Known as one of the most musical cities in the world to being famous for it's old-world coffee house heritage, Vienna possesses a rich cultural legacy that is unlike any other city out there. One of the major reasons for the brimming tourism is because the capital of Austria has experienced the brilliant works of world-famous musicians and composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, Johann Strauss, Liszt, Brahms, Bruckner and several others.
But Vienna is not just a musical city, the former Austro-Hungarian empire has a rich illustrious history to share with it's grand monumental structures, sprawling museums and stunning architecture. Revisit the past by taking a trip to the Schonbrunn Palace which accommodates 1,441 rooms. Known to be a major haunt for tourists, the grandeur can only be comparable to Versailles. Similarly, the Hofburg Imperial Palace has a glorious and captivating story to narrate having been home to some of Europe's most powerful royalty in the past. Don't forget to visit the Spanish Riding School, a classic riding school for Lipizzan horses that showcases public performance at the Winter Riding School in the Hofburg.
Marvel the spectacular architecture seen in St. Stephen's Cathedral. One of the major attractions the cathedral can boast of is that the striking roof is crafted with 2,30,000 glazed tiles. More notable architecturally-rich sites are the Gothic-style building, Wiener Rathus which serves as the town hall as well as the seat of government and the Hunderwasserhaurs which is a unique, colorful and vibrant building with each of the 52 apartments sporting a different color.
The metropolis is not known as the land of music for nothing. The city which was home to Mozart, Beethoven and other musical geniuses houses the State Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper), People's Opera House, the Burgtheater and the Theater an der Wien. Music aficionados can stop by at the Haus der Musik, an interesting museum that seeks to enlighten the minds and explain the world of music to both children and adults in an interactive way. But this cosmopolitan city is not just about classical music as live rock and jazz are also played.
Take a stroll around the Ringstrasse road which stretches for about 5km (3 miles). The street is home to some of the most famous buildings such as the State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper), the Natural History Museum, City Hall and the Vienna Stock Exchange. Shoppers may want to check out Garben which boasts of a high-end shopping arcade that houses several local merchandise like the Wien Porzellan.
No trip to Vienna is complete without experiencing their unique one-of-a-kind coffee culture. Coffee is not just a drink to the Viennese, it is a lifestyle. The coffee house possesses an old-world charm to it with customers allowed to spend their entire day there in leisure. It plays a significant part in the city's social experience. Sweet-toothed tourists, be sure to try out Vienna's world-famous Sachertorte which is a scrumptious and delicious chocolate cake. It is delicately prepared with a thin layer of apricot jam and a rich chocolate glaze.
Vienna offers plenty of hotel stay options with the richie-rich opting for the best luxury hotels the city can boast of. Backpackers and travellers with limited cash can choose from a wide variety of modest budget apartments as it is cheap and affordable.
Vienna experiences a moderate climate with heavy snowfalls seen during winter. The best time to experience the joys of this city is during Spring as the weather is pleasant plus music events such as Vienna Spring Festival happen during that time of the year.