VIENNA - A LUXURIOUS JOURNEY
Vienna, Austria’s capital is a city of charm where imperial palaces sit alongside a vibrant coffee house and gourmet scene. You are never far away from the city’s cultural legacy where the renowned Museums quarter plays host to works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and others. Luminaries such as Mozart, Beethoven and Freud have shaped and influenced the city making it an enriching destination. Once you have had your cultural fix; shop in the flagship stores of international luxury brands or at the former imperial and royal court purveyors. You can also dine in a Michelin gourmet restaurant plus take advantage of exclusive insights at museums or purchasing art at auctions in a palace.
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From the magnificent Baroque buildings to “golden” Art Nouveau, to the latest architecture Vienna offers an abundance of sights, plus over 100 museums beckon. Take a walk on The Ringstrasse; some say the most beautiful boulevard in the world. This is home not only to many of Vienna's best-known sights, such as the Imperial Palace, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Natural History Museum, the Vienna State Opera and Parliament. Magnificent palaces, extensive parks and important monuments also line the "display window" of the former Danube monarchy. There are also a plethora of ways to enjoy the city such as by using one of Vienna’s certified city guides, sightseeing by bus, tram, boat, bicycle of even Segway. We think a guided tour of the Vienna state Opera is an absolute must plus amusement park Prater is fun for all ages; this is a place of nostalgic dreams for some, oasis of greenery for almost everyone – and the location of the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of Vienna’s most famous symbols. The Vienna Prater is in season from March to October. But the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel and a few other attractions are open all year round.
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Dining and Shopping
Enjoy Vienna to the fullest during a casual shopping trip or indulge in the sweet life at coffee shops and wine taverns, or while exploring the Viennese cuisine and markets. A true bon vivant will know that Viennese Cuisine is the only cuisine in the world to be named after a city. Viennese cuisine is unsurpassed in its variety and influenced by the former countries of the Habsburg monarchy with traditional dishes ranging from Wiener schnitzel to goulash. Vienna is rightly known around the world for its traditional inns and cosy coffee houses, but Vienna is also home to world-class gourmet restaurants. The top chefs have the courage to innovate and radicalise the traditions of Viennese cuisine with restaurants such as Aend, Restaurant Amador, Restaurant Edvard and Kim being wonderful examples of this. Some 133 Viennese restaurants currently hold the coveted toques of Gault & Millau, while a total of nineteen Michelin stars are shared between thirteen restaurants in Vienna. The wine cellar of Palais Coburg is one of the best in the world and offers true wine rarities for aficionados and connoisseurs.
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A Cultural Exploration
Vienna is the world’s capital of music — The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Boys’ Choir set the international tone, while the State Opera House and the Golden Hall at the Musikverein are among the world’s leading venues. Traditional strengths endure to this day — the Vienna sound pioneered by local DJs enjoys worldwide popularity. For opera, the Vienna State Opera is prized for its exceptional acoustics. There are performances almost 300 nights a year and a different billing virtually every day. The Theater an der Wien has established a name for itself as „the other“ venue for opera. New premieres each month — from baroque to contemporary — are a hit among opera-goers. Meanwhile at the Vienna Chamber Opera, the focus is on rarities. The Volksoper presents classic operas in German, musicals and lively operettas.
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Photographer: Paul Bauer | Copyright ©️ Wien Tourismus/Paul Bauer
We also need to mention the Spanish Riding School and its world-famous Lipizzaners which offer the highest standard of horse-riding art in the Baroque ambience of the Imperial Palace. This is the only institution in the world where the classic equestrian skills (haute école) has been preserved and is still practiced in its original form. Many years of training fuse horse and rider into an inseparable unit. The audience is treated to an unforgettable experience by the precision of movement of the Lipizzan horses in perfect harmony with the music.
Numerous parks, greens spaces and sports facilities, extensive recreational areas, clean rivers and lakes, and many sporting events make Vienna a wonderful location for outdoor sports. Hiking in the Vienna Woods, jogging in the Prater, inline skating on Danube Island, cycling in the city, or maybe going for a swim in a historic pool or warm spa water are just some of the sporting options available.
If you’re looking for relaxation, then come to Therme Wien. Europe’s biggest and most modern city spa makes wellness dreams come true! Therme Wien, Vienna's thermal baths, can be reached directly and quickly from the city centre with subway line U1.
The sulphur healing springs in Vienna were popular even amongst the Romans. To enable them to be used, Therme Oberlaa was opened in 1974 in the south of Vienna. In 2010, this was converted to become Therme Wien: 26 pools, 25 sauna and steam rooms, 2,500 loungers and a 6,000 m2 health and fitness area make it the largest thermal baths in Austria.
A place to stay
Vienna offers some stunning hotels and we can give you additional benefits at the below;
Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna
Set opposite the Vienna State Opera, Hotel Bristol is a favourite for culture aficionados. Architecture and history buffs adore the interiors, from the original Austrian artwork to the fin de siècle antiques. The guest rooms, suites, and public areas offer modern comforts, including Internet access. The Prince of Wales Suite is one of the largest in Austria, with a library, dining room, and fitness room. Dining options include the Bristol Lounge and the cosy Bristol Bar, both featuring meticulously restored interiors. The hotel has undergone an extensive renovation of all public spaces and the addition of ten rooms and suites.
Hotel Sacher Wien Vienna
As the only privately owned and family-run luxury hotel in the city, the iconic Hotel Sacher Wien is a Viennese landmark, set opposite the Vienna State Opera. The unique balance of maintained traditions and contemporary elements provides an authentic sense of place. The refurbished rooms all feature individually collected antiques and original oil paintings, making it one of Austria’s landmarks and largest private art collections. Home of the Original Sacher-Torte, the famous Café Sacher is where guests can experience this culinary history or opt for the no-calories version at the Sacher Boutique Spa when it is “Time to Chocolat
Park Hyatt, Vienna
Enjoy an unforgettable stay at Park Hyatt Vienna, where history and art come together in the heart of Vienna. Housed in a 100-year-old former bank and overlooking Am Hof Square in the Goldenes Quartier, the hotel retains many of the bank’s original features, such as the massive marble pillars and high ceiling in the restaurant. You’ll find an inviting retreat at the Arany Spa, fitness centre, and 15-meter lap pool, which is set in the old bank vault. The 143 guest rooms feature modern interiors with Viennese touches. Book a Park Suite View and enjoy breath-taking views of the historic city centre and Vienna’s exclusive shopping area.