There are a lot of exciting activities that you can find in the Austrian capital of Vienna. You will discover the many things a traveler can do in this historic city. Vienna has this “new old city” feel which makes it stand out from any other European city. It is an old city like Florence and Venice but a global city as well just like London or Paris. The main attractions of Vienna are its museums which showcase the legacy of Vienna’s past and how it has been shaped by circumstance and history.
Vienna has a bustling nightlife with numerous dance halls and nightclubs. Among the top clubs in Vienna are the Flex, Fledermaus, Passage, Heaven Vienna and the American Bar. The night life scene in Vienna is a testament of the good life and the liberal tolerance of its people to different kinds of orientation and background.
The city also hosts numerous restaurants that offer Viennese cuisine and other cuisine that truly reflects the history and culture of the Austrian nation. You can also do a wine tasting tour of the Viennese country side and sample the luscious wines the country has to offer.
Vienna is a well visited city with almost 4.4 million visitors in 2009. In Austria, tourism is a major contributor to the national economy. It has created around 181,000 jobs. The top ten tourist attraction of Vienna includes Schönbrunn Palace, Tiergarten Schonbrunn, the Wiener Riesenrad, the Hofburg Palace and the Albertina. Also included in the distinct list of tourist attractions are the Donauturm observation deck, the Kunsthistorisches, the Naturhistorisches museums, the KunstHausWien and the Belvedere.
Schloss Schönbrunn or the Schönbrunn Palace is a 1,441-room palace that was the erstwhile summer retreat of the former Imperial government of Austria. It is touted as one of the most important cultural monuments in the country. The palace has been featured prominently in some James Bond movie franchise in the 1980s.
The Tiergarten Schönbrunn or Schönbrunn Zoo is the oldest public zoo in the world. It is situated on the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace. It was originally founded as an Imperial menagerie in the 18th century. The zoo has been dedicated to species conservation and to educate the people on how to preserve nature. The zoo is nestled amid the preserved buildings of the Baroque era. It is one of the zoos in the world that has pandas, where some have been part of the artificial insemination program of the zoo.
The Albertina is the museum of the First District of the city of Vienna. It is home to the largest collection of prints and graphic works of early 20th century art. It has acquired numerous prints and there are also temporary displays of works of art. There are approximately 60,000 drawings and about a million prints that are on display on the Albertina. It is located in the Innere Stadt which one of the remaining fortified sections of old Vienna.
The Wiener Riesenrad or the Giant Wheel is a Ferris wheel that measures around 212 feet tall and is located near the entrance of the Prater amusement park in city’s second district of Leopoldstadt. Its main purpose was to be part of the Golden Jubilee of the Austrian emperor Franz Josef I. The Risenrad was also part of some James Bond movies and some techno-thrillers in the 1980s.
If you want to see some cultural heritage of Austria, you can do so at the Hofburg Palace. It has been the seat of power in Austria and currently being used as the official residence of the President of Austria. It has been used by the dynasties of the Hapsburg house and has been the seat of government since the 13th century.
Truly a vacation in Austria is both enjoyable and could be worthwhile. If you want to experience a truly new old city ambience, visit Vienna today.