Being the largest city in Austria and also a main cultural hub in the country in addition to the city centre being on the UNESCO World Heritage List then it is plain to see why Vienna is an important cruise destination whether it is starting or finishing your cruise holiday in the city or even stopping off for a day or two.
One extremely popular time to visit Vienna is in the run up to Christmas. Most of Europe is famous for its Christmas markets however Austria and Vienna in particular with the one at the town hall attracting many visitors every year. Here you can enjoy a variety of different foods and drinks from local produce to international cuisine as well as many shopping opportunities as well.
Visiting Vienna at any time of year is a great experience
There are stalls for everyone and if you are lucky enough for it to snow as well then you will definitely be in for a Christmas treat in the Austrian capital.
That being said, visiting the city at any time of the year is a great experience given the historical and cultural significance that Vienna has. Considering Austria is home to a great number of composers, including Mozart, then it is natural that the capital has a strong emphasis on classical music and the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra who hold concerts from May to December are highly popular.
The Ball Season in Vienna is another great tourist attraction and an event that many cruise companies base their Vienna cruises around.
These grand balls are normally held from New Year until the middle of February and there are many different ones from the Coffee House Owners ball to the Medical Doctors ball and the Grand Ball on New Year’s Eve. Aside from the Christmas markets mentioned above, Vienna is full of local markets, some 21 in total, that sell everything from local farmers produce to gifts and souvenirs.
If you are stopping off in Vienna for a couple of days then an excursion to the city of Wiener Neustadt is worthwhile. It is just under an hour away from Vienna and has a lot of tourist attractions including Neukloster, a 13th century abbey, the Hohe Wand Nature Park and also the picturesque beauty of the Old Town.
A cruise that takes in Vienna may also stop off at various other points along the Danube River including Salzburg, Passau and Nuremberg so the city is in a great position for you to experience all of these cities and towns as well in addition to taking in some of the natural beauty and scenery of the Danube. With an array of cultural and historical sites and the chance to visit some other excellent towns and cities along the Danube, it is easy to see why a Vienna cruise is so popular.