Vienna Travel Guide
Vienna is the capital city of the Republic of Austria and has a population of more than 1.8 million people. Austrian German is spoken throughout Vienna, however English is also commonly used across the city.
If you’re thinking of booking flights to Vienna, learn more about the Austrian city before you leave home.
Efficient and reliable public transportation makes it easy for visitors to Vienna to explore the city and surrounding districts of the Austrian capital.
As well as single-use tickets, visitors to Vienna can purchase passes that allow them to access public transport for extended periods of time - 24 hours, weekly or monthly. Validated tickets and passes can be used across all modes of public transport within Vienna, including buses, trains, trams and the underground line.
Climate in Vienna
Vienna is located in north-eastern Austria. Vienna typically experiences warm summer days, with temperatures averaging between 22°C and 26°C and maximum temperatures often exceeding 30°C. Winters are relatively cold, with average temperatures falling below zero. Snowfall in Vienna occurs mainly between December and March. Spring and autumn are cool to mild and can be the best times to visit Vienna, avoiding the freezing cold and the sometimes scorching European sun.
Each year, more than 200 significant balls are held in the beautiful palaces of Vienna. The largest and most important are held at the Hofburg Palace in Heldenplatz. Most Viennese will visit at least a few balls in their lifetime. For many, the ball season lasts for several months and will often include 10 to 15 separate appearances.
Many elegant palaces are dotted around Austria, with a handful located in Vienna. Among the most famous of Vienna’s tourist attractions is Schönbrunn Palace. The palace as it stands today has had many structural changes and re-modelling since it was first constructed. The original palace was destroyed during a siege in 1683, with the current Schönbrunn Palace being built on the same grounds.
Vienna Tiergarten Schönbrunn
Vienna’s Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Schönbrunn Zoo) is the oldest zoo in the world. The zoo was founded in 1752. It's located on the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna. Tiergarten Schönbrunn is home to giant pandas, an aquarium that simulates a flooded Amazon River, and an area for animals of the Arctic region..