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Most of Vienna’s historical sights are concentrated in the Old City (Innere Stadt) and around the Ringstrasse, including St Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom), The Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the National Theatre and State Opera, and Mozart’s house. One of the biggest art complexes in Europe, the Museumsquartier Wien (MQ) is located on the perimeter of the Old City. Within its museums are displayed the works of Schiele and many other modern masters. The palace and gardens of Schönbrunn are one of Vienna’s top attractions, as is the Spanish Riding School. The large park known as the Prater is home to the Giant Ferris wheel, as well as other rides and attractions. Cheap weekend breaks to Vienna from Ireland are ideal for visiting Kärntnerstrasse and Graben with theie excellent shops, and many coffee houses. Don’t leave Vienna without paying a visit to one of these, renowned for their coffee and pastries - try the famous Sachertorte. Heurigen are taverns selling reasonably priced snacks, wine and beer. Abbey Travel offers unforgettable last minute city breaks & short break deals to Vienna.
Vienna has a temperate continental climate, with warm, sunny summers and cold winters. The average temperature range in January is between 23°F and 34°F (-4°C to 1°C), while in July temperatures range between 60°F and 76°F (15°C and 25°C). Thunderstorms occur frequently in summer and snowfall is common in winter. Spring, autumn and the beginning of summer are perhaps the best times to travel to Vienna.
The official language in Austria is German.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaux de change available in all towns, but it may be easier to use the ATMs. Banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but exchange offices at airports and major city rail terminals are open seven days a week. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted though some small hotels and restaurants may only accept cash. Travellers cheques are also accepted.
Local time in Austria is GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).