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  • Hofburg Palace - a popular inclusion of on many Vienna tours.
  • Rathaus
  • St. Charles's Church is a popular photo opportunity on Austria vacations.
  • St. Stephen's Cathedral
  • Beautiful street lights

Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far the largest city as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre. As the former centre of the Habsburg Court and its various empires, the city still maintains the look of the Imperial capital it once was and the historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Vienna's residents are often overly formal with small amounts of courtliness, polite forms of address, and formal dress attire. One of the many paradoxes of this city is that its residents can be equally modern and progressive as they are extremely old-fashioned which willl be seen on Austria vacations.

Traditional Vienna is one of the many façades of this city and the historic centre is sometimes compared to an open-air museum. But Vienna is also a dynamic young city, famous for its (electronic) music scene, cult-status underground record stores, a vibrant Monday through Sunday club scene and a multitude of street performers. Vienna is also famous for its coffee culture. "Let's have a coffee" is a very commonly heard phrase because, despite the arrival of Starbucks and Italian-style espresso bars, the Kaffeehauskultur is still the traditional way to drink a cup of coffee, read the newspaper and meet with friends and you can too on Austria vacations.

The city has a very centralized layout radiating from the historic First District (or Inner City) with St. Stephens Cathedral and the Stephansplatz at the centre of a bulls eye. It is encircled by the Ringstrasse (Ring Road), a grand boulevard constructed along the old city walls which were torn down at the end of the 19th century. Along the Ringstrasse are many famous buildings including the Rathaus (City Hall), the Austrian Parliament, the Hofburg Palace, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Art History and the State Opera House.

There are many exciting places to visit in Vienna. Some of the most important are the following. The Museum of Fine Arts (The Kunsthistorisches Museum) is world class with works by Raphael, Vermeer, Brueghel, Rubens and Velazquez among many others. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is an absolutely must see. This Gothic Romanesque cathedral sits on the remains of a church built in the early 12th century and in addition to its physical beauty, it has been at the heart of some of the most important events in Austria’s history. As such, St. Stephen’s is one of the few landmarks in Vienna that one can characterize as a genuine symbol of the city.

Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens is another remarkable palace in Vienna and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has been called a “total work of art and a “well preserved example of the Baroque princely residential ensemble”. The highlights are many, from the world’s oldest zoo, the Tiergarten, to the vast sculpture garden. The Vienna State Opera House dates back to the mid-19th century and the opera company’s season is perennially sold out. All in all, performances embody the epitome of the genre and as such, a visit to Vienna would be totally incomplete without a night at the opera. The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world where classic equestrian skills have been preserved and are still practiced in its original form. Many years of training fuse horse and rider into an inseparable unit. The audience is treated to an unforgettable experience by the precision of movement of the Lipizzaner horses in perfect harmony with music, not to be missed on Austria vacations.

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Austria vacations at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Austria.



Vienna, Austria

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    Embark on this classic route through three of Central Europe's great cities. Admire the Danube and awesome parliament building from Castle Hill in Budapest, enjoy coffee and strudel in between exploring Habsburg history in Vienna, and wander through the fairy tale spires and squares of Prague, the beating heart of Bohemia.
    11 Days
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    US$ 1,840
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  • The Beautiful Blue Danube

    Voyage down the Danube to visit the capitals of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. See the majesty of the old Empire at Hofburg Palace in Vienna, examine medieval manuscripts at the massive Benedictine abbey in Melk and soak in the relaxing Turkish baths of Budapest.
    8 Days
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    US$ 2,272
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  • Vienna City Break & Salzburg

    This short stopover in Vienna is the perfect way to devote a little extra time to one of the world’s great creative cities. Cruise down the Danube and day trip out to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and a pilgrimage for Sound of Music fans.
    4 Days
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    US$ 783
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    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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