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Vision and departure - 150 years of the Vienna World's Fair - Vienna invites you to an exciting journey into the past!

Aug. 31, 2023
150 years ago, the World's Fair took place in Vienna. It was the driving force behind Vienna's development into a cosmopolitan city. Even today, the city benefits from the achievements of that time. The World's Fair (the first took place in London in 1851) was a showcase for technology and arts and crafts. Exhibitors from all over the world showed the latest achievements. The world was rethought.
There was a boom in hotel buildings and urban development projects.
One example is the legendary Hotel Imperial, still shining in its glory today and exuding the nostalgia of yesteryear. In order to make a good journey possible, 6 train stations were opened at once. From there it was possible to travel in all directions. Today, Vienna is an important hub for the railroad and thus a good destination for sustainable travel, especially from neighboring countries.
Today, the cosmopolitan city of Vienna is one of the most popular destinations for city tourism and for congresses and trade fairs. To meet the demand, new hotels and attractions are constantly being opened and Vienna thus continues the trend that began 150 years ago. Vienna continues to offer new opportunities to be explored and is constantly evolving.  From mid-2023, there will be numerous special exhibitions to mark the anniversary, for example at the MAK- Museum of Applied Arts, the Weltmuseum or even the Technisches Museum.

Together with our partner, Wien Tourismus, we have put together some exciting tips for you:

Hotels à la 1873: Palace Fabric

The World's Fair of 1873 brought Vienna a boom in new hotels. It was the beginning of modern city tourism. The hotels of that time are still fascinating. And today, Vienna is experiencing a similar boom with countless new openings. A look at historic houses, but 
hotels that show just how fantastic Vienna's hotel industry is in the third hotel industry is in the third millennium. "I have never had such a beautiful room in any hotel in the world." The originator of this quote? Charlie Chaplin. Which hotel was he talking about? The Hotel Imperial,
 which is located directly on Vienna's Ringstrasse and is probably the most legendary hotel in the city. But actually, the Imperial is a myth: Here hundreds of heads of state and superstars from all over the world have come and gone from all over the world. When the music god Richard Wagner stayed at the Imperial, he and his family he and his family stayed in seven rooms. Since time immemorial, the Imperial has always fascinated the Viennese: Sigmund Freud celebrated his 80th birthday here. Everyone has been here: Queen Elizabeth II was there and U.S. director Wes Anderson, a self-confessed Vienna fan, was inspired by the city inspiration for his classic film "Grand Budapest Hotel," which won four Oscars. For it was here that Anderson met Mr. Moser - the longtime concierge of the Imperial - and was so enthusiastic about this Viennese original that he used him as a model for his film concierge Monsieur Gustave. The rest is cinema history. But the beginning the brilliant history of the Hotel Imperial began on April 28, 1873, just in time for the opening of the Vienna World's Fair, which began on May 1.
New hotels: 
Almanac Palais Vienna: Pure Palais Feeling
Since  March 2023, the Almanac Palais Vienna on Vienna's Parkring will be a superlative  Vienna - the second Almanac hotel ever after Barcelona.
Almanac hotel ever. Here, contemporary design meets the imperial imperial history of Vienna.

Superbude: A night in a themed room
It  not so easy to sum up the various rooms in a nutshell.  Guests are really spoiled for choice here. There are rooms ("Booths") in 17 different variations for a wide variety of needs. Among them are rooms with a caravan look and a glamping character, a disco room with disco balls on the ceiling and a bed for for five people, a cinema room with a five-meter-wide bed and a giant  bed as well as a giant screen and a large collection of the Austrian film.

Rosewood Vienna: wallowing in luxury
At one of the best addresses in Vienna's city center, the freshly opened Rosewood Vienna, Vienna's most luxurious side awaits at the newly opened Rosewood Vienna. At Rosewood Vienna, this approach meets typical Viennese elements. The chandeliers in the Presidential Suite come from the Viennese crystal glass manufacturer J. & L. Lobmeyr, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2023 and was part of the 1873 Vienna World's 1873. In terms of textile furnishings, too, cosmopolitan meets Vienna's history: The Art Nouveau fabrics for furniture and curtains were produced by the traditional  Backhausen, a company rich in tradition. There are 71 rooms and 28 suites, great gastronomy with a roof terrace, as well as event function rooms for meetings of all kinds. At Rosewood guests stay on historic ground: This is the address where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed parts of "The Abduction from the Seraglio" here.


