Language: German (English widely spoken)
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Vienna is Austria’s largest city by a long way. It is also Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre. Once home to the Habsburg family, the city is packed with evidence of its imperial past, and the historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Please note: City taxes payable locally.
Vienna’s striking fusion of past and present is perhaps best encapsulated by the new MuseumsQuartier cultural district, where baroque and contemporary architecture nestle closely together. Sights here include the Leopold Museum which is home to one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art and the MUMOK - Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna. Elsewhere in Vienna, attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Imperial Treasury, the New Palace, the Belvedere and the Natural History Museum.
You can also take a trip to the Wachau Valley, where the River Danube snakes through one of the most picturesque parts of Austria, or visit the nearby town of Melk with its Benedictine abbey.
Eating out in Vienna is never boring - Sushi and Austro-Asian fusion restaurants sit alongside more traditional offerings. For a real taste of Vienna, head to one of the city’s many snack bars called Würstlstand. As well as the Frankfurter, many locals enjoy Bosna with onions and curry, Burenwurst, and Käsekrainer or Eitrige - with melted cheese inside.
Vienna has a mix of traditional coffee houses and trendy bars and cafés. Many of the bars can be found in the old Jewish Quarter - First District, in an area around Ruprechtskirche known as the Bermuda Dreieck - Bermuda Triangle. To get away from the tourists, head to the Spittelberg area, around Amerlinghaus - Seventh District, or to the Fourth District, adjacent to the Naschmarkt.
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