The Vibrant Views Of Vienna
For a charming and cultural flavour to your getaway, choose Vienna for your next city break. The capital of Austria has classic baroque buildings, elegant gardens and art from both the 19th and 20th centuries. You will feel relaxed and at home among the cosy coffee house culture in the city of music, complete with historical artefacts and orchestral symphonies.
Before you plan your trip make sure you have a valid European Health Insurance Card to ensure that you’re covered for any eventuality. Providing your passport is valid too, you are then ready to book your dream holiday to the Austrian capital.
Over 60,000 metres square, the Museumsquartier is among the largest cultural areas in the world and is home to a wide collection of museums, cafés restaurants and bars all inside renovated imperial stables that were originally designed by Fischer von Erlach. Within this are beats the heart of Viennese culture and is the ideal spot to relax with friends and families either during the day or warm evenings. The area is often used for exhibition space and regularly hosts the Viennale film festival.
St Stephen’s Cathedral, affectionately known as Steffi (Little Stephen) to the locals, Stephansdom is a gothic masterpiece and the pride and joy of Vienna. Originally built in the 12th century the church has a beautiful tiled roof with stunning row of chevrons and an Austrian eagle. When you visit, look closely at the pulpit’s hand railing which is detailed with salamanders and toads fighting a never ending battle of good versus evil along the entire length.
Built in 1897 by Walter B Basset, the Riesenrad is a towering Ferris wheel that rises to 65m high. This landmark famously survived bombing in 1945 and today is open for the public to enjoy, a full rotation takes 20 minutes and provides you with some fantastic views from the top that are great for photo opportunities.
Home to the Habsburg dynasty between 1273 and 1918, Hofburg palace now houses the Austrian president’s offices along with a raft of museums. The oldest section is the Swiss courtyard, built in the 13th century and the base for the Swiss guards who protected the precincts, while the Renaissance Swiss gate dates back to 1553. The Hofburg continuously became bigger and grander with each new ruler as they ordered for a new section to be added in a long running game of one-upmanship.