|When foreigners visit Vienna, they usually start
by the Hofburg. It is over 600 years old and belonged to the
famous Austrian King family, the Habsburger. They were also the
ones that created the spectacular Stephansdom, a cathedral in
gothic style, 219 feet tall and the emblem of Vienna.
A little further outside, Vienna has two of the most beautiful
buildings Europe has to offer: the Castle Schönbrunn and
the Palace of Belvedere. Emperor Franz Joseph I had a street
built in order to connect the city (Stephansdom, Hofburg) with
the castles (Schönbrunn and Belvedere) lying further in
the country side. That famous street is called Ringstrasse and
on its side are the most important and impressive buildings of
Vienna: the Opera, museums, the Parliament, the City Hall, the
Burgtheater, and also the University.
Vienna is called the world capital of music and it deserves it.
Famous composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and the king of valse,
Johann Strauss, lived in Vienna and found their last peace at
the Central Cemetery. Their symphonies are played everyday in
the state opera and the “Volksoper” (public opera),
in churches, at balls, in Hofburg, the coffee houses, and the
For those who want to see Vienna without walking, there is a
special attraction. The Fiakers, old-fashioned sleighs carried
by two horses. The drivers are charming old Austrian men and
the sight-seeing tour develops into a show.
For those who are not so familiar with horses, there is the possibility
to travel on the public transportation system. Vienna has one
of the best transportation systems in Europe. The subways and
trams run until 12.30 p.m., and there are also buses, called
The Nightline, that come every 20 minutes. They go the same direction
as the subways and trams until 5.30 a.m., and then subways and
trams run again.
The coffee houses are cultural attractions. Some of them, like
the Café in Schönbrunn, Café Weimar by Volksoper,
or Café Central have the same flair they did 300 years
ago. These coffee houses are famous for their Sachertorte, the
Austrian chocolate cake. The coffee houses of Vienna are traditional;
musicians, architects, and artists sat there for hours and chatted.
That is what the Viennese still do today.
Vienna has a lot of great shopping streets. There are no malls
or big shopping centers, but there are a lot of big and small
shops alongside Mariahilfer Street or Kärnter Street next
to Stephansdom. There are hundreds of different stores, everybody
can find what they want, need, or desire. The difference between
Mariahilfer Street and Kärnter Street is that Kärnter
Street is more sophisticated. The cafés are a little more
expensive and Mariahilfer Street has a bigger range of products,
also there are a lot of little side streets that have special
The best and cheapest place to have dinner in Vienna is called
Centimeter, with five restaurants. This traditional Viennese
restaurant offers huge meals like “Wiener Schnitzel,” four-foot-long
sausages, or a special chili con carne. For those who go in a
group, it’s best to have the five-foot butt beer and the
wheelbarrow full of food, including steak, schnitzel, pasta,
fries, salad, and much more. Reservations are recommended though,
because Centimeter is always full, which contributes to a great
The night life is vast in Vienna. Apart from the cultural attractions
like opera, cabaret, theatre, and ballet, young people will find
Vienna exciting. Traditional bars, student bars, Irish pubs,
and sophisticated bars should be just the beginning of the evening.
The most famous place in Vienna is in the center, the Bermuda
Triangle. The name describes the location perfectly. It is located
at Sweden Place, and consists of about 30 clubs and bars, one
next to the other. It is said, that once someone submerges in
the Bermuda triangle, they disappear, and when they emerge, that
person usually does not remember anything. Apart from that, there
are a lot of other clubs one should try out when visiting Vienna.
Flex is famous for its drum’n bass concerts, Soho is a
famous student club, B72 for its international artist concerts
and Volksgarten, U4, and Passage are the most famous clubs in
Vienna. There are also various karaoke bars that are a lot of
All in all, Vienna is an exciting city day and night. It includes
historic art, architecture, and music from centuries ago, has
an original flair and can satisfy everybody’s desires.
No matter what season, Vienna is always an unforgettable adventure.