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Introduction

Stefansdom, Vienna

Stefansdom, Vienna

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Vienna is Austria's largest city, by a stretch. With a population around the 1.7 million mark, Vienna is the nation's central hub, as well its capital. But it is also a culturally significant landmark in the heart of Europe, celebrating a rich tradition in theatre, opera and classical music. Two of Europe's best known composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, left an indelible mark on Vienna. The same is true for the works of Gustav Klimt and his fellow jugendstill artists. A whole line of architects including father and son Fischer von Erlach, Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt and Otto Wagner, shaped the city into what it is today.

The city was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the Habsburg dynasty for a long period of history. The numerous palaces that can be found in the city tell the story of a city and a country that used to be a powerhouse in Middle- and Eastern-European politics. Given its historical significance, it is of little surprise that Vienna's city centre has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its Baroque and Medieval architecture.[1]

Aside from being the capital of Austria, the city is also a standalone province (or bundesland).

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Neighbourhoods

Vienna has 23 neighbourhoods (bezirke), which have numbers from 1 to 23. These are the following:

City CenterInnere Stadt (1)
Inner EastLeopoldstadt (2), Brigettenau (20)
Outer EastFlorisdorf (21), Donaustadt (22)
Inner SouthLandstraße (3), Wieden (4), Margareten (5), Meidling (12)
Outer SouthFavoriten (10), Simmering (11), Liesing (23)
Inner WestMariahilf (6), Neubau (7), Josephstadt (8), Alsergrund (9)
Outer WestHietzing (13), Penzing (14), Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus (15), Ottakring (16), Hernals (17), Währing (18) & Döbling (19)

Most of the tourist sights can be found in 1. Innere Stadt, and the surrounding neighbourhoods of 3. Landstrasse, 4. Wieden, 5. Margareten, 6. Mariahilf, 7. Neubau, 8. Josefstadt and 9. Alsergrund. Number 2 on the list of neighbourhoods is Leopoldtstad, which is the island between the Danube and the Danube Channel. This is where the Prater can be found.

The Innere Stadt is the old city centre inside the Ringstrasse. The famous Schönbrunn palace lies in the neighbourhood of 13. Hietzing. In the north of the city 19. Döbling is known for the evenings that can be spend at Heurigen.

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Sights and Activities

Hofburg

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Vienna

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The Hofburg was the actual residence of the Imperial family, and from 1402 until 1806 (with a short interuption between 1583 and 1612) the seat of the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Constructing started ages ago. At the sight were now stands the Schweitzertrakt, an older castle was build. Because of the long duration the Hofburg buildings combine different architectural styles. The last addition to the Hofburg is the Neue Burg (New Burg), which was completed in 1916, two years before the end of the Austrian monarchy, and in the middle of the first world war. The balcony was the place were Hitler announced the 'Anschluss' of Austria into nazi-Germany in 1938. In the original plans there was a second building planned, which should be identical to the Neue Burg (mirroring the building on the other side of the square.) This building was never built as the monarchy came to and end in 1918.

Inside the Hofburg it is possible to visit a number of rooms that are still decorated in the way they were during the reign of Franz Joseph. It is also possible to take a tour at the treasury rooms. In the big Redoute hall there are often classical concerts staged, which makes it a good opportunity to visit a piece of the Hofburg, and combine that with the art form of which Vienna is famous.

Schloss Schönbrunn

Schonbrunn Palace view in Vienna

Schonbrunn Palace view in Vienna

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Schloss Schönbrunn is Vienna's most visited tourist attraction. Situated outside of the city, it used to be the summer palace of the Austrian Imperial Family. These days, it lies in the suburb of Hietzing, and it can be easily reached by Metro (U4, metrostation: Schönbrunn). There are tours in several languages taking you to a few of the rooms. Behind the palace lies a huge park in which you can spend a lot of time. From the Gloriette you have a great view over the gardens, towards the palace and the city. In the park you will also find the Zoo.

Stephansdom

The Stephansdom is the most important landmark of Vienna's inner city. The first part of the church was completed in 1147, and extended during the centuries that followed, although never really completed, as it was intended that the Cathedral would have two towers instead of one. The people of Vienna have given the church the nickname 'Der Stefl'. The church is in the center of the old town, and a good orientation point while exploring the inner city.

