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Description of Vienna

Vienna is the capital of Austria and one of the nine Austrian provinces. With over 1.8 million inhabitants, Vienna on the Danube is the most populous city in Austria, the second largest in the German-speaking world, and the sixth largest in the European Union. About 2.8 million people live in the Greater Vienna area, which corresponds to around one third of the total Austrian population.

Architecturally, Vienna is still dominated by the buildings around the Vienna Ringstrasse from the Wilhelminian period, but also by Baroque and Art Nouveau. Due to its role as imperial imperial capital and residence city of the Empire of Austria from 1804 on, Vienna became a cultural and political center of Europe in the 19th century. As the fifth largest city in the world around 1910, the city had over two million inhabitants. The historic center of Vienna and Schönbrunn Palace are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With around seven million tourists a year and around 15 million guest nights, Vienna is one of the ten most visited cities in Europe.

Already at the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15, the city played a significant role in international diplomacy, which it has retained to this day. As an international congress and conference venue, Vienna is now home to more than 30 international organizations, including the OPEC, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the OSCE, making it one of the world's cities. The United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) houses one of the four offices of the United Nations at the Vienna International Center (VIC), popularly known as the UNO City.

In addition, Vienna is considered a city with a very high quality of life. In the international Mercer study 2017/2018, which compared the quality of life based on 39 criteria such as political, economic, social and environmental factors in 231 major cities worldwide, Vienna took first place for the ninth consecutive year. A study by the United Nations saw Vienna 2012 as the wealthiest city in the world.

 

Vienna is proud as a birthplace of Johann Straus II

 

 

Travel Destinations in Vienna

Stephansdom Quarter (Vienna)

The winding streets and spacious squares of this area form the ancient heart of Vienna. After World War II, excavations uncovered the remains of a Roman garrison, established here 2,000 years ago. In the area of ​​St. Stephen’s Cathedral, there are many buildings from different eras, from the Romanesque arches of the Ruprecht church to the modern steel and glass buildings of the impressive Haas Haus on Stephansplatz. In many buildings in the area are located government offices, businesses, taverns and stylish shops. The gothic temple of Stephansdom or St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the center of the city and its geographical center.

 

Stephansdom (Vienna)

Stephansdom (Vienna)

Stephansdom 3, A- 1010
Tel. 01- 51552 3526
Subway: Stephenplatz
Bus: 1A
Open: daily

 

Stephansdom (actually St. Stephen's Cathedral of Vienna) at the Stephansplatz in Vienna (district Inner City) is since 1365 a cathedral (seat of a cathedral chapter), since 1469/1479 cathedral (episcopal see) and since 1723 Metropolitan Church of the Archbishop of Vienna. The Roman Catholic Cathedral, also called Steffl by the Viennese, is considered a symbol of Vienna and is often referred to as the Austrian national sanctuary. The namesake is St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. The second patrocinium is All Saints Day.

The building is 107 meters long and 34 meters wide. The cathedral is one of the most important gothic buildings in Austria. Parts of the late Romanesque predecessor building from 1230/40 to 1263 are still preserved and form the west facade, flanked by the two pagan towers, which are about 65 meters high. Overall, the Stephansdom has four towers: The highest is the South Tower with 136.4 meters, the North Tower was not completed and is only 68 meters high. In the former Austria-Hungary no church higher than the south tower of St. Stephen's Cathedral was built. For example, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Linz was built two meters lower.

The south tower is an architectural masterpiece of the time; despite its remarkable height, the foundation is less than four meters deep. In the south tower there are a total of 13 bells, of which eleven are the main ring of St. Stephen's Cathedral. The Pummerin, the second largest free-swinging church bell in Europe, is located since 1957 in the north tower under a tower dome from the Renaissance period.

 

Stephansdom or Church of Saint Stephan stands in the center of Vienna. The church was originally constructed here in the 13th century. Today all that remains from the Romanesque structure is Heathen Towers and Giants' Doorway. It is burial place of many rulers from the Habsburg dynasty that once ruled Austrian Empire. Over the centuries emperors spared no expanses in magnificent additions to the church. The Gothic nave, the side chapels and the choir are were made in the 14th and 15th centuries. While High Altar, the Lower Vestry are later Baroque additions.

