Need to Know…Vienna

The capital of Austria, Vienna is known as ‘the Musical City’ thanks to composers such as Mozart and Beethoven who lived here. I’ve long been a fan of the city since learning how delicious Viennese Whirls are as a child. Whether you’re after culture, delicious food, or a city break with a difference, here’s all you need to know about Vienna.

Vital Statistics


Flying Time: 2h 30 – 3h nonstop

Language: German (with their own twist on the pronunciation)

Currency: Euros

Average price for a beer: €3 in a bar

Average price for a two course dinner: €20 with soft drinks

Why are we talking about Vienna?

Alfred Wiedinger
Vienna State Ballet perform in front of “The Kiss”

It’s one of THE city break destinations of 2012! And since we’re coming up to autumn, which is the perfect time for city breaks, it’s high time you consider a holiday here! Plus, Vienna is putting on a show all year as it’s the 150th “birthday” of Gustav Klimt, famous for paintings like The Kiss.

What to See in Vienna

Hundertwasser House

Vienna’s centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so you can be sure that everywhere you turn you will be faced with some impressive sights.  You won’t want to miss the imposing gothic cathedral, Stephansdom, nor will you be able to! Take a tour of Hofburg, the stronghold-palace that dates back to 1533 and get all whimsical with a trip to the multi-coloured building of Hundertwasser House.

What to Eat in Vienna

Caramelised pancake pieces

Wiener Schnitzel is probably the most famous export after those Viennese whirls I was talking about earlier, and is a breadcrumbed veal fillet. You must also try Tafelspitz, which is a boiled beef dish. It is visitors with a sweet tooth who will be in heaven though, with Apfelstrudel (apple strudel), Sachertorte from Hotel Sacher where this famous chocolate cake was invented, and Kaiserschmarrn, a delightful treat made up of caramelised pancake pieces and fruit compote.

Events this year in Vienna

Viennese Ballroom

The celebrations of Klimt’s work are going on all year, with exhibits at a range of museums across the city – so there’s sure to be one when you want to go! If you can, visit during the ball season which runs all winter, so you can soak up the wonderful costumes and elegant venues. And from May to December you can catch the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra perform some of the most famous pieces of music to come out of the city. Let’s just say that’s an impressive choice!

Read more about Vienna here, and book your city break here. Alternatively, sort out your flight and hotel separately.