Five Fun Facts about Vienna
- The original snow globe was invented by Erwin Peryz in Vienna around the turn of the 20th century – Vienna has a museum to celebrate all things snowglobe.
- The Zentralfrieldhof is the second largest cemetery in Europe, and is the final resting place of composers Brahms, Schubert, Strauss and Beethoven.
- Vienna is the only capital city that is also a wine region, with its own winery and vineyards within the city limits
- Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Sigmund Freud and Joseph Stalin all resided in Vienna in 1913
- Vienna is home to the world’s oldest functioning zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, founded in 1752, and one of the oldest functioning ferris wheels, built in 1897.
It’s always exciting heading off to a new city, all the planning where to stay, what to see and most importantly where to eat and drink! And the anticipation – will we love the city? Will we be disappointed? This weekend we’re off to Vienna for the first time, so here’s what we’ve got planned so far!
Free walking tour with Good Vienna Tours
We love a good walking tour to set the scene for a city and help us to get our bearings, so we’ve booked this free 10am tour for our first morning. We just need to find our way to Albertinaplatz!
Our very first opera, Don Pasquale
Vienna is synonymous with opera and has one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. Donizetti’s Don Pasquale will hopefully be a great introduction as it is a comedy in which a scheming old man plans to disinherit his nephew by taking a wife, who, unbeknownst to Don Pasquale is actually his nephew’s lover…
Like most European cities at this time of year, Vienna’s squares turn into a mass of wooden cabins, twinkling lights and wooden toys which look like they’ve been carved by Santa’s elves (and maybe they have?). The markets are dotted all around the city, with notable ones at Rathausplatz, Maria Theresien Platz, Karlskirche, Freyung and Stephansplatz. I’m looking forward to testing out the food and drink!
Giant Ferris Wheel at Prater
Yes, Vienna has it’s own amusement park, located to the North East of the inner district. There are roller coasters and carousels, as well as the iconic giant ferris wheel with it’s unusual cabin gondolas. James Bond fans may recognise it from The Living Daylights!
Beyond this we’re open to suggestions! Have you been to Vienna before? Any tips or recommendations?