 

History Cathedral Saint Stephan

By the middle of the 12th century , Vienna had become an important center of German civilization in Eastern Europe , and the four existing churches, including only one parish church , were insufficient to meet the religious demand.

In 1137 , the bishop of Passau , Reginmar , and the Margrave Leopold IV signed the treaty of Mautern , where for the first time reference is made to Vienna as "Civitas", and the Church of St. Peter is transferred to the diocese of Passau. According to the treaty, the bishop donated to the Margrave Leopold IV the lands that extended beyond the walls of the city, with the notable exception of the territory assigned to the new parish church, which would become the cathedral of San Stephan.

Although previously believed to have been built in an open field outside the city walls, the new parish church was probably built in an old cemetery dating back to Roman antiquity ; the excavations carried out in the year 2000 to install a heating system exposed tombs, 2.5 meters below the surface, which were dated in the IV century with the carbon 14 technique . This discovery suggests the existence of a religious building, even before the Ruprechtskirche church .

The history of this temple begins in 1137, with a Romanesque- style church that, a hundred years later, was rebuilt in a late Romanesque style. In the seventeenth century it was extended using a Baroque style . The Romanesque portico is flanked by the two Torres de los Paganos, both 64 meters high. The tower of the north, unfinished and with a height of 68 meters, was closed in 1579 with a Renaissance cover. In the time of the Counter-Reformation, the cathedral was decorated with Baroque ornaments. Some of the elements placed have an associated symbolism: the gargoyles on the outside represent evil spirits.

This parish was consecrated to the patron of the cathedral of Passau , San Stephan. In 1137 , all the other churches of the city were placed under the jurisdiction of this parish church.

In April 1147 there was the partial consecration of the church, still under construction, in the presence of the Bishop of Passau. Its dimensions were exaggerated for what was Vienna at that time, which indicates the vision of the future of its creator, who prepared it to become the episcopal seat or church of the dukedom.

This parochial church was completed in 1160 , and possessed, with its 83 meters in length, the profile of a cathedral. It was oriented in the same way as the current, towards the sunrise point of December 26, 1137. There is almost no remains of the old church, although thanks to archaeological studies are known the measurements of the central nave, which had 12 meters wide (about 26 if the three naves are added), and a length, including the apse , of 83 meters.

The second Romanesque construction, begun in 1240 and consecrated in 1263 , and from which the western façade is conserved with the gigantic door, was promoted essentially by the new powers, the bourgeoisie and the ducal house.

The new Gothic building of San Stephan began to be built in 1304 . The spacious premises of the ship, one of the largest in Europe, testifies that here the bourgeoisie could reach the dominant position. Between 1304 and 1344 the choir was raised . From 1359 the lateral walls of the central ship began to be constructed, which enclosed like a sheath the old Romanesque ship. Until 1446 the last vaults under the gigantic roof were not concluded. Between 1359 and 1443the southern tower was raised. The first ray that falls on the main altar and illuminates the place is used as a symbol of the open sky that, according to the enunciated in the Acts of the Apostles , San Stephan could observe before dying.

The only remaining parts of the old building are the Black Chamber, located on a lower level of the Pagana South Tower, which currently houses a confessional, and part of the ground floor of the west floor.

