Holidays to Vienna
As the capital of Austria, Vienna is home to more than 1.7 million people and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most liveable cities, thanks in part to the well-developed public transit network, generous green spaces and an enviably low crime rate. Nicknamed the ‘City of Music’, many musical prodigies including Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart have left an indelible mark on Vienna, giving rise to Vienna’s great theatres, opera houses and museums.
What to do
Vienna is a wonderful urban destination for all sorts of holiday makers, with events and attractions that appeal to all ages and interests. Travellers often come here to enjoy live performances at renowned cultural sites such as the Vienna State Opera, the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Viennese Conservatory. Families can explore Schonrunn Palace, an interactive children’s museum and then head to the 250-year old Schonbrunn zoo, described by many as the most beautiful zoo in the world.
In addition to having a reputation for stunning architecture and classical music, Vienna is also well-known for its vibrant night life scene filled with energetic party-goers who dance until dawn to cutting-edge electronic club music. The city has encouraged the development of two prominent entertainment districts; the Gurtel ring road area and the emerging Prater district, home to party clubs such as Pratersauna and Fluc. Burlesque parties are also becoming popular here, with many of the cities hottest clubs hosting these events throughout the year.
Popular Vienna Tourist Attractions
The Riesenrad, a 200-foot high, century-old giant Ferris wheel (pictured below), is a must-do when in the city. Located in the family-friendly Vienna Prater amusement park, this massive ride is one of about 250 attractions in the park which features ornate merry-go-rounds, raucous bumper cars and an arcade filled with skill-testing games. Prater park is open during the day, however, for a special treat visit the park at night when the whole area is illuminated with colorful, festive lights and lively street vendors hawking food and drinks.
For a truly unique experience, plan your holiday to Vienna during the months on November and December when the age-old traditional Christmas markets fill the city with the sights and sounds of the season. There are more than 20 “Advent Markets” throughout Vienna where vendors sell handmade gifts, intricate nativity sets and hot mulled wine.
Day trips into the Austrian Alps are popular with holiday makers here, since world-class ski resorts such Gastein, Otscher and Hohe Wand Wiese are all located a short distance from the city. Travellers can take a 1 1/2 hour train ride to Semmering/Stuhleck where they can ski the 24 kilometres of trails and ride the country’s longest chair lift.
Also nearby are the cities of Graz and Salzburg, the vineyards of the Danube Valley and Lake Neusiedl, the largest steppe lake in Europe and home to watersports and a popular sunbathing beach.
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