Vienna is the capital and the most populous city of Austria. It's the seventh biggest city in the EU and after Berlin, the second biggest German-speaking city. Vienna is renowned for its coffee houses, museums, as well as many theatre and opera houses. It's the political, cultural and economic centre of Austria and is also home to one of four official residences of the United Nations. The Austrian capital will be busiest in the summertime where the tourist will be in full flow, however the best time to visit is in the spring when the trees have began to regain their colour and volume.
Must Know: Vienna has a great public transport network, trams and buses will get visitors to anywhere in the city.
Must See: The Ringstraße is the road that surrounds the centre of Vienna and has many impressive buildings along the way.
Must Do: Vienna is known for its good coffee and is full of places to try it. Relax in a few of the coffee shops after a day of sightseeing.
Did You Know: Vienna is known as the City of Dreams and the City of Music.
Vienna international airport is the biggest in Austria, in terms of size and number of passengers handling a total of 22.5 million annually. The airport is a hub for the flag carrying provider, Austrian Airlines, and travels to several countries the world over including destinations in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America. The airport provides a City Airport Train service, which runs every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m and will arrive in Vienna within 16 minutes. Additionally, there is the S-bahn service which will take you into Vienna Central within 24 minutes. Taking slightly longer, there are also bus services from the airport, and buses 1183, 1185 or 1187 will get you to Vienna's city centre in 45 minutes.
Vienna Hauptbahnhof is the largest train station in Austria. To access the city centre by train you can take the S60 and S80, S-Bahn lines that depart from platforms 9 and 12 from the station, or the U1 U-bahn line that departs about 500m from the station itself. Additionally, there are also trams available that depart from the Hauptbahnhof very frequently.
Vienna (Wien) Westbahnhof is a railway terminus in the 15th district of Vienna. It serves regional connections as well as international connections to locations in Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. Accessing the city centre by train from the Westbahnhof is simple due the the two metro lines that operate from the station. The U3 and the U6 will take you directly to the city centre. The number 5, 6, 9, 52 and 57 tram lines also have services to the city centre.
The VIB (Vienna International Bus terminal) is located on Erdbergstraße in the 3rd district of Vienna and is the biggest bus terminal in the city. The Vienna international Bus terminals is easily accessed via the U3 U-bahn line. It is located 5 km from the centre of the city, and can be reached in about 10 minutes by foot and only 12 minutes by car.
Vienna has a very well established public transportation system with S-Bahn services, 5 U-Bahn lines, tramways and buses to get you almost anywhere in the city. The majority of the connections will be as frequent as once every 3 minutes. The public transportation runs between 5:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Monday - Friday, and on weekends and public holidays the U Bahn remains open 24 hours a day.
Cycling is very popular in Vienna, as the city has extensive bike lanes and works extremely hard to maintain them. Since July 2014 Vienna's bike lane network has a coverage of 1,259 km across the city.
Discovering Vienna on foot is a great way to see the city and to get your bearings. This is especially true in the historical city centre and districts 4 and 9, since the majority of these areas are pedestrianised. However, due the Vienna's size, travelling solely by foot will limit yourself to just the central district.