Vienna is a desireable capital of culture and the arts which draws millions of tourists annually. while it is most associated with music, theater and architecture there are many other great ways to enjoy the city too.
Vienna is well located in Europe so it can be part of a larger itinerary including Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary or Germany. It is a fine town but don’t plan on spending all of you time here a good 2-3 days is more than enough for a first timer.
Where to find the Sounds of Music
So you probably want to hear music when in Vienna right? You can book any number of concerts from semi-professional to the grandest orchestral displays, but we always find the streets alive with performers and the city’s many churches always giving some regular and special performances year round. Be sure and check the church schedules before you go booking tickets.
Recommended places to hear music and bask in the splendor of sacred architecture are: St. Stephen’s Church (Stephansdom) in the heart of Vienna at Stephensplaz or Karlskirche a bit further away. Besides their own impressive architecture, these churches host many fascinating compositions all year round.
Vienna enjoys four major seasons of the year and such a beautiful town marks them well with public festivals. If you are around during December go to any of the Christmas markets but especially the one at the Rathaus (city hall) is unforgettable. In mid May to mid June there is always a city music festival ongoing. and a good half day trip out to the Schonbrunn Palace is a must see in our opinion. The gardens, structures and landscape is unforgettable but especially with the colors of fall.
The glory of an empire
One of the city’s best attractions is its architecture and some of the neatest places to see it are the National Theater where the theme is overall very Baroque and Romantic with lots of columns, towers, porticos and palaces. The nice part of the historical center is that it is not dominated by skyscrapers. Many modern buildings exist however. We recommend the Palais Ferstl, The Austrian Parliament and the Modern section of Vienna. Belvedere Palace offers an exceptional view of a monumental edifice both historically and physically.