Schloss Belvedere

Upper Belvedere Palace in Vienna May 2006

Upper Belvedere Palace in Vienna May 2006

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Schloss Belvedere is in fact made up of two palaces and the garden located between them. The Lower Belvedere is the smaller palace of the two and can be easily accessed from the Rennweg. The Upper Belverdere is a big white palace, and is much more interesting than the Schonbrunn from an architectural point of view. The entrance of the Upper Belverdere is the easiest from the Prinz Eugen strasse. This palace was built by Prinz Eugen, who also lived here. Inside the Palaces you will find museums, where you can find works by Gustav Klimt and Dali. The Upper Belverdere also has a room in which you only find a table. In this room the Austrian State Treaty was signed on the 15th of May, 1955. It marked the retreat of the Russians, French, English and Americans, that ruled the city in the years after World War II, just like they did in Berlin.

Rathaus

The Rathaus (City hall), serves as the seat for the mayor of Vienna, as well as the city council. This city council also acts as the council for the Land of Vienna. As Vienna grew rapidly in the middle of the 19th century, the old city hall got too small. The new Rathaus is one of the many buildings that were build on the sight of the old city walls, along the Ringstrasse. The building was opened in 1883, and could be a slightly altered copy of the city hall of Brussels. The facade and the tower look a lot a like. On top the tower of the Rathaus, is the statue of the Rathausman, one of the landmarks of the city. In front of the building lies the Rathauspark, which in summer turns into an open-air cinema, and in winter is the place where the Christmas market takes place.

Burgtheater

Opposite the Rathaus, on the other side of the Ringstrasse, stands the Burgtheater, which was opened in 1888. This building is the successor of an older Burgtheater. This old theater stood at the spot where the new Michaeler wing, of the Hofburg was planned. The theater moved to the new building on October 12, 1888. It is one of the most important theaters for plays in German. As many buildings in Vienna it was destroyed in the second World War, and renovated after the war. Above the entrance of the building is one of the older names of the theater: KK Hofburgtheater (Imperial Court Theather). In the two staircases, the paintings were done by Gustav Klimt, together with his brother Ernst, and colleague Franz Matsch.

Karlskirche

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The Karlskirche lies near the Schloss Belverdere, outside of the former city walls on the Karlsplatz. The church has a beautiful dome, and two colums with bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the bible. The build of this baroque church was started in 1713 and finish in 1737, according to the designs by J.B. Fischer von Erlach, and completed by his son.

Opera

The Opera was one of the first of the big buildings erected on the Ringstrasse in the second half of the 19th century, and is in fact just one of three opera's in Vienna. (The others are the Volksoper, and the Theater an der Wien). It is regarded as one of the best operahouses in the world. Tours are given in several languages, during the daytime. Opera tickets are much cheaper than one would expect. Buy tickets at the door just before the performances for a very good deals.

Parliament

The Parliament building was build between 1874 and 1883, with some other features added at later dates. The style of the building is Greek. The reason for that is that the ancient Greeks are considered to be the inventors of the democracy. Architect Theophil Hansen was inspired by the Zappeion in Athens when he designed the building. The Pallas Athene fountain in front of the Parliament builing was added later, around the turn of the century. The building is adorned with many statues, that have all kind of symbolic meanings.

Votivkirche

The Votivkirche was build between 1856 and 1879. The reason for building the church was a failed attack on the life of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph in 1853. His brother and later emperor of Mexico Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph called upon the citizens of Vienna to spend money to build a new church, as a gift to God, that his brother survived the attack. Over 300,000 answered the call, and in 1856 contruction began on the Neo-Gothic church. The Votivkirche has two 99-metre-high towers, and is located a little bit to the side of the Ringstrasse, at the Sigmund Freud park.

Hundertwasserhaus

Hundertwasserhaus

Hundertwasserhaus

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The Hundertwasserhaus is maybe one of the most interesting buildings in Vienna, but it can unfortunately only been looked at from the outside. On the other side of the small street is a public toilet build in the style of the haus, so that you can have an impression on how it looks. The building is named after the Austrian painter, sculptor and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser (real name: Ernst Strowasser), who was famous for his multicolored and curved designs. In the whole haus you will not find a 90-degree corner. In Vienna there are more buildings designed by Hundertwasser. Not too far from the Hundertwasserhaus, is the Kunsthaus Wien, and he also designed a incinerator/power plant in Spittelau.

