About Vienna

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-About Vienna



Holders of an EEA (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) or Swiss passport do not require a visa. Nationals of countries outside of the EEA should check with their local embassy or consulate to verify if a visa is required for travel. The visa regulations in Austria can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria.


Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, with a population of about 1.794 million, and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Schönbrunn Palace: Visit Empress Sisi’s former summer residence. This baroque complex contains an enchanting park, the Palm House, the Gloriette and the zoo. Spend an entire day at Schönbrunn: visit the show rooms with a “Grand Tour with Audio Guide,” admire the splendid Bergl Rooms, and stroll through the “Labyrinth”. The Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna is the oldest existing zoo in the world and has been named Europe’s best on three occasions. Each year more than two million visitors come to see the pandas, new-born elephants and many other rare animals.

Stephens Cathedral: St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. Stephen’s Cathedral is located directly in the city center, at the religious and geographical heart of Vienna. It´s giant Pummerin bell features on television as it rings in the New Year.

The Ring Boulevard: Emperor Franz Joseph officially opened Vienna’s Ring Boulevard (Ringstrasse) on May 1, 1865. Vienna celebrated its 150th birthday in 2015 with numerous events and exhibitions. The most beautiful boulevard in the world not only rich in sights, it also has large parks, important monuments, and much more. About 800 buildings line the boulevard today. Additional sights on the Ring Boulevard, aside from the many opulent buildings, include the black-gold lattice fence in front of the Hofburg, the world’s longest fence from the age of Historicism, the 5.5-meter-tall Pallas Athene statue in front of the Parliament, and the “Rathausmann”, a statue of a man on the tower of the City Hall.

Sisi Museum: Beautiful and celebrated Empress Elisabeth has long since become a cult figure. The Sisi Museum in the Imperial Apartments of the Imperial Palace compares the myth and the facts. Among the highlights are numerous personal objects once owned by Elisabeth as well as the most famous portraits of the beautiful empress.


Vienna International Airport is about 16 km east of Vienna in Schwechat. The city centre can be reached quickly and comfortably by public transport or taxi. The following services operate between the city centre, the main railway stations, the Vienna International Centre and the airport:

City Airport Train CAT
Travels between the airport and Wein Mitte/Landstraße every 30 minutes between the hours 06:05 and 23:35. Travel time is 16 minutes.

Express train S7
Travels between the airport and Mitte/Landstraße, stopping at Kaiserebersdorf, Zentralfriedhof S-Bahn, Geiselbergstraße, St. Marx, Rennweg, Praterstern, Traisengasse, Handelskai, Floridsdorf. Travel time is 27 minutes and the service operates daily between the hours 04:54 and 00:18.

If you need a taxi to Vienna city centre or to the airport, ask for an airport fare. On the online platform Vienna Airport Taxi, you’ll find a large number of transport companies that offer a special airport service, together with their tariffs.