Thanks to being located slap-bang in the middle of Europe, Vienna is an ideal destination for travellers passing through France, Germany and the surrounding countries. The city is rich in history; Napoleon once lived in Schoenbrunn Palace and Mozart spent a number of years here.
The city is divided into districts, or ‘bezirke’. Most tourist attractions are in the centre, where Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) is located, as well as the Imperial palace and the magnificent Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury) which contains the thousand year old crown of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Belvedere Palace contains an art collection which includes Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’. The aforementioned Schoenbrunn palace is often compared to Versailles. It is golden-yellow in colour and the surrounding gardens contain the world’s oldest zoo.
Along the Ringstrasse, which circles the first district you will find some of the most important buildings in the city, such as the Parliament, Rathaus or City Hall, the Staatsoper or State Opera House, and various museums. The Kunsthistorishes (Museum of Fine Art) is worth a mention as it houses works by Rubens, Rembrandt and Raphael.
Outside the first district there are numerous boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and theatres. The Flea Market or Flohmarkt, and the Produce market or Naschmarkt are both situated in district six.
For something a little different take the subway to Praterstern and visit the Riesenrad, a giant ferris wheel in the Prater Park, also one of Vienna’s most famous sights. Alternatively take a cruise along the Danube River.
Adventurous travellers may wish to explore the Vienna Woods by joining a tour, or heading to the Austrian Alps for the day which are just a train ride away.