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Vienna


Vienna is the largest city in Austria, with an estimated population of 4,284,379 as of 2006.

Vienna traces its history back to before the time of Christ. The first settlement in the area was founded by Celtic tribes at approximately 500 BC. Later, when the Romans conquered the area, it became the Roman city of "Vindobona". During the Middle Ages, the city became a center of Babenberg and then Habsburg power - and it was outside the city that Ottoman invasions of Europe were stopped in 1529 and 1683. Since 1805, except for the when Nazi Germany annexed Austria (German: Anschluss Österreichs), Vienna has been the capital of successive Austrian states: the Austrian Empire, Austria-Hungary, and then Austria.

Today Vienna is also an important center for international organizations and institutions. There are many United Nations offices in the city, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is based in Vienna, as are the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

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Rick Steves Pocket Vienna

By Rick Steves

Rick Steves
Released: 2017-09-12
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Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.

Included in?Rick Steves Pocket Vienna:

Sights: the Academy of Fine Arts, Am Hof Square, City Hall, Freud Museum, Mozarthaus Vienna Museum, the Opera, St. Peter's Church, and more

Walks and Tours: Vienna City Walk, St. Stephen's Cathedral Tour, Ringstrasse Tram Tour, Hofburg Imperial Apartments Tour, Hofburg Treasury Tour, Kunsthistorisches Museum Tour

Fodor's Vienna and the Best of Austria: with Salzburg & Skiing in the Alps (Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-04-24
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Written by local experts, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

With its old-world charm, musical heritage, and alpine landscapes, Vienna and Austria offer choices for every traveler. Fodor’s Vienna and the Best of Austria captures the top experiences and attractions throughout the country, with intriguing features on tantalizing Austrian cuisine and wine, tips for finding the best ski resorts, and insights into hiking in the pastoral Salzkammergut region. Vienna and Austria spring to life with classic experiences such as visiting Mozart’s birthplace and touring the famous Schonbrunn Palace.

This travel guide includes:

    ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE contains a brief introduction and spectacular color photos that capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout Vienna and Austria
    EXPANDED COVERAGE: In recent years, Vienna has seen a resurgence in everything from its cultural offerings to its hotel scene, and Fodor's captures the best new picks. This edition includes expanded coverage of hotels, restaurants, activities and sights in the ski regions of Innsbruck, Tirol, and Vorarlberg, with tips from our renowned Austrian ski expert. The guide also focuses on the growing popularity of Austrian cuisine
    SPECIAL FEATURES: Among the feature topics are festivals in Austria, thermal spas in Carinthia and Graz, Austrian heurigen where you can sample wines made from the recent harvest, and a new Austrian history section that allows travelers to learn the history behind some of the country’s most famous sights
    INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: An "Experience Vienna and the Best of Austria" chapter includes places to go and "Great Itineraries." Each chapter has short descriptions of each region and the "Top Reasons to Go." Tips on how to find the best ski resort, shopping, driving, and more assist a wide range of travelers
    DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Vienna & The Best of Austria offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks in every category
    COVERS: Vienna, Vienna Woods, Lake Neusiedler and the Danube River, Salzburg, the Alps, Salzkammergut, Carinthia, Graz, Innsbruck, Tirol, Vorarlberg, and more.

Top 10 Vienna (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)

By DK Travel

DK Eyewitness Travel
Released: 2015-06-02
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Vienna is your pocket guide to the very best of the city of Vienna.

Packed with culture and activities for travelers to enjoy, our Top 10 Travel Guide to Vienna is a must-pack resource for discovering the best of Vienna. From the best venues to concerts to information on historic palaces and gardens, we've included ideas for experiencing Vienna for every budget. Try local delicacies like Viennese cakes at the city's best restaurants and bakeries, or explore the Vienna's bars and clubs to experience the city's nightlife.

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True to its name, this Top 10 guidebook covers all major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you.

  • "Don't miss" destination highlights.
  • Things to do and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
  • Free, color pull-out map (print edition), plus maps and photographs throughout.
  • Walking tours and day-trip itineraries.
  • Traveler tips and recommendations.
  • Local drink and dining specialties to try.
  • Museums, festivals, outdoor activities.
  • Creative and quirky best-of lists and more.

The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Vienna

Recommended: For an in-depth guidebook to Austria, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Austria, which offers the most complete cultural coverage of Austria; 3-D cross-section illustrations of major sights and attractions; thousands of photographs, illustrations, and maps; and more.

Lonely Planet Pocket Vienna (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet Pocket Vienna is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Discover the opulent Schloss Schonbrunn which was previously inhabited by royalty, lounge at the MuseumsQuartier, or stock up for a gourmet picnic at Naschmarkt; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Vienna and begin your journey now!

