These 10 reasons will convince you to come to Vienna!
“Wien, Wien nur du allein” was sung by the Austrian composer and writer Rudolf Sieczyἠski. What sentiment could stand behind this phrase and which highlight you absolutely should not miss in Vienna – we have summarized all of that in ten convincing reasons.
And if you aren’t sure about your next city trip’s destination, you should read our Vienna versus Berlin city comparison!
1. The most beautiful city in the heart of Europe
Due to its central location in Europe, Vienna is a very popular destination for visitors from all over the world. With more than 1.8 million inhabitants, Vienna is the most populous city in Austria and the second largest city in the German-speaking area. Compared to Berlin, we even have more hours of sunshine, which is probably due to Vienna’s more southern location. According to the “Innovation Cities Global Index”, Vienna is after London and San Francisco one of the most innovative cities in the world. The Austrian tourism industry can’t complain either, in 2016 for the first time we reached a record number of over 140 million overnight stays. We are happy about the many visits from abroad.
2. Vienna combines nature and city living
A visit to one of our famous museums in the morning and a relaxed afternoon at the Old Danube. There you can also enjoy a swim on a hot summer’s day. Aside from the urban capital flair, Vienna offers countless parks and recreational areas where you can enjoy some peace and quiet. If you you enjoy sports and outdoor activities, there are a lot of places and routes for hiking and other outdoor sports. More than 500 kilometers of the “Viennese City Hiking Trails” run along the outskirts of the city and through some parts of the Vienna Woods. Click here to get some insights into our ActiLingua excursions into the green nature.
3. Vienna’s architecture is booming
Vienna’s beautiful city centre and historical buildings are some of the city’s prime sights with magnificent architecture that leaves visitors in awe. From Art Nouveau, to Gothic and Baroque as well as the famous “Ringstraßenstil”, Vienna serves it all. However, not only the older buildings look splendid, also the modern architecture has made a name for itself. The skyline along the banks of the Danube is constantly growing and in 2013, thanks to the famous architect Dominique Perrault, the tallest building in Austria “DC Tower 1” was built there.
4. Classical Music in the spotlight, like nowhere else in the world
Vienna is the world capital of music because nowhere else was home to more famous composers than here. The classical music is the heart of our music history and the work of the great composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven or Franz Schubert is still showcased on many stages throughout the city. Today the Viennese Philharmonic, the ensemble of the Viennese national opera and the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra contribute to this very important part of our culture. Whoever wants to experience such an event should try to get some tickets for the world renowned “New Year’s Concert”. In our article about the Austrian New Year’s Concert you can find more information about it.
5. Cultural diversity meets “Wiener Schmäh” (EN: Viennese kind of humour)
An important part of our culture is the historical inner city, with some of its imperial buildings can still be visited today. Among these are many museums with collections of world-famous artists, such as the “Kunsthistorisches Museum” or the Albertina. In any case, you should also plan some visit the Schönbrunn Zoo, which was opened in 1752. This makes it the oldest zoo in the world. The Viennese also love to laugh, which is why the cabaret scene is very popular here. The “Wiener Schmäh” is a bit peculiar, but eventually everyone gets used to it. Within the ActiLingua leisure programme you will see all the amazing sights of Vienna and the best thing about it is that you are always in a group with other students and ActiLingua teachers who will entertain you.
6. The Viennese charm beats the „Berliner Schnauze”
With our Viennese charm, we exactly know how to wrap someone around our finger. One of our favourite sentiments is self-irony, which also influences our everyday life. We know our strengths, but we also know when we better be silent. For example, when it comes to football! In Berlin, on the other hand people greet you like this on the airport: “Welcome to the world metropolis”. It seems as if there is no lack of conviction. If you ask for the “Brandenburger Tor”, it is not uncommon for people to answer: “Same place it was yesterday.”
Why Vienna is the better capital for your language travel anyway, you can find out in our article “Vienna – Berlin: a city comparison”!
7. The largest university town in the German-speaking area
Education is very important to us. The variety of education opportunities and the courses of study is very appreciated nationally as well as internationally wide. Vienna has nine universities, four universities of applied sciences and further private universities. Quite a way behind Berlin had to be satisfied with the second place in the city ranking of universities. For those who would like to study in Austria and gain some international experience, the ActiLingua Academy also offers a special German course for the University preparation. Students will be able to improve their German skills and experts from the University will help you to find the right course of study and with all the administration work.
8. Imperial flair is in the air
Explore Vienna’s most beautiful squares while sitting on a horse-drawn carriage, which is called “Fiaker” in Vienna. After that, enjoy a walk through the avenues of the parks at Schönbrunn Palace, where Emperor Franz and his Empress Sisi once resided. The castle itself impresses with splendid staterooms and offers an insight into the former imperial living rooms. Behind the castle on a small hill, lies the “Gloriette”, which can be reached by a short walk. The little effort uphill will be rewarded as soon as you reach the top and have a stunning view over the city.
9. Viennese cuisine instead of Berlin’s Doner Kebab
As the only city in the world, we are the namesake of our own eating style, the “Viennese cuisine”. From the typical “Beisl” with a hearty cuisine to the luxurious gourmet restaurants, Vienna offers a mixture of local and international tastes. Also known as “Imbissstadt” (Engl. city of snacks) Berlin primarily offers currywurst and doner kebab.
10. Vienna is the city with highest quality of living in the world
In 2017, for the eight time in a row, Vienna has been awarded as the city with the highest quality of living. Vienna provides a huge educational offer, has a well-developed public transport system, which its inhabitants can use for € 1 per day and we feel more than safe here in the heart of Europe. We Viennese love our city and are happy about every guest who shares this joy with us.
Click here to learn more about the Austrian capital city and its cultural characteristics.
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