Museum Quartier (MQ)

The Museum Quartier is a complex that unites a whole range of museums onto one location. It houses the big Leopold Museum, the MUMOK (Museum of Modern Art) and the Kunsthalle Wien. The first two are build inside the courtyard of what once were the royal stables. The Leopold museum is housed inside a huge white cube, and the MUMOK in a black cube. The MQ also houses a couple of smaller museums, like the ZOOM Children's museum and the architecture center Vienna, venues, bars and restaurant. There are combination tickets on sale, for if you want to visit all the activities. These tickets also includes a 30% discount on perfomances at the Dance Center (Tanz Quartier).

Prater

Ferris Wheel, Prater Stern, Vienna

Ferris Wheel, Prater Stern, Vienna

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The Prater park used to be the hunting grounds of the Habsburgs. But nowadays it is a huge park stretching along the river, and bordered on the other side with the Danube Channel. The Ernst Happel football stadium is found in Prater, along with other sporting venues. The most famous part of the park is however the piece where you can find the famous Wiener Riesenrad and the rest of the funfair. In Vienna this piece of the park is often referred to as 'Würstelprater' (Sausage Prater.) The landmark of the Prater, is the giant ferris wheel which was build in 1896/1897. It featured in the films the Third Man (1949), and the James Bond movie, the Living Daylights (1987).

Maria am Gestade

The Maria am Gestade (St. Mary's on the banks), is an old gothic church and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the center of Vienna. There is talk that there was a church on this spot as early as the 9th century, but the first written evidence is from the 12th century. The church that we see now was build between 1394 and 1414, near the banks of the river Danube, which is now about 300 metres away. During the occupation of Vienna by Napoleon, the church served as a stable, but was renovated and reinstated as a church in 1812. For a funny picture, you need to go the corner of the Salvatorgasse and a street called Stoss im Himmel (Push into Heaven). At this point you can unite the streetname, and the 58-metre-high tower of the Maria am Gestade into one picture.

Secession

Secession building, Vienna

Secession building, Vienna

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Not far from the Karlsplatz stands the Wiener Secession building. It is one of the best examples of the jugendstill movement that became very influencial at the end of the 19th century. The building is completely white, with the exception of a golden ball on top of the building. The building is also special as it was completely paid for by several jugendstill artists themselves. The building was built in 1897, and decorated by several artists, including Gustav Klimt. His famous Beethoven Fries is one of the main pieces of the collection.

Third Man at the Burgkino

The classic spy film The Third Man plays daily at the BergKino. Set in Vienna after WWII it contains Orson Welles's famous impromptu speech on the cuckoo clock. Follow your viewing up with a Third Man city tour the following day. For the people that can't get enough of this movie, there is a small private third man museum that is opened every saturday afternoon between 2:00pm and 6:00pm, and on request on tuesday at 6:00pm.

Kahlenberg

Vienna - view towards the Wienerwald from Kahlenberg

Vienna - view towards the Wienerwald from Kahlenberg

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The Kahlenberg is a 484-metre-high hill just north of Vienna. It is one of the best places to get a great view over Vienna. On the top there is a restaurant, a university and the little chruch of St. Joseph. The restaurant and the Stefaniewarte (a tower), have terraces to enjoy the view over Vienna. It is also a place of historical significance, as this is the place where the Turkish invasion of Europe came to a stop in 1683. Kahlenberg can be reached by city bus 38A, that goes up along the höhenstrasse. Kahlenberg is the last stop. From the top you can walk back to Grinzing through the vineyards, passing one of the houses where Beethoven lived on the Grinzingerstrasse. A small detour can take you to his grave, on the local graveyard.

Parks

Vienna is a city with a lot of big and small parks:

Spring in Vienna....

Spring in Vienna....

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  • Praterpark - huge park between the Danube and the Danube Channel.
  • Stadtpark - big city park at the Ringstrasse, with the famous statue of Mozart.
  • Volksgarten - next to the Hofburg and the Burgtheater, with the Theseus temple.
  • Burggarten - also next to the Hofburg, but on the other side of the Neue Burg. Houses the butterfly house.
  • Rathauspark - a park in front of the Rathaus, with statues of former majors.

