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Vienna is a city renowned for not only its musical and intellectual communities, but also for its extensive coffee culture and famous wiener schnitzel. Travelers exploring the Austrian capital will encounter grand imperial palaces and marvel at walking the same streets as luminaries like Mozart, Beethoven, Klimt and Freud. While Vienna is a relatively small city that can be easily navigated on foot, travelers can also make use of the vintage ring tram to explore neighborhoods outside of the city center.
Quick Guide to Vienna
- Must Know: Vienna has a great public transport network, trams and buses will get visitors to anywhere in the city.
- Must See: The Ringstraße is the road that surrounds the center of Vienna and is lined with many impressive buildings.
- Must Do: Vienna is known for its good coffee and is full of places to try it. Relax in a few of the coffee shops after a day of sightseeing.
- Did You Know: Vienna is known as both the City of Dreams and the City of Music.
How to Get to Vienna
Vienna International Airport provides a city airport train service, which runs every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m and will arrive in Vienna within 16 minutes. Additionally, there is the S-bahn service which will take you into Vienna Central within 24 minutes. Taking slightly longer, there are also bus services from the airport, and buses 1183, 1185 or 1187 will get you to Vienna's city center in 45 minutes.
Vienna Hauptbahnhof is the largest train station in Austria. To access the city center by train you can take the S60 and S80, S-Bahn lines that depart from platforms 9 and 12 from the station, or the U1 U-bahn line that departs about 500 meters from the station itself. Additionally, there are also trams available that depart from the Hauptbahnhof very frequently.
Vienna (Wien) Westbahnhof is a railway terminus in the 15th district of Vienna. It serves both regional and international routes to locations in Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. Accessing the city center by train from the Westbahnhof is simple due the the two metro lines that operate from the station. The U3 and the U6 will take you directly to the city center. The number 5, 6, 9, 52 and 57 tram lines also have services to the city center.
The VIB (Vienna International Bus terminal) is located on Erdbergstraße in the 3rd district of Vienna and is the biggest bus terminal in the city. The Vienna International Bus terminal is easily accessed via the U3 U-bahn line. It is located 5 km from the center of the city, and can be reached in about 10 minutes by foot and only 12 minutes by car.
Getting Around Vienna
Vienna has a very well established public transportation system with S-Bahn services, 5 U-Bahn lines, tramways and buses to get you almost anywhere in the city. The majority of the connections will be as frequent as once every 3 minutes. The public transportation runs between 5:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Monday - Friday, and on weekends and public holidays the U Bahn remains open 24 hours a day.
Cycling is very popular in Vienna, as the city has extensive bike lanes and works extremely hard to maintain them. Since July 2014 Vienna's bike lane network has a coverage of 1,259 km across the city.
Discovering Vienna on foot is a great way to see the city and to get your bearings. This is especially true in the historical city center and districts 4 and 9, since the majority of these areas are pedestrianized. However, due the Vienna's size, travelling solely by foot will limit yourself to just the central district.
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