A Quick Guide to Vienna

Posted by Brian Corbett on 12 June 2017



Not only is Vienna the capital of Austria, but it is also the unrivalled cultural hub of all things Austrian: cafe culture, a dedication to the Opera, impressive art collections, and stunning architecture. It is perhaps little surprise that the historic centre of Vienna has been UNESCO World Heritage Listed, given its unique insight into imperialism throughout the various empires.

A Quick Guide to Vienna

Prior to Arrival

As Austria is a part of the EU, arriving in Vienna from other EU countries is seamless. It is helpful to note that the Vienna train stations (there are a few) start with their German name "Wien", which should be useful when searching for train tickets! If you're visiting Vienna as part of a larger European trip, some great connections with ICE (High Speed Trains) include Munich, Prague, Budapest, and Zurich. If intending to fly into Austria, Austrian Airlines offer the best international connections.

On Arrival

If arriving by air, the cheapest transport to the city is by S-Bahn (rail) for €4 one way, however does require some connections. Another option is the City Airport Train, which will take you direct to Wien Mitte (central) in 16 minutes for €11 euros one way; €17 round-trip.

Getting Around

Vienna is incredibly large with many points of interest at different sides of the city. Thus, the best mode of transport is public, which includes trains, subway, trams, and buses. The most common of these for visitors is the U-Bahn which provides great connections throughout the city. Vienna is also very pleasant to walk around in the warmer months but expect to walk some distances!

Getting By

The official dialect of Austria is German, but many in the tourism industry are also fluent in English so it is quite an easy city to visit as a foreigner. Perhaps the best idea as a visitor is to memorise a few German phrases to help get you by!

What to See

Imperial Vienna is fascinating and there are so many wonderful displays of architecture to enjoy. Be sure not to miss Stephansdom (St. Stephen's Cathedral); Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts); The Belvedere (home to The Kiss by Gustav Klimt); Hundertwasserhaus (apartment block by Hundertwasser; Schonbrunn Palace; Hofburg Palace; and the Vienna State Opera House.

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