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Take a trip to Vienna - paradise for museum addicts

By Dmitry Petrounin Dmitry Petrounin Section editor Profile

Our Editorial team's advice

Eternal capital of the Habsbourg empire, a romantic city at will, Vienna unravels its impressive monuments spread around the Ring. But the city does not stop this  this prestigious main street and the new areas that have the tendency to rise here and there, preventing the Austrian capital from staying stuck in its glorious past. A weekend in Vienna is way too short to discover even a small part of its wealth, and so it is preferable to stay here for a week. The magic of the place has inspired the greatest musicians: Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven or even Strauss, and it would be a shame to stay in the music capital without going to one of its many classical music concerts at the Opera or inside a beautiful baroque church. Walk across the many green spaces, visit the museums, castles and palaces, and take the time to enjoy one of those delicious pastries with a coffee or Viennese chocolate in one of the many traditional coffee shops spread all over the city. Juggling between the classical frontages of the Habsbourg era and the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) initiated by Klimt and the Secessionists, let yourself be charmed by this endearing and human scale capital.
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To see

Saint-Etienne cathedral, known as Stephansdom by the Viennese, is the symbol of Vienna in the heart of the medieval city. 449 ft in height, the gothic spire is an easy indicator to help you find the center of the city when you are lost. The 250, 000 varnished tiles covering the roof are a marvel. The Hofburg palace was the official residence of the Habsbourg from 1279 until the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1918, including the famous Sissi empress. This exceptional architectural ensemble located in the heart of the city houses the once imperial apartments, several museums, a chapel, a church, the National Library and the offices of the Austrian presidency. The Schönbrunn castle, summer residence of the imperial family, is a sumptuous baroque palace located far in the south west of the centre of Vienna, nested inside a magnificent garden. Without forgetting Karlskirche, a superb baroque church built in the XV century, with two columns resembling the Trajan and Marc-Aurelius columns, the pavilion of the Secession, the work of art of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) for the Viennese vanguard expositions, and the Belvedere, summer palace of Eugčne of Savoy, whose gallery of Austrian art presents in particular a beautiful Klimt collection with his famous "The Kiss".

To do

The tour of the Ring by tramway is an opportunity to admire Vienna's most beautiful monuments.
Enjoy a delicious pastry accompanied with real Viennese chocolate while reading the newspaper in one of the many coffee shops of the city.
An evening at the gypsy Prater fair enjoying a pork shank or cotton candy while rising on the famous eponymous wheel.
Taste the white wine, cheese and delicatessen in the Heurigen, small cafes of the Viennese forest.
Attend a classical music concert at the Opera or in one of the many churches of the city.
To stroll in the museums district, one of the 10 biggest cultural complexes in the world with its 107639 ft˛ dedicated to modern art and culture, where the ancient imperial stables used to be. Restaurants with terraces, cafes and boutiques one after the other along a large interior courtyard bordered with buildings from the XVIII and XIX centuries, standing next to original modern constructions. Swim in the boat swimming pool in the summer, on the banks of the Danube Canal which runs alongside the old Vienna, transformed into urban beaches with bars, cafes, restaurants and deckchairs.

pros

  • +  An inexhaustible cultural wealth.
  • +  Dessert breaks in the Viennese cafes.
  • +  The omnipresent music.

cons

  • -  The outrageous price of tours by horse and carriage.

To think about

Buy the Vienna Card! Valid for three days, for Ł14.50 it allows you to use the bus, metro and tram network as much as you want and gives you the right to offers in the city's museums.

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To avoid

Pay a fortune to take a horse carriage tour: the city is just as good to discover on foot!

To try

Be careful! If you are on a diet, Vienna is not the best destination for you! Difficult to resist these delicious Viennese pastries that you can enjoy in the countless Viennese cafes, a real institution in the Austrian capital! Mozartkugeln, chocolate balls filled with praline with the portrait of the famous musician are also something that you shouldn't miss here. Finally, it would be sad not to taste the cheeses and the delicatessen with nice little cool wines in the Heurigen of the Viennese forest.

To bring back

The famous Sacher Tochte, not cheap but so good! Invented in 1832 by Franz Sacher, then apprentice cook in prince Metternich's court, this chocolate cake filled with apricot jam is coated with a chocolate glaze. Since this time, the Sacher hotel has held on to the recipe of this star pastry.

Weather Vienna

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Vienna . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Vienna so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Vienna , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Overall rating 47/100
  • Temperature indicators 30% Cold

    Maximum temperature between 16°C and 18°C, the perceived temperature is <30°.

  • Bad weather indicators 64% Light showers

    Light showers - averaging between 10.5mm and 17.5mm per week.

  • Sunbathing indicators 48% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Wind indicators 70% Light wind

    Light winds (between 6mph and 12mph).

  • Humidity indicators 64% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

What to see

The Wienerwald , The vineyards , Austria
The Wienerwald
Fauna , A stork , Austria
Fauna
Flora , Three rare and protected local flowers , Austria
Flora
The waltz , Austria
The waltz
The baroque , Baroque art , Austria
Baroque
The cafés , Cafés , Austria
The cafés
Glassware , Crystal chandelier , Austria
Glassware
Demel, confectionary at its finest, The confectioner Demel, Arts and culture, Vienna, Austria
The confectioner Demel
The Sacher Café, Arts and culture, Vienna, Austria
The Sacher Café
Lobmeyr glass production, The Lobmeyr glassmaker, Arts and culture, Vienna, Austria
The Lobmeyr glassmaker
Köchert jeweller , Köchert jewellery , Austria
Köchert jeweller
The Imperial Palace , Austria
The Imperial Palace
The Schönbrunn Palace , A baroque-style hunting lodge , Austria
The Schönbrunn Palace
The Hermes Villa , Hermes Villa , Austria
The Hermes Villa
The Imperial Crypt (Capuchin Crypt), The Imperial Crypt (Capuchins' Crypt), Castles, Vienna, Austria
The Imperial Crypt (Capuchins' Crypt)
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