London Stansted to Vienna International Airport
The Austrian capital of Vienna, situated on the River Danube, was the centre of the Hapsburg's empire for many centuries and has a long and rich history. It is famous for its classical music, as both Beethoven and Mozart have lived here.
FlyNiki, which operates a regular service between London Stansted and Vienna International Airport, is an Austrian-based low-cost airline. Created in 2003, the former F1 champion Niki Lauda is the majority shareholder.
Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) is about 18km (12 miles) from the city centre. The most convenient way of getting to the centre is via the new high-speed CAT (City Airport Train). The half-hourly service takes just 16 minutes to
reach the Wien-Mitte station. Tickets cost 8 euros for a single, 15 euros return, accompanied children under 15 travel free. There is also the S-bahn train service to Wien-Nord and Wien-Mitte stations which have connections with the metro system. The half-hourly service takes 25 minutes. Buses run from the airport to Schwedenplatz, Westbahnhof, Wien-Mitte and Sudbahnhof - check the airport's website at www.viennaairport.com for more information.
A single adult ticket costs 6 euros, return tickets are 11 euros. Taxis depart from next to the arrivals hall but are quite expensive - 35-40 euros to the city centre.
The best time to visit the Vienna is during the summer, although with the likelihood of thunderstorms. Heavy snowfalls can be expected between December and March. 2006 sees the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth for which Vienna has planned some special events.
Places of interest in Vienna include:
- Vienna Opera House. This opera house, built between 1861 and 1869, is world-renowned for its classical performances and is also home to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Spanish Riding School. Horses from the Spanish Riding School have been performing their manoeuvres to classical music for over 400 years. Tickets are available for the morning training sessions, although you need to book well in advance if you wish to see the actual performances. The season usually runs from September to December and March to June. There is also a museum here telling the history of the School. Visit www.spanische-reitschule.com for information.
- Imperial Palace (Hofburg). Starting off as a mediaeval castle, the Hofburg was extended as the Hapsburg's empire expanded. Within the complex there are various attractions; there are museums, a butterfly house, the Spanish Riding School is located here and the chapel is where the Vienna Boys' Choir sings at Sunday Mass.
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