Vienna

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Overview

There is something extravagant about Vienna. From the Viennese waltz, the famous Viennese Sacher Torte to the large Imperial Palaces that appear across the city landscape, Vienna is urban seduction. The dizzy heights of the Prater’s Ferris wheel give way to the Ottoman charm of the Viennese Kaffeehaus, the Viennese urban farmers markets that eclipse every city square, concert halls and opera houses hidden in places where one least expects them, juxtaposed against the pomp and ceremony of the Spanish Riding School and its Lipizzaner horses – Vienna, the Austrian capital & the “City of Music”,  oozes flamboyant sophistication, mystery, elegance, and tradition.

Vienna’s old town (known as the1st District) is designated as a UNESCO world heritage site and much of it has been left intact. Classic, Medieval, and Baroque architecture can be found throughout the city and you can experience its magnificence walking through the cobblestone streets between Hapsburg Imperial sites that showcase the power that this city once held. Make a stop at the Hofburg, the Hapsburg Imperial Winter Palace (the largest palace complex structure in the world), which was the former governmental center of the Hapsburg Austro-Hungarian Empire. You can see these imperial rooms and stop at the Royal Apartments, where Sisi once lived. If you are music and opera lovers, you may stop at the Musikhaus, Mozart House and Beethoven house, which are now museums dedicated to the many famous musicians that have lived there. If you are also interested in psychopathology, the father: Sigmund Freud, is from Vienna and you can visit his apartment located in the city center.

Vienna is the only city in the world where cuisine is named after the city, Viennese cuisine. Explore this wonderful city and hear the stories that make it so special with Exeter International’s seasoned guides.

For custom luxury travel and tours to Vienna and Austria, please contact one of our travel experts.

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Best time To Go

Vienna has an oceanic climate with July and August, being the warmest months of the year. There is much to do in the Austrian capital city all year round. This city has been voted the #1 livable city in the world for 10 years running.

April through May is a perfect time to visit with the start of spring with flower blossoms in the lovely imperial gardens that are found behind palaces and public parks throughout the city. You will evade the peak of tourist and tour buses that pass through connecting Prague, Bratislava, and Munich at this time. Also, expect the temperature to range in the 50s -60s Fahrenheit.

June to August is the peak season for hotels and tour buses passing though this historical city. The weather is warm and very sunny during this time and many festivals take place. For example: The Danube Island Festival, ImPulsTanz Festival. The Danube Island festival is dedicated entirely to music and the ImPulsTanz Festival is the Vienna International Dance Festival that annually takes place.

From September through October, this is a good time to visit as well because the temperature cooling off once again and the tour groups that you would normally find in the high season will have gone home. If you also like Oktoberfest and want to miss the crowded street of Munich, the Wiener Wiesn-Fest (Vienna’s Oktoberfest) will be taking place during this time and you may walk the Vienna vineyards found in the city limits.

In December, in honor of Christmas, Vienna becomes a Christmas market paradise. The streets are filled with lights, Christmas trees, Christmas décor and market stands can be found throughout. One can enjoy the mulled wine and shop for handcrafted Christmas items to décor your home. Viennese are known to go to these markets daily. Christmas markets are a staple of Viennese culture.

Insider's Guide

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A city of music, even the peels of the bell at St. Stephen’s Cathedral chime resonantly across the city. Discover its incredible musical heritage from behind-the-scenes with our Exeter International Extraordinary Experiences such as prime seats to a performance by the Vienna Boys Choir, a backstage tour of the historic State Opera, or a private waltz dancing lesson.

You will also discover that Vienna is paradise for art and architecture enthusiasts with its exquisite palaces like Schönbrunn and Belvedere and museums like the Kunsthistorisches. If you want to get an up close and personal experience with the architecture, go on a rooftop walk of the St. Stephan’s Cathedral built in the 14th century. And of the Spanish Riding School.

Want to explore Viennese cuisine? Go on a private food safari and visit all the local market hotspots and try it. If you want to learn how to cook/bake Viennese cuisine, a private chef will teach you every step where you can make the same food that you find in this great city in your own kitchen at home.

For those who want to experience a slice of imperial history, the New Year’s Eve Kaiser Ball at the Hofburg Palace or the New Year’s Day concert at the Musikverein is the fairy tale experience of a lifetime.

Discover the wonders of one of Europe’s finest capitals of culture with Exeter International.

How to travel to Austria

Customized Travel

Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel to Vienna, Austria based on your exact preferences and interests. Austria can be a country specific destination and it can be combined with other Central European nations, especially along the Danube river. Also, because of its superb highway network and country location, you can combine Vienna with Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia.

Shore Excursion

If you are on a Danube River cruise, and in the port of Vienna, we can arrange numerous private shore excursion with your own Exeter hand-picked private guide. Our private shore excursion ensure that you will receive, not only the best experience possible, but a personalized excursion throughout your stay at port while in Vienna, Austria.

White-Glove Self-Drive

Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself and discovering small towns and villages throughout the Austrian countryside and Vienna is the ideal self-drive destination.  Our self-drive programs allow you to do just that with the help of a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24-hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace, and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!

Unmissable

Take a walk through the old city center, 1st District of Vienna, to learn about the old imperial life and history of the city. You will first stop at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its unusual color ceramic tile roof. With your guide, you will get a tour of the interior and if you have the energy, you can climb the steeple staircase to get a spectacular view of the city. Next, you will head to the Capuchin Church to see the imperial crypt of the Hapsburg family. Your guide will discuss with you the history of the family dynasty that ruled this large empire for generations till is collapse in 1918.  Also, you will stop at the Hofburg Palace complex, which is the largest palace complex in the world. View the lavish private quarters of Franz Joseph and Sisi from the 18th and 19th century. A few rooms are dedicated to the Austrian Princess Diana, Sisi, and you can learn all about her. Vienna is known for its coffeehouse culture and your guide will take you to some of the famous establishments, including the one where Sigmund Freud, Trotsky, Tito, Stalin, Mozart, and Beethoven were known to frequent. 

Inside Track  

Read Gwen Kozlowski’s Insider Guide to the Austria, which includes: Vienna, Salzburg, and the Danube River, and get in touch with us to help you plan your trip.  

Dine with the Locals

Vienna’s restaurant scene is buzzing with locals and tourist alike all year round. Many Michelin star restaurants can be found throughout the city ranging from many different styles of cuisine.  One of our favorite restaurants is in the heart of Vienna and in walking distance to many of the hotels that we recommend. It is called Steirereck and it has two Michelin stars. This restaurant has been ranked as a top 50 restaurant in the world and it the pinnacle of Austrian fine dining. This restaurant strives to combine modern cooking techniques with traditional Viennese cuisine. If you ever wanted to experience the Steirereck fine dining experience, a reservation must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

Ultimate Souvenir  

Want to get the ultimate souvenirs to remember your time in the former Hapsburg Imperial city of Vienna? You must take home some of the famous Sacher Torte, an imperial favorite, that is still baked at the Sacher hotel located in the 1st district next to the Opera House. Locals and tourist alike go to the Café Sacher to get a cup of coffee and a slice of the Sacher Torte. Also, Vienna is the home of the snow globe. The snow globe was invented in Vienna in the year 1905 and there is a museum today that you can visit. You can find snow globes throughout the city as memorabilia for your time in Vienna.

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