Other Sights and Activities

For Kids

There is loads for kids to see and do in Vienna.

Schonbrunn palace for kids

More information on the Vienna City website

For tips on day trips outside of Vienna, check the article on Lower Austria

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Events and Festivals

Rathaus Christmas market in vienna

Rathaus Christmas market in vienna

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  • Christmas market - The first Christmas market in Vienna was held in 1294. The Christmas market or Christkindlmarkt, as it is known now, dates back to the 17th century, when it took place in front of the Stephansdom. Over the years, the market has been held at many different locations, but since 1975 the market is held in front of the Rathaus. The Rathaus's Christkindlmarkt is the largest in Austria. There are also a couple of other Christmas markets in Vienna, there are markets at Freyung, Spittelberg, at Schönbrunn Palace, at Belvedere and at the Karlsplatz. Visitors to this market will be filled with the Christmas spirit, and can purchase all kinds of holiday goodies. Local festive food and warm drinks will also be served.
  • Rathaus Film Festival - An open air music film festival where visitors can watch movies for free on the Rathausplatz. This event is held every July and August, and is worth a visit if you're in the area and enjoy movies.
  • Vienna Marathon - An annual marathon attracting over 30,000 participants since its inception in 1984. Aside from the main marathon event, there is also a fun run, half marathon, team relay and a variety of parties held around the city. The marathon finishes at the Heldenplatz, right in front of the Hofburg.
  • Donauinselfest - This is one of Europe's largest music festivals. The festival is free and hosts a variety of musical artists from many different types of styles and genres; every musical taste is represented at this festival. Drawing crowds of over 3 million from all across Europe, this festival is hosted on Danube Island and occurs every June.
  • Wiener Festwochen (Vienna Festival) - This is a highly celebrated culture festival that lasts for about 5 weeks and occurs every year in May/June. This festival acts as a platform for showcasing Vienna's rich culture and history. Visitors can expect to see well-produced plays, talented musical reviews, stunning dance performances, and a variety of film presentations - all saluting Austria's great cultural heritage.

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Weather

Located in the centre of Europe, Vienna has a moderate continental climate with average maximum temperatures of around 24 °C from June to early September and winter temperatures slightly above 0 °C during the day and a few degrees below at night (December-February). Rainfall (or some snow in winter) is quite evenly throughout the year but is somewhat higher from May to September.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max2.9 °C5.1 °C10.3 °C15.2 °C20.5 °C23.4 °C25.6 °C25.4 °C20.3 °C14.2 °C7.5 °C4 °C
Avg Min-2 °C-0.9 °C2.4 °C5.8 °C10.5 °C13.5 °C15.4 °C15.3 °C11.7 °C7 °C2.4 °C-0.5 °C
Rainfall37.2 mm39.4 mm46.1 mm51.7 mm61.8 mm70.2 mm68.2 mm57.8 mm53.5 mm40 mm50 mm44.4 mm
Rain Days7.37.68.37.58.59.198768.38.2

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Getting There

By Plane

International
Vienna International Airport (VIE) also known as Schwegat, is the busiest airport in Austria. It is the main hub of Austrian Airlines and services flights from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Dozens of airlines use the airport. Some of the main places served include Moscow, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Athens, Istanbul, Dublin, Riga, Berlin, Malta, Montreal, Toronto, Amman, Astana, Cairo, Bangkok, Beijing, New York, Washington, D.C., Tehran, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Taipei, Dubai, Seoul, Doha, Jeddah and Kiev.

Many budget airlines advertising "Vienna" fly into neighbouring Bratislava airport with a shuttle bus running to a U-bahn station on the outskirts of Vienna. Check your destination during booking and expect another hour to two hours to arrive in central Vienna after disembarking.

Domestic
Austrian Airlines flies between Vienna and Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg.

To/from the airport

  • The Vienna S-Bahn S7-line (stopping at all stations from Floridsdorf Station until Rennweg Station, and usually all intermediate stops on the airport branch) also stops at the airport. To reach the centre, you can best go until Wien Mitte, and change to the U-bahn if needed.
  • The more expensive CAT (City Airport Train) connects the airport directly to the Vienna Central station close to the city centre, where S-Bahn trains also stop but take a slightly longer time because of the 7 intermediate stops.
  • There are also many buses from the airport to various places in Vienna (including UNO City and Westbahnhof) and to other cities.

