Vienna Media News 9-12/2020 Vienna’s back in business
With its incredible cultural amenities, fantastic sights, excellent restaurant and attractive hotels, Vienna is always worth visiting. And during the Covid-19 crisis, the Austrian capital has proved its credentials as a destination with outstanding safety and hygiene standards. The most recent confirmation of this came from the European Best Destinations travel portal at the start of June 2020, which listed Vienna as one of only a handful of major cities among the 20 safest travel destinations in Europe, which have been least badly affected by Covid-19, have implemented suitable safety and hygiene measures, and have appropriate health care infrastructure.
As a popular travel destination, Vienna was quick to define strict safety and hygiene regulations for its accommodations. And now there is even a special seal of approval, Safe Stay, which was developed by the Vienna Economic Chamber in partnership with the Vienna Tourist Board. Covid-19 officers and regular testing for staff are just some of the measures in place. A comprehensive travel package ensures that guests can relax safe in the knowledge that all of the measures – and more – are being complied with wherever they see the Safe Stay plaque. Vienna is also part of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels initiative. The WTTC represents the global travel and tourism industry and is committed to promoting a sustainable and integrated approach to tourism. The Safe Travels label was developed by the WTTC with the support of various bodies, as well as its members, health experts and the United Nationals World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), as the world’s first global safety standard for the travel and tourism sector to be developed specifically to combat Covid-19. The Vienna Tourist Board itself and its three Tourist Info centres in Vienna are all Safe Travels-certified.
Having gone virtual during their involuntary closures, Vienna’s wonderful museums can now be experienced first hand once again, after postponing or extending a number of exhibitions. Various safety procedures need to be observed at the museums, including maintaining a minimum distance of one meter from people from a different household and, in the majority of cases, wearing a mask or face shield. Museums have also increased the frequency of cleaning intervals and provide sanitiser for visitors to use. Buying tickets online is a good way to avoid any queues. Cash-free payment is also possible at ticket desks. Things are also coming back to life musically in Vienna, too. After the virtual-only experience offered in recent weeks, live concerts are back on the billing at last in the world capital of music, albeit with strict safety and hygiene procedures in place.
Now is also the time to be celebrating the music star of the year: Ludwig van Beethoven chose the Austrian capital as the creative centre and setting for the majority of his premieres. Numerous exhibitions exploring various aspects of his life and work are dedicated to the great composer in 2020, which marks the 250th anniversary of his birth.
When the Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna’s Prater park started turning again at the end of May 2020, it symbolised a return to action for the city’s attractive sights. Schönbrunn Palace and the zoo, the House of the Sea, the Spanish Riding School and the Donauturm were just some of the attractions that reopened to visitors.
The city’s hotels are also welcoming visitors again (visit https://b2b.wien.info/en/travelindustry/vienna-open-now/open-hotels for a list of bookable hotels and special offers). From luxury five-star-superior establishments and venerable old palaces to budget accommodations and newly-opened hostels, there’s something to suit every taste and every pocket.
A few tips: culture isn’t only found in the capital’s museums and galleries – it can also be encountered in some of the city’s hotels (https://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/viennaopennow/art-hotels-in-vienna). In Vienna there are hotels surrounded by parkland, right at the water’s edge, out in the hills and even in former imperial palaces (https://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/viennaopennow/hotels-short-trip-vienna). Enjoy music or make your own: another option at Viennese hotels (https://www.wien.info/en/music-stage-shows/live-musik-im-hotel). Some accommodations have gone for a distinctive vintage look (https://www.wien.info/en/sightseeing/viennaopennow/vintage-design-hotels). And tasty cakes and Torten from the city’s hotels make the perfect souvenirs (https://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/viennese-cuisine/hotel-cakes).
From fine restaurants (https://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/restaurants/gourmet-restaurants) and down-to-earth bistros (https://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/viennese-cuisine/beisl), airy sidewalk cafes and guest gardens (https://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/restaurants/sidewalk-cafes), to cosy coffeehouses (https://www.wien.info/en/shopping-wining-dining/coffeehouses): Vienna’s hospitality industry has been back in action since mid-May 2020. A 1am curfew is currently in place.
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