Vienna is arguably one of the most culturally-rich, historically-significant and photogenic cities in Europe, making it a truly unique and magical city-break destination. Locals and visitors alike are continuously drawn to the high standard of living provided by Austria’s capital through its beautiful surroundings, metropolitan atmosphere and dynamic contemporary culture. One of the first things visitors notice upon entering the city is the strikingly beautiful and singular architecture, especially in the historic city centre, which has deservedly been granted a UNESCO World Heritage List status. Vienna’s complex past has noticeably shaped the face of the city and the architecture, as well as the culture, is a reflection of this. Making a particularly significant impact was the centuries-long period of time that Vienna hosted the Habsburg court, first for the Holy Roman Empire, then the Austrian and finally the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The facades of nearly every building are intricately and expertly designed, making it hard not to take a postcard-worthy photograph, no matter the time of year or hour of day. Save money on your next trip to Vienna by booking a secret hot rate hotel – search lastminute.com’s selection by clicking the button to the left.
Vienna isn’t just a pretty face however, it also boats a vast number and variety of attractions and places of interest. Experience true local cuisine in the capital’s most famous market, Naschmarkt, as well as sample some international flavours such as mango lassi and falafel. This bustling farmers market is also the site for numerous food, vintage and antique stalls which makes for an relaxed weekend activity. Don’t leave town without having tried the renowned Tirolean drink, Hugo. Made famous originally in the Alps, Vienna adopted the refreshing beverage, made from prosecco, elderflower and cordial, and it is now a firm favourite in all of the bars lining the Danube Canal.
Head over to the hip and trendy Freihausviertel neighbourhood, where you can sit out until the small hours in one of the many bars, cafés and restaurants and enjoy good food, drink and conversation. This is the place to see a different side of Vienna, not so heavily rooted in the past and instead with a more vibrant, younger essence; filled with electronic DJs, independent record stores, and innovative chefs.
Art enthusiasts will enjoy trips to the many museums and galleries scattered around the city, but especially those concentrated in the Museumsquartier where standout institutions such as the Mumok reside. The building itself, housing this modern art museum is a far cry from the traditional edifices found in the historic centre, and its highly contemporary appearance is a representation of the genre of works found inside.
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