A weekend in Vienna

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With new flight routes to Austria and the UK being developed it is little wonder than more and more of us are choosing the vibrant city of Vienna as their weekend retreat! The capital city of Austria is filled to the brim with culture, history and the arts. On one hand you will be in awe of the old 19th century buildings such as the State Opera House and the spectacular Belvedere Palace, whilst on the other the modern side of Vienna (picture super cool bars and hotels) will excite and inspire you! With there being everything you could possibly want from a fabulously cosmopolitan city, Vienna is ideal for couple, families or independent explorers.

When to go

Vienna is full to the brim with exciting things to see, do and try while you are here and it has to be said this buzzing capital is perfect for every season. In the summer you will find its parks brimming with life and colour and in the winter you are able to visit the city’s historic Christmas markets and see the city from a whole new light.

The best bits

If you want to get your bearings from the get-go, take note that most of Vienna’s landmarks are in the Old Town of the city and are found by the Ringstrasse, which is Vienna’s grand boulevard. In the 1st District you will find the stunning, towering St Stephan’s cathedral which you can climb for beautiful views of the surrounding area. If you cross the Ringstrasse you will be able to see Vienna’s outer districts which are numbered from 1 to 9 (moving clockwise from the north). In the 2nd District you will find Leopoldstadt where all of the most fashionable restaurants and bars can be found. In Neubau, the 7th District you will find pretty boutiques and the Museums Quarter.

Take in the art scene

It has to be noted that a trip to Vienna wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the world-famous Gustav Klimt paintings, including Judith and The Kiss.

Attend a concert

Vienna has a longstanding history when it comes to music, being the home of Joseph Haydn and Ludwig Van Beethoven. It is also one of the most unique cities musically as it sees 10,000 music fans flock to watch live classical music venues in the city each day.

Grab a lunch on the run

The mile long Naschmarkt is one of Vienna’s oldest markets (dating back to 1786) and has proven to be popular with both locals and tourists alike. There is even a weekend flea market here on Saturdays, so it’s definitely worth a visit!

If you are planning to pay the stunning Austrian capital a visit, double check to see if your European Health Insurance Card needs to be renewed or apply for a new one in good time before you travel. Your EHIC is the key to giving you peace of mind when travelling through Europe as it entitles you to free or highly discounted healthcare should you fall ill or suffer an injury whilst travelling.

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