THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 ERSTE BANK OPEN
Date: From 24/10 to 30/10
Money prize: $ 1,884,645
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Wiener Stadthalle – Roland Rainer Platz 1 A-1150 Wien
Recent Past Winners: 2015 – David Ferrer – 2014 Andy Murray – 2013 Tommy Haas – 2012 Juan Martin del Potro – 2011 – Jo Wilfred Tsonga – 2010/2009 Juergen Melzer
Top 10 Players: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) -Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – David Ferrer (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – Bernard Tomic (Aus) – Gilles Simon (Fra)
Wien is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far the largest city in Austria with its population of more than 1.7 million. As you’d expect it’s Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was, and the historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors can not leave without having first tasted the two culinary specialties of the city: Sacher Torte (the original one at Sacher Hotel) and Wiener Schnitzel (the best is at Filgmüller).
Lonely Planet’s writer Catherine Le Nevez tells about Wien: “With its rambling palaces, winding cobbled lanes, elegant Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) and cosy wood-panelled Beisln (bistro pubs), Vienna is steeped in history. Yet it’s also at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and new directions in drinking and dining. What I love most about the city is that not only does it hold on to its traditions, it incorporates them in everything from high-fashion Dirndls with pop-art motifs or punk conical studs to handmade Sacher Torte–flavoured doughnuts and inspired neo-retro cafes. Vienna’s past is alive in its present, and, by extension, its future.”
TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE:
- Schönbrunn Palace
- Old Town
- Belvedere Palace Museum
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Kärntnerhof. Excellent *** accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking and with an high value for money, this hotel enjoys a quiet location in central Wien at just 5 minutes walking from Stephansdom. A standard double room, decorated in a blend of Art Noveau and Italian style, costs 125€ per nigh with breakfast and free wifi included.
- Hotel Capricorno. Wonderful **** hotel at just 8 minutes walking from Stephans Platz with many pubs and restaurants in the surroundings. Rated 9.1 on Booking, it offers 18 mq2 stylish double room at 170€ per night including breakfast and wifi.
- Hotel Sans Souci Wien. Best Wien accomodation either for Tripadvisor or for Booking (rated 9.4), this luxurious ***** hotel located in the centre of town, just opposite the Museum Quarter, features an indoor pool, a spa and gourmet restaurant La Veranda. The price for a 25 mq2 elegant double room with breakfast and wifi is 296€ per night.