The Vienna Region is full of natural, cultural, and historic sights. It looks back upon a long and lively history, with Roman ruins, medieval castles, and imperial palaces. At the same time, it enjoys modern highlights and places of great natural beauty. A list of the most beautiful places in this region would be impossible to complete. Nevertheless, we have selected a small variety of gems for you below.
Austria’s capital Vienna (Wien) is one of Europe’s most visited cities. It looks back on a rich history and is home to famous art collections, palaces, musical heritage, magnificent museums, and fine concert halls. You can spend days wandering from one sight to another.
Vienna has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with shops and restaurants from all over the world. Yet, the city also has retained a distinctive traditional flair. Charming coffeehouses serving the famous Viennese cakes are a characteristic part of the Viennese Lifestyle. In the summer people like to sit and eat outside, there are outdoor cinemas and lots of sports activities along the Danube. In winter, there are sparkling Christmas markets. The main shopping streets and food markets are filled with locals, tourists, and ex-pats at all times of the year.
A few Viennese highlights
Some of Vienna’s most beautiful places are found in the first district, the city center. For instance, the Opera House, the Museums of Natural History and of Fine Arts, the Imperial Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, the Neo-Gothic City Hall, St. Stephan’s Cathedral, etc. Culture and Art are part of the Viennese Lifestyle, you will always find both locals and tourists in these places of interest.
Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) is a place you should not miss. The stunning Baroque palace contains more than 1,441 rooms. Guided tours will take you through the Imperial Apartments. However, it is also surrounded by beautiful park-like gardens in which the Viennese people love to stroll or jog. The park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be entered free of charge.
The Prater (Wiener Prater) is a popular recreation area for families and all sorts of sportive activities. There’s an amusement area with roller coaster rides, restaurants, the famous Giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad), a Planetarium; and the Liliputbahn miniature steam railroad. The Viennese people also love to jog, cycle or ride horses here.
Vienna is also known as a pioneer when it comes to Smart City issues. To create a “digitalization capital” innovative ideas from technology and research communities are brought together. There are a lot of trade fairs and conferences and a teeming tech community.
Baden (Lower Austria)
Baden, with its healing mineral and thermal springs, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2021. The Romans already bathed in Baden’s sulfur springs many centuries ago, Austrian Emperors made the city their summer residence, famous musicians and painters stayed there. Today, visitors from all over the world relax and enjoy themselves in this spa town. A combination of a healthy climate, cosmopolitan charm, and elegant flair guarantees recuperation.
The City Theatre and the Operetta Festival in the Summer Arena, as well as many museums and galleries, offer cultural activities. The casino is one of the largest and most beautiful casinos in Europe. People also meet at wine taverns, classy restaurants, and charming coffeehouses. A splendid park with exotic plants in the city center leads right into the forest – relaxed strolls or long hikes, Baden offers it all.
The quality of life is high, and the infrastructure is excellent. Many people who live in Baden commute to Vienna for work. However, Baden, while being one of the most beautiful places for relaxation, is also an inspiring business location with many congresses and conferences.
Krems (Lower Austria)
Krems is situated right beside the Danube river in “Wachau wine county”. With its hillside vineyards and terraces, it is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Austria. Krems is the first stage of the Wachau UNESCO World Heritage Trail, a 180 km long-distance hiking trail that follows the Danube Valley and Wachau wine country. This trail contains some of Europe’s most lovely river scenery, passing by three monasteries and about 20 fortresses, ruins, and castles.
Over 20 cultural institutions have settled in the Krems Art Mile, including art galleries and museums, making it a cultural hotspot. Krems attracts visitors throughout the year with amazing events and festivals. There are music festivals and local fairs related to wine and apricots which are grown locally and have made the region famous.
Krems is also a city with several universities and faculties of higher education. The Creative Pre-Incubator® (CPI for short) is a program carried out at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Lower Austria. It offers selected groups of UAS students, graduates, and employees support in the implementation of their business idea and in setting up a company. There are business conferences, think tanks, and plenty of networking opportunities.
Neusiedl is located north of Lake Neusiedl, and surrounded by vineyards. It thrives on viticulture, tourism, and commercial enterprises. Lake Neusiedl is Europe’s only steppe lake. People come here for kiting, sailing, surfing, and swimming. The flat landscape around the lake is perfect for cycling tours. In the winter months, the lake, which is frozen for weeks at a time, attracts ice-skating and ice-sailing enthusiasts. On top of that there are tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, a fun and skate park, a golf course, a soccer field, and a riding stable. The infrastructure is very good. For example, there is a direct highway connection to Vienna and Bratislava.
Neusiedl am See is home to numerous commercial and trading enterprises. Since the end of the 1990s, a large business park with a technology center has been built at the highway exit.
Eisenstadt is the state capital of Burgenland. It is home to many cultural sights, beautiful castles, museums, and music festivals. Schloss Esterházy is a most beautiful palace and its gardens are the green heart of the city. Burgenland is often referred to as the sunny side of the Vienna Region. With 300 days of sunshine a year, the county definitely deserves this nickname. Production sites and offices are quite affordable here. Hence, Burgenland has become home to a rapidly growing number of businesses and start-ups.
The Business Agency Burgenland / STARTUP-BURGENLAND is located in Eisenstadt. It helps with funding, investors, research, and innovation. The most beautiful places in the Vienna Region are also home to excellent business opportunities! If you intend to relocate your company, add a new production site, or found a new enterprise, the Vienna Region is THE place to be!
Let me give you five reasons why you should set up your headquarters in the Vienna Region:
- a high quality of life at affordable prices
- Excellent, highly-developed infrastructure
- highly qualified workforce
- outstanding spending capacity of customers
- home to many international companies, universities as well as research facilities
- direct access to the CEE-Market
- high level of personal security, political stability and legal certainty
- an international as well as cosmopolitan region due to a population with migration background
What a founder-friendly location needs is a focus on the global market. Austria’s location in particular makes it an ideal hub for the international start-up scene in Central and Eastern Europe.
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