Vienna is an aristocratic city that exudes an aura of glorious past, mainly because of its architecture that is reminiscent of Paris. The horse-drawn carriages in the center of the city are in favor of this feeling, while traditional cafes will travel you back to the olden days when Freud, Klimt, Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart frequented there.
Like Paris, Vienna is divided into municipal districts with numbers (Gemeindebezirke or Bezirke). The number is also found in the postal code, e.g. 1010 Wien is the first apartment and 1100 Wien the tenth.
According to a survey by Mercer International Business Consulting, Vienna has been ranked for the tenth year as the city with the highest quality of life on a global scale.
The 10 best things to see and do in Vienna
MY TOP 3 INSTAGRAM SPOTS
Accommondation – During my stay in Vienna, I was hosted at a friend’s house. But after some research I have the following hotels to recommend: Ruby Marie in Neubau, one of the best places to stay because it is very close to the center without being accurate. Also Altstadt hotel in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Vienna (Spittelberg).
Transportation -In Vienna you can easily move around by means of transportation that are fast, often and economical. There are many types of day pass tickets, for 24 hours, for 48, for a week etc. Here you can see the tickets and the prices in detail. Please note that children 6 years and under do not pay a ticket.
Since 2003, the Citybike service has been operating in Vienna, offering the possibility of shared bicycles for residents and visitors. After subscribing to the service via your mobile and credit card, pick a bike from the 120 starting stations in the city. (www.citybikewien.at)
By Air: Vienna’s central position in Europe makes it a hub offering optimal transportation connections to the whole world. 205 destinations across 71 countries are regularly served from Vienna by 74 airlines.
The Austrian airline ‘Austrian’ also offers several direct flights a day to the capital city.
The fastest and easiest way to get from Vienna Airport to the city center is by CAT train (City Airport Train). The journey lasts 16 minutes. The simple ticket costs 12€ (11€ online) and the return ticket 21€ (19€ online). The terminal is Wien-Mitte in the city center, from where you can take the metro (U3 & U4 lines). The first departures from the airport are at 6:05 and the last departs at 23:35 approximately every half hour. There is also a cheaper way from the airport to the center, with the S7 train which takes 30 minutes to Wien-Mitte Central Station and costs 4,20€.
Alternatively: You can fly to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, one hour from Vienna. From there you can get FlixBus for Vienna. The ticket costs from €1, depending on the time you choose. Here you can book a ticket.
Vienna Travel Tips
Days Needed: 4-5
Best Season: Christmas Season (November-December) & Spring
Country: Austria (capital city Vienna)
Currency: Euro (in most places accept credit cards)
* The Vienna PASS card offers free admission to Vienna’s more than 60 attractions, including Belvedere and Albertina.
* You can see most of the city’s sights with the Ring Tram Vienna within 30 minutes. Operates daily from 10:00 to 17:30, half-hourly, and guided in 8 languages.