The charming metropolis
With its successful blend of imperial tradition and contemporary creativity, Austria's capital presents itself as a destination for all seasons.
Vienna owes its charm to the exciting combination of imperial nostalgic flair and a highly creative cultural scene, which boasts the latest trends as well as the responsible care of a precious heritage and endearing traditions.
The architecture from the Habsburg Monarchy characterises the city's appearance: magnificent buildings, especially from the Baroque, Historicism ("Ringstrasse style") and Art Nouveau periods, and the spacious overall layout of the city combine harmoniously with modern architecture and the proverbial Viennese hospitality.
Art & culture for every taste
It is not only the many buildings from imperial times that make Vienna a city full of beauty and art: world-class museums, collections and works of art can be found here. For example, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien with the world's largest collection of Bruegel paintings and the Kunstkammer with its unique, sometimes curious exhibits. Or the many works by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in the Belvedere and the Leopold Museum in the MuseumsQuartier.
The Albertina near the opera houses one of the most extensive and important graphic collections in the world with 50,000 drawings and watercolours and around 900,000 prints. The Albertina modern, opening in 2020, is Vienna's youngest museum for modern and contemporary art. The Belvedere palaces with their magnificent gardens are among the most beautiful Baroque ensembles in Europe. The Upper Belvedere houses one of Austria's most valuable art collections with major works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. The world's largest collection of oil paintings by Gustav Klimt - including "The Kiss" - is one of its highlights.
The capital of hospitality
Whether Sachertorte, apple strudel or Wienerschnitzel - whether Melange, Einspänner or a glass of Heuriger - on a wooden bench with a view over the Viennese vineyards or gourmet cuisine in an elegant restaurant: culinary Vienna has countless facets and invites you to savour them all.
The juxtaposition of the traditional, such as the coffeehouse and the Heuriger, which radiate Vienna's epicurean serenity, and the cutting-edge, such as internationally renowned events, from the summer night concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Schönbrunn Palace Park to the electronic music festival, conveys the attitude to life that we are looking for today: an offer where you can choose at any time between peace and tranquillity or action and stimulation.
Around the Naschmarkt, Vienna's multicultural fruit and vegetable market, extended on Saturdays by a flea market, a diverse gastronomy scene has developed, for example. Mariahilfer Straße - a direct link between the historic old town and Schönbrunn Palace - has become the city's largest shopping street since the completion of the underground (U3) underneath it and is now largely a popular pedestrian zone. People flock to the Prater (Ferris wheel) and the banks of the Danube, especially in summer, when Europe's largest free open-air party, the Donauinselfest, takes place on the Danube Island. Beach feeling can be found on the numerous summer beaches on the Danube Canal, where you can enjoy the warm season. And since time immemorial, the wine taverns on the slopes of the Vienna Woods have enticed visitors to "study" Vienna and its wine.