On the banks of the River Danube, Vienna - the 'city of music and culture' - is the capital city and one of nine federal provinces of Austria. Vienna was once known as Vindobona, an early Roman outpost. Famous people who have lived in Vienna include the great classical composers: Beethoven, Mozart, Johann Strauss and Schubert. With a population now of around 2 million people, Vienna attracts music and art lovers from all across the globe. The Vienna Boy's Choir and the Wiener Philharmoniker are just two of the modern day attractions and the Vienna Konservatorium is renowned by both students and lovers of music. The Museum of Fine Arts, Belvedere Palace and Europe's first alpine garden, with over 4000 diverse plants representing the alpine ecosystem, are amongst some of the many attractions.
There is an abundance of hotels in and all around Vienna, from which to choose. Many of the high quality international chains are represented within the city along with a wide choice of boutique options. Vienna caters for the full range of visitors, whether you are visiting for business or pleasure.
International travellers may arrive at Vienna Airport; once there, Vienna has a comprehensive public transport system - The Wiener Linien – which operates five underground lines. It has over 500 tramcars and almost as many buses available, so you can easily travel by bus or train in the city. Alternatively the Vienna City bike service is very popular with both residents and tourists, having over 1200 bikes available at low or no cost, located throughout the city at around 90 different pick-up points!