With its abundance of stunning architecture and rich history, Vienna is the jewel in Austria's crown.  As the home to the Vienna Boys' Choir, the beautiful Lippizaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the city has a rich cultural flavour but it also proudly boasts a strong cafe and culinary scene, too.  

Having visited Vienna on many occasions, Michael McMillan, Sales and Marketing Representative for Holidays on Location, shares his Insider Secrets to this stunning city with us.


Must-see sights

Vienna skyline with St Stephen's Cathedral

Favourite place/area to stay Vienna

Best place to eat in Vienna

Best way to get around the city

24 or 72 hour public transport pass covering metro, trams & buses


Gustav Klimt's The Kiss

Local specialities


Best way to spend a lazy Sunday in Vienna?

A leisurely cruise on the Danube and the Wachau Valley to Durnstein, a long lunch at a wine tavern (Heurige) in Grinzing or Neustift (but be warned the wine is young and rough), or a slow ramble through the beautiful gardens of Schonbrunn to the Glorietta monument.


My hidden secret of Vienna

See if you can find a beautiful little street in the old Jewish quarter in the inner city called Schonlanterngasse. It means 'beautiful lantern alley', and, if you can find it you will know why it is so named. Visit on a foggy quiet night and have dinner in the little restaurant beneath the l.....n (it’s very The Third Man).


Schonbrunn Palace 


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