Said to be the city of dreams, Vienna has a true love of art and culture. Hosting an impressive 200 balls a year in the beautiful royal palaces, and with strong veins of Medieval and Baroque architecture running through the streets, tradition is still embraced in this historic capital.
For centuries, Vienna was the stomping ground for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and though dissolved in 1918, there are reminders of the bygone era throughout the inner sections of the city. For culture vultures, the Historic Centre of Austria combined with the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and its Old Master Collection, and the Vienna State Opera are all a must.
Yet not one to be left behind, Austria not only embraces its past, but is also exploring its future with an expansion of the capital's culinary scene and exciting nightlife, as well as a newfound taste for quirky museums and cool cafes.
Both culturally and musically fabulous, Vienna is a great choice whether you are a fast-track traveller or a slow-paced sightseer.