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Planning Your Trip

Reminders of Vienna’s rich history can be seen — and heard — everywhere. From classical concerts to gilded buildings to fine dining, Vienna has a refined sense of living and the style to match it. Here’s what to pack for a stay in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

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Business Travel

Austrians are known for taking great pride in dressing well, a sentiment that extends into the workplace.



  • Dark business suits are the norm for men, usually paired with a crisp white shirt and a solid-color tie.
  • For women, choose conservative dresses and stylish business suits worn with heels and elegant accessories.
  • Even in the summer, jackets are left on. In the winter, make sure to bring a classic full-length overcoat to keep warm.

Exploring the City

With its majestic architecture, parks, museums and cafés, Vienna is described as one of the most livable cities.   


  • Shorts aren’t necessarily frowned upon but to fit in with the locals women should opt for skirts, dresses and stylish pants in the summer.    
  • Vienna gets cold in the winter but leave the bulky coat at home and pack a stylish wool jacket and layers instead.
  • If planning on being out all day, carry a small bag to hold your essentials, including a portable charger for your phone.

Day Trips

It may be hard to pry yourself away from the city, but there are many sights to see just outside Vienna.



  • A side trip to Salzburg should include a visit to Hohensalzburg Fortress, which sits high atop a hill. Wear comfortable shoes for the climb up the stairs.
  • If you visit Budapest, bring a swimsuit to experience the city’s world-famous thermal baths, some of which date back to the 16th century.
  • Melk Abbey is roughly
    an hour away and a must-see. Dress comfortably for the weather; however, know that shorts and bare shoulders are not allowed inside the abbey.  
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Don't Forget:

A stay in Vienna wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Vienna State Opera, one of the world’s leading opera houses. If attending, pack formalwear. The opera is a decidedly elegant affair, with attendees wearing everything from gowns and fur coats to tuxes and bow ties.

From the grand opera to historical palaces and world-class dining, Vienna is home to many extraordinary experiences. Make your stay especially memorable by booking these activities in advance.  

Museum Tickets and Cultural Sights

With a history built on the arts, there is no shortage of cultural events to enjoy. Operas are a particularly hot ticket and often sell out, so book ahead of time. Another popular attraction, Schönbrunn Palace is a baroque masterpiece boasting 1,441 rooms, with 40 being open to the public. Avoid the year-round long lines by purchasing tickets in advance online.

Spa Appointments

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As one of Europe’s most walkable cities, you can happily roam Vienna’s streets for hours but by the end of the day your body may need a reprieve. The Ritz-Carlton Spa is a tranquil, urban retreat that serves up legendary service so you can walk away feeling relaxed and refreshed for another day of exploring. Book the luxurious Ultimate Natural Anti-Aging Ritual, which tightens and repairs the skin while restoring a youthful glow.

Day Trips

If you’re looking to escape the metropolis of Vienna for something a little quainter and quieter, head west to Salzburg to see the mighty Hohensalzburg Fortress and admire the serene mountain landscape. Or go east into Hungary and visit Budapest, where you can spend the day relaxing in the thermal baths that made thisancient city famous. And don’t forget about the legendary Danube — so blue, it inspired a song. Contact the concierge to make travel arrangements.

Dining Reservations

Place Setting

Steak aficionados will want to book a table at the Dstrikt Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, where choice cuts of farm-to-table meat are cooked over the famous Josper charcoal grill. End your meal with the famous Dstrikt cheesecake. Be aware that most restaurants are closed on Sundays. For those that are open, making an advance reservation is especially important.


As a cultural travel destination, Vienna is the complete package. From music and dance to painting and architecture, the city is a unique experience, a trove of amazing buildings, museums, palaces and gardens.  


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A Romantic Getaway

Vienna knows romance. Horse-drawn carriages, regal palaces with majestic gardens, celebrated museums, 19th-century operas, Strauss waltzes. The city has a way of sparking a passion for music and art and life itself.  


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