For guests seeking immersion in history and culture, we offer direct entrée, with both new and old in this exciting city just steps away. Le Méridien Vienna is set at the edge of the Ringstrasse, the hottest entertainment and shopping area in Vienna. The legendary Vienna State Opera—one of the most celebrated opera houses in Europe and the site of the annual New Year’s Gala—is a walk away, as are the Imperial Hofburg Palace, Albertina, Secession, and the Museumsquartier.
Easily accessible and an integral part of the city's history, the fascinating Habsburg dynasty is revealed at the Imperial palaces—once homes of Empress Elisabeth, and a century before her, Empress Marie-Therese along with her daughter, Marie Antonia (who later became Marie-Antoinette). Short trips take guests to the royal family’s favourite home, Schönbrunn, as well as the Hofburg and Belvedere palaces. Nearly as renowned in Vienna is the Spanish Riding School, known for its magnificent white Royal Lipizzaner stallions.
Experience the sublime music of Vienna—the home of many of history’s greatest composers—at myriad opera houses and concert halls. An array of theaters and playhouses have also made their names legendary worldwide, such as Raimundtheater and Ronarcher, as well as the famed Konzerthaus.
Sports and leisure are also prominent in this stately and elegant city. On Danube Island, guests can savour 60 kilometres of green and sandy beaches, along with a wide selection of sports activities: bicycle tours, sailing and surfing, golf, and of course, horseback riding. The city itself boasts over 800 kilometers of bicycle paths. For those who wish to explore local culture while satiating a desire for good wine, there are abundant taverns shadowed by the legendary and mysterious Vienna Woods.
Connoisseurs of elegant goods flock to Vienna for the multitude of markets. The Flea Market, the enchanting spectacle of the Christmas Market, and the open-air stalls at the celebrated Naschmarkt all draw crowds of discerning shoppers. For the finest and most elegant selections, head to the city centre to visit suppliers of the Imperial Viennese Court and the international top-flight flagship stores.