New Delhi: The Austrian capital recorded almost 7 million visitor bednights–an all-time new high for Vienna–between January-June 2017 – 4.2% more than for the same period the previous year.
The 64000 visitor bednights recorded by Indian travellers grew 15 per cent in the same period placing it among the high growth tourist markets along with China, Russia and Australia.
The Austrian capital, Vienna, continued to attract Indian families, honeymooners and young travellers looking to explore its imperial history, soak in its rich tradition of music, and experience its romantic offerings.
It’s no coincidence that the former capital of the Habsburg empire, Vienna, an exceptionally livable – and smart – city, was crowned the world’s most livable city for the eighth year in a row in 2017.
But it’s not just the high quality of life on offer in Vienna that makes it such a popular place to visit. Excellent infrastructure, English speaking population and safety of travellers also add to city’s attractiveness.
“City breaks to Vienna continue to boom: the city established a new record in the first half of 2017, with visitor bednights increasing 4.2% to around 6,924,000,” according to Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board.
Vienna’s aim is to become the Smart Tourism city by 2020. The vision is of a city that uses innovative services and attractions to create a relaxed urban experience and support positive interaction between residents and visitors, ushering in a responsible mindset that will help to pursue its sustainability goals without detracting from its glamourous image.
The Viennese Coffeehouse is an attraction for visitors, for locals a second home, and for artists and literati an institution. Viennese coffeehouse culture was officially added to the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list in 2011.
Global Culture Centre
Vienna is the world capital of music: every night around 10,000 music lovers are treated to live classical music – something no other city in the world can rival. Each year the Vienna concert schedule includes more than 15,000 events of various sizes and genres. 450 balls provide around 2,000 hours of dance floor magic every year. No other city has been home to so many composers — Mozart, Mahler, Haydn, Beethoven and Johann Strauss, the king of the Viennese waltz, all honed their craft in the city.
international transit hub used by around 150,000 people and 1,000 trains each day. It is also served by eight S-Bahn rapid transit train lines, two bus routes, three tram routes and a subway line.
Vienna currently has 64,000 hotel beds in all categories.
The meetings industry also has an important role to play, accounting for 11% of the total volume of bednights in 2016. Some 4,000 congresses, corporate events and incentives were held in Vienna last year – another new record.
Some Unusual Things to Do
Spanish Riding School, known for its famous Lipizzan ballet can be experienced live in the baroque ambiance of the Imperial Palace. Admire riding skills of the highest order – from pirouettes to caprioles. The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the oldest institution in the world where the classic equestrian skills has been preserved and is still practiced in its original form.
You’ll feel completely at home at the Vollpension as it looks just like a grandmother’s living room – only cooler. The vintage furniture, floor lamps and pictures create a comfortable atmosphere. The Vollpension is a generational café: Grandma also stands behind the stove and serves home-baked cake and home-cooked dishes such as roast pork and Austrian ‘Krautfleckerl’ while telling you her life stories.
Princess for a day
Welcome to the unique baroque lingerie and costume chamber at one of the most historical sights in Vienna: the Spanish Riding School! Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of contemporary fashion at Austria’s imperial court. Surprise yourself, have fun and enjoy a magical transformation with your loved ones – and awake the princess in you!
Visit www.vienna.info to find out what’s on in Vienna, find out more about the Austrian capital and reserve accommodation.
The Vienna City Card
Travel on Vienna’s easy public transport system for 24, 48 or 72 hours for just EUR 13.90, EUR 21.90 or EUR 24.90 respectively. In addition it lets you avail over 210 discounts at museums and sights, theatres and concerts, in shops, cafés, restaurants, and the ‘Heurige’ wine tavern.
How to get there
Air India offers a thrice-a-week direct flight from Delhi to Vienna and back. For those embarking from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore leading Airlines — Air India, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Swiss, and Turkish — offer connections with just a small stop en route.