By Train

Vienna is well served by national and international connections. Check ÖBB (Österreiche Bundesbahn) for schedules, connections and prices to and from Vienna.

If you are travelling in Austria for some time, a Vorteilskarte (discount card) is a worthwhile purchase. Costing around €20 for youths and €100 for adults, it gives significant discounts on train travel. Discounts are greater if you buy from touch-screen ticket machines rather than the manned kiosks.

Discounts are also available for groups travelling together within Austria. Simply add more people to a single ticket purchase and it will be calculated automatically.

By Car

Vienna can be reached by a number of highways, a much travelled way is the one coming from Munich via Linz, but there are almost as much roads leading to Vienna, as there are ways to get to Rome. Other main roads include the routes towards Budapest (via Gyor) and to Ljubljana (via Graz and Maribor.

By Bus

Eurolines is one of the bus companies which connects Vienna with other major European cities. Most major cities and capitals are served.

By Boat

It is possible to go to Vienna by boat from Slovakia. The Twin city liner, connects Bratislava and Vienna. The trip takes about 75 minutes. There are three daily departures from April to October with extra Friday and Saturday evening departures from May onwards. Also DDSG runs daily hydrofoils to and from Budapest from mid-April to late October, taking around 5.5 hours each way.

Regular services also exist to Passau and all of the important tourist destinations along the Danube. Most services carry bicycles.

By Bicycle

Vienna is one of the major cities along the Danube bike pathway. The stretch from Passau to Vienna and on to Bratislava is easily the most popular long-distance cycling route in Europe, mainly because natural incline, main wind direction and numerous facilities catering to cycle tourists make everything very easy. There are plenty of companies renting out bicyles as well as offering pre-arranged packages with hotels and pensions already booked. Most people need about 5-8 days to cycle from Passau to Vienna at a slow pace, very fit cyclists have been known to do it in 2 days.

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Getting Around

By Car

Getting around by car is possible but you have to find you way not getting lost by the many one-way streets in the center of Vienna. If you ever get lost it's likely that you will find yourself again on the Ringstrasse, so you have time to orientate yourself again. If you bring your car and want to leave it on the street for the duration of your stay, ask the place where you are staying if they can help you to obtain an all day parking permit. Short parking zones in the old city of Vienna and surrounding districts 1 - 9 and 20 (= Innere Stad, and the surrounding neighbourhoods, and Leopoldtstad) the costs are €4.60 a day.

By Public Transport

Vienna has an excellent and accessible Metro service called the U-bahn and S-bahn. Trams and busses also service routes throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. €2.00 for a single ticket (bought at stations, it's €2.20 in trams and buses) will get you almost anywhere you want to go using the U-bahn or S-bahn, but most of the inner-city attractions are within walking distance. There are also tickets for multiple days, that work out cheaper if you intent to use the public transport a lot. These tickets can be bought at machines at any metro station and also in tabacco shops. There are also tickets valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours and these cost €6.70, €11.70 and €14.50 respectively. Weekly and monthly rates are available as well, but the first one is only valid from Monday to Sunday while the second one starts at the first of the month, so both add little value for travellers.

Check the Vienna Rail Map or check for the best connection online.

By Foot

If you stick to the city centre, you can walk to most of the sights there, but if you want to get to sights that are a bit further away, like Schloss Schönbrunn, Kahlenberg, Hundertwasserhaus or the Zentralfriedhof, it is better to go by public transport.

By Bike

You can rent bikes at a few places in the city, which is a good way to see the city if you want to avoid walking everything. Check possibilities to rent bikes online, for example with City Bike Wien. There are also guided tours with Pedal Power for example.

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Eat

Sacher-Torte

Sacher torte

Sacher torte

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Sacher-Torte is one of the best things to come out of Vienna. This chocolate cake was first created by Franz Sacher in 1832. If you want the original cake Hotel Sacher is the place to go, but also an expensive place to go. There are a lot of other places where you can get a very good Sachertorte (notice the difference in Sacher-Torte and Sachertorte, only the original from Hotel Sacher will be written like Sacher-Torte, all others should be written as Sachertorte), and when you keep walking around the city visiting the many sights, you are going to burn all these calories again, right?

