Welcome to Vienna

The Austrian capital has witnessed conflict and empire, as well as renaissance and revival. As the birthplace (or workplace) to some of the world’s most celebrated composers of classical music, this regal city has seen a flourishing of the arts, in various stages, for years, under the careful watch of the Hapsburg Dynasty and the ruling monarchs. Unfortunately, Vienna has also played host to a massive amount of destruction, as many a war has passed through her grand boulevards.

Situated in central Europe, at a crossroads of cultures and people, Vienna is a metropolis entrenched in history. It often seems that even the bricks and stones comprising the majestic buildings and streets have a story to tell.

Churches, cathedrals, museums and wide boulevards greet visitors in the historic centre, a place that still emits Vienna’s royal splendour. The architects commissioned by various emperors and empresses over the centuries have constructed an awe-inspiring façade for the city. With impressive sites such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the sprawling Schönbrunn Palace and St. Stephan's Cathedral, as well as large parks and canal side locations, Vienna offers visitors a window into the regions stately past. And with the State Opera, the Spanish Riding School, and an amazing amount of restaurants, bars and clubs, there’s plenty to do and behold. Vienna, rich in culture and tradition, will leave a mark on any visitor who has come to explore the city’s imperial treasures.

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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in Austria:
    about 8,2 million
  • Inhabitants in Vienna:
    about 1,65 million
  • Official language
  • Currency
  • Time zone
  • Emergency number
    144 (ambulance), 122 (Fire), 133 (Police)
  • Constitution
    Federal Republic
  • Country phone code
  • Country code
    AT, AUT
  • Local transportation
    Bus, Tram, Subway, Train