From Sacher-Torte to Schönbrunn Palace - your guide to Vienna

This year, the European Cancer Congress will convene in Vienna, Austria; a hub of culture, entertainment and fabulous food. In case any delegates manage to find some “down time” while they are in the city, we have put together a guide to help you experience Vienna and what it has to offer, with activities ranging from sampling the famous Sacher-Torte chocolate cake to visiting the Schönbrunn Palace, the beautiful Baroque palace that was once an imperial summer residence.

Sacher-Torte:

The Original Sacher-Torte - a delicious chocolate cake topped with apricot jam and dark chocolate icing - was first made in 1832 in Vienna for Prince Wenzel von Metternich. Make sure you head to the Hotel Sacher, to try this world-famous cake.   

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Vienna State Opera House:

The ‘Wiener Staatsoper’ opened in 1869 with Mozart’s Don Juan, in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth. Today, you can enjoy the music for just €3.00-€4.00. Standing tickets are sold starting 80 minutes before show time at the standing room ticket office in Operngasse.

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Wiener Riesenrad:

Vienna’s giant Ferris wheel was first built to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I. It offers fantastic views of the city and was featured in the 1987 James Bond film, The Living Daylights.

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Grüner Veltliner wine:

If you fancy trying a local wine while you are in town, try a glass of Grüner Veltliner. This is Austria’s signature and most planted wine grape variety and you’ll find it in most bars, restaurants and Heuriger – traditional Eastern Austrian wine taverns.

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Museums Quartier:

The Museums Quartier is an arts complex consisting of a number of renowned museums such as the Leopold Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. A special collection of Pop Art by Peter and Irene Ludwig is currently on display at the mumok museum…

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Ice cream:

Did you know that Vienna is famed for its ice cream? Ice cream makers travelled to Vienna on the Danube in the nineteenth-century and brought their speciality frozen treat with them. Why not head to Tichy to try such delights as Eis-Marillenknödel and Eis-Spaghetti?

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Spanish Riding School and Lipizzan Horses:

The Spanish Riding School is famous worldwide for its Lipizzan horses and classical dressage. The following events are taking place over the ECC weekend:

  • Morning exercise (training of the Lipizzan stallions): Friday 25th September and Tuesday 29th September at 10.00-12.00 CEST
  • Performance: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September at 11.00 CEST
  • Guided tour of the Spanish Riding School: Every day at 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00

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Vienna’s oldest inn:

Where better to enjoy some traditional schnitzel than Vienna’s oldest inn, ‘Griechenbeisl’? The inn has been open since 1447 and provides a cosy, authentic atmosphere.

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viennacontemporary:

From the 24th to the 27th of September, art collectors, curators and enthusiasts from around the world will be convening in Vienna for vienna

contemporary, a new art fair that showcases contemporary Central and Eastern European art in Marx Halle in Vienna’s 3rd district. While you’re there, you can check out expressionist landmark ‘Hundertwasserhaus’, an apartment designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser and architect Joseph Krawina.

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Schönbrunn Palace:

This magnificent palace was commissioned at the end of the seventeenth-century and has been in the possession of the Habsburg dynasty since Maximillian II. The palace gardens alone are worth a visit, and the 60m high hill that houses a ‘Gloriette’ structure offers fabulous views.

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