Flights to Vienna (VIE)

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Historically, Vienna has played many parts. It was once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city was home to Freud, Trotsky, Tito, Hitler and Stalin (who all lived in the city at the same time, unaware of one another’s existence and the part they would each play in shaping the century). Later, during the Cold War, it was a playground for spies from both sides of the Iron Curtain. Now, it is home to the largest number of ambassadors, diplomats and political envoys in the world. You can join them with flights to Vienna.

The city exudes a unique Old World imperial charm – its gilt-edged palaces and opera houses epitomising Europe’s pre-World War One excesses. Now they simply lend the city a fairy-tale feel – especially at Christmas when the festive lights are on and the markets are in full swing.

This isn’t to say, however, that visiting Vienna is restricted to winter. It is beautiful in summertime – a season that brings with it plenty of al fresco dining, drinking and festivities. Between May and June, there are plenty of outdoor festivals, which culminate in the annual three-day Donauinselfest – Europe's largest free open-air party.

Vienna’s charm isn’t just limited to its rich history. Today, the Austrian capital is a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub. It is a city of sparkling high-end boutiques, Michelin star restaurants and culture. It is also a hotbed of cutting-edge contemporary art, pop-up restaurants, electronic music and bustling backstreet lounges. All in all, it is a city of wonderful contrasts and contradictions, and a fascinating place to visit.

Ride at the Spanish Riding School

This 450-year-old equestrian school is named after the Lipizzan horses trained and ridden here. Performances were originally presented to guests of the royal court, but now members of the public can see amazing displays of horsemanship and dressage throughout the year.

Michaelerplatz 1
+43 1 533 9031

Explore the Golden Quarter

The Golden Quarter is an ambitious urban regeneration project that has transformed parts of the Unesco-listed Innere Stadt into a dynamic, cosmopolitan city centre. The area boasts restaurants, lounges, hotels, luxury boutiques (including a fantastic Peter Marino-designed Louis Vuitton store), as well as some of the most desirable properties in the city, if not the world.


Indulge in some old-school retail therapy

Vienna is home to some of the oldest retailers in Europe. Cloth merchant Wilhelm Jungmann und Neffe is famous for dressing Empress Elisabeth; cobbler Rudolf Scheer has made shoes for officers and gentlemen for centuries; jeweller A E Köchert has operated from the same location for 200 years; while deli and cellar Zum Schwarzen Kameel is said to have been a favourite of Napoleon’s.

Zum Schwarzen Kameel
Bognergasse 5
+43 1 533 8125

Marvel at mumok

The Museum of Modern Art, or mumok as it’s known, features a permanent collection of around 10,100 works, which are categorised into different ‘blocks’ to represent different stages of the museum’s history. It also offers fascinating seasonal exhibitions, and houses a cinema, library and restaurant.

Museumsplatz 1
+43 1 525 000

Stroll around the Ringstraße

The best way to see Vienna is by touring the Ringstraße. Commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph I and built in place of the city walls and moat (1850-1890), the ring road is lined with some of the most stunning buildings in Vienna, including the Vienna State Opera, Academy of Fine Arts, the Austrian Parliament and the University of Vienna.

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)
Opernring 2
+43 1 514 442 250

Visit the Third Man Museum

This museum pays homage to the famous film The Third Man, which is set in Vienna, and stars Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles. Even if you haven’t seen the film, the museum is still worth visiting for the insights it offers into post-war Vienna – the spy capital of the world.

Preßgasse 25
+43 1 586 4872

Tian (Asian/Vegetarian)

This stylish vegetarian restaurant in Vienna has received a Michelin star for its creative dishes served from its ever-changing lunch and dinner menus. There are lovely views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the only thing prettier than the views is the food. In the evenings, choose from a four, six or eight-course menu.

Himmelpfortgasse 23
+43 1 890 4665-27

MiLL (European)

Aside from its arresting interior decor, great coffee and convivial atmosphere, MiLL is famous for its Sunday brunch where guests stuff themselves with cold cuts and traditional Austrian fare. There’s also a garden outside – a perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon.

Millergasse 32
+43 1 966 4073

Café Landtmann (European)

Founded in 1873 by famous restaurateur Franz Landtmann, this swanky cafe quickly became a Viennese institution. Famous patrons – past and present – include Sigmund Freud, Burt Lancaster, Hans Moser, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and Hillary Clinton. Its expansive outdoor seating is great for people watching.

Universitätsring 4
+43 1 2410 0100

Bank Restaurant (International)

Set in the former headquarters of the national bank, the aptly named Bank Restaurant is a thing of beauty. The high, ornate ceiling is held up by magnificent marble walls. Four floral orbs glitter in each corner of the space, while chefs work in a space-age open kitchen.

Bognergasse 4
+43 1 2274 01236

Fabio’s (Italian)

Fabios is a favourite with Vienna’s movers and shakers, who descend upon this slick Italian spot to eat homemade pasta, tender cuts of meat and fresh fish. It is a bustling lunchtime venue, as well as a great place for an intimate evening meal.

Tuchlauben 4-6,
+43 1 532 2222

Mini (Hungarian)

Sandor Novak's Mini offers music, mixed drinks and Hungarian dishes with a twist. Tucked away in Vienna’s winding old streets, Mini is both down to earth and cosmopolitan – a gem of a restaurant with a lovely outdoor terrace and slick, playful interior.

Marchettigasse 11
+43 1 595 4483

Park Hyatt Vienna

This 143-room luxury property is a favourite with Middle Eastern royalty, the European elite, and discerning business travellers. Located slap-bang in the middle of Vienna’s Golden Quarter, the Park Hyatt boasts an acclaimed restaurant, a spa and a swimming pool located in what used to be a bank vault –gold-leaf tiles line the bottom of the pool.

Am Hof 2
+43 1 2274 01234

Hotel Imperial

The former residence of the Prince of Württemberg became a hotel in 1873. Ever since, this distinct Neo-Renaissance building has enjoyed its status as one of the city’s most famous hotels, and is the go-to destination for visiting heads of state.

Kärntner Ring 16
+43 1 501 100

DO & CO Hotel

DO & CO boasts 43 rooms and is situated in front of St Stephen’s Cathedral. Just a short walk away from most of Vienna’s famous attractions, it also features a great restaurant and lounge, which afford brilliant views of the cathedral.

Stephansplatz 12
Haas Haus
+43 1 24 188

Hotel Bristol

This opulent 127-room (and 23-suite) hotel was built in 1892, but has all the mod cons you need. The property remains an iconic Viennese landmark and is conveniently located next to the Vienna State Opera House. The hotel is also home to the city’s oldest American lounge.

Kärntner Ring 1
+43 1 515 160

Hotel Das Triest

This hotel features 72 rooms – each beautifully designed with a private balcony or garden. Das Triest is home to a fantastic Italian restaurant in the form of Collio, which has an outdoor seating area in a beautiful central courtyard with old olive trees.

Wiedner Hauptstrasse 12
+43 1 589 180

Hotel Sacher Wien

This opulent hotel boasts 149 rooms and suites and has hosted some very famous dignitaries, including John F Kennedy, Indira Gandhi and Queen Elizabeth II. The castle-like property benefits from a stunning location, while the service is fit for royalty.

Philharmonikerstrasse 4
+43 1 514 560

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