Vienna City Guide
Servus in Vienna! In the world’s most liveable city, imperial tradition and modern life go hand in hand. You will be amazed at the wide range of exciting possibilities that Vienna has to offer.
In the summer, life takes place outdoors and both locals and tourists flock to the countless cafés and many sights such as the Albertina Museum in central Vienna. In the winter, you can enjoy ice skating on the square in front of the beautiful City Hall or visit one of the many theatres, concerts and exhibitions.
Children & Family
If you’re planning a city break with children, here are a few tips for a successful stay in Vienna with the whole family. After an exciting adventure and a lively journey of discovery through the city, the Handwerk Restaurant will give your children an opportunity to discover the famous Viennese cuisine. Popular children’s favourites include a mouthwatering Wiener Schnitzel or a sweet Kaiserschmarren.
The ZOOM Children’s Museum offers exhibitions and workshops all year round as well as a unique cartoon studio. The 1,600 m² museum gives kids the chance to ask questions, interact with the exhibits, do their own research or just play as they please.
The world's oldest zoo is located on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna’s imperial summer residence. In this unique combination of culture and nature, over 500 animal species are just waiting to be discovered.
Time Travel Vienna takes parents and children on a journey through time beneath the centuries-old St. Michael Church to discover the exciting history of the city.
Art & Culture
Wherever you go in Vienna, music is in the air. From Mozart and Beethoven to the modern era, Vienna has something for every type of music lover. Jazz fans will get their money’s worth every Sunday at ARCOTEL Wimberger. But Vienna isn’t just about music – literature is writ large here too. Writers like Karl Kraus or Stefan Zweig wrote their texts exclusively in the city’s cafés, leading the Viennese to affectionately call them the “coffeehouse poets”. Mostly, however, the city on the Blue Danube is famous for its imperial palaces, such as Schönbrunn, home to the world’s oldest zoo, or the Belvedere, which features exhibitions by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. No wonder that Vienna is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Just a few minutes from the ARCOTEL Wimberger you will find the MuseumsQuartier Wien. Encompassing some 60 different cultural institutions, it is one of the largest complexes for art and culture in the world. The former imperial stables today offer a postmodern flair that is part of Vienna’s urban lifestyle. The MuseumsQuartier is also home to a lively restaurant scene. We recommend the MQ courtyard for a quick rest stop where you can relax on the popular outdoor furniture known as the “Enzi”.
Design brings people together. And that’s just the reason why countless visitors flock to the Imperial Furniture Collection every day. Originally founded as a furniture warehouse for the reigning Habsburg emperors, today it is home to one of the largest furniture collections in the world with some 165,000 objects. The exhibition includes collections of furniture and interiors from the Baroque and Rococo eras, the Biedermeier and Empire styles, the period of Historicism, the Viennese Modern movement and the 20th and 21st centuries.
Sport & Leisure
For sports fans, Vienna also leaves nothing to be desired, with fantastic options in almost every discipline. To enjoy the great outdoors, you also don’t have to go far. The city itself is full of natural beauty. The Alte Donau, a former branch of the Danube, offers boat rental and is easy to reach by public transit. A walk through the Vienna Prater followed by a ride on the Ferris wheel is a must for every visitor.
Lifestyle & Hotspots
The Vienna way of life begins in the morning with a visit to a Viennese coffeehouse to enjoy a cup of coffee. Some of the hottest spots in town can be found around the Naschmarkt open-air market and Mariahilferstraße.
Hotspots and trendsetters: Neubaugasse
Shows and concerts: Wiener Stadthalle
Shops & Boutiques
The ARCOTEL Wimberger is the perfect starting point for a shopping tour on Mariahilferstraße. Just a few minutes’ walk away, Vienna’s longest and most popular shopping street is full of numerous shops and boutiques as well as countless bars, cafés and restaurants. A stroll along the historic shopping mile will take you directly to Vienna’s city centre. Shopping tour
At Christmas time, the whole city is covered in lights and locals and visitors get in the spirit of the season with hot punch, roasted chestnuts and Christmas cakes. Each of Vienna’s Christmas markets offers a variety of specialties. An overview is available here: Vienna’s Christmas Markets