If you like coffee house culture, fancy buildings and classical music, city breaks to Vienna will knock your socks off.

City breaks to Vienna

Vienna’s Austria’s capital city – you’ll find it in the east of the country, straddling the Danube River. City breaks here are a smorgasbord of classical music, posh palaces and cutesy coffee houses. Things are pretty scenic on the outskirts, too – the city’s hugged by about 700 hectares of tumbling green vineyards.

The City of Music

A whopping line-up of famous classical musicians have called Vienna home over the years, including Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms. And this style of music’s still top dog around here – performances from the likes of the Philharmonic Orchestra play out in concert halls all over the city. Thanks to this, it’s been dubbed the City of Music.

Royal residences

Vienna’s home to a couple of fancy palaces – Schonbrunn Palace, on the outskirts of the city, and Hofburg Imperial Palace, in the centre. The former was once the summer residence of the Austrian royal family, and the latter is where the current president lives. Both show off posh facades and snazzy interiors, so they’re well worth a nosey around.

At a Glance

  • Gawp at the Baroque-style Schonbrunn Palace
  • Cosy up with an apfelstrudel in a coffee house
  • Go window shopping in the fancy-pants Goldenes Quarter

Best time to go to Vienna

Vienna’s weather flips from season to season. In summer, you can expect balmy temps and a fair bit of rain. In winter, snow’s common, and you’ll need to layer up if you want to stay warm and toasty. As for spring and autumn, the weather’s mild and there’s not a lot of rain, so these seasons are popular times of year to visit the city.

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