Each Christmas, the forecourt in front of Schönbrunn Palace is turned into a Christmas Market of the better sort. Indeed, the Schönbrunn version ranks among the very best in Vienna, bearing easy comparison with such markets as those on the Rathausplatz, Spittelberg and Freyung. The palace and its outbuildings form an impressive backdrop which is reflected in […]
Insider tips for your trip to Vienna
Here you'll find independent tips and tourist information for Austria's capital city (written by a real person, not a marketing machine). Enjoy!
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- Answers to some of those important questions. Do the Viennese speak English? How about credit cards? Is it expensive?
- Discover the traditional Christmas markets of Vienna, where you can enjoy a feast of culinary delights and a mug of punch.
- Articles on the sights around the famous Schönbrunn Palace, including a slideshow and interactive map.
- Explore some of Vienna's traditional food, like Wiener Schnitzel, Langos and roast chestnuts.
The Palmenhaus in the Schönbrunn Palace gardens is one of the last of its kind; a giant steel and glass construction over 110m long, 28m wide and over 25m high. It was built in 1882 during the reign of Emperor Franz Joseph. The company that built it — Waagner-Biro — is still going strong and […]
Lots of Christmas markets in Vienna have great settings and the Karlsplatz version is no exception. Located in front of the imposing Karlskirche, it differs from its city siblings in other ways. The market is organized by an arts and crafts association called divina art. One of the requirements for those wishing to run a […]
Yes you will, but it’s not something you should worry too much about. The city of Vienna requires hotels, B&Bs and others to pay Ortstaxe when they rent out a room to you. This is a local tourist tax used to help finance the Vienna tourist board. The rate at the time of writing is 3.2% […]