Vienna has 1,7 million inhabitants and is situated on the banks of the Danube. Austria’s capital ranks on top of the most attractive cities world wide.
The feeling of wellbeing enjoyed by locals and tourists has been confirmed repeatedly by leading international studies and city rankings. Vienna is a dream city for anyone with an interest in history. Narrow medieval alleyways and grand boulevards lead to historic sights such as the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), Belvedere Palace, Burgtheater, the Spanish Riding School, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Opera House, Karlskirche, or Schönbrunn Palace. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vienna has been synonymous with music for centuries, and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world‘s top orchestras and the Vienna Boys’ Choir is triumphantly successful wherever it tours. Vienna possesses a lively and vast array of cultural attractions from classical or experimental theatre, film or dance festivals, opera or operetta, as well as exhibitions and concerts. The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the world‘s largest and most distinguished museums housing priceless works of art. Art accompanies you wherever you go in Vienna – even some of its underground stations are listed properties because of their elegant ornamental Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) style designed by Otto Wagner.
Vienna Public Transport
Vienna has an excellent Public Transport System which is very effective and inexpensive. Tickets are available from machines at underground stations (maestro debit cards accepted), at news agent’s, or at Vienna Transport Authority’s ticket offices. Tickets bought in advance are cheaper and must be punched in a blue ticket cancelling machine on the tram or bus, or at the barrier before boarding the underground train.