Enjoying its status as the capital of Austria, Vienna is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities you could ever hope to visit. History is big in Vienna, since the area now known as the city, has been inhabited since the year 500 BC, when it was a settlement for Celtic people. Vienna has a population of fewer than 2 million, which makes it a compact and easy city in which to find your way around. There is also an excellent transport system, with a very comprehensive bus and tram network and the rail network is also very good, with all major European cities within easy reach as well as good links to the airport. The climate in Vienna is temperate, although the winters can be quite cold. However, the ambience of the markets, the sumptuous food and the cafes which offer tantalisingly decadent cakes will warm your heart.
There is plenty to see and do in Vienna, with some absolutely stunningly beautiful palaces to be seen. The most popular of these is the Schonbrunn, which also houses the world's oldest zoo, but the Hofburg is also worth a visit. The Schonbrunn used to be home to Hapsburg monarchs and reflects their need for opulence and finery. Definitely a must see when in Vienna There is also plenty to see for those who may not be into history. With over 100 art museums, which house some spectacular pieces of art, there is something for everyone. You can also go and see the very contemporary United Nations building or take a trip on the Riesenrad, which is a huge Ferris wheel, located just at the entrance of the fantastic Prater theme park. This gives some spectacular views of the city and you get a real sense of just how beautiful it really is. For those who like 21st Century attractions, the amusement park offers a great day out and the shopping in Vienna is simply fantastic, with lots of very different things on sale and some very good quality clothes and accessories to be had. The leather goods are of a particularly good quality. The nightlife in Vienna is also extremely lively, with bars, restaurants and cafes all offering some wonderful food, try out the Wienerschnitzel as well as some of the cakes. There is also a great range of restaurants, so whatever type of dining experience you are looking for, you are sure to find it in Vienna. So make sure that you leave yourselves enough time to enjoy the wonders of this very friendly but exciting city and all the little gems it has to offer. You will not be disappointed and will probably want to come back, again and again!
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