Vienna is an amazing place. The capital of Austria (and with a population of 1.7 million also by far its largest city) and for centuries the home of the Habsburg dynasty, this is not only a city of monumental palaces and historic sites but also one of the most pleasant present-day cities to live in. The historic center of Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With nearly 30 castles and more than 150 palaces to choose from throughout the city, clearly you are not going to have an issue filling days and days full of sightseeing here. Vienna is quite a large city, so do have a look at the map and plan ahead. Classic not-to-be-missed sights are the Imperial Palace, Belvedere Palace and Schloss Schönnbrunn as well as the Stephansdom and Museumsquartier.
But delve deeper. A bit out of the standard tourist itinerary are fascinating sights like the Zentralfriedhof or Central Cemetery which is home to the elaborate graves of the likes of Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. Another fascinating place that is too often ignored is the Museum of Military History - the oldest and largest military history museum in the world showcasing amongst many other things the car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, as well as a look at World War 2 through Austrian eyes.
So like we already wrote earlier: there are plenty of things to do! In between and afterwards you simply cannot miss out on Vienna's café culture and nightlife. The latter is extremely diverse, ranging from venues that very well fit the city's elegant atmosphere, to luxurious lounge bars and world-class clubs with both more mainstream and alternative/underground options available. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Vienna is a city in Austria's region of Wien. It has a population of 1,691,468, is situated at an altitude of 561ft and the best airport to fly into is VIE (Schwechat International, Vienna)
- The currency used in Austria is the Euro (EUR)
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More Vienna travel resources
Not surprisingly the number of helpful websites for travelers going to Vienna is quite numerous. Start of with the Lonely Planet, Wikitravel and Fodor's, but as you dive deeper you come across local ones like Wien.info where you find information on agendas, events, restaurants, museums and so on. This one isn't so much about traveling to Vienna as it is about moving and living there, but the tips on etiquette and the weather may still be of use to some. Finally, some of the best blogs on Vienna that we have come across were His Travel Blog (we totally agree with his verdict on the most overrated attraction), Fathom and this one on visiting Vienna on a budget.