VIENNA

VIENNA

Vienna is an Austrian state. It is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far the largest city in Austria. Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the stage for Vienna’s artistic and musical masterpieces alongside its coffee-house culture and vibrant epicurean and design scenes.

BALL SEASON

One thing you should One thing you should not miss when you visit Vienna during the carnival season is to attend one of the many glamourous balls in the city, some of them in wonderful elegant locations like the Vienna Hofburg or the City Hall (Rathaus). The most widely known and elegant balls are the Opera Ball in the State Opera or the ball of the Wiener Philharmoniker. Many professional guilds have their own ball like e.g. the Kaffeesiederball by the Vienna Coffee house owners. Also, the ball calendar can be found on the pages of the Vienna City Council.

MARKETS

There are 21 markets with stands and small characteristically Viennese hut-like shops that are open daily (except Sunday). Additionally, many of these have true farmers’ markets, often on Saturday mornings. There is a large variety of sellers and markets, from the upscale to the dirt cheap. Each has several shops of different kinds (butcher, bakery, produce, coffee, etc.). There is another handful of weekly farmers markets around the city as well as seasonal markets like the Christmas markets.

FOOD

Viennese restaurant menus offer a bewildering variety of terms for dishes, most of which the visitor will never have heard of and many of which aren’t in the brief lists of menu terms included in phrase books. Viennese restaurant portions tend to be large. Recently many restaurants are including more vegetarian options. Most restaurants have daily specials listed on a chalkboard or sometimes on a printed insert in the regular menu.