. Remember to get the tickets beforehand, as they are usually sold on the internet in advance. The State Opera has over 50 shows that are performed over a course of 300 days, and the best part is that there is a different program every day, which is a great treat for music lovers.
The State Opera House is worth the visit as the opera is performed by a very famous orchestra team and also consists of different performances that reflect on the Viennese culture and heritage. The repertoire ranges from the 19th century to the current 21st century and often includes ballet performances that will leave you in awe. If you want to experience Vienna in totality, then don’t forget to visit the State Opera, when visiting the city.
If you love riding on a Ferris wheel, then you must visit the Wiener Riesenrad. Not only does the Ferris wheel offer great views of the city, but it is an important landmark as well. It is located at the entrance of the Prater amusement park and is perfect for people who want that adrenaline rush. One of the highlights is the 8 cabin Wheel of History and the musical installations.
The Ferris wheel had the privilege of being the world’s highest wheel from the year 1910 till 1985. It used to have 30 cabins, but was damaged during World War II, after which only 15 were built again.
The Wheel of History is something that everyone should checkout as it will cover important aspects of the city’s history and will range from the Roman Empire till the World Wars. In addition to this, the visitors will get the opportunity of learning about the St Stephan’s Cathedral and its construction and about the era of Emperor Joseph II amongst other things. The Ferris wheel was talked about in a novel by Graham Greene, known as ‘The Third Man’ and was featured in James Bond- the Living Daylights.