I still haven’t been to this beautiful city, but I feel like I have from all the research I’ve done on it. At some point, I’d like to travel across some of the lesser known cities of Eastern European countries; I’ve already seen the stunning sunsets of Dubrovnik in Croatia, and it really opened my eyes to what that part of the world has to offer travellers.
One of my main reasons for travelling is to experience things I never knew were out there, and Vienna has so much to offer. In today’s post, I hope you enjoy reading about why this city has me so excited recently.
Explore the opera scene
Austria’s capital is known for many things, and in the same way that you couldn’t go to London and not see a musical in the West End, you can’t possibly head to one of the motherlands of opera and not go to see one. This is an iconic part of Viennese culture, wound into the fabric of the city, along with other forms of classical music, and into the hearts of all its people.
Plus, it’s never been easier to buy tickets; if you visit viennaoperatickets.com, you can take a look at the full schedule of operas and ballets coming up, and fit your stay there around the right dates. If you want to see a classic version of Carmen in the luxurious surroundings of the Vienna State Opera House, book them now before they sell out!
Walk through the Old Town
The Innere Stadt, as this is also known, has narrow walkways bursting with medieval architecture and plenty of photography opportunities. It’s very easy to get around on foot, so I’d suggest arming yourself with a map and going on one of the self-guided walking tours. You’ll be able to see the towering St Stephen’s Cathedral, with classic gothic architecture that oozes the grandeur that Vienna is famous for.
Or how about heading for the impressive City Hall? This is often the popular venue for the many festivals and feasts that Vienna holds throughout the year. If you’re heading there this summer, not only will you be able to take in the sprawling Hall itself, but the grand stage erected outside for the annual Film and Music Festival too.
Learn about Vienna’s culture
You’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere in the world with so many museums and art galleries. The people of Vienna are hugely proud of their roots, so you’ll find plenty of opportunities to learn more about it – the MuseumsQuartier Wien is the main one. Amazingly, this area is home to around 70 cultural facilities, and is one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world.
With many courtyards, cafés and shops, it is the perfect blend of urban life with historic appreciation. There are several historic buildings to explore from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as contemporary museums to celebrate modern Viennese artists.
When are you going to Vienna?