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Travel Tips to Vienna (VIE)
Vienna - Experience the highest quality of life in Austria’s capital
The capital of Austria, Vienna, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire has developed from its Celtic and Roman roots into a central location of European culture. A flight to Vienna will bring you to the heavenly city on the Danube, which isn’t just visible in the historical monuments, but also in its modern big-city flair. The former imperial city is a popular destination for tourists of all ages and has a host of exciting attractions in store for you.
The best travel tips for Vienna
- Take a walk through the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens and allow yourself to be amazed by the Baroque palace and its surroundings.
- Enjoy a performance at the Vienna State Opera, a beautiful opera house that represents the artistic side of the city.
- Go shopping at the Naschmarks, one of the biggest open-air markets in Europe; here, you can find a wide selection of Austrian specialties.
Vienna’s best sides
The people of Vienna have been perfecting the art of the coffee house since the late seventeenth century so that you may enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in a very comfortable setting. If you book a flight to Vienna, you can also look forward to tasting the traditional wiener sausages from one of the many food stalls lining the streets.
Plan your vacation to Vienna
The peak season lasts the whole summer, so it’s easier to find cheap flights when the temperatures have dropped a little. You can also find affordable hotels in winter, but you can certainly still enjoy the countless festivities and Christmas markets in December that attract a lot of visitors. When you fly to Vienna with FlyDoha and land at Vienna Airport, you can look forward to excellent service and other amenities both on board and at the airport.
The unmissable sights of Vienna
Discover the St. Stephan’s Cathedral up close
The gigantic building, whose windows alone are reminiscent of the Middle Ages, is remarkable even from afar thanks to its interestingly-patterned roof and four towers. Unfortunately, the North Tower remains incomplete to this day. However, you can also ascend the 136-meter-tall South Tower with its 343 steps and enjoy a phenomenal view of Vienna from the tower room. This cathedral is located right on Stephansplatz, which is surrounded by a multitude of cozy cafés and restaurants. If you like, you can borrow a bike to go sightseeing with from the centrally-situated Citybike stations. The first hour of use is free of charge.
Ferris Wheel and more at the Prater
If you fly to Vienna, you can’t miss out on visiting the Prater. The Ferris Wheel is located in the amusement park within the Prater park. It is open all year round and is one of the most visited attractions in the city. The nostalgic entrance area alone allows visitors to time travel back to 1900. Right next to the Ferris Wheel, you will find waxworks by Madame Tussaud’s, which include a lot of familiar faces. In addition to actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman, you can also find true-to-life depictions of Emperor Franz Joseph and his daughter, Sisi. After that, take a walk through the attractively designed park or take a look at the Zeiss Planetarium, just across from the Ferris Wheel.
Vienna - the charming metropolis at the heart of Europe: Insider Tips
Vienna is associated with waltzes, a coffee house atmosphere and its sophisticated way of life. The city’s historic attractions are world-famous and attract countless tourists to Vienna every year. In addition to the usual sights, those in the know can also enjoy many opportunities to experience the most beautiful sides of Vienna from a different perspective. Go on a journey of discovery and enjoy the unique charm of the country and its people.
Experience Vienna from the rooftops
This hip bar is located on the top floor of the 25hours Hotel. An illustrious clientele of young visitors and a sophisticated ambience ensure an enjoyable evening. Enjoy the music and great drinks with a fantastic view of the city. From the terrace, you have a picturesque panoramic view of the neighboring palace and museums. Dance the night away and enjoy the exciting combination of a bar and a café.
Historical technology in the Vienna Water Tower
The Favoriten Water Tower in Vienna is an impressive and historic construction from the time of industrialization. Its distinctive shape can be recognized from afar and cleverly hides the construction’s original function behind a wonderfully designed facade. Today, the tower is home to exhibitions and cultural events. Its interior includes a gradually-inclined ramp that leads up to the main water tank at a height of 25 meters. On the way up, you can marvel at artworks and architecture. There are stairs leading even further up to a observation deck. Regular events on the subject of water serve to remind visitors of the tower’s original function.
Figlmüller - Dining with tradition
You should definitely not miss out on the famous Figlmüller Schnitzel. It is prepared using the finest cuts of pork. The special preparation and seasoning gives this Schnitzel its incomparable taste and portion size according to a recipe from 1905. You can enjoy delicious potato salad, wine from the house vineyards and many other treats in a cozy, stylish atmosphere. You can find this refined quality in several bars and restaurants throughout the city. The restaurant was originally located at Wollzeile.
