New Delhi– The city with fabulous castles, lakes and palaces — Vienna is turning into a favourite city among Indians with 30.4 per cent increase in visitors, according to Vienna Tourist Board (VTB).

As many as 47,465 visitors in the first 10 months of 2016 went to the Austrian capital and 102,701 overnight stays between January and October 2016.

Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna has the right mix of culture, diversity and modernity. The city represents North European lifestyle and South European efficiency.

“Vienna got an overwhelming response from travellers from India exceeding the target of 100,000 overnight stays for 2016 by Indian tourists in just 10 months,” said Isabella Rauter, Public Relations Manager of Vienna Tourist Board, in a statement.

Air India, currently offering a thrice-a-week direct flight from Delhi to Vienna and back, also contributed to more Indians flocking to the Austrian capital.

“Indians love to stroll around the fabulously green city, with half its metro area dotted with 2,000 green spaces, 850 parks and 400 species of rose, perhaps unmatched by any other city in the world,” added Rauter. (IANS)