 

 

 

Cathedral Museum (Vienna)

Haas Haus (Vienna)

Heiligenkreuzerhof (Vienna)

Applied Arts Museum (Vienna)

Franziskanerkirche (Vienna)

Winter Palace of Prince Eugene (Vienna)

Annakirche (Vienna)

Mozart House (Vienna)

Deutschordenskirche (Vienna)

Blutgasse (Vienna)

Dominikanerkirche (Vienna)

Academy of Sciences (Vienna)

Jesuitenkirch (Vienna)

Haus der Musik (Vienna)

 

 

 

Hofburg Quarter (Vienna)

What began as a modest city fortress, for centuries turned into a huge palace, the Hofburg. The palace continued to grow until the Habsburgs lost power in 1918. The presence of the court had a profound effect on the surrounding terrain. Streets, such as Herrengass and Bankgasse, are decorated with palaces that the nobility built in their desire to be as close as possible to the center of imperial power. Former palace gardens are now owned by Volkswagen and Burggarten (city garden). This area is filled with tourists during the day, but at night it is almost empty.

Hofburg Palace (Vienna)

The Albertina (Vienna)

Burgkapelle (Vienna)

Ephesos Museum (Vienna)

Hofjadg und Rustkammer (Vienna)

Volkerkundemuseum (Vienna)

Winter Riding School or Spanish Riding School (Vienna)

Neue Burg (Vienna)

State Apartments (Vienna)

Schatzkammer (Vienna)

Augustinian Church (Vienna)

Sammlung alter Musikinstrumente (Vienna)

 

Belvedere Quarter (Vienna)

The Belvedere Quarter is a grand and extravagant district of Vienna. The Karlplatz Hotel (Karlsplatz) with its gardens and statues offers a beautiful view of the Baroque church Karlskirche by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. To the east of this great church, visitors can see the two Belvedere Palaces, now public galleries and Schwarzenberg Palace. Palaces and beautiful gardens were designed by Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt after the defeat of the Turks in 1683. Only after the Turkish threat was gone, Vienna expanded. The turbulent history of the city is wonderfully documented in the Vienna Museum Karlsplatz. Just a few steps from the hotel stands Musikverein (Musikverein), where the Vienna Philharmonic is located. The Arnold Schoenberg Center contains many materials related to the compositions of the great innovator, as well as some of his paintings.

 

Karlskirche (Vienna)

 

Museum and Townhall Quarter (Vienna)

It was Emperor Franz Joseph who ordered the large institutional buildings during the Hapsburg dynasty. They were erected along the Ringstrasse in the middle of the XIX century. Today these buildings remain a magnificent and impressive example of good urban planning. The districts of Vienna, which lie to the west of the Ringstrasse, remain untouched, including Josefstadt, which still retains the 18th-century atmosphere with its picturesque streets, modest palaces and baroque churches. The cultural institutions of this area are very bright: the brilliant productions arranged by the Burgtheater and the wide exhibits in the famous Naturist Museum and the Museum of Art are very popular among tourists.

 

Burgtheater (Vienna)

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna)

 

Naturhistorisches Museum (Vienna)

 

Museums Quartier Wien (Vienna)
Museumplatz 1
Tel. 523- 5881/1723
Subway: MuseumsQuartier, Vilkstheater
Bus: 2a to the MuseumsQuartier, 48a to Volkstheater
Trolley: 49 to Volkstheater
Visitor Center
Open: 10am- 7pm daily


 

Opera and Naschmarkt (Vienna)

This is an area of ​​great contrasts, ranging from the statue of the Opera House and the wealth of Operring shops to the modernism of modern Mariahilfer Strasse. Cinemas and department stores are located on this long street, attracting buyers not only from Vienna, but also from many parts of Eastern Europe. Another main thoroughfare in the area is Linke Wienzeile, which runs parallel to Rechte Wienzeile. Both roads stretch from the limits of the Ringstrasse to the outskirts of the city, following the winding and sometimes underground Vienna river. Between these roads is a lively Naschmarkt, overlooking Otto Wagner Art Nouveau apartments on Linck Winseil. Visitors who want to escape the crowd should visit the famous Cafe Museum, located next to three great cultural institutions of the region - the Academy of Fine Arts, the Opera House and the Secession Building.

