Vienna International Airport (also known as Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) serves the city of Vienna, the capital of Austria. The home of Austrian Airlines, Vienna International offers both inter-national and domestic flights and is used mostly as a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe. Consisting of 4 terminals, the airport is the largest in the country and handles more than 20 million passengers yearly. The terminals are named 1, 1A, 2 and 3, and serve different airlines and flights each.
Located less than 20 kilometres southeast of the centre of Vienna, it is not difficult to get from the airport to the city. The City Airport Train (CAT) is a fast and convenient way to make this commute; the train takes less than 20 minutes to get to central Vienna from the airport, and boasts comfortable seats and on-board monitors.
Otherwise, numerous bus services from the airport can take passengers to the city centre, main transport hubs such as the underground railway lines, and even out of Vienna to neighbouring cities and countries. A bus ride from Vienna International to the city would take only about 20 minutes.
What to see and do
The Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the imperial family, is a must-see if you are in Vienna. Built all the way back in the 1600s, the palace is one of Europe’s most imposing and impressive architectural treasures with its Baroque-style design, and is also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On top of having once been an imperial holiday spot, the palace was also the site where the monarch Emperor Franz Joseph was born in the 1800s, and where he spent the final days before his death. Admire the beauty of the many historic architectural features within the palace, including white-lacquered walls and ceilings, gold-leafed ornaments, bohemian crystal chandeliers, rosewood panelling, white porcelain tile stoves and more. Walk the splendid rooms with their lavish and decadent decorations, within which countless ancient people had made major decisions that changed the fabric of history. Fun fact: the immensely gorgeous and ornate Hall of Mirrors in the palace once witnessed a 6-year-old child prodigy by the name of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart perform a concert.
Next, take a look at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, home to a treasure trove of priceless art. Considered the geographic and spiritual centre of Vienna, the Gothic cathedral took some 400 years to build. Some of its offering include the sepulchre of Emperor Frederick III that was sculpted in 1513 in red marble, the tomb of Prince Eugene of Savoy, that has its origins in the 1700s, and the Altarpiece of Wiener Neustadt (Wiener Neustädter Altar), a winged altar from the 1400s.
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