Take a musical and cultural odyssey into the capital of Austria, also known as the birthplace of Mozart and the home of 'apfelstrudel'. With an omnipresent coffee culture and endlessly romantic streets, it won't take long to feel at home in picturesque Vienna. Venture to the neo-renaissance opera house to admire one of the 350 world class ballet performances held here every year, before considering gothic architecture and coloured tiles at St Stephen's Cathedral. After all that culture you can delight your inner-child with a ride on the Wiener Riesenrad giant Ferris wheel, and assess your own weirdness at the Sigmund Freud Museum. The association to Austria might automatically be the Sound of Music, but visitors will soon realise this country and its capital has so much more to offer.
The decedent chocolate cake of Sachertorte - first made for Swedish royalty - is one such feature of the country you're sure to fall in love with, and of course there's the simple dish of wiener schnitzel featuring veal served with potato that visitors always adore. Vienna is also home to one of the world's oldest zoos, running since 1752, which isn’t just worth visiting for animal-lovers, as it sits on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace. If your trip to Vienna falls over May and June you may be charmed by the 6-week Vienna Festival, a calendar of events featuring music, theatre, performance and dance. Summer or winter, day or night, Vienna will deliver an abundance of enjoyment, offering a window into the uniquely Austrian way of life.
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Dialing Code: +43
Time Zone: (GMT +01:00 / CEST)
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