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Vienna Winter Travel Tips

By Viator, December 2013

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With its Baroque palaces and parks dusted with snow and shop fronts glittering with Christmas lights, the festive season is a magical time to visit Vienna. Celebrate the holidays by exploring the lively Christmas markets, where you can warm your hands on a steaming cup of glühwein, while browsing for gifts against the fairytale backdrops of Maria Theresien-Platz or Rathausplatz.

As the days get colder, Vienna’s legendary coffeehouses make a great spot for escaping the cold and there are endless choices dotted around the streets and squares of the Ringstrasse. Try the renowned Café Central, favored haunt of Leon Trotsky or Café Mozart, where Graham Greene preferred to get his caffeine fix. Or why not dine in style with a dinner date at the lavish Schonbrunn Palace or a Christmas Eve banquet at the magnificent Weikersdorf Castle?

Winter is also an atmospheric time to take in Vienna’s top attractions, so soak up the Old World romance with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city or a trip to the gigantic open-air ice rink in front of Vienna City Hall. Entertainment shifts indoors over the holiday season, so get glammed up for an opera or ballet performance at the State Opera, the Musikverein or the Konzerthaus, or book tickets for a winter evening performance of the legendary Spanish Riding School. This is also the time to discover the birthplace of the waltz by joining Europe’s socialites at one of the many winter balls. Held at glamorous locations like the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the State Opera, the formal dances include famous events like the Le Grand Ball on New Year’s Eve and the Rudolfina Redoute masked ball.

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Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert

4 star rating: Recommended 400 Reviews

Enjoy a royal package with a self-guided audio Schonbrunn Palace walking tour followed by a three course dinner at Cafe-Restaurant Residenz. Within walking ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: Flexible

From USD $101.49

Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Dinner and Concert

4 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Enjoy a royal evening at Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family. Schonbrunn is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.22

Experience Vienna: Viennese Waltz Dance Lesson for Couples

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

When you’re in Vienna, don’t miss out on the chance to learn the Viennese waltz, created in – where else? – Vienna! The Viennese waltz became famous mostly due ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $63.90

Vienna Wine Tavern Night Tour with Giant Ferris Wheel

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Capture mesmerizing city views of Vienna and combine these with good food and wine for a memorable tour of Viennese nightlife.

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.99

Musical Vienna Combo: Vienna Card, Mozart Concert, House of Music and Waltz Dance Lesson

Vienna is an even more charming place when accompanied by music. With this combo package, discover the magic of Austrian music with entrance to the House of ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: Varies

From USD $182.94

Romantic Vienna Combo: Vienna Card, Horse and Carriage Tour, Belvedere Palace and Candlelight Dinner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Make your stay in Vienna unforgettable with this combination sightseeing package that let you experience the romantic side of the Austrian capital. Relax in a ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: Varies

From USD $274.41

Vienna Coffee-Tasting Experience at Café Museum and the Augarten Porcelain Factory

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the delight of Viennese coffee on this two-part coffee-tasting tour. Over two days (they don’t have to be consecutive), taste different coffees (and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: Flexible

From USD $66.41

Christmas Eve Dinner at Weikersdorf Castle from Vienna

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 9 Reviews

Enjoy a traditional Austrian Christmas Eve celebration with the whole family on this Christmas Eve tour from Vienna. A t the Renaissance-era Weikersdorf Castle ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $174.17

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