Vienna conjures up some instant pictures in our heads: Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss for the music lovers; Sachertorte, Strudel and grand Coffeehouses for the sweet-minded; Gustav Klimt and Friedensreich Hundertwasser for the art enthusiasts.
Vienna was the capital of two empires, the Holy Roman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This left some grand architectural trails in the city. Hofburg Palace and Schönbrunn Palace are the centers of the Austrian monarchy, and both are worth an extended visit.
In the Treasury of the Hofburg, you will encounter treasures from the possessions of the Habsburgs, including the imperial crown of the Holy Roman Empire from 962. The Spanish Riding School with its famous equestrian performances is another attraction left from the imperial times.
A very Vienna way to see the city is a ride in the horse coaches called Fiaker, which are found everywhere. A tour along the Ringstrasse with its opulent city palaces and Art Nouveau buildings will look even more authentic when mixed with the smell of horses. Vienna’s mighty cathedral, the Stephansdom, should also be on the list of things to see. For art lovers, the Belvedere is a great place to see art collections from Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.
Visit the Central Cemetery famous for its Art Nouveau style and pay tribute to some of the city’s greatest historical celebrities. Here you will also find the Funeral Museum, showing the somewhat macabre Viennese attitude towards death, including a streetcar only for coffins. On the cemetery, itself are the graves of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Johann Strauss.
Hearing a concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is a great way to earn the envy of your friends. Seeing an opera in the Wiener Staatsoper is another highlight for fans of classical music. Or maybe you are eager to find out about the Viennese cuisine, the only cuisine in the world to be named after a city? Influences from the vast Empire came together to create a unique style that is heavy on meat and sweets. Wiener Schnitzel, Tafelspitz or Backhendl are dishes you should try, desserts like Sachertorte, Strudel or Kaiserschmarrn will leave you with a happy smile on your face. Book your flight at swiss.com and fly with Swiss International Air Lines or with our partner Austrian Airlines safely to Vienna.