Vienna, Austria's grand capital on the Danube river, recently beat 231 other buzzing cities to be crowned the most liveable city in the world, offering the highest quality of life for the eighth year in a row, according to the Mercer 'Quality of Life' survey.
Vienna has always ranked high in preference among MICE planners and decision makers. If you're intent on planning an incentive trip to Vienna, you should certainly visit the Vienna Convention Bureau website. Known as ‘Europe's most professional bureau’, VCB, supports planners and event organizers through the entire process.
Watch this video to get a feel of what Vienna has in store for you.
Air India in code share with Austrian offers direct flights to Vienna. Other metros are connected via one hop flights by Lufthansa, Air France & Turkish. Although, many groups prefer to combine the Prague, Budapest, and Vienna triangle.
The best months to visit Vienna are from May to September. The weather is often quite pleasant with temperatures in the 20s°C, sunny or partly sunny skies, and mild evenings.
Here's a quick guide to planning a 2-3 day trip for a group tour
or travel incentive for employees, dealers, distributors or doctors.
RingstrasseThe ideal way to get acquainted with Vienna would be to start with a tour of the Ringstrasse, the most beautiful boulevard in the world. On this tour, you will see Vienna's most famous buildings, palaces & monuments.
Essential extended visits and photo stops are recommended at Stadtpark, Imperial Palace, Maria Theresia's monument, Parliament building, Empress Elisabeth monument, the Imperial Crypt and St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)
Imperial Palace (Hofburg)- the seat of the great Habsburgs empire for more than 7 years and the Imperial Treasury displaying the Emperor’s Crown of the Holy Roman Empire (circa 962) and the Austrian Emperor’s Crown (1602). (Roll mouse over to view image)
St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)is the symbol of Vienna. 107.2 meters long and 34.2 meters wide, it has four towers. The cathedral's catacombs are the final resting place for Emperor Friedrich III, Prince Eugene of Savoy, and the Habsburg Duke Rudolph IV.
The Reichsrat parliament building with the fountain of Pallas Athena, the monument of the republic, standing in front of it. (Roll mouse over to view image)
The Imperial Crypt (Kaisergruft)is a burial chamber beneath the Capuchin Church and monastery in Vienna. Since 1633, the Imperial Crypt has been the principal place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburg.
The bones of 145 Habsburg royalty, plus urns containing the hearts or cremated remains of four others, are here, including 12 emperors and 18 empresses.
The Vienna NaschmarktIn the evening, after a long day of taking in the sights, head over to Naschmarkt to unwind, grab a local beer and a snack or just shop for souvenirs.
Vienna’s best-known market has around 120 market stands and restaurants for a colorful culinary offering ranging from Viennese to Indian, from Vietnamese to Italian.
On Saturdays, locals setup an awesome flea market and some really unique items and bargains make their way there.
Schönbrunn PalaceOn your second day in Vienna, visit Empress Sisi’s former summer residence. This baroque complex contains an enchanting park designed like a maze, the Palm House featuring the largest botanical garden on the European continent, the Gloriette and a zoo.
A detailed & guided visit to Schonbrunn would easily take half a day.
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