Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof, Sonnwendgasse, Vienna, Austria
A city that charms and seduces from scratch, but even more the longer you stay. Whether for fast-track travel or slow-paced sightseeing, and regardless of how many times you've been before, there's a seemingly never-ending wealth of things to do and see throughout the year. It's also both culturally and musically one of the richest cities in the world, and has a good, lively mix of cool cafés and bars, galleries, shops and street markets.
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.
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.
Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the stage for Vienna's artistic and musical masterpieces alongside its coffee-house culture and vibrant epicurean and design scenes.
With a musical heritage that includes composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Josef Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss (father and son), Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler, among countless others, Vienna is known as the City of Music. Its cache of incredible venues where you can catch performances today include the acoustically renowned Musikverein, used by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the gold-and-crystal main opera house, the Staatsoper, and the multistage Konzerthaus, as well as the dedicated home of the Vienna Boys' Choir, MuTh. Music comes to life through interactive exhibits at the captivating Haus der Musik museum.
The Viennese appreciation of the finer things in life extends to its opulent coffee-house 'living rooms' serving spectacular cakes; its beloved pub-like Beisln dishing up hearty portions of Wiener Schnitzel, Tafelspitz (prime boiled beef) and goulash; elegant restaurants; and its fine Austrian wines served in vaulted Vinothek (wine bar) cellars, and in rustic vine-draped Heurigen (wine taverns) in the vineyards fringing the city. Local and international delicacies fill the heady Naschmarkt stalls, and creative chefs are experimenting with local produce and fresh new flavour combinations in innovative, often repurposed venues.
Vienna's imperial grandeur is the legacy of the powerful Habsburg monarchy. Their home for more than six centuries, the Hofburg palace complex, incorporates the Burgkapelle (Imperial Chapel), where the Vienna Boys' Choir sings Sunday Mass, and the famed Spanish Riding School, where Lipizzaner stallions perform elegant equine ballet, along with a trove of museums, including in the chandeliered Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments). Other immense palaces include the baroque Schloss Belvedere and the Habsburgs' 1441-room summer residence, Schloss Schönbrunn, while 19th-century splendours such as the neo-Gothic Rathaus (City Hall) line the magnificent Ringstrasse encircling the Innere Stadt (inner city).
One of the Habsburgs' most dazzling Rinsgstrasse palaces, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, houses the imperial art collection. It's packed with priceless works by Old Masters, and treasures including one of the world's richest coin collections. Behind the Hofburg, the former imperial stables have been transformed into the innovative MuseumsQuartier, with a diverse ensemble of museums, showcasing 19th- and 20th-century Austrian art at the Leopold Museum to often-shocking avant-garde works at the contemporary MUMOK. Meteorites, fossils and prehistoric finds fill the Naturhistorisches Museum, while exquisite furnishings at the applied-arts Museum für Angewandte Kunst are also among the artistic feasts in store.
A short walk from the centre of the city and Vienna Central Station, the contemporary 4-star Hotel Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof is situated in an up-and-coming area of Vienna. There is free wi-fi throughout and the rooftop sauna has some great city views. The hotel is light and airy and the rooms are all decked out with an LCD TV and a private terrace. Head down to the quirky restaurant for a bite to eat, for breakfast or lunch.
Let's not forget Restaurant Zeitgeist on the second floor. Sometimes climbing stairs can be worth it, especially for an extensive breakfast or a delicious lunch - on weekdays as set menu or a la carte. No matter how fast your body clock ticks, you'll definitely find enough time for culinary delights in Hotel Zeitgeist.
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