Strolling around Vienna can be like a journey back in time. It comes as no surprise that the historic city center, a vibrant crossroads since before the days of the empire, is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Comparing the quality of life, political and social climate, education, and infrastructure conditions, the Mercer Study voted Vienna the world’s most livable city for the seventh year in a row. It’s a perfect city for working and relaxing. The Austrian capital is one of the safest major cities in the world and is easy to navigate, especially by public transportation. The cityscape is shaped by vineyards, which are frequently awarded for their internationally acclaimed wine.


Strandbar Herrmann ©WienTourismus/P.Rigaud
Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom ©WienTourismus/C.Stemper

Vienna is also the world capital of music. The New Year’s Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic thrills millions of TV viewers in over 90 countries each year. The Vienna Boys’ Choir, which has its own concert hall, called “MuTh”, celebrates its success on every continent. The Vienna State Opera is praised for its exceptional acoustics and there are performances almost 300 nights per year. Moreover, such creative musical surroundings make Vienna a hotbed for contemporary musicians. Clubs such as Flex, Fluc and Grelle Forelle feature the electronic sounds of local musicians ever since the duo Kruder & Dorfmeister conquered the world with their downbeat in the early 1990s. For an elegant evening with live soul music, the dinner club Albertina Passage is the spot, and has delightful food and cocktails too.

Wieninger am Nussberg ©WienTourismus/P.Rigaud
Café Sperrl ©WienTourismus/P.Rigaud

Visiting Vienna also means going on a journey of Viennese taste. Here you can enjoy food and drink to the fullest. Vienna is the only metropolis in the world that grows a notable amount of wine within the city limits. The Viennese coffee house is known around the globe for its informal pleasantness, and being oasis of “Gemütlichkeit”. No wonder that the bistro, wine tavern and cafe are the foundational pillars of Vienna’s enticing food culture in all its variety. The Viennese like things simple and pleasant, so Viennese bistros are always comfortable. As long as we can remember, these restaurants have been serving up solid, tasty home cooking from schnitzels to Kaiserschmarren, a kind of shredded pancakes. This consistency has led to a renaissance of the bistro culture that has recently been celebrated in hundreds of cozy restaurants.

Visitors may pick from over 440 hotels and pensions. There is something for everybody, from five-star superior hotels to cost-saving accommodations, from noble former palaces to brand new hostels. You’ll find exclusive hotels close to Synchron Stage Vienna around Schönbrunn Palace in the 13th district, such as Parkhotel Schoenbrunn and DoubleTree by Hilton Vienna Schonbrunn .

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