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Imperial pomp and coffee house culture

Published: 09 November 2023, 15:00

Vienna still sparkles with the splendour of bygone times: the former heart of the Habsburg Empire offers an unparalleled mix of magnificent architecture, cultural treasures and a rich history. Image yourself in Imperial times with a stroll – or even a horse-drawn carriage ride – through the old town among the magnificent historical buildings and narrow streets. As one of the most important cultural metropolises in Europe, Vienna has numerous historical sites, such as Schönbrunn Palace and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, as well as an abundance of museums worth visiting. But it's not just art and culture lovers who get their money’s worth in Vienna – there are also plenty of heavenly culinary delights waiting for you here! When visiting the Austrian capital, you should definitely plan enough time to stop off at some of the wonderful coffee houses and cosy Beisl (pubs) to enjoy Viennese delicacies such as Kaiserschmarrn or Wiener Schnitzel.

Numbers, data, facts

  • Time difference: none
  • Population: 2 million
  • Official language: German
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

Ten Vienna highlights

Vienna’s museum diversity

The Austrian capital is a mecca for art and culture lovers: Vienna’s museum landscape is extraordinarily versatile. It ranges from large, renowned museums such as the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Belvedere, which house world-famous masterpieces by Rubens, Klimt and Michelangelo, to modern institutions such as the MuseumsQuartier, where the focus is on contemporary art and culture. In addition, there are a number of specialised museums with a wide variety of focuses that cater to every taste and interest.

Five excellent museums in Vienna

Vienna from BER

Five travel tips for ...

1. Marvel at the magnificent interior of Café Central

2. Eat the famous chocolate cake at Café Sacher

3. Try exquisite confectionery at Café Demel

4. Enjoy delicious pastries in the rustic Café Hawelka

5. Taste coffee specialities in the elegant Café Landtmann

1. Kaiserschmarrn with roasted plums or apple sauce

2. Original Wiener Schnitzel with potato salad

3. Apple or curd cheese strudel with vanilla sauce

4. Goulash, also vegetarian with mushrooms, with dumplings

5. Plum or apricot dumplings, rolled in cinnamon sugar crumbs

1. Enjoy the fantastic view of Vienna from the Kahlenberg Mountain to the north-east of the city

2. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city on the nearby Danube Island

3. Visit the Habsburg burial chambers in the catacombs under St. Stephen’s Cathedral

4. Gaze at the impressive villas in Währing Cottage Quarter

5. Shoot the perfect holiday photos on the picturesque Strudlhofstiege staircase

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