Vienna represents some of the finest Europe has to offer in terms of art and culture. Vienna is the capital of Austria and synonymous with beauty and charm.
Historically, Vienna has been a rallying point for many nations, not least Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Italy, Croatia and Poland.
Over the last hundred years, Vienna has been modernized and refurbished. Today, Vienna presents itself in all its splendor with beautiful spaces, stately buildings and an active cultural scene in addition to all that modern metropolitan cities can give pleasure in terms of food, shopping and nightlife.
In addition, Vienna is a fantastic starting point for traveling to other destinations. It is close to Venice and Munich, among other places, while the road to Eastern Europe is easily accessible, represented by great cities such as Budapest and Prague.
We can recommend Vienna for all seasons, and the city is just as much for weekend destinations for families as for romantic trips for newly-married couples. If you want an active holiday with alpine excursions or hiking in the mountains, Vienna is also a great starting point.
Get to know Vienna
Vienna is a city that encourages visitors to stress down and relax. If you want to experience Vienna’s atmosphere, we recommend that you use your legs and take the time to walk from one beautiful sights to the other. Vienna is the largest city in Austria and has more than 1.8 million inhabitants.
But Vienna is not a particularly big city, and you reach most of it over a weekend. The river flows through the city, and the Danube is an important historical cause of Vienna’s development and wealth.
Vienna has 23 districts or districts and which of the locals is called Bezirk. Of course, it is impossible to get to know all the districts or districts during one weekend visit, but we strongly encourage you to visit more than Innere Stadt (1st district). Innere Stadt is almost guaranteed to be the district you will spend the most time in. It is natural, as it is where you will find the most sights, most people and the best shopping options.
Until today, Vienna has been very class-divided. For example, the upper middle class belongs to District 18 ( Währing ). Moreover, Währing and Hietzing (13) have always attracted the aristocracy in Vienna. In districts 3 and 4 we find the diplomatic houses and the money-rich Vienna residents. These are the districts where everyone wants to live and where prices are the highest. In turn, mediation (District 12) has always been a typical working-class neighborhood.
- Abbreviation: VIE
- Country: Austria
Inner City (District 1)
Inner Stadt is the heart and natural center of the city. Vienna’s inner city districts are from the Middle Ages and were originally surrounded by city walls. Today, this part of the city is bordered by the Ringstrasse street, which serves as a starting point for Vienna’s other streets. The Ringstrasse area was created through a large-scale architecture competition announced by Emperor Franz Joseph I around 1858.
Today the area within Ringstrasse stands as an exhibition of the most beautiful from the late 1800s. Here you will find among other things the Opera House, cathedrals, churches and several museums in addition to shops, restaurants and beautiful squares.
Leopoldstadt (District 2)
The 2nd district is called Leopoldstadt and is historically the Jewish district of Vienna. In the late 1800s, many Jewish refugees came to Vienna and settled in Leopoldstadt. As many as 50,000 Jews lived here before the start of World War II. In Leopoldstadt is also the Wiener Prater park, which houses the world’s oldest amusement park.
Landstrasse (District 3)
Southeast of the city center is the 3rd district ( Landstrasse ) with the splendid Belvedere castle, built around 1721. Many believe that the best view of Vienna is from this high-lying area.
The park around the castle has fountains, statues and a beautiful garden. Belvedere today contains several museums, including the Baroque Museum and the Museum of Austrian Medieval Art.
Mariahilf, Neubau and Josefstadt (districts 6, 7 and 8)
District 6 (Mariahilf) and District 7 (Neubau) should be mentioned because of the Mariahilf Straße street, which is the most important shopping street in Vienna. District 8 (Josefstadt) houses the city’s university, and with this naturally comes a number of nightlife and a vibrant nightlife.
Hietzing and Penzing (districts 13 and 14)
In district 13 ( Hietzing ) lies both a beautiful zoo and the magnificent Schönbrunn castle. This castle is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria, and is clearly one of the attractions that attracts the most visitors over a year. The castle is on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.
Schönbrunn Castle was first built in 1696, but has later been restored in Rococo style. Emperor Franz Josef I lived most of his life on Schönbrunn and died here in 1916.
District 14 ( Penzing ) has many beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. The most beautiful specimens can be found in Hüttelbergstrasse 26-28. The architect is Otto Wagner.
Facts about Vienna
Vienna is the capital of Austria and the most popular city to visit for tourists. Tourists come from all over the world to take part in Vienna’s elegance and stylish architecture and admire all that Vienna can offer of sights and attractions.
|Population||about 1.9 million.|
|Religion||Roman Catholic (74%)|
|Currency||Euro. (check the Travel Plan’s travel currency guide for today’s course ). Most credit cards (Visa, Master, Diners, AmEx) are accepted in most shops and restaurants in Vienna. ATMs are available almost everywhere.|
|Tips||Here you give 5-10%, but do not put the money on the table – give the tips to the waiter. It is also not uncommon to drink after a taxi ride. 10% is normal to give.|
|Embassy||The Norwegian Embassy is located at Reisnerstrasse 55-57. Tel: +43 1 712 6552|
|Tourist||Obere Augarten Strasse 40, at Albertinaplatz.|
|Emergency||Police 133. Fire 122. Ambulance 144.|
|Electricity||220 volts, the same two-pin contact system as in Norway.|
|Holidays and Holidays||January 1st, January 6th, Easter Sunday, May 1st (Labor Day), Ascension Day, 2nd Pentecost, August 15th (Ascension Day), October 26th (National Day), November 1st (All Saints Day), 8 December (Mary Annunciation Day), 1st and 2nd Christmas Day.|
|Visa||Not required for Norwegian citizens|
|Vaccinations||No vaccines are required.|
|Water||Can be easily drunk from the tap.|
|Nearest major cities||Linz, Graz and Bratislava in Slovakia.|
List of Vienna Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Vienna is VIE which stands for Vienna. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Vienna, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.