Wiener Schitzel

Where else can you go to taste a Wiener Schnitzel? You can get a schnitzel at almost any restaurant. There is even one (Restaurant Figglmüller) that advertises having the largest schnitzel in town. But be warned, these are also the flattest schnitzels you have ever seen, resulting in eating more crust than actual meat.

Restaurants

  • Restaurant Gutenberg is located near the Stephansdom, on a little square called Lugeck. It's a good place to taste some local dishes. Prices are reasonable, keeping in mind that you are in the city centre.

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Sleep

Budget

Some budget travellers opt to stay in one of the city's 3 camping sites. For more information check out the Vienna Campings website.

  • The camping site Wien West - The camping site Wien West rents out bungalows in summer. If you come and go by car on West-Autobahn A1 it is the most convenient camping site for you. It is open year-round and is connected to Vienna by public transport.
  • Camping site Wien Süd - Camping site Wien Süd is about 8 kilometres away from the city centre, but with good public transport options. It is relatively quiet in an old castle's garden. It is only open during easter and during summer.
  • Camping site Neue Donau - Camping site Neue Donau is the most central of all and the best choice for cyclists since the Danube cycling path passes right at the entrance. However it is directly next to a train line and a motorway, so it gets considerably noisy. It is only open during easter and during summer.

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Das Reinisch ApartmentsMannswoerther Strasse 76 SchwechatApartment-
Das Reinisch Hotel Vienna AirportMannswoerther Strasse 76 SchwechatHotel-
Das Reinisch Bed & Breakfast Garni HotelMannswoerther Strasse 76 SchwechatHOTEL-
Hostel Wien - Brigittenau (HI)Adalbert Stifter Str. 73Hostel81
MEININGER Vienna Downtown SissiSchiffamtsgasse 15Hostel83
MEININGER Vienna Downtown FranzRembrandtstrasse 21Hostel84
Hostel Wien - Myrthengasse (HI)Myrthengasse 7Hostel82
Hotel ArkadenhofViriotgasse 5Hotel-
DarwinDarwingasse 18APARTMENT-
MärzMaerzstrasse 36APARTMENT-
Pezzl BordeauxPezzlgasse 57APARTMENT-
Pezzl WhitePezzlgasse 57APARTMENT-
TaborTaborstrasse 85APARTMENT-
Apartmenthaus HietzingHofwiesengasse 22 1130 WienApartment-
RotensterngasseRotensterngasse 21/12APARTMENT-
Casa MediterraneaRatschkygasse 32GUESTHOUSE-
AllYouNeed Hotel-Vienna2***Große Schiffgasse 12Hotel85
AllYouNeed Hotel Vienna4***Schäffergasse 2Hotel-
Hotel-Pension BleckmannWähringer Str 15Hotel87
Flat ShareTivoligasse 7-9 /1/16GUESTHOUSE-
Green in the City ApartmentsBarnabitengasse 4APARTMENT-
Pension ErlaaErlaaer Strasse 148GUESTHOUSE-
Hotel LuciaHuetteldorfer Strasse 79 ViennaHOTEL82
JUFA Family Hotel Wien CityMautner Markhof-Gasse 50HOTEL82
Vienna KissSonnleithnergasse 2, Tür 263Apartment-
A&T Holiday Hostel WienLeibnizgasse 66HOSTEL81
Apartment24 SchoenbrunnSchwenkgasse 16APARTMENT-
Margareten HostelSiebenbrunnengasse 69HOSTEL-
Labyrinth Hostel ViennaLindengasse 4HOSTEL77
A&O Wien HauptbahnhofSonnwendgasse 11HOSTEL81
Hostel 4Schelleingasse 36HOTEL82
Group Travel ApartmentWiedner Gürtel 6APARTMENT-
Stay Inn Vienna27 LindengasseAPARTMENT-
Hotel CorvinusMariahilfer Strasse 57-59GUESTHOUSE-

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Vienna has some good international universities. [2]

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Internet

Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.

Internet cafes dot the city. Several are located past the Westbahnhof on Mariahilferstrasse.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Orange (former called One), Drei (3G), Telering, Tele2, Bob and Yesss. Bob and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.

Post

For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.

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Population
1,691,468
Local name
Wien
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 48.209206
  • Longitude: 16.372778

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