Vienna from A to Z (complete guide)
Being recognized as one of Europe’s greatest capitals, Vienna was known to be the home of Habsburg rulers – or more like, their stomping grounds. However, the Austro-Hungarian Empire is long gone, the only evidence remaining the carefully preserved traditions of the Viennese people. From world-known landmarks to galleries that pick at your artistic bone, Vienna was the home of many geniuses such as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, and Schubert.
What to See
When it comes to exploring, it is best to see Vienna on foot – at least when the distances permit it. There are so many culturally and artistically beautiful places that you will not have any time to feel bored. Here are just some of the places that can keep you entertained for a while:
Schönbrunn Palace: Considering that this was once Empress Sisi’s summer residence, this place is a magnificent site to see. The incredibly beautiful baroque interiors are only complimented by the beautiful gardens and the zoo.
Stephen’s Cathedral: Built in the 12th century, this cathedral is seen as one of Austria’s most important Gothic structures. This symbol of Vienna is the final resting place of many members of the royal family, all being found in impressive sarcophagi in the crypt.
Hofburg Palace: Known as the former Imperial Palace, this is where the Habsburg Empire was ruled Today it is known as the Gothic Imperial Chapel, where children from the Vienna Boy’s Choir perform their songs during the High Mass on Sunday.
Where to Stay
There are all types of hotels in Vienna where you can spend a couple of nights during your visit, all of them having their unique charm. From magnificent-looking hotels to cheap but chic ones, here are some hotels that you can stay at.
- Luxury Hotels: Hotel Sacher (cultural landmark), Hotel Sans Souci and Park Hyatt.
- Mid-Range Hotels: Small Luxury Hotel Das Tyrol, Hotel Am Stephansplatz, and Best Western Premier Kaiserhof Wien.
- Budget Hotels: Star Inn Hotel Wien Schönbrunn, Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn Vienna and Hotel Pension Bosch.
Each of these hotels is directly in the center or close to it, making it easy for you to enjoy your touring of the city.
Means of Transportation
Vienna has a Travelcard that will offer you unlimited access to Vienna’s entire network – and it applies to everything from buses to trains, underground metros, trams and nightline buses. You can get a 24, 48 or 72-hour card, depending on how long you plan to stay.
If you don’t want to wait on buses or trains but don’t want to spend fortunes on public taxis either, there’s always the option of a Vienna airport transfer. The vehicle will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your designated point (and vice-versa), all this without the hassle of taxi-hunting. It will spare you the long lines of tourists waiting for a cab, and it will be much cheaper than the prices most public taxis ask for.