 

Staatsoper (Vienna)

 

Schottenring and Alsergrund (Vienna)

This part of Vienna is dotted with tourist attractions such as Palace Förstel, Shottenring and Shottentor, so named after the Benedictines who came here during the time of Bebenberg to found the monastery of Shotenkirche. Later Austrian rulers were responsible for erecting other monuments in the area: Joseph II built a huge public hospital, now known as Josephum, and Franz Joseph founded the Votivkirche as a way to thank the Almighty for saving the assassination attempt in 1853. In the east, closer to the Danube Canal are located quiet residential streets near the stately palace of Liechtenstein, one of the many summer palaces built outside the city gates of the noble Vienna.

 

Freud Museum (Vienna)

 

 

History of Vienna

Prehistory, Roman times, Middle Ages
Archaeological findings show that people had already made the area during the Palaeolithic era and that from the Neolithic period, the Vienna Basin was continuously populated. From the Bronze Age urn field culture in Vienna held many cremation graves but also traces of settlement testify. The older Iron Age Hallstatt culture in Vienna represented by a still clearly visible burial mound and settlement remains . From Celtic times an oppidum on the Leopoldsberg and a Celtic settlement called Vedunia ("Waldbach") is known.

In the 1st century AD, the Romans established a military camp (castrum) with the attached civilian town of Vindobona (in today's 3rd district) on the site of today's Vienna city center near the Danube to secure the border of the province of Pannonia. Even today you can see on the streets of the 1st district (Inner City), the course of the Wall and the streets of the camp. The Romans stayed in Vienna until the 5th century. The Roman legion camp was located far to the east of the Western Roman Empire and therefore quickly fell victim to the turmoil of the Germanic migration.

Center of the early medieval Vienna was the Berghof. The first written mention in the Middle Ages was 881 in the Salzburg Annals , where Weniam was mentioned as a battle against the Magyars took place. With the victory of the East Frankish king Otto I over the Magyars in the year 955 at the battle on the Lechfeld began the rise of Vienna as well as Austria. In 976 Leopold I of Babenberg became count of the Eastern March, a 60-mile district centering on the Danube on the eastern frontier of Bavaria. This initial district grew into the duchy of Austria. Each succeeding Babenberg ruler expanded the march east along the Danube, eventually encompassing Vienna and the lands immediately east. In 1145 Duke Henry II Jasomirgott moved the Babenberg family residence from Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria to Vienna. From that time, Vienna remained the center of the Babenberg dynasty.

After the end of the Third Crusade , the English King Richard the Lionheart was captured on his return to England by Margrave Leopold V the Virtuus 1192 in Erdberg near Vienna (now in the 3rd district) and held prisoner in Dürnstein. With the lush ransom a mint was established, which financed the first large city expansion.

 

In 1440 Vienna became the resident city of the Habsburg dynasty. It eventually grew to become the de facto capital of the Holy Roman Empire (800–1806) in 1437 and a cultural centre for arts and science, music and fine cuisine. Hungary occupied the city between 1485 and 1490.

In the 16th and 17th centuries Christian forces stopped Ottoman armies twice outside Vienna (see Siege of Vienna, 1529 and Battle of Vienna, 1683). A plague epidemic ravaged Vienna in 1679, killing nearly a third of its population.

Austro-Hungarian Empire and the early 20th century
In 1804, during the Napoleonic Wars, Vienna became the capital of the Austrian Empire and continued to play a major role in European and world politics, including hosting the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, Vienna remained the capital of what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city was a centre of classical music, for which the title of the First Viennese School is sometimes applied.

During the latter half of the 19th century, the city developed what had previously been the bastions and glacis into the Ringstraße, a new boulevard surrounding the historical town and a major prestige project. Former suburbs were incorporated, and the city of Vienna grew dramatically. In 1918, after World War I, Vienna became capital of the Republic of German-Austria, and then in 1919 of the First Republic of Austria.

