Vienna has played many parts in its history. 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's home to the largest number of ambassadors, diplomats, and political envoys in the world. You can join them on flights to Vienna.
The city exudes a unique Old World imperial charm; its gilt-edged palaces and opera houses epitomize 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 limited to its rich history. Today, the Austrian capital is a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub. It is a city of sparkling high-end boutiques, Michelin-starred 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's a city of wonderful contrasts and contradictions and a fascinating place to visit.