A culinary tour of Vienna: Restaurant tips
Vienna is one of the cities with the highest quality of life in Europe. This is also tangible to visitors who spend some time in the city on the Danube during their vacation or business trip. The unique combination of culture, history and modernity attracts countless visitors to the city each year. Marvel at the magnificent architecture. Be inspired by contemporary art. Enjoy the excellent Austrian cuisine. Pass the time at your leisure in one of the city’s many hospitable restaurants, cafés or beer gardens.
The Donauturm Restaurant - High above the city
The Restaurant Donauturm (in the Danube Tower) offers you a fantastic view of the entire city. The panoramic view of the varied landscape with a river and mountains in the background presents Vienna from its best angle. You can order top-class Austrian specialties from the restaurant. Refined starters, opulent entrées and tantalizing desserts make visiting this restaurant an epicurean experience. The influences from Italian and international cuisine are skillfully integrated into regional dishes. You can also enjoy the attractive cake selection during the afternoon. They go great with a typical Viennese coffee.
Restaurant im Donauturm - Austrian Cuisine
Donauturmstraße 4, 1220 Vienna
Hours: Daily 11:30am - 3:00pm; 6:00pm - Midnight
Zum Weissen Rauchfangkehrer: The best of Vienna
Delicacies from imperial times: That is how the Weisse Rauchfangkehrer describes its cuisine. In the popular restaurant in the 1st district, you shouldn’t be surprised if you end up sitting next to a local celebrity. Founded in 1848, it is one of the oldest restaurants in Vienna - and one of the most popular, too. Here, you can find typical Austrian classics like beef roulade, Salzburger Nockerln, and Kaiserschmarrn, as well as an excellent wine menu.
Zum Weissen Rauchfangkehrer - Award-Winning Restaurant
Weihburggasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Hours: Mon-Sun 12:00pm - Midnight
Asian fusion bar: Yohm
Sushi, maki and sashimi, sweet-sour-hot soups, Thai curry and noodle dishes: At Yohm, centrally located on Petersplatz in the 1st district, guests can expect creative Asian cuisine with some surprising ingredients. Fans of choice wines will also get their money’s worth here. A tip for insiders is the ‘Rarities’ menu: Here, connoisseurs can find the best selection of wines from 2001 to 2004. There is also a wide selection of sake, tea and beer.
Yohm - Sushi
Petersplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
Hours: Mon-Sat: 12:00pm - Midnight; Sun: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Weibel’s Wirtshaus: typical of Austria, typical of Vienna
A stone’s throw from the St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Weibel’s Wirtshaus is located on Kumpfgasse: Authentic Viennese cuisine and local wines await guests at Weibel’s. One of the specialties: the Wiener Schnitzel, made authentic with veal and served with a potato-cucumber salad. And every good meal needs some accompaniment - the comprehensive wine menu makes this easy. Regional wines such as Grüner Veltiner, Musateller, Chardonnay and Rotgipfler, as well as sparkling wines and a selection of fragrant sweet wines - a good tip for dessert. Book your flights to Vienna with FlyDoha and try out the city’s best bars.
Weibel’s Wirtshaus - traditional Viennese cuisine
Kumpfgasse 2, 1010 Vienna
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am -Midnight
Vier Sinne (four senses) in darkness
At Vier Sinne (four senses), you will dine in complete darkness. Don’t miss out on this remarkable experience. Taste, smell and feel the delightful delicacies, without being distracted by the visuals. Hear how fresh salads crunch when you chew them and experience the fragrances of the meal more intensively. It is particularly popular for company events and family parties. The lack of visual influences subconsciously instills a feeling of togetherness among the participants. The unusual experience is one that the guests won’t be quick to forget. With some fitting music and a dance in the darkness, a dinner for two can have a very romantic ending.
Vier Sinne - Various Cuisine
Huttengasse 83, 1160 Vienna
Hours: Subject to booking
Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald in the Grand Hotel Vienna
The seventh floor of the Grand Hotel Vienna is home to Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald. It offers a spectacular view of the city and exquisite cuisine for even the most refined palate. Guests are offered accommodating service in a romantic setting. They enjoy the artistically-arranged meals, which follow the French art of traditional cuisine. Le Ciel has been awarded several accolades by the Austrian gourmet guide, Gault Millau , and was also given a Michelin star for the first time in 2016. When the weather is nice, you can also dine on the roof terrace. There are also closed-off rooms available for private parties. The dishes and silverware were designed specifically for this restaurant. Experience the unique atmosphere. Book your flight to Vienna now with FlyDoha!
