Vienna A Travel Guide For Australian Capital Visitors

Vienna, the capital of Austria, exudes imperial grandeur and artistic legacy. Every time I have visited this historic city, I have been in awe of its stunning architecture, classical music, and culinary delights. Though as cliched as it sounds, the city perfectly blends old and new with its beautiful historic buildings and contemporary cultural scene. Vienna attracts millions of visitors annually, making it one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Although I’ve visited this imperial city thrice, I explore it like a first-time visitor. Therefore, I could only say yes when Air India offered me to visit Vienna on their newly launched Delhi-Vienna route.

Why visit Vienna

Wein or Vienna has been voted the most liveable city in the world many times. Not only do its residents love it, but it’s a darling of tourists alike. The imperial capital of Austria, Vienna, has mind-blowing architecture and offers a lively cultural scene. From visiting the grand imperial palaces to attending classical music concerts, there is plenty of things to do and see in Vienna. Known as the Music Capital of the World, you can enjoy the music in virtually every square, park and cafe.

And foodies would love to know that the city is also known for its captivating coffee culture and pastry shops that can melt away your heart in a bite. Vienna is also an excellent destination for art lovers, with a wide variety of museums and galleries showcasing works by famous artists. Although Vienna is an expensive city, it has an abundance of flea markets offering many unique and wonderful items on sale, such as authentic antiques, handcrafted jewellery, local cuisine, and so much more waiting to be discovered.

Last but not least, Austria’s capital, Vienna, is the biggest drink-producing city in the world. Home to 700 hectares of vineyards and more than 630 drink producers, Vienna is the only capital in the world to produce so much drink within the city limits – including famous drink destinations like France’s Bordeaux, Italy’s Tuscany and USA’s Napa Valley.

When is the best time to visit Vienna?

Although there is no wrong time to visit Vienna, having visited Vienna several times in different seasons, the best time to visit Vienna is during the spring and fall months – from April to May and September to October. The weather is mild, and the city has a lesser influx of tourists than in the peak summer months. However, visiting Vienna during the holiday season is a must if you enjoy Christmas markets.

Spring in Vienna is a magical time of year when the city is brimming with blooming flowers, warm sunshine, and abundant cultural events. Renowned for its beautiful gardens and parks, the city has many spots to check out spring blooms. Some of Vienna’s best places to check out spring blooms are Schönbrunn Palace Gardens, Stadtpark, Belvedere Palace Gardens, and Volksgarten.

How to reach Vienna

Conveniently located in Central Europe, the Austrian capital is exceptionally well-connected with the rest of the world. Several international and local flights operate flights to and from Vienna International Airport. Alternatively, you can reach Vienna by train, bus, car, or boat from Budapest or Bratislava.

My Experience Flying Delhi to Vienna by Air India

If you are flying from India, I recommend you take Air India’s direct flight from Delhi to Vienna. I flew business class with them, and it was a delightful experience. Firstly, the flight timings are super convenient – departure and arrival are not at odd hours of the day. My Delhi to Vienna flight departed from Delhi at 2.30 pm and arrived at Vienna airport at 6.30 pm. This convenient time of flying and landing gifted me extra time to explore the nightlife the same day. While returning, I had an 8:30 pm flight departure and a 7 am landing. This gave me a whole night’s rest and no jet lag.

The in-flight comfort and joyfull were exceptionally great, and the multicourse meals served on the plane were prepared by the reputed Chefs of the Taj Hotel. My entire journey from airport check-in to landing at Vienna airport was smooth and comfortable.

Most importantly, the friendly and polite cabin crew won my heart. They made me feel like I was not travelling with some airline staff but with family members.

Getting around Vienna

Once in Vienna, there are multiple ways to explore the city – by foot, through public transport or car hire.

Exploring Vienna by Public Transport

Although Vienna is a walkable city, I recommend purchasing a Vienna City Card to cover more ground in less time. This card offers unlimited use of Vienna’s public transportation system and discounts at various attractions and restaurants. Vienna has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe, which includes buses, trams, and a metro system known as the U-Bahn. You can purchase single tickets or a 24-hour or 48-hour pass, depending on your needs. Prices start at Price 17 Euro. Taxis and Uber are also available for getting around the city.

Exploring Vienna by a River Cruise

If you want to explore Vienna in 2 days from a different perspective, a river cruise can be a great way to see the city. Although I’ve not done it myself, a river cruise lets you see Vienna’s most iconic sights, such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Danube Tower, and the Vienna State Opera, from the water.

It’s a relaxing way to take a break from walking around the city and enjoy the views and the breeze. You can book a Vienna river cruise through operators such as DDSG sapphire Danube, Vienna Sightseeing, Vienna Danube Cruises, and Danube Canal Tours. Vienna Cruise prices start at around €20 for a basic sightseeing tour and up to €60 for a dinner cruise.

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