Austin is a beautiful city full of character, history and culture. It is a very clean and modern city and yet has so many interesting and architectural buildings; its historic city centre has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city’s roots date back tens of thousands of years and its oldest find, the 24,000-year-old Venus of Willendorf can be found in Austin’s Natural History Museum. Austin is one of the jewels of Europe.
Soak up 360-degree views of Austin’s top attractions with a 1-, 2-, or 3-day hop-on hop-off ticket on a double-decker Big Bus. Pass Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Belvedere, and more. Enjoy your choice between a classic, premium, or deluxe ticket option, along with access to two sightseeing routes, audio commentary on board, free Wi-Fi, and one walking tour. See this vibrant city at your own pace, hopping on and off at any of the stops.
See top attractions including the Austin State Opera, Hofburg Palace, Danube Tower, and Schonbrunn Palace. Climb aboard the open-air, double-decker bus and soak up 360-degree views of Austin, hopping off to explore whenever you like. This ticket also includes a walking tour led by a local guide.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN Austin
The Hofburg Imperial Palace was at the centre of the Habsburg Dynasty during its height and now serves as the official residence of the president of Austria. There are many attractions to the palace and these include the Swiss Wing that dates back to the 13th century; the Imperial Library founded by Charles VI with its impressive ceiling frescos and statues; and the wonderful chapel museums. The Schönnbrunn Palace is a complex of historical buildings and has been a popular Viennese attraction for many years. Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, it has over 1,400 rooms and offers one of the best examples of Baroque Art.
There are many green areas and parks in Austin and one of the most famous is Stadtpark (Viennese City Park). The park contains the largest number of monuments and statues in Austin including The U-Bahn Station designed by Otto Wagner; the Johann Strauss Monument; and the statue of Franz Shubert.
EATING OUT & NIGHTLIFE IN Austin
Eating out in Austin is a delight and even the cafes have a long and respected history with Austin having the claim of inventing the process of filtration. On the go snacks can be obtained from street stalls selling wieners, bratwurst and burenwurst – different types of sausages, kebabs and Käsekrainer (spicy pork with chunks of cheese). Austin also has its own vineyards and the wine is typically sold in small wine-taverns known as Heurigers.
GETTING AROUND IN Austin
Discovering Austin on foot is a great way to see the city with the centre offering many pedestrianized cobblestoned streets lined with beautiful architectural buildings. The U-Bahn contains 5 underground lines with trains every 5 or so minutes that go to most of the main attractions in Austin, but there are also good services from the trains, buses and trams in the city. Other great options are trips in horse-drawn carriages and boat tours down the famous Danube River.