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Connoisseur’s Guide to Vienna

Vienna sight
Written by Aksel Ritenis
Vienna sightVienna, also described as Europe’s cultural capital, is a metropolis with unique charm, vibrancy and flair. It boasts outstanding infrastructure, is clean and safe, and has all the inspiration that you could wish for in order to discover this wonderful part of Europe. Vienna, the capital of Austria, 2 million inhabitants, is situated on the banks of the Danube. The influx of visitors from all over the world has made Vienna the most popular urban tourist destination in Austria.

Austria’s climate is generally moderate and mild and reliably follows the four distinct seasons. Average summer temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C, the average winter temperatures are around 0°.

Vienna – a romantically imperial city: Vienna is a dream city for anyone with a romantic streak or an interest in history. Sightseeing opportunities are to be found in abundance. Wander along narrow, medieval alleyways or across imperial squares, view Schönbrunn Palace or the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) in the footsteps of Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef, and marvel at the majestic architecture along the Ring boulevard. Be inspired by an atmosphere steeped in history – which also boasts the comforts and infrastructure of a modern city!

Austrian Garden ViennaVienna – city of culture: Vienna possesses a lively and vast array of cultural attractions. Whether classical or experimental theatre, film or dance festivals, opera or operetta, or exhibitions and concerts – no matter when you come and how long you stay, there is sure to be something exciting for you to discover. Or if your tastes are not quite so culturally refined, then visit one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses or traditional wine taverns (“Heurige”) and work your way through famous culinary specialities. Wet your appetite!

Vienna – city of music: Vienna has been synonymous with music for centuries, and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. This outstanding musical heritage has been preserved right to the present day. The Wiener Philharmoniker is one of the world’s top orchestras, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is triumphantly successful wherever it tours, and the Vienna Conservatorium has produced innumerable international award-winners in all musical disciplines. Yet Vienna also boasts a lively scene for young people – if you love music, you are sure to profit from Vienna.

Vienna – City of art: Down the centuries, Vienna has always produced and nurtured world-famous artists. The collecting passion of art-loving rulers and monarchs has made Vienna a treasure house par excellence. The Museum of Fine Arts, for instance, is one of the world’s largest and most distinguished museums, housing priceless works of art. Art accompanies you wherever you go in Vienna – even some of its underground stations are listed properties (on account of their elegant, ornamental Jugendstil style designed by Otto Wagner)! And Vienna is also uniquely zestful as far as its literature is concerned. After all, where else in the world will you find a city with its own “coffee house literature”?


VIE VINUM WINE FAIR


Vie Vinum Wine From 29 to 31 May 2010, vinophiles meet at the in Vienna’s Imperial Palace.

With around 520 exhibitors including producers, importers and distributers from all over the world, VieVinum is Austria’s largest wine event and a must attend event for everyone who’s anyone in the industry. The fair showcases wines from top Austrian and international producers, with guided tasting sessions also on offer.

South Tyrol will be represented for the first time in 2010 with excellent wines such as Gewürztraminer and Vernatsch. There will also be various special exhibitions by winegrowers’ associations to enjoy. Vinea Wachau, the association of Wachau valley winegrowers, will be presenting a book about their region in conjunction with superior samples from their vineyards. Elsewhere a group of Styrian winegrowers will be offering an insight into their vinicultural specialties.

VieVinum. International Wine Festival
May 29-31, 2010

Hofburg (Heldenplatz entrance)
www.vievinum.at


Hotel KummerHOTEL KUMMER


The central 4-star Hotel Kummer is an ideal destination for people travelling on business or pleasure in Vienna, Austria’s great capital. 95 rooms in various furnishing styles, as well as a restaurant, a bar and two conference rooms are included in the hotel’s repertoire.

The multifaceted Hotel Kummer lies in the heart of Mariahilfer Strasse, one of the most important shopping streets of Vienna. Due to its central location the hotel is a popular amongst Vienna visitors as well as business travellers in the Austrian capital. Become a guest at the nonsmoking Hotel Kummer in one of the liveliest business quarters of Vienna. Numerous sights and important Viennese locations are only a few minutes’ walk from the four-star Hotel Kummer. The inner city of Vienna, as well as the Vienna State Opera, the Hofburg, the Spanish riding school and several large museums can be reached easily on foot. This way your city trip to Vienna becomes a truly great experience!

Hotel  Kummer restaurantThe only recently refurbished restaurant with its multi-faceted culinary offerings will excite you! Here the business and holiday hotel Kummer serves a combination of excellent international dishes and traditional Viennese specialties. The exclusive room service is available for you from 7am until 9pm daily. The charming lobby bar is characterised by its cosy atmosphere with a classic ambience. Here you can enjoy a large selection of refreshing cocktails from 10am until 12pm. A place to feel at home at for you and your friends!


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