Vienna is the capital and the largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. The German name for the city is Wien. Vienna is Austria’s primary city, with a population of around 1.73 million. Most business hotels exchange U.S. dollars and other major currencies, although rates are more favorable at banks or currency exchange offices, including those at the airport or main train station. For convenience and the best exchange rate, use an ATM card to obtain cash. Vienna is famous for its staggering 19th century architecture and Baroque castles.
With its European Union membership and convenient location, as well as the strong Austrian market, Vienna has proved to be a haven for international businesses searching for office space in central Europe. Austria has a thriving service sector, in addition to profitable industries including tourism, construction, vehicle manufacturing, mechanical engineering, metals, machinery, chemicals, paper and paperboard. Many of the United Nations’ organizations and groups such as Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are headquartered here.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Throughout Vienna there are 21 markets that each are comprised of small Viennese hut-like shops that open daily (except Sunday). These markets all have several shops selling essentials such as meat, bread, coffee and cheese. The restaurants are accustomed to foreign patrons and will typically have an English language version of the menu, though you may have to ask for it. The traditional Viennese fast food is sausage and it comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. You can buy hot sausages and hot dogs at the numerous snack bars called "Würstlstands", throughout Vienna.
Vienna International Airport is located just outside the city limits of Vienna on the far side of the Schwechat area. City Airport Train (CAT) is the fastest way to reach the city center. The CAT leaves at thirty-minute intervals and travels non-stop between Vienna International Airport and the city center at St. Stephen’s Cathedral/Wien-Mitte railway station. Vienna’s well-developed citywide public transport system offers numerous options for exploring the city including bus, tram, metro and train.