Vienna Holidays 2019
Austria’s capital rests on the eastern side of the country, along the Danube River. Vienna holidays are mystic and soulful. Reflecting a tantalizing artistic history, Vienna is filled with amazing cultural highlights thanks to its influence in the arts. Moreover, this wonderful capital has an ever-lasting legacy thanks to the Habsburg monarchy who ruled and called Vienna home for over six centuries. The imperial architecture is perhaps one of the highlights of the city, which still leaves remnants of the past but underlines the opulence of Vienna.
A Vienna city break is eye-opening as much as it is breath-taking. There is an abundance of museums dotted around which offer a greater insight of the Austrian capital. Art takes the forefront in Vienna, with dozens of museums housing collections of imperial artwork. In addition, Vienna is also known as the ‘City of Music’ and there’s no wonder why. Austria being the birthplace of famous composers like Mozart and Beethoven amongst others, ranks the city worlds above when it comes to classical compositions and orchestras.
Things to do in Vienna
Vienna holidays open you up to a city full of gorgeous details and intricacies. Palaces take centre stage in Vienna, boasting their baroque designs and polished exteriors. Furthermore, the museum district offers modern buildings and a great selection of museums to explore and investigate.
- Schönbrunn Palace – The former imperial residence is open for tours and also features lush gardens complete with a maze.
- Tiergarten Schönbrunn – This zoo includes various animals, including a whopping 500 difference species.
- Vienna City Hall – Neo-Gothic architecture makes up the Vienna City Hall. But, it’s not only great to look at, in fact it hosts markets and events.
- Museumsquartier – This area in Vienna flaunts baroque architecture and many of the city’s top museums.
- Karlskirche – This stunning cathedral is from the Habsburg era. It features a viewing platform, perfect for admiring the panoramic views of the city.
Places to eat
Vienna is perhaps best known for its pastries like apefelstrudel and millirahmstrudel. Both are strudels filled with apples and milk respectively. You’ll also come across a wide variety of cakes and pancakes, making Vienna the one of the best destinations for a lovely dessert. On the other hand, mains will usually consist of stews or meaty dishes, perfect for warming you up on the winter days you may spend in the Austrian capital. Wiener schnitzel (veal in breadcrumbs and fried), tafelspitz (boiled beef) and selchfleisch (smoked meat) are just some of the main dishes you may come across. There are plenty of great places to eat during your Vienna city break including:
- Steirereck im Stadtpark
- Blue Mustard
- Motto am Fluss
Vienna holidays provide tons and tons of culture especially in the form of its museums and architecture. The city’s imperial palaces are not only beautiful but, they have a lot of history behind them. The museums that can be found around Vienna highlight the city’s many cultural aspects, mainly in the form of art and music.
- Belvedere – This 18th-century palace houses collections of art dating back to the Middle Ages to the present day, including the Klimt collection.
- Vienna State Opera – Including its own museum and guided tours, you can learn all about the history of the Vienna State Opera or watch a production.
- Kunsthistorisches Museum – A stunning palace housing a wonderful interior as well as collections from the fine arts.
When to go
Vienna holidays are perfect all year round as the weather doesn’t affect its top sights. But if you’re looking to experience the city at its hottest time of the year, the summer months would be the best time to visit. This is when Vienna enjoys its warmest temperatures, but also the time of year when it welcomes its highest number of visitors. Christmas time is a wonderful time to visit Vienna, as many choose to flock to the city to get into the Christmas spirit. With Christmas markets during this period, it really is one of the best times to go on a Vienna city break.
Average monthly weather (°C):
- January: 4° / 0°
- February: 6° / 1°
- March: 11° / 4°
- April: 17° / 8°
- May: 21° / 13°
- June: 25° / 16°
- July: 27° / 18°
- August: 27° / 18°
- September: 21°/ 14°
- October: 15° / 9°
- November: 9° / 5°
- December: 4° / 1°
Vienna has a varied nightlife, making it great for all types of holidaymakers. Whether you’re looking to unwind in a relaxing bar or go all out for a night of fun and dancing, Vienna makes it all possible. In the ‘City of Music’, you’ll no doubt find a huge selection of venues which provide live music throughout the night. So, check out these nightlife hotspots in Vienna:
- Grelle Forelle
- Le Loft
- Opera Club
Vienna City Breaks
Short breaks to Vienna are perfect for just about anyone. Whether you wish to visit with the family, friends or even couples. In fact, Vienna is quite a romantic backdrop for those looking into a couples holiday. Walks along the river as well as fancy restaurants add to the magical atmosphere that is to be had in the Austrian capital. If a Vienna city break sounds right up your street, check out our cheap holidays or last minute holidays to bag yourself a great deal. Covering flights and accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice.