Much of present-day, beautiful and elegant Vienna was shaped by the Habsburg dynasty, which ruled Austria (and indeed much of Europe) until 1918. The two popular visitor attractions of Schonbrunn Zoo and Prater Amusement Park are no exception.
Running from June 28 to August 31, the 54th Vienna Film Festival is currently taking place on the Rathausplatz in front of the Rathaus (City Hall). With around 700,000 visitors each year, the Vienna Film Festival is showing nearly 50 productions in 2014.
The town of Klosterneuburg is north of Vienna in Lower Austria and has been dominated by its Augustinian monastery for nine hundred years. Although there’s been a church on this site since the early 12th century, Klosterneuburg Monastery’s present incarnation is a glorious ocher-colored Baroque castle backed by the snowy-white twin spires of its Romanesque and Gothic church.
Strung along the Danube River in Lower Austria, the fertile hills of the Wachau Valley wine-growing region are easily accessible by car, bike and even on foot from Vienna. Several options for wine tasting by bike in the Wachau Valley are available for visitors staying in Vienna.
Styria is the self-styled fertile food basket of southern Austria, a green landscape of fertile land where agriculture and viniculture dominate. The South Styrian Wine Road is the country’s most famous wine route, a wine-lover’s paradise that winds through 44 miles (70.5 km) of vertiginous, wooded valleys and gentle slopes coated with vines.
Vienna is a cultural destination that is always full of life, but summer is the busiest time for the city, which has a packed program of festivals from art to classical dance and even celebrating the horse. Here’s a list of the ten best summer festivals in Vienna.