The city of Vienna, Austria was designed to be magnificent showpiece for the wealth of the Habsburg Dynasty, and their legacy is vastly impressive to this day. Brimming with elegant and lavishly decorated monuments, enthralling museums and vast theatres, Vienna makes for a world class cultural holiday of the highest standards, and the thick woodland, huge parks and meandering rivers of the surrounding area mean that there is always somewhere to surround yourself with natural beauty if you would like a break form the bustle of the city for a few hours.
Aside from visiting the famous city of Vienna, Austria when on a holiday to the Vienna region, it is the Danube Valley which really draws the plaudits from travellers. There is some stunning walking to be done through the woodland covered hills which characterise the area. The Wienerwald hikes are particularly good for hikers taking a holiday in Vienna self catering accommodation, taking you through some of the most picturesque spots in the Vienna countryside. There are also some excellent guided tours to do from Vienna apartments in the centre of the town. You can choose a guided tour to which really wet your appetite, as there are over 40 separate tour topics, from Museum masterpieces to traditional architectural tours.
The attractions of the Danube Valley do not stop there. The New Danube is lined with some fantastic little river beaches, which become a real delight during the height of the summer, as locals and tourists alike flock to the banks of the river to swim, windsurf and sail.
Vienna is of Austria’s most cultural hot spots. The theatres, choirs and operas of Vienna are world famous, and you can catch a performance throughout the entire year. Taking a holiday apartment in Vienna is a perfect place for romantic breaks and cultural holidays, but if you would like an evening of more low-brow entertainment, there are some wonderful, traditional Austrian bars in which to have a relaxing evening and a sample of some of Austria’s finest beers.
Many of the famous sights are focussed on one street in Vienna City Centre. Innere Stadt in Vienna City Centre brims with stunning buildings of the most lavish designs. The vast façade of the Hofburg Palace is hugely impressive, but the fascinating Jewish Quarter, the Gothic Stephansdom and the huge range of historic squares of the city centre provide tourists with more sights than you could possibly explore in a single holiday to Vienna.
The Penzing district of Vienna is a fantastic place to take self catering accommodation for a holiday to Vienna. Filled with excellent restaurants, great shopping and some magnificent sights, including the Otto-Wagner Hospital and the Fuchs Mansion, Penzing gives visitors a real taste of Vienna.
The Ottakring district of Vienna, Austria is towards the outskirts of the city, giving those taking a holiday to Vienna the chance to easily explore both the wonders of the city centre and the natural beauty of the Danube Valley.
Vienna, Austria can get quite cold in January, with temperatures averaging between -3°C and 1°C for the month. The area does look absolutely incredible during the winter, and the tourist crowds have completely dispersed. In July and August however, monthly temperatures can average up to 25°C in a warm year, but it is June and September, when the bite has been taken out of the midday heat, that the largest tourist crowds come to marvel at the many stunning sights of the Vienna area.
There are regular flights to Vienna Airport (Flughafen Wien Schwechat Airport) (VIE) direct from England. Although there are not a huge range of flights to Vienna available, both British Airways and easyJetprovide a handful of daily services to Vienna Airport from Heathrow (LHR) and Luton (LTN). Vienna Airport is located just 12 miles from the heart of the city, meaning taxis and busses from the airport are a genuine option. The City Airport Train takes just 16minutes to the centre from Vienna Airport too.