For years, Austria’s Capital Vienna has been ranked as one of the most liveable city for young people, families and entrepreneurs. Just recently again, the World Economic Forum has ranked Vienna as the world’s most liveable city in the world and tops Melbourne in the ranking. Thanks to its Smart City programme, Vienna has been able to implement sustainable policies that boost the city’s attractiveness with relatively affordable rents, attractions and a local economy for job creation.
On top of that, Austria offers a unique and remarkable number of sights which makes it an attractive focal point for travellers, both in Europe as well as overseas. One aspect that may come out is the fact that Vienna and Budapest, Hungary’s Capital are close to each other.
1) Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace is the symbol of the Austrian monarchy. Rulers of the Habsburg dynasty used this palace as main residence. It’s a popular attraction for travellers with up to almost 4 million annual visitors. The palace has elements of the baroque architecture and has a number of gardens, such as the French Garden as well as the Tiergarten. A famous instagramworthy spot is probably the Neptune Fountain and is worth to explore.
2) Visit A Viennese Coffee House
What is Vienna probably most known for? Of course, the incredible cafés and cakes! Viennese Coffee Houses have become part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List and are an absolute MUST TO VISIT for any travellers who’s in Vienna. Although Vienna is not the first city in Europe that has established coffee houses, it has had developed its unique local tradition in touch since 1683.
3) Hofburg Palace
Although Schönbrunn was used as a main residence for the Habsburg dynasty, a probably more significant symbol for Austrian monarchy, history and politics is Hofburg. The official residence and working place for both rulers of Austria during the Holy Roman Empire. And still today, this palace serves as the official residence for the President of Austria, the country’s head of state.
4 )St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)
St. Stephen’s Cathedrals serves as the official seat of Archbishop of Vienna and is one of the most recognisable symbols for Vienna. Located at the well-known Stephansplatz, the cathedral is inspired by the Gothic architecture and attracts 3 million people annually.