A guide to Vienna, Austria

About Vienna

Vienna is a city with many facets. The first thing that visitors notice is the striking baroque architecture and its monumental edifices, a testament to the Habsburg dynasty which ruled over the city, however scratching the surface reveals a much younger and more dynamic city, characterised by its developing music and cultural scene. The city is packed with attractions to suit all types of tourists and boasts fifty theatres, four opera houses and one-hundred museums. Those looking for peace and relaxation can take advantage of the abundance of green spaces or venture into the city’s very own National Park, which stretches between Vienna and Bratislava. When is comes to food and drink visitors are not short of options, from the popular coffee-houses to the taverns and restaurants, Vienna has something to suit all budgets.


About Vienna’s Christmas Market

Vienna offers a great selection of Christmas markets during the advent season (19th Nov to 26th Dec). This beautiful Austrian city is home to over ten different Christmas markets each with unique feel. The most popular and largest market is located at the Rathausplatz which boasts skating, a great selection of shops and a large Christmas tree located outside the city hall. Though this market is the biggest it can often get very busy and it’s worth heading off the beaten track and exploring some of the smallest markets, there is a wonderful market outside of Schönbrunn castle; ideal for enjoying a glass of Glühwein on a romantic evening. Vienna really does offer a magical Christmas atmosphere making it ideal for a festive break.

Where to stay: 

The Imperial Hotel in Vienna is a highly regarded architectural landmark which has earned the distinction of being named on the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2002 Gold List. Dating from 1873 the hotel is a prime example of Viennas ringstrasse style. The Hotel Imperial offers 24-hour concierge and butler service, dry cleaning and fitness room. All rooms are ai -conditioned with telephone, minibar and maid service. The Restaurant Imperial offers Austrian specialties and international cuisine. The Cafe Imperial is ideal for a light dinner or simply drinks. The Maria Theresia Bar is a piano bar serving cocktails.

Hotel De France was built in 1872 in an architectural style of Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse. This elegant five star hotel is located in very centre of Vienna within walking distance of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Spanish Riding School. The Hotel De France has 194 comfortable rooms in modern and traditional style, all air-conditioned with key-card system, radio, complimentary use of mini bar, satellite and pay-TV, electronic safe, trouser press and direct -dial telephone and en-suite bathroom with a hairdryer. It also features a limited number of junior suites/maisonettes on the 6th floor. The guests can enjoy International and Viennese specialties at their best at the hotel’s “Bel Etage” restaurant. For light snacks and traditional Viennese pastries the Bistro beckons, and guests are invited to the hotel for a drink and live piano music (evenings only). 

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