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Vienna: A Quaint, Beautiful Gem in Europe

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''Things to see, food to gorge on, leading restaurants, shopping streets, travel tips - All for you!''

Ideal time to visit Vienna : First time visitors, we recommend to come mid May – end September. Then they get to do indoor and outdoor activities.
In fall the new cultural season starts with new opera plays, new exhibitions etc.
In mid November the romantic Christmas markets open and thousands of lights let the city shine bright. The peak of the ball season is in January/February (Vienna boats of the musical heritage of Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss. One of the best ways of enjoying a city is to experience its culture. Each year more than 450 balls take place here, and the three-quarter rhythm is supplemented by more contemporary sounds, offering enjoyable dancing for every taste.)

Best places to stay for Honeymooners : Romantic hideaways like the tradtional Hotel Sacher (Viennese signature cake “Sacher cake“ comes from it) or the Hotel Imperial, where kings and stars stay, are a good choice for Honeymooners.
For more info, log on to: www.sacher.com, www.imperialvienna.com

Must visit places : * Schönbrunn castle (number one sightseeing attraction in Austria), its park and the lovely zoo (oldest zoo in Europe) www.schoenbrunn.com
* The MuseumsQuarter, former imperial horse stables, which are nowadays one of the largest cultural areas in the world with outstanding museums www.mqw.at
* A coffeehouse, e.g. Cafe Prückel or Cafe Museum. Have coffee and taste the variety of Viennese sweets.
* Vienna is surrounded by green areas, lovely hills and vineyards. Head out to Grinzing, Nußdorf or Stammersdorf (all still part of the city’s territory), quiet areas with small houses, where you can taste local wine. www.vienna.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/wine
* The Prater amusement park and the Giant Ferries Wheel, from which you have a wonderful view on the city – especially shortly before sunset.

Best places to eat local food : Vienna is probably the only city in the world to have lent its name to a particular style of cooking. The recipe behind the success of Viennese cuisine is extraordinarily simple: all you have to do is take the very best culinary traditions from Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Italy and the Balkans and blend them together to make some unusual dishes. In fact, the roots of many quintessentially “Viennese” specialties can be traced back to neighbouring countries, which is hardly surprising given that Vienna was the heart of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy for centuries – a union which brought together countless cultures with their own unique culinary identities. The capital’s location – close to Hungary, Bohemia and Moravia – and the presence of exceptionally gifted female cooks from all over the empire in well-to-do Viennese households saw the city’s cuisine take on a distinctly Eastern European flavor. Hungary contributed goulash, as well as the strudel, which it in turn had borrowed from Turkey. Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic, contributed many of the city’s pastries (known as Mehlspeisen). In line with Bohemian tradition, heavy, sweet dishes such as pancakes and apricot dumplings are often served as a main course. The jewel in the Viennese culinary crown, the Wiener Schnitzel, is rumored to have reached the Austrian capital from Istanbul via Venice and Milan.
Over 800 dining establishments are concentrated in the old city center alone, many of them being traditional ones.
Places that won’t disappoint you are:
* Gasthaus Pöschl, Weihburggasse 17 – so local it dioesn’t even have a website
* Glacis Beisl, in the MuseumsQuartier, www.glacisbeisl.at
* Gasthaus Wolf, Große Neugasse 20, www.gasthauswolf.at
* Coffeehouses and traditional wine tavers are a good option also
* For the list of Indian restaurants in Vienna, log on to http://triponomics.com/TripDetail.aspx?TripID=146 on Triponomics. It has the entire list of restaurants with email ids & contact details.

Tips on where to shop : For luxury shopping, do visit the main shopping streets of Kohlmarkt, Graben and Kärntner Strasse that form a pedestrianized area, which is known locally as the Golden U. Kohlmarkt is Vienna’s most exclusive shopping street, lined with international brands. Amidst all this luxury, you will find former Imperial court confectioner, Demel (est. 1786) that provides Vienna's sweet treats. A few buildings down is the equally illustrious Meinl am Graben, with its delectable delicacies. On Graben, Altmann & Kühne awaits with its fine pralines, lovingly packaged in little boxes. Meanwhile Schwäbische Jungfrau is the place for exclusive tableware, bed linens and bathrobes; J. B. Filz’s stock in trade is upmarket cosmetics. Do check out the antique shops in First District. The side streets around Graben, (incl. Dorotheergasse, Stallburggasse and Bräunerstrasse) are brimming with boutiques selling Baroque armories, renaissance chests, fine carpets, magnificent timepieces, paintings, porcelain and antique jewellery. You could also visit the Old Town to check out the leading international brands. Here, you will also find countless eateries, including cafés, ice-cream shops, fast food restaurants and pizzerias. Finally do visit Naschmarkt - its a mandatory destination for lovers of fine food and drink, featuring fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, cold cuts and cheeses, spices and gourmet vinegar. There is practically nothing that the Naschmarkt doesn’t have.

Visit to a Vineyard : Take tramway 38, 43 or D to their final station and start exploring the vineyards there.

Cycling : 1200 km of bike path in the city. The Citybike is a public bike rental system that allows you to visit Vienna’s sights by bicycle at your convenience. All you need to do is register with your credit card. Every first hour of use is free www.wien.info/en/vienna-for/sports/cycling/citybike

Navigating the city on public transport : Within the old city center everything is in a very walkable distance. All major sights are close to a metro station. There a differnet kinds of tickets. It’s most convenient to buy a Vienna Card (19,90€), which gives you unlimited travels on public transport for 72 hours plus discounts on most museums and sights www.wien.info/en/travel-info/vienna-card

Places that you could combine with Vienna : Budapest and Prague
International direct train connections to Budapest (2h50min) and Prague (4h50min). Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is only 60 min away. You can travel there by boat (1,5 hours) twincityliner.com


Source / Review By : Vienna Tourist Board

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