Vienna

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Set on the banks of the Danube, the capital of Austria - and Europe's cultural capital - is a bustling metropolis bursting with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. The elegance of Old Europe is alive and well in Vienna and there are sightseeing opportunities aplenty as you wander through narrow medieval alleyways and stroll across imperial squares. Through time, many great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert favoured Vienna, and the city is now the classical music capital of Europe and plays host to many elegant balls and concerts. You can visit the hall where Mozart gave his first recital, walk the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace and enjoy a performance at the magnificent State Opera House. Packed with imperial history, Vienna also offers contemporary museums, lively nightlife and of course, a vibrant café culture - there's nothing better than enjoying a slice of delicious apple strudel at your favourite coffee house and watching the world go by.

Sights favoured by most include the official residence of the President of Austria, Hofburg Palace and one of the most prominent landmarks in the city, St Stephen's Cathedral. Taking more than two centuries to construct, a tour inside this architectural marvel is an awe-inspiring experience, but to top off your visit, we recommend making your way up the 343 steps to the bell keeper's room in the South Tower, from where you can enjoy panoramic city views.


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Best time to be there

Spring is particularly pretty throughout Europe as the temperate climate awakens the flora of the region. Wet winters result in green springs and the mountains and plains come alive with blossom and flowers. This region enjoys pleasant warm summers and inland regions can be very hot in July and August, coinciding with the busiest periods. May, June and September are recommended due to the pleasant temperatures, though with fewer crowds. Eastern Europe tends to experience very cold winters, especially in inland areas. This is a pretty time to visit and many Eastern and Central European cities and towns hold traditional Christmas Fairs complete with decorated trees and festive entertainment.

Fly to

Vienna - British Airways, easyJet
Salzburg - British Airways, easyJet
Innsbruck - easyJet

flying time

Vienna - 2 hours 20 minutes
Salzburg - 1 hour 50 minutes
Innsbruck - 1 hour 45 minutes

time difference

GMT +1 hour

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Regions in Austria

Regions in Austria


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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Highlights of Budapest, Vienna and Prague

Nights: 8 | from £2,475pp

Discover the varied faces of central Europe’s three great capitals, with expert guides providing insights into the medieval, Baroque and Art Nouveau heritage... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Vienna City Break

Nights: 3 | from £550pp

Set on the banks of the Danube, the capital of Austria is a bustling metropolis bursting with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Amadeus Silver

Launched in 2013, the modern MS AMADEUS SILVER is a recent addition to the growing AMADEUS fleet. With a new longer length of 135 metres, the innovative... Find out more

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Hotel Sacher Wien

The world-famous Hotel Sacher is as much part of Vienna as the State Opera, the Ferries Wheel, the Fiaker and the Lipizzaner Horses and is ideally located... Find out more

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The Ritz-Carlton

The Viennese Waltz, the Spanish Riding School and Johann Strauss; everything associated with Vienna exudes class and quality, and the Ritz-Carlton is... Find out more

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Family Holidays | Adventure & Culture

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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