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Some words about Vienna
Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cosy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
All of Vienna’s major attractions sit within or just on the edge of the Ringstrasse, a concise historic city center that is pedestrianized and offers one of the most extensive car-free zones in Europe, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is ideal for walking, as are almost all the major museums; the Hofburg Palace complex; Austria’s grandest cathedral; the famed Spanish Riding School, home to the white Lipizzaner stallions. Moreover, the top shops, restaurants and world-renowned Viennese cafes are all nearby and easily accessed by foot.
It requires at least a long weekend to really appreciate the city, but longer if you like art, music and museums. The major attractions start with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, where several museums are combined into one vast neoclassical building. This museum preserves one of the world’s greatest art collections, with amazing classic artworks from many countries and eras, including Rembrandt’s famous Self Portrait. An entire wing is given over to the Kuntstkammer, which means “cabinet of arts and curiosities.” Furthermore, you can find a diverse collection from the Hapsburgs. Its 20 rooms are full of unique items from around the world, such as: ancient fossilized sharks’ teeth and tribal religious icons. Reopened just a year ago, this colourful new section has been a huge hit.
Other must-visit attractions include Stephansdom, or St. Steven’s Cathedral, freely displaying its Gothic architecture and underground catacombs. The endless spiral staircase of the South tower rewards you with the city’s best views, with the possible exception of those from the famous Ferris wheel in the Prater area. It’s an iconic spot which played an important role in the most famous novel about Vienna, Graham Green’s Third Man, brought to the big screen in 1949.
The indoor and outdoor Hofburg Palace complex covers several blocks of the city, at the north of Stephansdom. It includes the home of Austria’s President, various government offices, gardens and several museums, and takes long to fully explore. The liveliest parts of the pedestrian core zones are the interconnected plazas directly in front of Stephansdom, full of crowds and a bunch of ice cream and gelato shops – everyone in Vienna seems to carry a cone. Running north from here is Kartner Street, downtown’s longest broad boulevard, with outdoor cafes down its center and shops on both sides, reaching all the way to the Ringstrasse.
For those travelers less willing to spend the whole day walking, a convenient way to visit the best spots of the city is with the Ringstrasse Tram Tour, a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tram that does the entire loop with 13 stops at key sights plus informational video and audio on board (about $10). Vienna is also renowned for live entertainment, with three famous attractions including the Vienna Boys Choir, which has been wowing audiences since 1498. Their normal venue is the Burgkapelle church during Sunday Mass from September to June, which requires tickets, along with special performances elsewhere. Another must-do is the equestrian dressage marvels performed by the white Lipizzaner Stallions at the Spanish Riding School, typically on Sundays from February to June, and late August-December. Sometimes you can enjoy both at once due to the fact that Boys Choir occasionally perform at the dressage shows.
Vienna was Mozart’s town, and opera here is huge. While some performances sell out in advance, you can usually buy tickets on short notice from one of the Mozart-attired reps working at the sidewalk in front of the Opera House.
Vienna is currently undertaking its largest project since the Ringstrasse, building a new central rail station that will consolidate all its train service throughout Europe. Austria dodged the Eurozone financial crisis, foreign investment has poured in recently in the form of new apartments, stores and hotels. Just in the past year, the pedestrian zone was expanded to include Am Hof Square, a couple of blocks that were in between and the main walking thoroughfares. This new section has been dubbed the Golden Quarter for its high standing boutiques, including Europe’s largest Louis Vuitton store outside of France and a new Prada flagship store.
Vienna claims to be the only worldwide capital city with a designated viticulture district within it, and in a part of Europe known for its beer-drinking culture, wine rules here, especially whites such as gruner veltliner, which the city is well known for. In fact, at Vienna’s most classic schnitzel parlor, they don’t even offer beer, though the wine list is extensive.
So, feel free to visit Vienna but don’t forget to book a luggage storage to enjoy!