Le Ciel - International Cuisine
Kaerntner Ring 9, 1010 Vienna
Hours: Tue-Sat: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; 7:00pm - Midnight
Vienna Shopping Experiences
In the Vienna Altstadt, known among locals as the “inner city,” you can find extensive and varied options for shopping. Exquisite shops and perfumeries, jewelers and flagship stores for international brands are all lined up in a row in the pedestrian area of Kärntner Straße - Graben - Kohlmarkt. The tasteful shops of the former ‘Purveyors to the Imperial and Royal Court’ can also be found here - from the Lobmeyr glassware store, to the A.E. Köchert jewelry store, to Sacher, where you can still take home an original Sacher cake to this day.
The shopping mile along Mariahilfer Straße is irresistible with its department stores, designer shops and boutiques. The surrounding alleyways are home to original and creative little stores with fresh looks, second-hand items and all kinds of unusual products. The Viennese markets offer a very special experience for connoisseurs, such as the exotic Naschmarkt or the Brunnenmarkt with its multicultural charm. At the Wienzeile (‘Vienna Row’), lined with Art Nouveau buildings, there is a flea market every Saturday with items to delight collectors and curious onlookers.
Vienna - World capital for music
Vienna is considered the global capital city for music. Famous composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss once lived and worked here. Elite musicians love to perform here - at the home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Philharmonic, the waltz and the operetta, the prestigious concert halls and the National Opera, one of the most magnificent opera houses in the world.
Fans of musicals will find something for them in Vienna too: In 2016, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Wizard of Oz drew visitors to the Staatsoper. The Ronacher hosted Evita, and the Raimund Theater was home to the world premiere of the Viennese musical Schikaneder. Friends of pop and rock will also feel right at home in Vienna’s lively club scene. Jazz fans enjoy newcomers from all sub-genres at Porgy & Bess - a club recently named one of the best Jazz clubs in Europe by the Guardian newspaper.
Modern and imperial at the same time
The Emperor Franz Joseph ruled Austria for almost seven decades, and was the last noteworthy ruling monarch in Austria. For people in Vienna, he is and always will be known simply as “the Emperor”. The monarch passed away 100 years ago. Vienna has changed a great deal since then - from the glorious center of the Habsburg Empire to the modern metropolis it is today, where contemporary art in all of its forms can find a home. Follow in the Emperor’s footsteps with a flight to Vienna!
Vienna is both imperial and modern at the same time. This exciting connection is visible above all in the Vienna MuseumsQuartier (MQ). What formerly served as a Baroque stable for the Emperor is today considered to be one of the biggest cultural centers in the world - with changing exhibitions, great events and countless unusual museums, such as the mumok, the Leopold Museum, the Vienna Kunsthalle and the Architekturzentrum Wien, but also the Zoom children’s museum.
There are also countless other hotspots for contemporary art, where the city shows its old and new sides at the same time: At the Belvedere, you can find the 21er Haus or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary by Francesca Habsburg in the Baroque Augarten. A former bread factory is now the breeding ground for the young art scene and its creative projects.
Save with the Vienna Card
The Wien-Karte (Vienna Card) is considered to be Europe’s best city card. It gives you special offers at over 210 attractions and museums, in theaters and for concerts, as well as when shopping or dining, with free U-Bahn, bus and tram travel for 48 or 72 hours - for only 21.90 / 24.90 euros*.
*FlyDoha accepts no liability for the relevance, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information and links provided.
Bar culture and the Viennese charm
A night in Vienna begins in one of the many bars that line the streets of the popular party district. Excellent cocktails and light snacks at special locations with Jazz and Swing music. You must not miss out on the Vienna bar scene.
Relax and enjoy the Chillout Lounge.
Classic cocktails, original creations, Mediterranean appetizers - the Chillout Lounge takes its name seriously and offers all of this in a relaxed and stylish setting. At the popular bar in the 1st Vienna district, you can sit on comfy couches and enjoy one of the 200+ cocktails on offer. Happy Hour is every day from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Tip: Get there early, the bar often fills up.
Very British at Planter’s Club
An institution since 1996: The selection of over 450 single malt whiskies has been attracting Vienna locals for many years now. It is decorated in the style of a British Officers’ Club, and light Jazz and Soul music conjure an incomparable atmosphere. Enjoy exquisite cocktails, fine wines and flavorsome cigars.
Historic bar culture in Kruger’s American Bar
The location that is currently home to Kruger’s American Bar was a hotspot for indulgent Viennese people in the twenties. The bar today is decorated to imitate the style of that time. Cocktails, various types of whiskey, rum and brandy are served in a cozy interior, with Jazz and Swing music in the background. Smokers are drawn to the smoking room to enjoy, for example, an exclusive cigar. Enjoy delicious drinks in a charming atmosphere. Book your flight to Vienna now with FlyDoha!