5 good reasons to go to Vienna
To see / do
Culture and history
Visit the cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of Vienna's symbols, rising up 136 metres high! Inside, the cathedral is embellished with Gothic and Baroque details. But its crown jewel is undoubtedly its treasury, overflowing with relics and precious items. Emperors and bishops are buried in the cathedral's catacombs.
An awe-inspiring library
The national library is a delight for bookworms and history buffs. The building contains millions of books, maps and globes, as well as ancient documents: some date back to the 4th century! The state room is the most impressive of them all, and is simply spectacular in scale and décor: the woodwork, gilding, paintings and dome will take your breath away.
Musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in lots of houses in Vienna, but he spent many years at the height of his career at 5 Domgasse. The house's six floors lead you deep into the intricacies of the Austrian artist's everyday life. Get to know the world's most famous musician!
A night at the opera
For a magical, unforgettable evening out, head to the Wiener Staatsoper. This world-renowned mid-19th-century opera house offers a jam-packed line-up of events: with around 60 different productions put on here every year, from ballet to opera, you're bound to find something to your taste! And if you want to venture further behind the scenes, get a guided backstage tour!
Naschmarkt, the capital's main market
The wonderful Naschmarkt is held near the Karlsplatz square. Vienna's largest market is packed with 120 stalls and market-sellers, and is the perfect way to spend a day. Wander around the stands laden with local produce and grab a bite to eat. This is a round-the-world tour for the senses, and a chance to sample the tastes and flavours of all five continents.
Classic wiener schnitzel
This mouth-watering Austrian speciality needs no introduction. Wiener schnitzel is a breaded veal cutlet, although you'll sometimes find pork versions (look for 'vom Schwein' added at the end). These cutlets are often served with potatoes, and make for a quick, hearty and traditional meal.
Sachertorte, or royal cake
This dessert was whipped up by a kitchen hand for a royal banquet in the 19th century. And sachertorte is a regal offering indeed: two layers of chocolate biscuit filled with apricot jam and slathered in a rich, decadent layer of chocolate icing. Irresistible!
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