Ah, Vienna. Capital of Austria, home to so much beauty. This often underrated European city lies east of the Danube River, and is a hub for history and art lovers. Those who love music will be pleased to know that Vienna was home to the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. Although Vienna does attract a substantial number of tourists each year; the fact is, it remains largely underrated in comparison to other European cities like Paris, Rome and London. But, if you want to escape the crowds this summer and still see all that central Europe has to offer, visiting Vienna is your absolute best bet. Whether you’re planning to visit Vienna this summer or you’re just curious about what the city has to offer, read on to find out why you should visit.
Top Reasons To Visit Vienna This Summer
Vienna is home to an impressive number of elegant palaces that I’m sure history buffs like myself would kill to visit. The Hofburg, for example, is the official residence of the Austrian president, and the residence of the Emperor of Austria until 1918. It’s situated in the city centre of Vienna, and provides the perfect backdrop for photos! There’s also the stunning Schonbrunn Palace, a former summer residence, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s been one of the city’s major tourist attractions since the 1960’s, attracting millions each year. Even those who have travelled far and wide are blown away by this masterpiece – it’s a must-do when in Vienna.
Anyone who knows me or reads my posts will know that the culinary element of a place is one of the top things on the list for me. I think it’s so important to try local cuisine when you visit Vienna this summer, and you definitely will not be disappointed. The city is home to a number of top restaurants, independent eateries and cool street markets. It’s a must-do to stop off at a café whilst exploring the city to sample a local coffee and an Apfelstrudel, a traditional Viennese dish. Apfelstrudel is essentially sweet pastry stuffed with raisins, cinnamon and sugar, served with ice cream or whipped cream.
When it’s time for dinner, try goulash. It’s a stunningly simple dish that can be served as either a stew or soup, with staple ingredients including meat, paprika, and sometimes dumplings. Although it originates from Hungary, it’s definitely worth a try when in Vienna, too. And of course, it’s a must-do to try Viennese sausages, or ‘wurstels’ as they’re known to the locals. They’re the perfect on-the-go food, as they’re sold all over the city from special stands.
It’s often said that Vienna is one of Europe’s artistic capitals, which art-lovers will be pleased to know. The city is full of impressive art galleries, including the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna’s Museum of Art History. It houses one of the most important art collections in the world. The museum even includes Egyptian mummies and painted wooden coffins from 1100-100 BC, as well as Roman and Greek artworks. There’s also the Albertina, which houses 45,000 paintings and watercolours and works by Picasso and Gustav Klimt. Finally, the Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere is situated in Belvedere Palace, and houses masterpieces dating back to the Middle Ages. When it comes to art, there is something for every taste in Vienna.
As you’ve probably guessed, Vienna is one of the most elegant cities in Europe with an impressive collection of art, history and top-quality food. It’s off-the-beaten-track compared to major cities like Paris and London, and still has a unique character about it that can’t be compared to anywhere else on the continent.