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History, culture, and a thriving underground music scene all combine to make Vienna one of the most beautiful and intriguing cities in the world. Vienna is the capital of Austria and a true cultural gem. For centuries, the Habsburgs held court in Vienna and some of that imperial past is still alive today, especially in the dedication of the Viennese to hosting elegant balls.
Vienna is also a city seeped in culture, much of it centred on an obsession with coffee houses. You can’t really say you’ve been to Vienna if you don’t stop for a heart-pounding espresso and slice of sachertorte, an Austrian type of chocolate cake. This city is filled with amazing things to see, which is why Vienna is often described as “an open air museum.” A few sights you’ll want to check off your bucket list include St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Schönbrunn Palace, and the State Opera House. Fill up on the city’s rich artistic history with a visit to at least a few of the many art museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Albertina. Lest you think Vienna is trapped in the past, you’ll find that it has a growing nightlife and thriving music scene, too.
Peak season in Vienna is between June and August when temperatures reach the low 20s and the sun comes out to play. Of course, peak season also means more crowds and higher prices for hotels and tourist activities.Shoulder Season:
Perhaps the best time to buy tickets to Vienna is actually in the spring or fall. The temperatures fall anywhere between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius—slightly cooler than the summer temperatures—but the crowds are usually smaller.Off Season:
As the temperature drops in Vienna, so does the rate of tourism, except for December, when many visitors come to experience the fun Christmas markets, known as “Weihnachtsmarkt.” The true off season for this city is between January and March, when temperatures drop to the single digits and below. This is when you’ll have a better chance of finding cheap flights to Vienna.
Vienna Airport and Transfer Information
Distance: 18.6 km southeast of city centre
Your flight to Vienna will take you just outside the city centre. Once your flight lands, you’ll have several transportation options to arrive at your final destination. Many hotels in the city can arrange for low-cost shuttles. Another option is to take a taxi. You can also take advantage of public trains and buses. The City Airport Train (CAT) runs between central Vienna and the airport, while the Vienna Airport Lines serve the city’s underground railway.