Mini guide to Vienna
Vienna (Wien), the capital of Austria, is a splendid Austro-Hungarian city with
a violent and anarchic history. Vienna is famous for its imperial palaces and
art museums, ornate cafés and beer taverns, baroque churches and stately
elegance. It is also the birthplace of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert and
Brahms. The city can easily claim to have the strongest musical traditions in
Europe and is certainly one of the most charming European capitals.
The city is an ideal for exploring on foot. The old town is resplendent with
buildings that boast a long history. You can visit one of the many museums in
Vienna, some of which are home to world famous paintings or climb the stairs
of the great St Stephan's Cathedral for an awe-inspiring view of the city.
The hinterland of Vienna is definitely worth taking the time to explore. The
regions of Upper and Lower Austria as well as the Province of Burgenland are
full of aesthetic historical wonders, wine regions and friendly villages.
Vienna has had a long and turbulent history, which is noticeable in the city's
architecture. The city sat on the crossroads of the trading route of Italy and
Germany, making it inexorably connected to historical events. Vienna was badly
bombed during the WWII but has since seen some fastidious restoration.
Lying in the region of Lower Austria, Vienna borders the Czech Republic in
the north, Slovakia in the east, the Burgenland in the southeast and Styria
in the south. Upper Austria is to the west. The region affords some incredible
landscapes and is home to many fascinating ruins, strewn throughout miles of
Express highways have routes running to Vienna from many of the larger European
cities. Rail service is fairly good, and services run from all across Europe.
The main airport, Wien Schwechat, is located 20kms from the city centre of Vienna
and is easily accessed by regular buses to and from the city. The airport is
serviced by international, as well as domestic flights.
Selection of hotels in this region:
K&K Hotel Maria Theresia
K&K Palais Hotel
Golden Tulip Art Hotel Vienna
Crowne Plaza Vienna
Austria Trend Europa Vienna
Austria Trend Astoria Vienna
Derag Hotel & Living Kaiser Franz Joseph
Hotel Mercure Nestroy Wien
Holiday Inn Vienna City
Holiday Inn Vienna South
Hotel Inter-Continental Vienna
Hotel Bristol Vienna
Radisson SAS Palais Hotel
Mercure Wien City
Austria Trend Hotel Rathauspark Wien
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