Vienna’s museums, hotels, concerts, and shopping at the capital of music
The value of travel rests not only in seeing landmarks and immersing oneself in different cultures but also in understanding the history and context of the milestones that have formed the foundations of our own society. In this regard, Vienna, with its contributions to music, psychology, architecture, and lifestyle, is one of the most influential cities in establishing Western civilization.
The city presents itself as an ideal option for a Europe short vacation. We’ve put together a list of suggestions to help you make the most of your time in Austria’s capital.
Although the hotel selection is extensive (there are 22 hotels ranging from 3 to 5 stars), the Hyatt-owned Hotel Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, which recently built next to the Belvedere Palace, merits special mention. This modern luxury hotel has made a concerted effort to bring guests closer to the local culture through minor things like its amenities, which are made by one of the city’s oldest pharmacies, and its cuisine. The hotel has an excellent restaurant where high-quality regional products take center stage, as well as a snack bar on the building’s rooftop with a terrace that provides a complete panoramic view of the city and a bar next to the lobby where guests are invited to have a snack and sample local specialties on a daily basis.
Music from the classical era
It is necessary to attend one of the daily musical performances in the city of music: the Philharmonic and Vienna Boys’ Choir concerts, as well as operas and ballets performed at the National Opera, are among the most popular.
Those who are fortunate enough to begin the year in Vienna should not miss the New Year’s concert at the Musikverein, in addition to the New Year’s Eve gala at the Hofburg Palace. Due to the high demand for tickets to this highly anticipated performance, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra is hosting an alternative concert on the same day in the Wiener Konzerthaus.
From museum to museum
More than 100 world-class museums can be found in Vienna. The MuseumsQuartier, or museum quarter, is one of the world’s largest cultural complexes, comprising of art galleries with world-class collections, such as the Leopold Museum’s display of Egon Schiele’s paintings. The Albertina, with works by Dürer, Monet, and Baselitz, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, with canvases by Vermeer, Velázquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Tintoretto, and the Belvedere, which, in addition to being a splendid Baroque palace, houses the world’s largest collection of Gustav Klimt, are all worth visiting outside the MuseumsQuartier.
Although the Austro-Hungarian monarchy has been defunct since 1918, the former imperial and royal suppliers (known as “K.u.k. Hoflieferanten”) have maintained a high level of quality to this day. Only the best companies were permitted to serve the imperial court with goods and services, and their lettering had to bear the double-headed eagle. Some establishments have conserved and cared for their exclusive manufacture over the years, and the eagle can still be seen today.
Where should you go?
It’s difficult to condense the vast offerings of a city as large and diverse as Vienna into a few brushstrokes; however, those with only a few days to spend in the capital should not miss the Stephansdom, the Gothic cathedral in St. Stephen’s Square; the Cafe Central, frequented by figures such as Loos, Trotsky, Lenin, and Stalin; and the Hundertwasserhaus, a colorful apartment building designed by Hundertwasser.
We hope that these principles will serve as a tiny monument to the Austrian capital, which has aided us greatly throughout history.