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  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Vienna map (included in print version), plus over 9 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhoods to help you determine the best spots to spend your time
  • Coverage of Innere Stadt, MuseumsQuartier, Neubau, Josefstadt, Alersgrund, Wieden, Belvedere, Leopoldstadt, Donaupark, Schloss Schonbrunn, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Pocket Vienna is a handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, providing on-the-go assistance to travellers who seek only the can't-miss experiences. Colourful and easy-to-use, this neighbourhood-focused guide includes unique local recommendations to maximise your quick trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends a wide range of experiences, both popular and offbeat, and extensively covers all of Vienna's neighbourhoods? Check out Lonely Planet's Vienna guide.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Austria guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves. The world awaits!

Lonely Planet guides have won the TripAdvisor Traveler's Choice Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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Streetwise Vienna Map - City Center Street Map of Vienna, Austria

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Streetwise Vienna Map is a laminated city center map of Vienna, Austria. The accordion-fold pocket size travel map includes a metro map.

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Think of Vienna and one thing should come to mind. Not music, although we will come to that later. Not the Boys Choir. Not waltzing. Not wiener schnitzel (invented here), not sacher torte (also invented here), nor filtered coffee (invented here and drunk by the tankerloads). Not even Lipizzaner Stallions. The one thing that epitomizes Vienna is: schlag. Schlag, shortened from Schlagobers, is whipped cream. Desserts are traditionally served with it. Viennese coffee is light espresso topped with it. The white poufy dresses at the annual New Year's Eve Ball, Austria's waltzing extravaganza, look like they are made of it. The Baroque and Rococo architecture is decadent and looks like it's embellished with it. Even the most famous Emperor, Franz Josef, sported a sweeping moustache and muttonchop sideburns that gave him the appearance of having dipped his face in it. This is a pristine city, precise and orderly, softened by the excess that a good dollop of whipped cream (literal and figurative) adds.

Start your culturally caloric tour within the Ring Road, or Ringstrasse. Each section of the ring has a different name ending in 96 ring. This is helpful in orienting yourself and keeps you from going around in endless circles trying to find an address. Inside the ring is the historical center of Vienna and most prominently placed is the Hofburg, or Imperial Palace, home to so many museums and cultural venues that it's difficult to count. Most cities would be happy to have half of these venues, much less all of them in one grand location. This is the seat of the Habsburg dynasty, one of the largest and most powerful ruling families of Europe (Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI and Queen of France was a Habsburg 96 she must have said 'let them eat cake, mit schlag!').

Started in the 1200's, the original castle was enlarged, expanded and elaborated on for the next 700 years. Had WWI not ended the Austrian monarchy, the Habsburgs would probably still be working on the palace today. Here you'll find the Imperial Apartments where the Lipizzaner Stallions prance and parade in the ring at the Spanish Riding School in the center of the palace; and the Austrian National Library, an ornate repository of knowledge. The Wiener S'e4ngerknaben, or Vienna Boys Choir, perform Sunday Mass at the medieval chapel within the Hofburgh. There are plenty of other sites and activities in the city: walks along the Prater, the museums surrounding Marie Theresien Platz, the gardens of the Rathaus Park, St Stephan 92's Cathedral, Karlskirche, the Belvedere Palaces-upper and lower, the Demel 96 cafe 9 extraodinaire, the Sigmund Freud House and the Clown Museum.

All of these sites can be easily found on our STREETWISE® Vienna Map and are listed in the complete index along with streets, hotels, metro stations, places of worship, places of interest, parks and plazas, and other museums and cultural sites. A separate Vienna metro map is included to speed travel within the city or enable you to visit outlying areas of town. The pocket size map of Vienna is laminated for durability and accordion folding for effortless use. To enhance your trip to Vienna, pick up a Michelin Green Guide Austria, which details key attractions and sites using a star-rating system so you can prioritize your visit based on your time and interest. In addition, for the best hotels and restaurants in Vienna, check out the MICHELIN Guide Main Cities of Europe.

Vienna: Vienna, Austria: Travel Guide Book—A Comprehensive 5-Day Travel Guide to Vienna, Austria & Unforgettable Austrian Travel (Best Travel Guides to Europe Series) (Volume 13)

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Journey to the Center of Vienna, Austria!

"Vienna is the gate to Eastern Europe."
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• Map—of Vienna
• City Snapshot—language, currency, airports, country code + more!
• Before You Go—there are some things you need to know!
• Getting in the Mood—with a few great films and books to enjoy before you go!
• Local Tourist Information—where to find it once you're on the ground in Austria
• Overview—of Vienna
• German Phrases For Emergencies—least you'll know how to holler, "Help!"
• Climate + Best Times to Travel—to Vienna!
• All About Tours—By bike, boat, bus or special interest and walking tours + our top recommendations with links and more!
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