Walking around Vienna is like revisiting a past full of history and a lot of glamour. It is going back to the times of the Habsburg dynasty and being dazzled by imperial palaces, monuments, churches that are true works of art, streets and neighborhoods that have modernized over time, but have not left aside their essence.
In addition, it is very likely that in Vienna you will hear a lot of music, whether at the Wiener Staatsoper – the Opera － or in churches and concert halls. This is because some of the most famous composers in the world are Austrians, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert.
Visiting the capital of Austria without enough time ends up frustrating many travelers, as the number of important sights and attractions is enormous. The Cathedral of St. Stephen, one of the city’s symbols, and the Hofburg, the imperial Habsburg-era complex, for example, are mandatory stops. It is worth mentioning that in the Hofburg there is also the imperial chapel, where the famous singing boys from Vienna take place.
Those who love history and art should not forget to put the Museums quartier in the script. A 90,000 square meter complex full of museums, cafes, restaurants and concert halls. And also the Kunsthistorisches museum, built at the behest of Emperor Franz Joseph. On site you will see up close a super collection with works by artists like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez, as well as visiting one of the most beautiful cafés in Vienna.
The visit to the cafes is also part of the visitor’s experience in the city, as this old Viennese habit goes far beyond sitting at the table and enjoying a slice of cake with a hot drink.
It is to enjoy the atmosphere of traditional establishments, with period decoration, to be able to read newspapers or magazines without haste and to enjoy a menu full of local culinary delights. Here in the MD guide you will find cafes that, in our opinion, are a must in Vienna, among them Café Central, Café Demel and Café Museu.
Finally, in Vienna you will find a caring people who, in general, treat tourists very well. As in the rest of Europe, the local currency is the Euro (€), but the country’s official language is German, remembering that those who speak English will not have any difficulties during their stay.
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