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For possible pre- or post-convention tours please find herewith some delightful examples in Vienna and to the surroundings of the capital of Austria.
Palace and gardens of Schönbrunn (World Heritage Site)
The castle Schönbrunn is a symbol of the power and influence of the House of Habsburg in European history. Together with the park, the ensemble is an excellent example of the princely baroque residences, and a great work of art.
The Old Danube is a special kind of local recreation area, offering an attractive contrast between the adjacent cityscape and the idyll of this former branch of the Danube.
Historic centre of Vienna (World Heritage Site)
Three key periods of European cultural and political development – the Middle Ages, the Baroque period, and the Gründerzeit, the era of industrialization – are exceptionally well illustrated by the urban and architectural heritage of the Historic Centre of Vienna. Since the 16th century Vienna has been universally acknowledged to be the musical capital of Europe.
Wachau (cultural landscape, World Heritage Site)
a part of the Danube Valley of distinctive beauty is well worth spending a couple of days. Ride along the Danube on a cruise ship, sip wine at a Heurigen, visit some of the castles holding the banks of the Danube.
Viennese wine & Heuriger
Vienna is the only metropolis that grows enough wine within its city to make it worth mentioning. 700 hectares of Viennese vineyards leave their mark on the cityscape. Wine growing has a long tradition in Vienna. White wines are grown in 80 percent of the vineyards, with the Wiener Gemischter Satz being a specialty. Viennese wine is enjoyed in the city's many bars and restaurants or on the edge of town in wine taverns that offer wine from their own vineyards and buffet tables piled high with home-made delicacies.
Lake Neusiedl (World Heritage Site)
ocated to the south-east of Vienna, can be reached by car in about one hour. It is the biggest steppe lake in Central Europe and the largest lake in Austria. It lies at the beginning of the Little Hungarian Plain, surrounded by a wide reed belt with unique bird species. Some vintner’s villages around the lake, such as Rust or Mörbisch are especially charming; the latter is especially well known because of its lake festival during the summer.