Stroll through the Innere Stadt (inner city) and the MuseumsQuartier (museum quarter) and marvel at the many things to see and do. Austria’s capital city, Vienna (Wien) has been repeatedly voted Mercer’s ‘Most livable city in the world’ – most recently, in 2010. Spend a few days here, and you’ll have no doubt as to why.
Meet the Habsburgs
The Habsburgs ruled Vienna for more than 600 years, so naturally, they left a lasting impression on Vienna. Tour the primary landmarks of their dynasty. Experience the 12th century St. Stephen’s Cathedral (be sure to climb to the tower-keeper’s quarters, which offers a stunning view of the city), the Imperial Burial Vault where 147 Habsburgs rest, the Church of the Augustinian Friars, and of course, Vienna Imperial Palace (Hofburg).
The MuseumsQuartier, in the heart of Vienna, is one of the top 10 cultural districts in the world. This complex offers a mix of baroque buildings and new architecture, and is home to festivals, massive museums, cultural facilities and more. Don’t miss the Albertina, with its collection of everything from impressionist to modern to pop art. The Leopold Museum is Vienna’s best collection of art nouveau and expressionism.
Feel like royalty
Each of the palaces in Vienna tells a story. The Schönbrunn Palace with its park, zoo, fountains, statues and breathtaking architectural features, is one of the most important monuments in the country. Belvedere Palace is a popular location for weddings, given its décor, which is straight out of a fairy tale. You can even tour the Habsburg’s Imperial Apartments, the actual living quarters of the famous family.
When we tell you that Vienna is green, we’re really not kidding. More than 2,000 parks are to be found here, and all of the accommodations to go with them. Don’t miss Prater, and it’s 250 attractions, including roller coasters, games and 60 cafés and restaurants. Looking for something a little more ‘earthy’? Try the Augarten, the Gardens of Schönbrunn Palace or the jungle-like Lobau water forest, one of the last remaining wetlands in central Europe.