Austria’s capital city will charm you with its history, remarkable buildings and informal atmosphere, so get flights to Vienna as soon as you can. There is so much to see in this clean and safe city, you will be spoilt for choice. Your first port of call in the very centre of the city should be St Stephan’s Cathedral, a huge, magnificent building covered inside and out with intricately carved statues.
There are several major palaces around Vienna. The elegant Hofburg Palace in the centre of town was the Hapsburg seat of power for seven centuries. To the southeast, Belvedere Palace is another landmark with intricate landscape gardens, and in the west Schönbrunn is the grandest of them all and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Vienna was once the centre of a European coffee empire and today coffeehouse culture remains an important part of daily life. There are many grand baroque coffeehouses, some dating back nearly 200 years, which you can find in areas like the Ring and the main streets of Innere Stadt, while modern spins can be found in trendier areas; wherever you frequent, you’ll sometimes have up to 30 different types of coffee to choose from. For a classic experience, visit the famous Café Mozart or Café Central, or alternatively try the grand glasshouse of the Palmenhaus. If you get cheap flights to Vienna, you’ll also want to sample the excellent food which includes schnitzel, pastries and, of course, Wiener sausages.