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Vienna | Austria

Whether you enjoy Mozart or hearing about a few of your favourite things, music is central to Austrian culture and its capital Vienna. Classical concerts, cake and coffee houses are all must-dos but you can take more than a waltz around cosmopolitan Vienna to enjoy live music and clubs too. Regal history informs the city’s grand-scale architecture, with Habsburg dynasty palaces from Hofburg to Schonbrunn, and world-class music venues including the Stasoper (opera house). Then there are the art museums whose collections are no less magnificent, and for some seasonal sparkle, there's nothing quite like visiting the Viennese Christmas market during winter months.


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Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace is the place to visit by day. On a tour through the rooms of this summer palace, discover the apartments of former emperors and wander the immaculate palace grounds. You'll learn about the former ruling family of Austria, the Habsburgs, and gain an intimate insight into how they lived.
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Guided Bike Ride

Why not get active on a guided bike ride to the 12th-century Klosterneuburg Monastery, before pedalling back to your river ship. A bike path runs right along the Danube where your ship is docked and there is also the Danube island, which is for recreational purposes only, so plenty of bike paths but no traffic! 
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Liechtenstein City Palace

Head to the baroque Liechtenstein City Palace in the heart of Vienna, where you're invited to an exclusive cocktail party and private recital. A full orchestra performs classical masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss, and there is also an operatic recital and performance by members of the Mozart Boys’ Choir.

Local Recommendations

When it comes to local knowledge there's no one better to show you the way than our on-the-ground team. Read on to find out their favourite dining venues, places of interest, customs or secrets that keep them returning to these cities time and again.

Meet Local Expert – Sue Obermoser

Experienced Cruise Director Sue Obermoser has worked with APT for 14 years, accompanying river cruises and also small ship cruises from beginning to end. Living in Vienna, she is ideally placed to share this elegant capital with you. From admiring the gold-leaf artwork of Gustav Klimt to dining at a local 'heurige' (wine tavern), the list of ways to enjoy Vienna is endless so to start, here's a few of Sue's favourite recommendations.

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General Information

Country: Austria

Currency: Euro (EUR)

International dialling code: +43

Local time: GMT +1

Note: Travel as we know it has changed in 2021. We're working to ensure all information is accurate but please check before heading out.
Panoramic view overlooking the city buildings of Vienna, Austria
Population: Approximately 1.9 million.
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Language: Austrian German

Useful phrases: Gruss gott (good day); Auf wiedersehen (good bye); Einen kaffee bitte (a coffee please)

Water: "Vienna is proud of its drinking water. You just turn on the tap and you are drinking mountain spring water which takes 36 hours to flow to the city from the lower Austrian Alps. If you are here in the summer you will find mobile drinking fountains, which are connected to hydrants. At the press of a button, you can enjoy not only a powerful slug of fresh spring water from the Austrian Alps, but also a cooling water spray."

Coffee: "Try Viennese coffee at a well-known coffee chain such as Aida." 

Wine: "Approximately two million litres of wine are produced per year in the city of Vienna, making it the most prolific wine-producing city in the world."

Around Vienna:

  • "The shortest street in Vienna is 17.5 metres long and the longest street is 14.8 kilometers long."
  • "Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna was opened in 1752, making it the oldest existing zoo in the world."
  • "The first Christmas market in Vienna was recorded in 1626."
  • "Parts of the 1987 James Bond movie The Living Daylights were filmed in Vienna. The outside footage of what is supposed to be the concert hall in Bratislava is the Volksoper in Vienna and the inside footage of the concert were filmed in the Sofiensalle, also in Vienna. This footage provides a valuable historical record as the Sofiensalle burnt down in 2001. " 
  • "My biggest tip is to hang onto your small change. Remember the expression, I need to spend a penny? That penny is now 50 to 70 cents to use a public W.C. however I have to say that they are spotlessly clean. The easiest place to find them is in the underground stations."

(Words by Sue Obermoser)