Flights to Vienna
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria and is known throughout the world for its beauty and stunning architecture.
Finding a flight from South Africa to Vienna is quite easy as there are several airlines who offer this route, although none unfortunately are direct flights. From Johannesburg’s OR Tambo you can fly with Virgin Atlantic via London Heathrow, with Lufthansa via Frankfurt, Air France via Paris and KLM via Amsterdam, as well as with South African Airways, Swiss Air, Iberia and Egyptair.
Flights are also available from Cape Town with South African Airways and Lufthansa via Frankfurt, and with British Airways via London Heathrow.
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The Tourist Attractions of Vienna:
Vienna is a culturally and historically rich city, and its historical centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. It is apparently loved by tourists who are treated with such respect here – the local residents are all said to be extremely polite!
Vienna is an easy city to get around because it has a good public transport system. The underground, called the U-Bahn is apparently the easiest way to travel. Trams above ground are nice because you get to see what’s around you, but are apparently difficult to use if you’re not familiar with them and don’t speak German.
Vienna has many museums; so many that you wouldn’t want to visit all of them! The best advice is to find one or two that you’re most interested in and concentrate on those ones. To combine museums with impressive architecture, visit the New Palace (Neue Hofburg). This is part of the Imperial Palace and holds the Ethnological Museum, parts of the Museum of Fine Arts, The Ephesus Museum, the Collection of Historical Musical Instruments and the impressive Collection of Arms – the 2nd largest collection in the world.
If you’re at the New Palace anyway, a visit to the Imperial Treasury (Schatzkammer) is highly recommended, and finally the most impressive of Vienna’s museums is said to be the Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches Museum).
Just outside the city centre, but easily reached by underground, is Vienna’s most popular attraction: Schonbunn Castle (Schloss Schonbrunn). The gardens are zoo are the oldest in the world, dating from 1752 and the Palace Park has many exciting bits to it such as a maze and labyrinth – you could actually spend most of day staying just in the castle grounds! Tours of the castle are available with or without a guide, but include an audio tour anyway.
Vienna has many religious buildings, built during various periods of history and therefore using many different forms of architecture. St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) is an interesting one to visit. The building is a combination of many different styles including Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque. Tours are available, including the catacombs and you can go to the top of the North Tower for wonderful views of nearby Vienna.
In Vienna’s Park (Prater) you’ll find an historical Giant Ferris Wheel, built in 1897 and is very ornate and worth a ride, day or night between May and September.
A good way to see the posh parts of Vienna is by taking a tram ride around the ‘ring road’ circling the historic city centre. There are many historical buildings lining this road and you’re likely to see Vienna’s rich and fashion conscious walking around and enjoying the coffee shops!
When Should You Visit?:
Summer in Vienna is warm and pleasant, and the hotter days are usually cooled by a light wind, typical of Vienna, meaning that although in the height of summer it can get quite hot it never feels unbearably so.
Winters are generally snowy and cold in Vienna, but there’s always a lovely atmosphere here leading up to Christmas, and you can enjoy ice skating amongst other things. The only problem is the wind, which makes it feel much colder than it is.