A holiday in Vienna is the ultimate break for anyone in love with continental Europe. Historic buildings like St Stephen's Cathedral give the streets their unique character, while the Belvedere palace complex houses classic Klimt paintings, including The Kiss. Have a wander through the Old City and enjoy one of the lavish coffeehouses (a far cry from your local Starbucks), and if you really want to take in the whole city then ascend the Donauturm, or Danube Tower, which offers panoramic views. Even if you don't like opera, you've got to see the majestic Vienna State Opera building.
Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and bmi all offer direct flights to Vienna from London Heathrow. Alternatively, you could take an easyJet flight from London Gatwick, while Air Berlin flies out from Edinburgh. You'll arrive at Vienna International Airport, which is situated 18 kilometres from the city itself. There are regular, cheap bus services connecting the airport to Vienna, or you could take the Vienna S-Bahn train. If you want to kick off your Vienna holiday more swiftly, you can also take the more expensive but non-stop City Airport Train.
Getting around during your holiday in Vienna is simple, thanks to the extensive and modern public transport system. The underground, or U-Bahn, offers a very convenient way of getting to various points quickly, while the trams offer a more scenic way of exploring the city. Of course, anywhere as ravishing as Vienna is best seen on foot, so pack some comfy shoes and get ready to meander through some of the most iconic streets in all of Europe.
As with any major city, there are all kinds of hotels in Vienna to choose from, so the best thing to do is have a look online before heading off and picking the type of accommodation that meets your budget. While Vienna has a reputation for being rather more costly than other destinations in Europe, it is still very possible to bag a bargain, especially if you book in advance.
While Vienna may be a grand city full of ornate and over-the-top restaurants and cafes, you don't have to splurge all the time you're here. Why not save a bit of cash and get a proper Austrian experience into the bargain by grabbing dinner from some of the Wurstlstand snack bars which serve up the city's famous sausages and hot dogs. And if you do go to one of the great cafes (and you really should!) don't feel the need to buy more than you need if you want to spend some time there – the culture here is unrushed and relaxed, so just enjoy the surroundings and atmosphere.
Updated 15th May 2013
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posted by yfryerStephansdom is the number one sight to see in Viennaand is incredibly beautiful. It has a very gothic facade with a multi coloured tiled roof. Inside its dripping in sculptures and flourishes. We went to Mass inside the catheral on Sunday morning and though we couldn't understand the sermon, the aco
posted by hkettlewellThis is a small tucked away museum and not somewhere you'd neccessarily go. Its really interesting though and has lots of exhibits about made up languages from the utopian - esperanto, to the bizarre- klingon. There are also great exhibits about the role that individuals, Shakespeare being the most