From the late 19th century to 1938, the city remained a centre of high culture and modernism. A world capital of music, the city played host to composers such as Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler and Richard Strauss. The city's cultural contributions in the first half of the 20th century included, among many, the Vienna Secession movement, psychoanalysis, the Second Viennese School, the architecture of Adolf Loos and the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle. In 1913, Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Tito, Sigmund Freud and Joseph Stalin all lived within a few miles of each other in central Vienna, some of them being regulars at the same coffeehouses. Within Austria, Vienna was seen as a centre of socialist politics, for which it was sometimes referred to as "Red Vienna". The city was a stage to the Austrian Civil War of 1934, when Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss sent the Austrian Army to shell civilian housing occupied by the socialist militia.

Anschluss and World War II
In 1938, after a triumphant entry into Austria, Austrian-born Adolf Hitler spoke to the Austrian Germans from the balcony of the Neue Burg, a part of the Hofburg at the Heldenplatz. Viennese Jews were looted, deported and murdered.[52][53] Between 1938 (after the Anschluss) and the end of the Second World War, Vienna lost its status as a capital to Berlin as Austria ceased to exist and became a part of Nazi Germany. It was not until 1955 that Austria regained full sovereignty.

On 2 April 1945, the Soviets launched the Vienna Offensive against the Germans holding the city and besieged it. British and American air raids and artillery duels between the SS and Wehrmacht and the Red Army crippled infrastructure, such as tram services and water and power distribution, and destroyed or damaged thousands of public and private buildings. Vienna fell eleven days later. Austria was separated from Germany, and Vienna was restored as the republic's capital city, but the Soviet hold on the city remained until 1955.

Divided Vienna
After the war, Vienna was part of Soviet-occupied Eastern Austria until September 1945. As in Berlin, Vienna in September 1945 was divided into sectors by the four powers: the US, the UK, France and the Soviet Union and supervised by an Allied Commission. The four-power occupation of Vienna differed in one key respect from that of Berlin: the central area of the city, known as the first district, constituted an international zone in which the four powers alternated control on a monthly basis. The control was policed by the four powers on a de facto day-to-day basis, the famous "four soldiers in a jeep" method. The Berlin Blockade of 1948 raised Western concerns that the Soviets might repeat the blockade in Vienna. The matter was raised in the UK House of Commons by MP Anthony Nutting, who asked: "What plans have the Government for dealing with a similar situation in Vienna? Vienna is in exactly a similar position to Berlin."

 

There was a lack of airfields in the Western sectors, and authorities drafted contingency plans to deal with such a blockade. Plans included the laying down of metal landing mats at Schönbrunn. The Soviets did not blockade the city. The Potsdam Agreement included written rights of land access to the western sectors, whereas no such written guarantees had covered the western sectors of Berlin. Also, there was no precipitating event to cause a blockade in Vienna. (In Berlin, the Western powers had introduced a new currency in early 1948 to economically freeze out the Soviets.) During the 10 years of the four-power occupation, Vienna became a hotbed for international espionage between the Western and Eastern blocs. In the wake of the Berlin Blockade, the Cold War in Vienna took on a different dynamic. While accepting that Germany and Berlin would be divided, the Soviets had decided against allowing the same state of affairs to arise in Austria and Vienna. Here, the Soviet forces controlled districts 2, 4, 10, 20, 21 and 22 and all areas incorporated into Vienna in 1938.

They put up barbed wire fences around the perimeter of West Berlin in 1953, but not in Vienna. By 1955, the Soviets, by signing the Austrian State Treaty, agreed to relinquish their occupation zones in Eastern Austria as well as their sector in Vienna. In exchange they required that Austria declare its permanent neutrality after the allied powers had left the country. Thus they ensured that Austria would not be a member of NATO and that NATO forces would therefore not have direct communications between Italy and West Germany.

The atmosphere of four-power Vienna is the background for Graham Greene's screenplay for the film The Third Man (1949). Later he adapted the screenplay as a novel and published it. Occupied Vienna is also depicted in the Philip Kerr novel, A German Requiem.

