AdventureAustria is an independent English owned travel and events agency based in the Tyrolean town of Lienz in south Austria.
We’ve put together the following travel guides to help visitors get the most out of their holiday in Austria. Whether you are planning only to stay in Lienz or planning to venture on to other parts of Austria, you’ll be sure to find some useful information here.
Vienna calling – where the tattooed Empress once reigned…
Dear reader, we would like to start with a few anecdotes about Vienna, starting with the imperial period. The world famous Empress Sisi and her husband Franz were said to have been self-confessed rock’n’roll fans. They attended concerts of Mozart, Schubert and Hayden and what only a very few people know is that Empress Sisi was tattooed with an anchor on her shoulder.
In addition, Empress Sisi also paid very close attention to her figure. In the royal kitchen in Viennese Royal Palaces, particular attention was made when creating desserts for the Empress. However, when one of the cooks, named Leopold came up with a new omelette recipe made from dough and stewed plums, this unfortunately did not hit the taste expectations of the Royal Empress. Up jumped her husband His Majesty, and ate the portion for the Empress with the words “Well just give that rubbish what Leopold just cooked for you to me – I’ll eat it!” Thus arose the famous pancake dish served all over Austria to this day called ‘Kaiserschmarren’ which literally translates to ‘King’s rubbish’.
You see, Vienna is unique in every way. For tourists looking for a city with an unusual ambience, then a visit to Vienna is highly recommended. Vienna boasts a unique, baroque ambiance.
If you are coming to Vienna for the first time, you could get into the mood straight away with a ride on one of the famous horse-drawn carriages which takes you through the city centre. The coachman will tell you more on request about the history of the city and its famous landmarks.
Vienna is the capital of Austria with approximately 1, 7 million inhabitants. Vienna is the most populated city in Austria. Vienna was for centuries the imperial capital and imperial residence of the Habsburg Empire and thus the capital of Austria.
In the year 1910 Vienna was actually counted as the fifth largest city in the world after London, New York, Paris and Chicago with more than two million inhabitants. The old town was dominated by the Habsburg reign as well as the Schönbrunn Palace which is recognized today by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. St. Stephen’s Cathedral dominates as one of the tallest buildings of Vienna’s inner city.
The province of Vienna is the smallest province in Austria. It is located in the Vienna Basin to the east of the foothills of the Alps. The historic city was founded exclusively south of the Danube. The Viennese climate is a transitional climate with oceanic influences from the west and continental influences from the east. Overall, Vienna usually has less rain and the winters tend to be milder compared to other parts of Austria.
Now we come to the most important information for tourists visiting Vienna…
Vienna lies in the heart of Europe. The airport ‘Wien-Schwechat’ is located in the city suburbs and provides optimal transport connections to the whole world. From ‘Wien-Schwechat’ airport to the city centre, visitors should take the CAT (City Airport Transportation) train which takes just 16 minutes to the city centre. The S7 train and express airport buses can also bring you directly to the city and to the main Viennese train stations.
Tourist information is available at the airport and at the Albertina Platz.
The imposing Schönbrunn Palace and park together with its history means that Schönbrunn is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria. A visit to Schönbrunn includes the impressive palace building itself, the park with its numerous architectural features, fountains and statues as well as the zoo (the oldest in the world.) In 1996, Schönbrunn was included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The Schönbrunn Palace is the biggest tourist attraction in Austria.
Vienna has 1000’s of hotels to choose from. Whether for business, a family vacation, a honeymoon, or for those seeking pure luxury, you can be sure to find something suiting your needs.
To find accommodation in Vienna check out Booking.com.
You can find a few of our recommendations here:
Hotel Sacher, Philharmonikerstraße 4
Novotel Wien City, Fleischmarkt 20
Austria Classic Hotel Wien Praterstraße 72
Hotel Archduke Rainer, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 27-29
Hilton Vienna, Am Stadtpark 1
Hotel Am Park Ring, Parkring 12
More than 210 discounts and unlimited free travel on the underground, bus and tram for a period of 72 hours – all for just 24.90 Euro. The Vienna Card is available at most large hotels as well as in the Tourist Information Centre at Albertina Square and in the airport or at the offices of the Wiener Linien (eg Stephansplatz, Karlsplatz, Westbahnhof, Landstraße / Wien Mitte). The Vienna Card entitles tourists to discounts at museums and attractions, theatres and concerts and participating shops, cafés, bars and restaurants…
In the old town around Kärntner Strasse, Graben and Kohlmarkt you can expect exclusive and noble shops, jewellers and perfumeries.
However, Vienna’s most popular shopping area is around the Mariahilferstraße. Here hundreds of shops with fashion, jewellery and accessories lure you in to depart with your money. Vienna has its own distinct style and with a shopping trip you’ll be sure to discover it!
As the only city in the world, Vienna is named after an independent food style, the Viennese cuisine.
Influences from different countries composes Vienna’s cuisine into a varied one stimulating the imagination again and again. Here is a small selection of restaurants in the old city of Vienna:
Augustiner Keller: In the heart of Vienna, directly under the Albertina. Here you’ll find traditional Viennese cuisine at its best.
Bastei Beisl: U.S. President Jimmy Carter once ate here. Well worth a visit.
Figlmüller: Figlmüller was made famous by the Wiener Schnitzel and is often celebrated as the ‘Home’ of the Schnitzel.
Zum Schwarzen Kameel: A Viennese institution with a long tradition of the highest quality. Countless artists and celebrities were guests here.
The Kuckuck: The ‘Cuckoo’ is one of the most traditional restaurants in town, just five minutes’ walk from St. Stephen’s Square.