The lovely Renaissance Weikersdorf Castle is 16.25 miles (26 kilometers) south of Vienna in Baden, an elegant town famous for its spas and manicured public gardens. Visiting Weikersdorf Castle from Vienna gives a luxurious taste of imperial Austria.
Vienna’s Baroque Schönbrunn Palace was built as the summer residence of the Habsburg Imperial Family and its sprawling, ornate gardens were opened to the public in 1779, making them the first public park in the world. Touring Schönbrunner Gardens in Vienna easily makes for a day’s sightseeing.
Mauthausen-Gusen was a cluster of concentration camps located throughout Upper Austria but with the main camp two hours west of Vienna near Linz. Visiting Mauthausen from Vienna is possible as a day trip and essential to understanding Nazi inhumanity during World War II’s Holocaust.
The Vienna Boys Choir is one of the oldest — and most famous — youth choirs in existence. But what are the roots of this world-renowned group, clad in fetching sailor suits, and how come it’s still in existence?
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Austria so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Austria!
Vienna had its moment on the world stage in May 2015, with the arrival of the circus of kitsch that is the Eurovision Song Contest, but there is plenty more to come from this magical city of music and dancing this year. Here are 10 good reasons to visit Vienna in 2015.