Which highlight you absolutely should not miss in Vienna – here is all of that in ten convincing reasons. And if you are sure that your next city trip’s destination is…
1. The most beautiful city in the heart of Europe
Due to its central location in Europe, Vienna is a very popular destination for visitors from all over the world. With more than 1.9 million inhabitants, Vienna is the most populous city in Austria and the second largest city in the German-speaking area behind Berlin. According to the “Innovation Cities Global Index”, Vienna is after London and San Francisco one of the most innovative cities in the world.
2. Vienna combines nature and city living
Aside from the urban capital flair, Vienna offers countless parks and recreational areas where you can enjoy some peace and quiet.More than half of the metropolitan area is made up of green spaces. 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone. The nearby recreation areas of Prater, Vienna Woods and Lobau invite visitors to go on walks, day trips, hikes and bicycle tours. Vienna has a total of 2,000 parks.
3. Vienna’s imperial architecture
Vienna’s beautiful city centre and historical buildings are some of the city’s prime sights with magnificent architecture that leaves visitors in awe. From Art Nouveau, to Gothic and Baroque as well as the famous “Ringstraßenstil”, Vienna serves it all.
4. Classical Music in the spotlight
Vienna is the world capital of music because nowhere else was home to more famous composers than here. The classical music is the heart of our music history and the work of the great composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven or Franz Schubert is still showcased on many stages throughout the city.
Vienna has over 100 museums – major collections of global caliber and bizarre little ones. Visit them, look at them, marvel at them. An important part of our culture is the historical inner city, with some of its imperial buildings can still be visited today. Among these are many museums with collections of world-famous artists, such as the “Kunsthistorisches Museum” or the Albertina.
6. Viennese coffee house culture
Vienna has a long tradition in coffee-house culture, and you will encounter Viennese elegant coffee houses in its most traditional form.
7. The largest university town in the German-speaking area
Education is very important to us. The variety of education opportunities and the courses of study is very appreciated nationally as well as internationally wide. Vienna has nine universities, four universities of applied sciences and further private universities.
8. Imperial flair is in the air
Explore Vienna’s most beautiful squares while sitting on a horse-drawn carriage, which is called “Fiaker” in Vienna. After that, enjoy a walk through the avenues of the parks at Schönbrunn Palace, where Emperor Franz and his Empress Sisi once resided. The castle itself impresses with splendid staterooms and offers an insight into the former imperial living rooms. Behind the castle on a small hill, lies the “Gloriette”, which can be reached by a short walk. The little effort uphill will be rewarded as soon as you reach the top and have a stunning view over the city.
9. Viennese cuisine
From the typical “Beisl” with a hearty cuisine to the luxurious gourmet restaurants, Vienna offers a mixture of local and international tastes. As the only city in the world, we are the namesake of our own eating style, the “Viennese cuisine”. Even if you are vegan you can choose of a variety of restaurants.
10. Vienna is the city with highest quality of living in the world
In 2017, for the eight time in a row, Vienna has been awarded as the city with the highest quality of living. Vienna provides a huge educational offer, has a well-developed public transport system, which its inhabitants can use for € 1 per day and we feel more than safe here in the heart of Europe.