Vienna fully embraces its past as the centre of the huge Austro-Hungarian Empire, but don't let the history lesson bore you. Yes, the conservation and commemoration of this former splendor and glory of an empire is Vienna's most important tourist asset today, but the city has worked long and hard on cultivating so much more. Trendy quarters, hip cafés, museums and contemporary art exhibitions, music of every genre, theater, opera, concerts – Vienna is truly worth a visit.

Vienna is truly one of Europe's gems - one of the most exciting and surprising cities to visit: Exquisite historical splendour combined with contemporary excitement.