Don't miss these much-loved Viennese classics
Family fun in Vienna
All ages edutainment opportunities abound
Get to know The Imperial City
As the HQ of the Habsburgs, Vienna has a glorious imperial past
Planning your Vienna visit
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Vienna's got a great public transport network. In fact, 53% of Viennese workers travel to work by public transport. Wiener Linien operates five underground lines, 29 tram and 90 bus lines. Fares within the city cover all modes of transit, and are available for various durations, (24 hours, 48 hours, etc). Tickets are available at machines in most underground stations or at tobacconists. You can also buy tickets on the bus or tram (which cost €.10 more than from the machines - €2.30 per ticket). There are no ticket barriers or inspections when entering public transit system, but plainclothes inspectors conduct random ticket checks.
The Habsburgs were one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. In fact, they occupied the throne of the Holy Roman Empire continuously for more than 300 years (between 1438 and 1740). That means the Habsburgs held authority over the largest realm in Europe during the Renaissance, and they ruled from right here in Vienna. Their power and influence lasted until the end of WWI, when Emperor Charles I abdicated the throne (though not the hereditary titles for him and his family). Since then, Habsburgs have been carrying on in the upper echelons of European society and building business (instead of political) empires.
Viennese cuisine is known for two dishes: Wiener schnitzel (a thin, pan-fried veal cutlet), and Sachertorte (a dense chocolate cake made with apricot jam). But don’t limit your Viennese culinary exploits to these two items; there are other rich and delicious foods that Vienna should be known for. Including sausages from the ubiquitous würstelstands (try the Käsekrainer – a deliciously cheesetastic health scare in a bun). If you’re looking for something healthier, Tongues, a deli and record store in the MuseumQuartier, turns unsold organic produce into wholesome lunches, sold at remarkably low prices. Naturally, there's often a line. Theobaldgasse 16
What to do in Vienna for 3 days
Hit the high notes
As the home of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna was the epicenter of power and all its trappings. That legacy remains in the form of sachertorte, Baroque buildings, and opera. The iconic Vienna State Opera (German: Wiener Staatsoper) is the busiest opera house in the world. But just around the corner, in the Stadtpark, is perhaps the best place in the city to catch a concert. The Kursalon. In 1868 Johann Strauss gave his first concert there, and it was such a success that it has remained a concert venue ever since. Throughout the summer, the Kursalon hosts concerts of music by Strauss and the other Viennese golden boy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. As you make your way inside look for the gilded statue of Strauss himself.
Royal dynasties didn’t come much grander than the heavyweight Habsburgs. Need proof? The opulent Schönbrunn Palace was initially envisioned as a hunting lodge. They must have had a completely different definition of the word 'lodge'. Any way you look at it it's a spectacular place to visit. With over 1400 rooms in the palace (40 of which are open to the public, and vast UNESCO Heritage-protected gardens - plus a labyrinth), it's no surprise that it's Vienna's most popular tourist attraction. The Imperial Carriage Museum and the Tiergarten are also both onsite here, offering a wide array of activities. A day here is a day spent basking in the warmth of the Austrian sun (and the former glory of the once-mighty Habsburgs).
Travel through time
Vienna's got a lot of history to get your mind around. At Time Travel Vienna there's 1,300 m2 of space to accommodate your family's time traveling adventures. In just one hour you'll get to know this fascinating city - right back to its foundations as the Roman camp Vindobona. Led by a real tour guide, each trip offers fact-based insights into the city that was the home of the Holy Roman Emperor for more than 300 years and that played a key role in the outbreak of WWI. Plus, it's an actual 400-year-old monastery.
Home of The Third Man
With sharp cinematography, outstanding acting, and a unique zither-centric score, this 1949 British film noir is considered one of the greatest films of all time. The action unfolds in Vienna. Now that you're here, make like the film's protagonists Holly Martins and Harry Lime (played by Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles) and take a ride on the 19th-century Riesenrad (Ferris wheel) in the Prater amusement park. It’s the only remaining work of engineer Walter Basset (who also built wheels for Blackpool, London and Paris).