Austrian State Treaty and afterwards
The four-power control of Vienna lasted until the Austrian State Treaty was signed in May 1955. That year, after years of reconstruction and restoration, the State Opera and the Burgtheater, both on the Ringstraße, reopened to the public. The Soviet Union signed the State Treaty only after having been provided with the political guarantee by the federal government to declare Austria's neutrality after the withdrawal of the allied troops. This law of neutrality, passed in late October 1955 (and not the State Treaty itself), ensured that modern Austria would align with neither NATO nor the Soviet bloc, and is considered one of the reasons for Austria's late entry into the European Union.

In the 1970s, Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky inaugurated the Vienna International Centre, a new area of the city created to host international institutions. Vienna has regained much of its former international stature by hosting international organizations, such as the United Nations (United Nations Industrial Development Organization, United Nations Office at Vienna and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

 

 

 


Transportation

Get in
By plane
Vienna International Airport
Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) IATA: VIE) is located just outside the city limits of Vienna, and a few miles southeast of the suburb of Schwechat. The airport is the home base of the flag-carrier Austrian Airlines, as well formerly budget airline Niki.

Most European airlines and a significant number of intercontinental airlines have direct connections to Vienna from their respective hubs. However, only Austrian Airlines fly to the Americas (Chicago, New York, Toronto and Washington), and there is no service to Africa (aside from Egypt and Tunisia) making a change necessary to reach Vienna.

Airport transfer
Just past customs, there are numerous companies offering airport transportation. Here you can look for two very small monitors displaying all the next trains and the buses departing, to the right and left respectively (at the back of the space where people receive travellers). By preference:

S-Bahn (commuter rail), (underneath terminal). 5:00-24:00. S-Bahn suburban trains run on the S7 line to Vienna. These provide the cheapest and most convenient connection to the city centre, and the single fare is €4.20. Take a train bound for Floridsdorf, which departs twice an hour, and get off at Wien-Mitte station on the eastern edge of the city centre (25 min). From there the U-Bahn line U3 connects to Stephansplatz right in the core of the city centre, whereas line U4 provides service to Karlsplatz (for the Opera House) as well as the Donaukanal and the Schönbrunn Palace. The station is one level below arrivals: follow signs to separate platform near the CAT and downstairs from the CAT. You need a Vienna Zone 100 ticket (€2.20 and including all connecting transit in Vienna; day/week/etc. passes are also valid) + one extra VOR ('Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region' -East Region Transport Association-) 'Außenzone' (outside zone) (€2.20) since the airport is legally outside of the city. (Not sure, but the 'Außenzone' does not appear in the English menu of the ticket machine, so you have to buy a €2.20 zone 100 ticket instead and stamp it.) Tickets have to be purchased and stamped before boarding. You can also buy a VOR weekly or monthly card which may or may not cover the airport, depending on chosen zones. Conductors aren't hesitant to fine anyone (€103) without a valid ticket, and being a tourist is not a valid excuse, although unless you're an Austrian citizen or resident you cannot actually be forced to pay the fine. ÖBB (red) ticket machines are on the way and on the platform itself. €4.10 each way.
IC/Railjet trains. Since december 2015, direct trains are running between Vienna International Airport and Vienna Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) every half an hour. The trip costs the same as the S-Bahn (2 x 2.20 for two zones) and only takes 16-18 minutes. At Main Station, there is connection to the underground line U1 and to several tram and bus lines. edit
Shuttle provided by hotel. Select Vienna hotels offer guests shuttle service to and from the airport, usually for a fee that's cheaper than a taxi, sometimes you will share the shuttle with guests from your own or nearby hotels.
Vienna AirportLines Bus, (outside arrivals). 5:00-24:00. Direct buses drive frequently between Vienna International Airport and assorted points in Vienna. Operated by Postbus. Tickets can be purchased with cash from the operator. All routes: One way €8, Round-trip €13.
Morzinplatz/Schwedenplatz line goes to the city center (District 1). Buses every 30 minutes, the trip takes 20 minutes. At Schwedenplatz there is a connection to the underground lines U1 and U4 as well as buses and trams. Saint Stephans Cathedral (the very centre of Vienna) is a five-minute walk away.
Meidling/Westbahnhof line is the railway connector, departing every 20-30 minutes and stopping at Meidling Railway Station (30min) and Westbahnhof/West Railway Station (45min).
Kaisermühlen VIC/Kagran line goes to Vienna International Centre (the UN) and serves hotels in the eastern part of Vienna. Runs hourly and takes 20-45min. depending upon destination.

