A holiday in Vienna, capital of Austria, is an experience which is historical yet offers glimpses of a modern and vibrant city.
Long known for its wonderful buildings, gorgeous squares, completely over the top Baroque interiors and intricate facades, it is not hard to imagine Vienna as the home of the Hapsburg Dynasty. Also the city of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Haydn, to name a few, the musical influence that Vienna wields is world renowned and the ultimate treat is a trip to the Viennese Opera.
However, don't be fooled that Vienna is all about dusty history and lovely architecture, the lively cafe culture which spills onto the streets gives the city its natural pulse. Atmospheric coffee houses, complete with old-fashioned, polished waiters are everywhere and a frothy cappuchino and a slice of sachertorte is a must for the busy sightseer!
Vienna is beautifully planned and laid out with many green spaces and parkland, with the romantic Danube flowing close to the historic centre. Definitely a city for walkers, Vienna is easily managed on foot and is well worth a few days of delightful exploration.
Winter is a wonderful time to visit, with Christmas markets appearing across the city. The scent of pine trees in the air, the crisp white snow and sweet mulled wine do wonders to put you in the festive mood.
Flanked by Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, this is a capital city that can hold its own amongst the best in Europe.