Book a flight to Vienna and you'll discover why Austria's capital city is also its cultural centre. Packed with history, the city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and Vienna's cultural delights are around every corner. Museums, galleries, historic buildings and world-class restaurants draw visitors from across the globe.
This jewel in Austria's crown is as famous for its electronic music scene as it is for its coffee culture. You can fly to Vienna with Qatar Airways and take some time to explore the city's 23 districts for yourself.
On your trip to Vienna, the Innere Stadt is where you'll find most of the city's tourist attractions. St Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) with its Gothic spire, has been dominating the skyline since 1359. Look out for the stunning tiled roof and the Baroque high altar, a masterpiece of ecclesiastical art.
Vienna's Imperial Palace, now home to an array of museums and the Austrian president's offices, dates back to the 13th century and boasts stunning architecture. In the outer west district, take a tour of Schloss Schönbrunn – it's well worth paying extra for the Grand Tour to see as many rooms as possible.
Visit Mozarthaus Vienna, the city's most popular Mozart attraction. The famous composer lived here for over two years, penning The Marriage of Figaro during that time. The exhibition offers a fascinating insight into Mozart's life in Vienna.
Vienna City Council hosts 'Ball Season' most months, where glamorous black-tie balls are held in locations such as the City Hall or Imperial Palace. During the summer months, Vienna hosts numerous open-air film festivals where you can enjoy world cinema and a picnic.
No trip to Vienna is complete without a ride on the Riesenrad Ferris wheel, built in 1897. The views from the top (65m high) over the city are stunning. In colder weather, a hop-on, hop-off guided tour on the ring tram is a great way to orient yourself and ensure you don't miss any sights.
Viennese menus can be baffling for tourists and portions in most restaurants tend to be large. For one of the best ways to sample local delicacies, try the city's street food for an authentic introduction into local flavours. Other street food has Turkish influences – Doner Kebab, roasted meat sandwiches and Austrian sandwiches can be found at most stalls and in some delis.
It's also worth visiting one of Vienna's bakeries where you can order a coffee along with your breakfast pastry. Look out for specialities such as Apfelstrudel (apple strudel), Gulasch (hotpot) and Wiener Schnitzel (breaded, deep fried veal) in the city's traditional restaurants.
Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) are popular here and people watching is a relaxing pastime. You'll find dozens of varieties of coffee and many cafés also serve cakes and light snacks.
Vienna's markets offer something for everyone and Naschmarkt, 500m of stalls on Linke Wienzeile sells everything from food and spices to oils and vinegars, fabric and jewellery.
If you travel to Vienna in November or December, the traditional winter markets are a delight. Vienna's largest, Rathaus, is the place to enjoy ice skating and glűhwein (mulled wine). Spittelberg market and Freyung market, which focuses on original gifts and handicrafts are also a must-see.
It's worth visiting a Viennese confectionery shop to marvel at the brightly coloured macaroons and exquisitely packaged chocolates, which make ideal gifts. Or head for Augarten Wien, Vienna's finest porcelain manufacturer. You can book a guided tour of the factory or shop for hand-painted vases, ornaments and dinnerware.
Flights to Vienna with Qatar Airways arrive at Vienna International Airport, located just outside the city.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Vienna please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / F
International dialing code: +43
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