Vienna is the largest city in Austria and the country's capital. A perennial favourite with people on weekend breaks in Europe, it is a charming and attractive city, with approximately five million visitors arriving each year to sample its world-renowned classical musical scene, coffee houses and Christmas markets. But there is far more to Vienna than these famous attractions. It is a truly special destination and one that should delight those staying in holiday apartments.
Vienna is located in the east of the country and has the seventh largest city population in the EU, with approximately 1.7 million inhabitants. It dates back to around 500 BC and has a rich and varied history. As well as being an important cultural centre, Vienna plays a vital economic and political role. But one of its most significant industries is undoubtedly tourism, which is hardly surprising given the long list of attractions that are on offer.
Here are some of the key attractions that shouldn't be missed when staying in holiday apartments in Vienna:
Schönbrunn Palace - This is one of Austria's most important cultural landmarks and tourist attractions. Granted UNESCO World Heritage status in the 1990s, it consists of a palace, attractive gardens, orangerie, palm house and much more. It's worth booking tickets for a tour online before visiting.
Vienna State Opera - Work on this world-famous opera house began in 1861. The building features marble staircases and intricately decorated ceilings and has close links with the Vienna Philharmonic. If you're only visiting Vienna for a couple of days, you should be able to pick up cheap 'standing room only' tickets immediately prior to performances.
St Stephen's Cathedral - The original parish church was consecrated on this site in 1147, although much of the current structure dates from the 14th century. It is Vienna's most important religious building and is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks.
Kunsthistorisches Museum - Visitors to the Museum of Art History are treated to both a large collection of artworks and palatial architecture. Opened in 1891, the museum houses a number of important collections, including portraits, Roman antiquities and ancient musical instruments.
The main gateway to Vienna is the Vienna International Airport, which is located 11 miles south-east of the city centre. Passengers who wish to continue their journey using public transport can then choose between the non-stop City Airport Train, the slower S7 regional rail service or several bus routes. Once inside the city, visitors can easily get around using buses, trams or the underground system.
Many people think of Vienna as a winter city break destination, due to famous images of its fairytale Christmas markets and new year balls. But it is actually a fantastic year-round destination, with something for everyone in all four seasons. Spring and autumn are the mildest times of the year, while summer brings warm weather and winter can be bitterly cold.
If you're planning a trip to Austria, why not take a look at our holiday apartments in Vienna? We offer high quality accommodation in key central locations that is often much more affordable than staying in a hotel.
All Vienna apartments are available for online booking for the convenience of the travelers and direct reservation.