About Vienna

vienna tourism

vienna tourism

Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning architecture. Famous for its many cultural events, classical concerts, imperial architecture, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. Today’s cityscape is characterized by the abundance of baroque buildings created mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia and Emperor Franz Joseph who was largely responsible for the monumental architecture round the Ringstraße.

Sightseeing

  

Schloss Schönbrunn, the former imperial summer residence, is one of the most popular sights. The imposing palace with the beautifully tended formal gardens, the Gloriette monument, the Palm House, and the zoo attract a great number of visitors each year. The vast Hofburg (Congress Venue) was once the home of the Habsburg family for over six centuries, and is an impressive repository of culture and heritage.

In Vienna, old coffee houses and rustic wine taverns stand alongside with top restaurants and shops, time-honoured events alternate with internationally-acclaimed extravaganzas (Life Ball) to create a unique and very special ambiance. Another special feature of Vienna are its many green spaces and recreational areas such as the Wienerwald, the Prater and the Donauinsel.

Vienna City Hall is the seat of local government of Vienna, located on Rathausplatz in the Innere Stadt district. Constructed from 1872 to 1883 in a Neo-Gothic style according to plans designed by Friedrich von Schmidt, it houses the office of the Mayor of Vienna as well as the chambers of the city council and Vienna Landtag diet.

Just 15 minutes walking distance from the congress venue Hofburg, it is a perfect location to enjoy the sunset.

Heldenplatz is a public space in front of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Located in the Innere Stadt district, the President of Austria resides in the adjoining Hofburg wing, while the Federal Chancellery is on adjacent Ballhausplatz.

The Outer Castle Gate on the southside remained standing when the fortification walls were dismantled. Erected in 1824 by Pietro Nobile according to plans designed by Luigi Cagnola, and inaugurated by Emperor Francis I of Austria in the honour of the veterans of the Napoleonic Wars, it was rebuilt as a war memorial in 1933/34 and houses a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Just right behind the congress venue Hofburg it is the perfect spot for a lunchbreak in the sun.

The Belvedere is not only a magnificent Baroque palace but also houses one of Austria's most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736), successful general and art connoisseur, had Belvedere garden palace built by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt as his summer residence – at the time it was still outside the gates of the city. 
This baroque architectural jewel consists of two palaces (Upper and Lower Belvedere), which today house Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day.

A little bit further but easily reachable by public transport you can visit the Belvedere museum.

Restaurants

  

Located in the Innere Stadt district the congress venue Hofburg is the perfect spot to start your free time after the congress. A vast selection of different restaurants, bars and cafés are easily reachable in walking distance.
If you are searching for restaurant and food highlights we recommend to visit the markets of Vienna, for example the Naschmarkt, and the museum district and the Spittelberg.

Social activities

   

Vienna is the world’s capital of music — The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Boys’ Choir set the international tone, while the State Opera House and the Golden Hall at the Musikverein are among the world’s leading venues. Traditional strengths endure to this day — the Vienna sound pioneered by local DJs enjoys worldwide popularity.

The city’s concert halls and stages offer the whole range from classical  to progressive sounds with end-to-end festivals the whole year through. Operafans will meet international stars here and jazz lovers will find a pulsating jazz scene. Pop and rock concerts  provide unforgettable live music experiences. The very best in electronic music for chill-out sessions or dancing the night away is available in numerous clubs.

The Wiener Musikverein , commonly shortened to Musikverein, is a concert hall in the Innere Stadt borough of Vienna. It is the home of the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra.

The Great Hall (Großer Saal), due to its highly regarded acoustics, is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, along with Berlin's Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Boston's Symphony Hall. The Vienna Musikverein was not built in the modern era with the application of architectural acoustics, and has a long, tall, and narrow shoebox shape.

Within 15 minutes walking distance or by public transport you can visit different classic concerts each day after the congress.

The Vienna State Opera is prized for its exceptional acoustics. There are performances almost 300 nights a year and a different billing virtually every day. The Theater an der Wien has established a name for itself as „the other“ venue for opera.

New premieres each month — from baroque to contemporary — are a hit among opera-goers.

Meanwhile at the Vienna Chamber Opera, the focus is on rarities. The Volksoper presents classic operas in German, musicals and lively operettas.

With just a 8 minutes walking distance it is the perfect location for an grand finale of your ESCAP visit.