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Avid Globetrotter: 24 Hours in Vienna

Avid Globetrotter 24 Hours in Vienna

Vienna – City of Music

Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be “The City of Dreams” because it was home to the world’s first psychotherapist – Sigmund Freud. The city’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, and then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for having played an essential role as a leading European music center, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic center of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, and the late-19th-century Ringstraße lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

Vienna is known for its high quality of life. In a 2005 study of 127 world cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the city first (in a tie with Vancouver, Canada and San Francisco, USA) for the world’s most liveable cities. Between 2011 and 2015, Vienna was ranked second, behind Melbourne, Australia. For eight consecutive years (2009–2016), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Vienna first in its annual “Quality of Living” survey of hundreds of cities around the world, a title the city still held in 2016. Monocle’s 2015 “Quality of Life Survey” ranked Vienna second on a list of the top 25 cities in the world “to make a base within.”

Where to Eat

  • Breakfast
    1. Cafe Landtmann – Austrian Deli Diner – We are the epitome of the period-style Viennese coffee house: vibrant and relaxed, inviting and charming, cosmopolitan yet so typically Viennese. A place where business is conducted and friendships are nurtured.
    2. Cafe Englaender – German, Austrian, Cafe – food is creative with many Viennese classics.
    3. The Bank Brasserie & Bar –  Austrian, European, Central European – Just 100 years old, the former bank building has been fully restored. The historical banking hall is now home to the bank brasserie & bar.
  • Lunch
    1. Die Metzgerei –  Austrian, European, Central European – a typical Austrian Gasthaus without the additional kitsch.
    2. Restaurant Rote Bar – German, Austrian, European – one of the best wiener schnitzel in Vienna.
    3. Schachtelwirt –  Austrian, Fast Food, European – Very good food, very authentic Viennese kitchen for takeaway or eat right in.
  • Dinner
    1. ef16 Restaurant Weinbar – German, Austrian, European – in the heart of Vienna. Take a look at our daily, fresh & seasonal prepared dishes. Discover our award-winning garden.
    2. Sixta Restaurant – Austrian, European, Central European – Authentic Austrian restaurant with traditional dishes.
    3. Skopik & Lohn – Austrian, European, Central European – Gorgeous building in a classic local area. You feel you are dining with locals.

Where to Hear the Music

Welcome to the world’s music capital! More famous composers have lived here than in any other city – in Vienna, music is literally in the air: Waltzes and operettas have their home here, and so do musicals “made in Vienna,” which have conquered international audiences.

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. Opera fans will meet international stars here and jazz lovers will find a pulsating jazz scene. Pop and rock concerts provide unforgettable live music experiences.

  1. The Vienna Philharmonic – Symphonies, Concerts & Shows – founded in 1842, is an orchestra considered to be one of the finest in the world. The Vienna Philharmonic is based at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Its members are selected from the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.
  2. Jazzland – Jazz Clubs & Bars, Nightlife, Concerts & Shows – is the oldest of the jazz clubs still existing in Vienna. When the club was founded more than 30 years ago, there was only a small local jazz scene. Today, the realm of jazz, thanks to the pioneering work of Jazzland, which always brought together international stars with Austrian musicians, is well established in Vienna and thriving more than ever.
  3. State Opera House – Theaters, Concerts & Shows – an Austrian opera house and opera company based in Vienna, Austria. It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera. In 1920, with the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Austrian Republic, it was renamed the Vienna State Opera. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from its orchestra.
  4. Concerts at the Mozarthaus – Concerts & Shows – Chamber music in Mozart’s first residence in Vienna. Vienna’s oldest concert hall.
  5. Volksoper – Operas, Concerts & Shows – a major opera house in Vienna, Austria. It puts on around three hundred performances of twenty-five German language productions during an annual season which runs from September through June.

Top 6 Tourist Spots

  1. Schönbrunn Palace – Baroque palace with opulent interiors – 18th century summer palace with tours of lavish rococo ceremonial rooms, plus gardens with a maze.
  2. Hofburg – Baroque palace complex with ornate, baroque interiors, imperial apartments & a silver musuem.
  3. Belevedere – 18th century palaces with art collection – housing art from Middle Ages to today, with notable Klimt collection.
  4. St. Stephen’s Cathedral – Medieval place of worship & city icon – Medieval Roman Catholic place of worship with an ornate spire, catacombs & a treasury museum.
  5. Prater – public park with iconic giant wheel – open 24 hours with old-time amusements including a landmark giant wheel dating from 1897.
  6. Vienna State Opera – world-famous opera house offering major productions, original decor & multilingual guided tours.

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