About Vienna

Vienna, a city with about two million inhabitants is situated at the heart of Europe. Due to its unique geographic and geopolitical location, Vienna has become a centre of international events as well as a popular conference venue. Vienna hosts one of the United Nations headquarters and is home to a number of other international organizations.

Already the ancient Romans founded a big military camp (Vindobona) at the site of an existing settlement around 100 CE. Around 880 CE the name "Wenia" was first mentioned and later became the current name Wien (Vienna). In the 12th century the settlement developed to a town which was first the residence of the Babenberger and later of the Habsburger. Two sieges of Turkish armies in the 16th and 17th century and a major outbreak of the plague in the 18th century heavily influenced the town at that time. From the 18th century onwoards the town blossomed and expanded significantly in the surrounding area. In the 19th century the now obsolete defense structures were razed to make way for the Ringstraße, the signature boulevard with many magnificent buildings that you can still see today.

Today, Vienna offers old historical palaces and modern shopping centres, traditional hotels, Austrian food and haute cuisine, typical Viennese coffee houses and restaurants, outstanding opera performances, classical concerts and open-air festivals, antique shops and elegant boutiques – all joined together in incomparable Viennese harmony.

Impressions from Vienna 


 

Further information about Vienna
Online Travel Guide
City Administration

 

Restaurants and Coffee Shops

Vienna’s restaurants range from gourmet-type restaurants to informal restaurants and Heurigens (wine taverns). There are also many international restaurants in the city, offering a choice of almost any kind of cuisine. In Austria, breakfast is generally served between 7.00 and 10.00h., lunch between 12:00 and 14:00h, and dinner around 19:00h.

Vienna's many cafés (Kaffeehäuser) are famous cultural institutions. For the Viennese people, cafés are a place of social encounter, but of course you can also visit them to sample the delicious Viennese pastry.

As for the Heurigen, these owe their popularity not only to the excellent wine and the relaxing atmosphere, but also to the typical live Heurigen music.

Concerts, Operas, Theatres, Festivals

In Austria, the opera and theatre season lasts from September to June; some theatres, particularly in Vienna, continue during July and August. The official concert season extends from October to June, but there are a large number of concerts during the summer months as well.

Vienna Film Festival on the Rathausplatz

One of the summer highlights is the Film Festival in front of the Vienna City Hall. The cultural program ranges across various genres including opera, classical music, theatre, ballet, and modern music. You can watch all performances on a giant screen installed on the front wall of the Rathaus.
There is no entrance fee and there are plenty of food stalls close by providing an international selection of gastronomic delights.
Shows begin every evening at twilight.

Shopping

Shopping hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 - 19:00h and Saturday 09:00 - 17:00h. Except for some tobacconists and small supermarkets at petrol stations and at the main railway stations, shops are closed on Sundays.

Luxury shops can be found in the pedestrian zone along Graben and Kärntnerstrasse (underground U1,U3/Stephansplatz).
Another wellknown (and cheaper) shopping area is Mariahilferstrasse (underground U3/Neubaugasse).

Public Transport System

Vienna has a dense and extensive public transport network. It consists of an underground (called "U-Bahn"), tramways (typical Viennese call it "Bim") and buses operated by the Vienna Transport Authority.

General Informations

The whole network is subdivided into zones. The fare of a trip is calculated by the number of zones the route passes. Therefore you need only a single ticket if you use the public transport in Vienna and its vicinity.

The core zone of the network is Vienna. For all trips within Vienna you have to pay only the fare for one zone.

A trip must lead straight to the destination without any stopovers. You are allowed to change the means of transport as you like. The waiting periods during the change of means of transport do not count as stopovers. You can use the online route planner of the Vienna Transport Authority to calculate the optimal route of your trip.

The fare for one adult within one zone is 2.10 € if you buy it in advance or 2.20 € if you buy it at a ticket machine in a bus or tram (you need change for the exact amount of the fare because these ticket machines do not give change).

Validation of your ticket

You have to validate your ticket once by punching the ticket with the blue ticket validators, which are installed in buses and trams as well as at the barriers of the entrance areas to the underground and Schnellbahn. This has to be done right when you enter the means of transport or right when you enter the entrance area of the underground and Schnellbahn.

If you are using a stripe ticket, you punch your ticket as follows: The stripes on the ticket are consecutively numbered. Always validate the stripes beginning at number 1 in ascendending order by folding the ticket at the edge of a stripe. If you want to punch more than one stripe (e. g. if you go through more than one zone), fold the ticket after the adequate number of stripes and punch only the stripe with the highest number.

Note: Within the network there are conductors and civil controllers on the way and if you get caught without a valid ticket you have to pay a significant fine.

Where can I get a ticket?

All tickets except the ticket for a single trip can only be purchased in advance. These tickets are available at the ticket machines, which are positioned at the underground and Schnellbahn stations, at the ticket agencies of the Vienna Transport Authority and they are also available at tobacconists.

Tickets for a single trip can also be purchased at a slightly higher price in buses and trams. These ticket machines do not give change and you need change for the exact amount of the fare.

The Vienna Card is not available at ticket machines. If you want to make use of the reduction of the fare for the airport transfer by CAT or airport bus, you have to buy it at a travel agency at the departure building of the airport or order it online in advance.

Transfer from Vienna International Airport to Vienna

When you have arrived in Vienna you can use the public means of traffic of Vienna to proceed to your hotel in Vienna.

City Airport Train CAT

The City Airport Train is the nonstop connection between the station Wien Mitte / Landstraße and Vienna International Airport. The ride takes approx. 16 min. From the station Wien Mitte / Landstraße you have access to the underground lines U3 and U4.

Timetable CAT

Fare

Note: The CAT is not a member of the public transport network and you need an appropriate ticket if you change to or from public means of transport.

Schnellbahn S7

The S7 is the regional railroad connection between airport and Vienna. The journey time from and to the station Wien Mitte / Landstraße is about 24 min respectively, because the S7 stops at several stations along the way.

You have good access to the public transport network of Vienna at the stations Wien Mitte / Landstraße (underground lines U3 and U4), Wien Nord / Praterstern (underground line U1 and U2) and Handelskai (underground line U6). Your ticket is also valid in the public means of transport of Vienna and you can use it for your trip to and from your hotel in Vienna.

Timetable S7

Detailed timetable of the S7

Fare

Taxi

Taxis are waiting right in front of the arrival building of the airport. The fare depends on the destination in Vienna and is approx. 30.00 - 40.00 €.