The Prater was once the hunting ground of Emperor Josef II. In 1766 it was given to the Viennese* for recreation. In 1873 the world exhibition took place there. The Panorama Vienna revives the former tradition of the rotunda of the World's Fair.  From mid-2023, 360° analog art will be visualized on a 34-meter-high screen. Today, the Prater perfectly combines pleasure and nature. For those hungry for experience, it offers more than 250 attractions ranging from nostalgic ring games to modern roller coasters. The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the city's most famous landmarks, can also be found in the Prater, offering visitors a wonderful opportunity to view the city from above. Adjacent to this is the green part, the "Green Prater". This is a vast meadow and forest area and offers the perfect opportunity to exercise, walk and relax. 

Coffee houses

What would Vienna be without its coffee houses? Culinary delights are written in capital letters in Vienna.  Franz Landtmann opened the famous Cáfe Landtmann for the World Exhibition, 1873. It was to become the most elegant coffee house. It was well received by visitors and gradually more and more coffeehouses opened, giving rise to the legendary coffeehouse culture. It is not for nothing that the coffeehouse has been a UNESCO Intangible World Heritage Site since 2011. During a visit you can see for yourself the atmosphere with boxes, Thonet chairs, marble and newspaper tables and immerse yourself in the charm of the coffeehouses.

Drinking water 

Have you ever consciously drunk the drinking water in Vienna? Since 1873, a high-spring pipeline has been carrying spring water from the Alps into the city, supplying it with crystal-clear drinking water. Visitors can see this for themselves, as there are over 1,300 drinking water fountains in the city. By the way: So that the coffee house visitors can convince themselves of the good drinking water, even today a glass of water is served with the coffee. 

Environmentally friendly on the way to Vienna

At the time of the Vienna World's Fair in 1873, Vienna was considered "the" railroad hub for international train traffic in Europe. Even today, Vienna is perfectly connected to the rail network: Vienna Central Station is the largest overnight train hub in the EU. So nothing stands in the way of a sustainable trip to Vienna by train. The hypermodern Central Station - one of the largest infrastructure projects of the past decades - has been in full operation since 2015 and turned Vienna into a major international mobility hub in the heart of Europe. From 15 European countries, you can easily get to Vienna by train. From Germany, there are 19 direct connections from the largest cities. From Switzerland, the Railjet, the comfort train of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), runs from Zurich to Vienna several times a day. The western route is also served by the private operator WESTbahn: From Munich, passengers travel directly to Vienna's Westbahnhof station. 

Perfect public transport network

The World's Fair also provided the impetus for the expansion of public transportation. Vienna's first horse-drawn streetcar was already on the road in 1865. Together with horse-drawn buses and hackney carriages, it transported passengers through the city. By 1873, a basic tramway network had been established, and a dedicated line even ran from the 1st district directly to the World's Fair grounds. Today, Vienna has a first-class and cost-effective public transportation network that is constantly being improved and expanded. Wiener Linien guarantee fast, reliable and environmentally friendly travel around the city. With the Vienna City Card, the official guest card, visitors not only have free travel on the public transport system, but also benefit from numerous advantages for sightseeing, gastronomy and much more.

Our recommendation for your stay in Vienna

Included services
  • 2 nights in the Superbude Wien Prater – Hotel, Hostel & Home
  • 2 x NENI Simcha breakfast
  • 1 x entry to the Weltmuseum Wien
  • 1 x entry to the Vienna Technical Museum with exhibits from the past to the future
  • 1 x  visit to the new exhibition site on the occasion of "150 years of Vienna World Exhibition" PANORAMA VIENNA (planned opening August 2023. Alternatively, you will get a voucher worth EUR 19.90 for the shop) 
  • 1 x guided walk through Vienna's Naschmarkt with delicacies from all over the world
Price per Person: from € 242,-

  • 2 nights in the 4* Lindner Hotel Am Belvedere incl. buffet breakfast
  • 1 x entry to the Upper Belvedere with masterpieces by Klimt and Schiele
  • 1 x entry to the Leopold Museum in the In-Treff MuseumsQuartier
  • 1 x entry to the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
  • 1 x coffee snack in the traditional Ringstrasse Café Landtmann
  • 1 x 3-course menu with Wiener schnitzel, apple strudel & 1/8l wine in a traditional city wine tave
Price per person: from €225,-


You have got the desire to conquer Vienna for yourself? You might need an offer with arrival by train or flight? Our experts in our offices in Vienna & Düsseldorf will be happy to advise you personally:

For customers from Germany:
Mondial Reisen und Hotelreservierungs GmbH
Münsterstrasse 248, 40470 Düsseldorf, Germany
t +49 211 616818-0

For customers from Austria and Switzerland:
Mondial Reisen Vienna
Operngasse 20b, 1040 Vienna
t +43 1 58804-9992