New Delhi, May 13 IBNS | 2 months ago

Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, is all set to project its youthful romantic appeal to attract hundreds of honeymooning couples from India this year.


Indian Honeymooners are a target group for the Vienna Tourist Board - which has been successfully welcoming growing number of families with children and young travelers from India over the last many years.

"Vienna has always been a tourist's delight. As you discover the various hues of Vienna, you realize Vienna has a young soul. It makes a romantic wedding destination, besides providing honeymooners the backdrop for a fairytale romance," said Norbert Kettner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board.

"As you scratch the surface, you realize there are several newlywed Indian couples in Vienna. Seeing a newlywed couple is always a pleasurable sight", said Verena Hable, Public Relations Manager for India, who noticed a significant rush of Indian honeymooners.

To tap this segment, Vienna is advertising its romantic side in the Kuoni Romance Brochure that focuses not only on honeymooners, but also on Dual Income No Kids (DINK) and couples who want to celebrate their anniversaries and other special occasions.

The Vienna Tourist Board noted that Vienna is ready to be discovered as a honeymoon destination by Indians.

The Board said that, Vienna's romantic spots are relatively unexplored by newlyweds from India, who are looking for a statement destination.

"To top it all, Vienna offers everything that an Indian tourist can ask for—authentic Indian food, English speaking hospitality staff and guides and loads of shopping experiences," Hable added.

"Soon after we got engaged and the wedding was firmed up, a search for a great honeymoon destination began," said a recently married couple from Mumbai.

"I was asked to suggest some destinations," said Raj, 32, a well travelled executive himself. "After some internet research and chat with a few friends, we started liking the idea of going to Vienna," he added.

"We could not have asked for a more romantic and beautiful honeymoon destination. Vienna's almost untouched beauty, is the place for romance to blossom," said 28-year old Siya, who teaches in a school.

Renate Forte, Managing Director of Vienna-based Pegasus Travels who has assisted young couples from India for decades, said, "Vienna is the best city to ring in the romance with a Candle Light Dinner at the city's hotels. When you check in, many hotels welcome you with champagne and snacks."

"There are other attractions too, like a massage or beauty treatment for bride or a Harley Davidson tour for the groom," Renate added.

The Vienna Tourist Board said that Vienna is dotted with parks, an idyllic place to discover your soul mate.

While honeymooners can revel in Vienna's charm, its delightful locations make a beautiful backdrop for weddings. A knot tied in romantic surroundings like Schonbrunn Palace, the Giant Ferris Wheel or the Butterfly House is destined to last, the Board said.

Moreover, the Board informed that Vienna is a voyage of discovery, seen in the form of picnic excursions and moonlight rides along the calm waters of the Danube.

A little known fact is that Vienna has more than 40 kilometers of beaches, dotted with restaurants for all tastes.

While there are plenty of Indian restaurants in Vienna, amorous couples can sample authentic Viennese cuisine.

This is the world's only cuisine which draws its identity from the fabled city, and blends the best culinary flavours of Bohemia, Austria, Hungary, Italy and the Balkans, the Board informed.

Besidesk, Vienna has the ability to connect the past with the present. It encourages visitors to travel back in time and visit some of the 27 palaces and 163 other imperial residences including sightseeing attractions like the Schonbrunn Castle or Hofburg Palace.

"Many Indian visitors tend to cover Vienna, Budapest and Prague, the three major cities of the former Habsburg Empire known as the 'Golden Triangle,' by availing a common Schengen visa", added Hable of the Vienna Tourist Board.

(Posted on 14-05-2014)