Travel Tips for Vienna

We would like to provide you with some Vienna Essentials on sightseeing, cultural events, typical food and local wisdom. Please find a shortlist below.

 

Arrival/Departure from the Airport

- Taxi from the airport to the city, if you make a reservation in advance you can save about 15€ on a taxi from the airport to your hotel. https://www.airportdriver.at/de

-CAT: The City Airport Train/ CAT provides direct transport from the airport to the city center.: https://www.viennaairport.com/passagiere/anreise__parken/city_airport_train_cat

Airportbus: https://www.viennaairportlines.at/en/

Public Transport/Railjet, usually the cheapest option: https://www.oebb.at/en/regionale-angebote/ueberregionale-angebote/anreise-zum-flughafen/anreise-wien.html

 

Public Transport

The public transport in vienna is safe and quick. Take a look at the homepage to find the best solution for your stay.

https://www.wienerlinien.at/eportal3/ep/channelView.do/pageTypeId/66533/channelId/-2000544

 

Sightseeing

- Schloß Schönbrunn / Schönbrunn  Palace was the summer residence of the Habsburgs in Vienna. This palace was made famous by the movie about the Empress Sissi. One can visit the castle, walk in the beautiful surrounding park and take a walk up the hill to the Gloriette from where one has a beautiful view over Vienna. There is also a large zoo which was founded by the Emperor Franz I Stephan for the citizens of Vienna. https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en/

- Hofburg & Heldenplatz The Hofburg was the winter residence of the Habsburg family and is still the residence of our President - if the Austrian flag is flying on the roof, he is in his office. There are several famous museums inside, among them the baroque rooms of the National Library, the National Treasure Chamber, Kaiser Zimmer / Imperial Apartments and the Sissi Museum. Heldenplatz, the square directly in front of Hofburg also has vast historical significance.
https://www.hofburg-wien.at/en/

- Stephansdom / Cathedral of Saint Stephan is the main church of Vienna and is located directly in the city centre. 
http://www.stephanskirche.at/

- Belvedere:
 From the Palais, built by Prince Eugene, you have a beautiful view over Vienna. The Upper Belvedere hosts an art gallery with several famous works by Gustav Klimt. Buing your tickets online is recommended. https://www.belvedere.at/en

- Erster Bezirk / First District: This is the area within the ‘Ringstraße’ and is a museum all on its own, hosting many sightseeing attractions. The best way to view it is on foot. Most of the famous buildings and institutions are located in this district, which is also the oldest part of Vienna.  

- Museums: 
+ Art history museum, 
https://www.khm.at/en/
+ Albertina, 
https://www.albertina.at/
+ Museumsquartier, 
https://www.mqw.at/en/
+ Natural history museum Vienna, 
http://www.nhm-wien.ac.at/en (one of the social Tours)
+ Secession (famous for “Beethoven Frieze” by Gustav Klimt), 
https://www.secession.at/en/

Eating and Drinking:

- Kaffeehaus. The Viennese Cafés are an institution, culture and manifestation of the Viennese soul. Don’t just  order a coffee - first look at the menu of ‘Kaffevariationen’, such as. Melange, Mocca, Einspänner, großer Brauner, Verlängerter, just to name a few. 
A few famous cafés are:
+ Café Central (very classical interior) https://www.cafecentral.wien/en/
+ Café Landtmann, 
https://www.landtmann.at/
+ Cafe Sacher (where the world famous Sachertorte / Sacher-Cake was invented, just behind the State Opera) 
https://www.sacher.com/en/

- Dining out
Typical Austrian dishes are:
+ Tafelspitz, this was the legendary & also favorite dish of the Kaiser. If you like beef, then this is your dish of choice. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tafelspitz
+ Wiener Schnitzel (originally only made of veal), 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiener_schnitzel
+ Fritattensuppe, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fl%C3%A4dle

As dessert the following are typical
(You can also have these as a main course - yes, native Austrians eat deserts as main course!)
+ Kaiserschmarrn, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiserschmarrn
+ Marillenknödel, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marillenkn%C3%B6del
+ Mohnnudeln, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohnnudel
+ Germknödel, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germkn%C3%B6del
+ Buchteln, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchteln

- Some restaurants and coffee shops close to the conference center:

In the courtyard just next to the conference center, you can find a whole range of restaurants and also a Billa supermarket. Restaurants include typical Viennese/Austrian venues such as: Universitätsbräuhaus, Bierheuriger zum Gangl and Stiegl-Ambulanz.                                   https://www.unibrau.at/

http://www.gangl.at/

http://www.gangl.athttp://www.stiegl-ambulanz.com/

If you feel like a quick coffee,  both the Coffee Pirates and Café Couture are located right nearby (Spitalgasse 17 and Garnisongasse 18).

https://coffeepirates.at/

https://www.caffecouture.com/

 
- Wine
Vienna and the neighbouring Danube valley of the ‘Wachau’ are historically white wine regions. Traditional wines are listed below. Please note, that in Austria it is common to also drink white wine mixed with sparkling water. This is called a “G’spritzer”. 

+ Grüner Veltliner 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%BCner_Veltliner
+ Wiener Gemischter Satz (field blend) 
https://www.austrianwine.com/our-wine/strategy-for-origin-marketing/dac-districtus-austriae-controllatus/dac-regions/wiener-gemischter-satz-dac/
+ Riesling, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riesling
+ Chardonnay, 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chardonnay

+ A traditional and local non-alcoholic herb lemonade is called ‘Almdudler’.

Language:
 

 - Language course, how to speak Viennese with one word: Oida. The 5 minute tutorial is found following this link to YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuXR53ex4iI

- Useful online German dictionaries are
Leo and dict.cc, which offer quite a few languages including works English, Spanish and Italian.

https://www.leo.org/

https://www.dict.cc/

 

This list ist not intended to be exhaustive and only reflects some personal experiences of the LOC.