A visit to the magnificent Hofburg and Schönbrunn palaces will introduce you to Vienna’s imperial past. The city was formerly the capital of the powerful Austro-Hungarian Empire, and you’ll discover parts of Vienna that echo its regal past, along with other aspects of Viennese culture that have earned the city its reputation as a European center of the arts. Vienna is packed with museums, concert halls, and churches—including the magnificent Romanesque St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Of course, the city is also livened by its traditional “Kaffeehaus” culture. Linger over a cup of coffee and a slice of Viennese cake in some of the most beautiful cafés for which Vienna is so famous, see a concert at one of Vienna’s many grand opera houses, or take in a lifetime of art and knowledge at the Vienna Museum or the impressive National Library.
Vienna is the global capital of classical music. From Mozart to Haydn, Brahms to Falco, more musicians have lived, composed, conducted, and performed here than anywhere else in the world. Retrace these masters' steps by visiting their original residences, the venues of their performances, and much more.
Find gorgeous trails and viewpoints with cozy pubs and inns along the way in this area just outside of the city. You too can experience country life in the former hunting ground of the Austrian aristocracy, a forest which inspired Beethoven, Strauss, Franz Grillparzer, and many others.