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Overview

An elegant, European empire (once)

An elegant, European empire (once)

Vienna, known locally as Wien, is elegance personified. The city that was ruled by the mighty Hapsburg Empire for over 600 years now offers a genteel atmosphere of history, culture and beauty.

You can still see the remnants of their expansive kingdom – with not just one, but two palaces in Vienna. The Schönbrunn palace at the edge of town was their summer residence. You know, just a little place to sit back, relax and rule. Those who lived there caged themselves in – along with animals. You can now visit the Tiergarten, the oldest zoo in the world. The main palace, the Hofburg, dominates the town center. This sprawling complex grew with the family empire from the 13th century until just before WWI. And while no one has lived here in over 90 years, the palace still functions as the Austrian President’s office and is home to government workers and the prized Vienna Boys’ Choir.

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Vienna is capital of culture. With over 100 museums, 27 castles and 150 palaces to discover. You’ll find an extensive collection of important works at the Albertina, in the Innere Stadt (First District). Home to one of the the largest print rooms in the world, explore nearly 65,000 drawings and one-million old master prints. Consider the guided Vienna City Walking Tour and see Vienna’s greatest sites and hidden gems and enjoy the expertise of a local guide.

On the edge of the First District is the magnificent St. Stephans Cathedral (Stephansdom). One of the most outstanding gothic churches in Europe, it boasts a dome that rises over 466 feet high – and stands as a major landmark on the Viennese skyline.

The capital of Austria hasn’t just culture – but mouthwatering cookies and cakes. Go beyond the ubiquitous strudel. Stop at the Sacher Hotel for the original Sachertorte, a dry chocolate cake with apricot jam that is recreated in pastry shops the world over. Enjoy after a dinner of Wiener schnitzel – available in almost any restaurant that serves traditional Viennese cuisine.

Vienna - rooted in history with a nod toward the modern and cosmopolitan. It truly is a city for the 21st century. For a glimpse into the cradle of classical music, hop on the train for Salzburg – just 2 1/2 hours away. Visit Mozart’s home and fill the hills with your own rendition of The Sound of Music. With your Eurail Austria pass, you can see so much more of this country. Like the storybook lakeside village of Hallstatt, the gem of the Salzkammergut Lake District. Explore the snowy peaks of alpine Tirol.

With two major train stations, Vienna allows travelers easy access by rail to other countries, too. Get to Budapest or Salzburg in less than 3 hours or Prague or Munich in less than 5 hours. With such close proximity to each other, we’ve created the Central Europe Triangle Pass. Talk about taking the right angle. For those who have “gone west” in the past, this is your opportunity to cover more central ground – all with one pass. Get one-way, 2nd class rail travel between your choice of two itineraries. See the cities you’ve longed to see, without going off on a tangent. And never setting foot in an airport.

When in Vienna it is a must to visit a typical Viennese coffeehouse. Relax and try a Melange (coffee with frothy milk) with a sweet flaky pastry with apples.

Some of the most popular streets for shopping are: Kärntner Straße, the most famous shopping street in Vienna. This street has the most expensive and exclusive shops in Vienna; Mariahilfer Straße, the longest shopping street in Vienna with small boutiques and big department stores, many snack-bars, cafés, old Viennese coffeehouses and restaurants.

_ Vienna Tourist Office
Albertinaplatz, Ecke Maysedergasse 1010 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 24555

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Vienna station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Vienna.

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    Night Train to Zurich  |
    "It was a very good experience travelling by the night train from the Vienna to Zurich. The night train started at very late hours around 11.45 pm and we have to wait for it in the train station for a few hours as it was pretty cold at winter now. The train looked a bit old and the the 2 pax sleepers rooms we booked was small. We have 2 big luggages and that already take up most of the space beside the bed and hardly can find any other space. Luckily my husband and I were not fat, we are able to fit into the 2 small beds, 1 in the upper and the other in the lower decker. There is a small basin in the room and it looked old too. By the next morning when we reach Zurich, the scenery outside the train refreshed us a lot. A light breadfast was served to us from the train crew and his look was serious and never smile. I think if the train crew could be a little bit friendly and that could make us feel happier a little. Overall, the night train is not as comfortable as the trains we travelled in the day time. "

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    Great way to travel in Europe |
    "Comfortable seats, clean toilet and a great way to travel in Europe. Scenic view along the way, which made travelling enjoyable. Information is displayed at strategic spots so you can track your journey. Announcement is made at each station so you wont miss your destination. "

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    First time rail travellers |
    "A wonderful way to travel ! You see the countryside in a comfy seat and leave the worries behind. Would recommend to anyone travelling. "

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    Comfortable, uneventful |
    "Very comfortable trip from Vienna to Salzburg. Cleaning was modern, clean and comfortable. "

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    Excellent trip |
    "I love Railjet because of low prices and comfort "

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    very good  |
    "Hi the train journey was very good. the two hours flew and it was very comfortable "

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    Night train travel |
    "We travelled on EN236 from Venice to Vienna. The accommodation was comfortable for sitting posture. But one can hardly sleep by sliding the chair if the compartment has all the six occupants present. In the peak tourist season I would advise a sleeper accommodation. The train operated on time. "

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    will recommend to others but.. |
    "The entire trip was great. Staffs were friendly "

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    "The train journey was really very comfortable. "

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    Blissful train ride to Budapes |
    "A convenient and comfortable train ride with exclusive treatment when taking the first class coach. Food served was good and the ride was smooth. Only missing element was the wifi connectivity which was not working "

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