Vienna is famed the world over for its love of life and the arts
There are many excellent reasons to travel to Vienna. The city is famous for its magnificent imperial heritage and its palaces. The capital scores highly thanks to cultural attractions like its concert halls, museums, and theaters from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Vienna State Opera. Indeed, the Austrian capital is considered the city with the world's highest standard of living.
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Visitors to Vienna have the pick of 55,000 beds in some 400 hotels and pensions. There is something for everybody. From five-star hotel to low-budget accommodations and noble former palaces to brand new hostels.
Vienna is not only the capital of Austria, but also one of its nine federal states. St. Stephen's Cathedral, considered the center of the city by its inhabitants. During the summer temperatures rarely rise above 30º C, during the winter hardly ever fall below -5º C. Want to know more about Vienna's history or how is life in Vienna?
The Life Ball at Vienna City Hall
The Life Ball at Vienna City Hall will be all about oriental opulence this year. On May 25, 2013 Europe's most flamboyant charity event will set off on a flight of fancy inspired by 1001 Arabian Nights. Visitors to the Life Ball will be whisked away to an enchanting world of poetry and fairytales, mythical beasts and genies, romantic verse and wise allegories. It is also Austria's most important fashion event and takes place in and around City Hall. Among the highlights of the evening is a fashion show. This year Elton John, Bill Clinton and Eva Longoria will come to City Hall and Rathausplatz, 1010 Vienna
Fascinating new hotels for Vienna
The first Austrian branch of hotel chain Ritz-Carlton opened now in Vienna's historic city center with 202 rooms and suites, followed by Lamée, a four-star-plus design hotel with 22 rooms and ten suites. At the end of 2012 the luxury Sans Souci Wien with 122 beds opened next door to the MuseumsQuartier in the seventh district. Also in the seventh district, the new extension of the 25hours Hotel Wien will now open, taking the total number of rooms at the three-star accommodation to 372.
Never leave Vienna without a Kiss
His paintings notably The Kiss, one of the world's best-known pictures are seen as epitomizing the spirit of change. All forms of high culture gravitated towards Vienna around 1900. Pioneering developments in the worlds of literature, the visual arts, architecture and music were taking place at a speed not seen since. In 1910 Vienna had a population of two million, making it the world's fifth-largest city and the undisputed cultural capital of Central Europe. Gustav Klimt's pictures reflect the artistic and scientific discoveries and developments that shaped the period.
Top free things to do in Vienna
Summer Night Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic
If one were to pick out a single concert, it would be the open-air concert by the Vienna Philharmonic with Schönbrunn Palace as a backdrop. Every year, this concert enables many visitors to hear one of the best orchestras in the world, with free admission and a stunning Baroque setting. The Summer Night Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic takes place usually on end of May and begins about 21:00. No numbered tickets and no reservations. Schönbrunn Palace Gardens in front of the Neptune Fountain, 1130 Vienna.
In the Footsteps of Empress Sisi
Sisi Museum in the Imperial Apartments of Hofburg Palace
The Imperial Apartments grant insight into the magnificent state and private premises of the imperial family. Accessible to the public are the great audience hall, the conference room in which the council of ministers and the crown council convened and the private rooms of Emperor Franz Josef I and his legendary Sisi, Empress Elisabeth.