 

City Airport Train (CAT), (underneath terminal). Over-advertised, non-stop to Wien-Mitte Station (Landstraße) in 16 minutes. Departs at :09 and :39 past every hour from 6.09 to 23.39. The return departs Wien-Mitte at :07 and :37 past the hour between 5.37 and 23.07. The CAT is only useful if it is the next train departing (otherwise take the S-Bahn S7 line, it runs the same route). If you aren't heading to Wien-Mitte area, definitely consider a more direct train or bus, it will be faster and cheaper. Star Alliance and Air Berlin/Niki offer check-in (including baggage) at Wien-Mitte (Landstraße) Station. Alternatively, consider luggage lockers and the regular train. City check-in may be denied from 90 minutes before departure. One way €11, return trip €19.
Taxi. Airport taxis (outside at the taxi rank) will charge according to the meter, with fare to the city centre likely to cost at least €50. You can try to agree a fixed fare before getting in; to anywhere for €25-€30, but if you don't care to negotiate, or your destination is at the northern or western edge of the city, a pre-booked flat-rate transfer is likely cheaper and easier. Go back inside the airport and there are several offices at arrivals where you can arrange a cheaper car straight away. Airport Taxi Wien from €24,- Airport Taxi Wien; (+43 660 490 13 433; PayPal and all major credit cards accepted); Wien Flughafentaxi Fixpreis €25,- Flughafentaxi Wien; FixpreisFlughafentaxi Wien Schwechat; (+43 664 638 73 00; call from 8am - 9pm; from € 23.99; all credit cards except AMEX accepted; free children seats and boosters); Airport Service Wien (43 676 351 64 20; call Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; taxi works 5:45am-9:30pm) €27 (max. 3 people) to/from any destination address within Vienna, Vienna Airport Cab (43 676 786 10 65; taxi works 24/7) €27 (max. 3 people), €31 (max. 4 people), €50 (max. 8 people) every 8th service is free; Fluxi Taxi (+43664 781 04 16; 24/7 - book online via secure webform) from and to Airport 25€/ Fixed Price, all credit cards accepted, child sit included in price, free Wi-Fi, free Pad, free water; Rosenov Airport Transfers +43-1-485 77 77, Mo-Fr 9am-6pm offers flat-rate to Vienna for €29, Vienna Airport Taxi +43 (0) 664 366 1 660, Price starting from €25.Taxi Airport Prestige +43 (0) 664 315 99 09. Another alternative are Kiwitaxi, Airport Taxi Vienna, Flughafen Taxi Wien or Airport Taxi Wien only safe, comfortable and clean luxury sedans from Mercedes and with friendly, multilingual driver, you can try and new VIP Airport taxi or call on (+43 676 373 28 03)

 

Tax refund
Refer to the brochure for locations and tips. Your best bet for receiving tax refund is to find a refund office in the city. Otherwise, indicate that you need to receive tax refund at check-in. You then take any checked luggage containing tax-free purchases to a customs office (right in the check-in area) to get a stamp and drop off the checked luggage; then visit a nearby refund office.

Customs officers don't normally ask you to actually unpack and show your purchases. You will be asked if any applicable purchases are in your hand luggage. Although it is illegal, you may be encouraged to lie to agents, saying that everything is in your checked luggage even if it isn't. This is due to an otherwise tedious process; you have to visit yet another office by the gates. (Especially at the C Gates--there you will have to ring for an officer, wait to be picked up by bus and taken to the a refund office and back to your departure, allow 1 hour for the whole procedure.) Alternatively, you can visit a refund office on arrival in your home country--provided that you visited customs and had your receipts stamped in Vienna. Additional commission or unfavourable exchange rate can apply if refunding in other country.

 

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

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Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

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