Located on the banks of the Danube, Vienna is the capital, largest city, and political center of Austria. It ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities with its architecture, parks, and extensive cycling routes. Due to its strong influence in the field of classical music, musicians from all over the world have historically gathered here, giving the city its reputation as a musical capital.
From Innere Stadt to the outskirts of the city, Vienna is divided into three levels. Innere Stadt is the city’s first district and is known as the Heart of Vienna. In the center of the old town, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Vienna State Opera, Hofburg, the Royal Palace, and Austria's most prosperous pedestrian street can be found. In the Museumsquartier area, there are many collections of cutting-edge contemporary art and a wide range of art galleries.
The architectural style and constructions throughout the city have made Vienna well-known worldwide. The Schönbrunn Palace from the Austro-Hungarian Empire is typical baroque style building. St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of the most famous gothic churches in the world. Beginning in the 18th century, many famous musicians from around world, such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss spent most of their musical careers here and created many famous compositions. The Wiener Musikverein is the oldest and most modern concert hall in Vienna. Visitors can also go to the Vienna State Opera to catch a glimpse of what the Austro-Hungarian Empire was like in the 18th century. Due to its large number of museums, Vienna is also a paradise for art lovers. Museums in the city include the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Sisi Museum, the Schönbrunn Palace National Art Museum, etc. The royal and private collections of ancient art, including European and ancient Egyptian artifacts, the works of artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Picasso are definite must-sees for visitors.
Vienna has a moderate transitional climate with cool summers and snowy winters, yet it is warmer than other cities in Austria. The temperature in July is about 15-25°C, in January, it’s about -4°C and the average annual rainfall is 620 mm. In the west of Vienna, there is a large temperature difference between day and night as well as more precipitation. In the east, there is a small temperature difference and less precipitation.
As a popular tourist city, there is a variety of hotels in Vienna, from luxury boutique hotels to cozy family B&Bs. The most popular area for tourists to stay in is the Innere Stadt district where most attractions can be found and reached on foot. In addition, the area around the Danube riverside and the Landstraßeis is also a popular area for Vienna hotels. The Vienna City Card is valid for 72 hours and is gives holders free access to all public transport in the city. The card also provides discounts on over 200 Vienna hotels, restaurants, and museums.