Vienna was for centuries the centre of European culture. Today, it still exudes class and offers visitors numerous opportunities to experience the arts, from its world-class museums, to its opera houses and art galleries. However, it is also a modern and diverse city and a major economic powerhouse on the continent. As such, it is an equally popular destination with both tourists and business travellers. Offering the perfect city-break all year round, visitors will find that Vienna more than lives up to its reputation as one of Europe’s most refined cities.
Vienna has numerous options for accommodation, but where you stay will depend on largely on the nature of your trip. Those on a short break maybe content with the city centre, however, those visiting for longer periods may wish to consider renting a serviced apartment close to some of the more business focused areas. The Squa.re’s selection of such accommodation ranges from small studios to larger apartments, each furnished to the highest standard and offering room cleaning services, to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Our range of serviced apartments in Vienna also offer full kitchen facilities, meaning you can choose whether you want to dine out or enjoy home cooking for the duration of your stay.
Vienna offers visitors a host of entertainments, tourist attractions and cultural highlights. The tranquil cafes and restaurants that line the streets are a great way to soak up the city’s atmosphere with a little people watching, or of course to try the local dish - the Vienna schnitzel.
The city is also one of Europe’s premier destination for arts and culture, with works and galleries exhibiting some of the world’s most famous painters, a world-famous opera house and plenty of live music venues playing everything from classical music shows to rock concerts. There are also several contemporary art galleries dotted around, many displaying up-and-coming local talent.
Vienna also has plenty of heritage sites, palatial homes, sprawling parks and even a 24-hour theme park to enjoy. The city’s relaxed atmosphere and myriad of cultural pursuits make it a fantastic city to simply explore at your own pace - whether you want to visit the numerous galleries, or simply enjoy a few days of socialising and dining.
Restaurant Steirereck, Schachtelwirt and Restaurant Rote Bar are good starting points for those looking to sample traditional Austrian cuisine - particularly the famous Vienna Schnitzel. For something a little more international, there’s Restaurant Al Borgo (Italian), Le Salzgries (French), and Taste of India Restaurant (Indian). Whatever your taste may be, Vienna has something for you.
Vienna has plenty of great places for a little retail therapy, with Wien Mitte The Mall and Ringstraßen-Galerien being the main shopping malls - each featuring over 100 retail outlets, ranging from designer fashions to consumer electronics. BahnhofCity Wien West is also a popular location with several outlet stores offering a range of discounts. There’s also the Naschmarkt - a huge market with with more than 100 food and vintage stalls.
The Schönbrunn Palace is the city’s stunning stately home that features pristine gardens and several art galleries. Likewise, the Hofburg is a striking Habsburg palace with baroque interiors, imperial apartments and several other exhibitions. For those seeking something a little more active, Prater is a 24-hour theme park, or Tiergarten Schönbrunn - which has over 500 species of animal and is extremely popular with locals.
Getting around in Vienna is a simple affair thanks to an excellent public transport network. Trams offer a quick and easy way of making journeys across the centre, whilst the extensive rail network is a good option for those seeking to travel into the suburbs or other cities in Austria. There’s also some 130 bus routes across the city, including some that run 24 hours a day. Of course, many tourists will be happy simply to wander around this pedestrian-friendly city.
Vienna is keen to establish itself as a leading financial centre, and banking and financial law firms are the biggest contributors to the city’s economy. Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft and Bank Austria are two of the most prominent providers, whilst Österreichische Industrieholding AG is another important financial services firm. Outside of banking, tourism is also big business, with tour groups such as TourRadar operating locally.
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