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Top Things To See In Vienna

Known as both “The City of Music” and “The City of Dreams”, Vienna is one of history’s most famous launching pads for philosophers, artists and musicians, and has long punched above its weight when it comes to culture and science. From Freud and Klimt to Beethoven and Mozart, history haunts the Viennese streets, and if you’re looking to take a trip to this most magical of metropolises, there’s never been a better time. To help you get off on the right foot, we’ve put together a 360° guide covering some of the most unforgettable things to see in Vienna.

Schönbrunn Palace
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • No itinerary of things to do in Vienna would be complete without a visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a 1,441-room estate that showcases some of Europe’s most impressive architecture, as well as providing a peek inside the gilded world of the Habsburgs’ summer residence. The Baroque palace dates from 1699 and has functioned as a museum since the mid 1950s. It has hosted Napoleon and a six-year-old Mozart, who composed symphonies in the mirrored hall, as well as Emperor Charles I of Austria, who abdicated the throne and ended the monarchy from its Blue Chinese Salon. The expansive gardens are also worth a visit.
  • No itinerary of things to do in Vienna would be complete without a visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a 1,441-room estate that showcases some of Europe’s most impressive architecture, as well as providing a peek inside the gilded world of the Habsburgs’ summer residence. The Baroque palace dates from 1699 and has functioned as a museum since the mid 1950s. It has hosted Napoleon and a six-year-old Mozart, who composed symphonies in the mirrored hall, as well as Emperor Charles I of Austria, who abdicated the throne and ended the monarchy from its Blue Chinese Salon. The expansive gardens are also worth a visit.
  • Admission to the Imperial Carriage Museum at Schönbrunn Palace
The Museum Quarter
  • The Museum Quarter
  • If you’re looking for easy access to a smorgasbord of unforgettable attractions then check out The Museum Quarter, a cultural Pangaea nestled in the historic heart of Vienna. The Museum Quarter, or MuseumsQuartier, is filled with so many museums, bars, cafes and restaurants that it can take a whole day to explore. Notable venues include the Leopold Museum, the contemporary Kunsthalle Wien, the Architecture Centre Vienna, and mumok – a modern art museum. It’s also a must-visit spot for families, as the Zoom Children’s Museum offers a range of great exhibitions and activities for kids. Travellers can visit the venues individually, or pick up a combined ticket to see them all.
  • If you’re looking for easy access to a smorgasbord of unforgettable attractions then check out The Museum Quarter, a cultural Pangaea nestled in the historic heart of Vienna. The Museum Quarter, or MuseumsQuartier, is filled with so many museums, bars, cafes and restaurants that it can take a whole day to explore. Notable venues include the Leopold Museum, the contemporary Kunsthalle Wien, the Architecture Centre Vienna, and mumok – a modern art museum. It’s also a must-visit spot for families, as the Zoom Children’s Museum offers a range of great exhibitions and activities for kids. Travellers can visit the venues individually, or pick up a combined ticket to see them all.
  • Guide to Exploring Museumsquartier
Hofburg Palace
  • Hofburg Palace
  • The seat of the Habsburg emperors until their abdication in 1918, Hofburg Palace is one of the world’s biggest palaces, and a popular destination for visitors who come to view the Imperial Apartments, marvel at the Imperial Silver Collection, see the world-famous Spanish Riding School, and admire the Klimts and Picassos in the Albertina museum. The up-close look at lavish courtly life is fascinating, as are some of the more offbeat attractions such as The Butterfly House and The Sisi Museum, which displays the personal possessions of Empress Elisabeth, who’s recently become something of an unlikely fashion icon.
  • The seat of the Habsburg emperors until their abdication in 1918, Hofburg Palace is one of the world’s biggest palaces, and a popular destination for visitors who come to view the Imperial Apartments, marvel at the Imperial Silver Collection, see the world-famous Spanish Riding School, and admire the Klimts and Picassos in the Albertina museum. The up-close look at lavish courtly life is fascinating, as are some of the more offbeat attractions such as The Butterfly House and The Sisi Museum, which displays the personal possessions of Empress Elisabeth, who’s recently become something of an unlikely fashion icon.
  • Full-Day Vienna Excursion with Fast-Track Hofburg Palace Entry
Belvedere Palace
  • Belvedere Palace
  • Belvedere Palace is renowned for its collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt, making it a must-see for art lovers, as well as a hotspot for architecture buffs who come to appreciate its remarkable baroque style. Name aside, it’s really three palaces – the Upper Belvedere, the Lower Belvedere and the Winter Palace – with each offering their own charms. The Upper palace is home to Austrian art, the Klimt collection and his famous painting “The Kiss”, while the Lower palace offers a fantastic compendium of baroque sculptures, an orangery and the Marble Gallery. The Winter Palace, meanwhile, hosts a range of revolving modern exhibitions.
  • Belvedere Palace is renowned for its collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt, making it a must-see for art lovers, as well as a hotspot for architecture buffs who come to appreciate its remarkable baroque style. Name aside, it’s really three palaces – the Upper Belvedere, the Lower Belvedere and the Winter Palace – with each offering their own charms. The Upper palace is home to Austrian art, the Klimt collection and his famous painting “The Kiss”, while the Lower palace offers a fantastic compendium of baroque sculptures, an orangery and the Marble Gallery. The Winter Palace, meanwhile, hosts a range of revolving modern exhibitions.
  • Walking Tour of Belvedere Palace with a Local Historian
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • The history of St. Stephen’s Cathedral goes back to the 12th century, and its beautiful Gothic towers have long been a staple of the Viennese skyline. For visitors willing to climb the 343 steps, the south tour offers incredible views across the city – the perfect spot for a panoramic photo. The north tower, meanwhile, houses the legendary Pummerin, Europe’s second-largest free-swinging church bell. There are a number of notable Austrians buried in the cathedral, as Emperor Frederich III is interred in an ornate sarcophagus, and Rudolf IV is laid to rest in the catacombs. Visitors should also check out the Wiener-Neustadter Altar, which dates from 1447.
  • The history of St. Stephen’s Cathedral goes back to the 12th century, and its beautiful Gothic towers have long been a staple of the Viennese skyline. For visitors willing to climb the 343 steps, the south tour offers incredible views across the city – the perfect spot for a panoramic photo. The north tower, meanwhile, houses the legendary Pummerin, Europe’s second-largest free-swinging church bell. There are a number of notable Austrians buried in the cathedral, as Emperor Frederich III is interred in an ornate sarcophagus, and Rudolf IV is laid to rest in the catacombs. Visitors should also check out the Wiener-Neustadter Altar, which dates from 1447.
  • Guide to Exploring St. Stephen's Cathedral
Prater
  • Prater
  • Vienna so effortlessly conjures up images of grand opera houses, graceful gardens and imperial palaces that it’s easy to forget it has a more whimsical side. If you ever need a reminder, just look towards the skies over the Prater, an amusement park where a giant Ferris wheel has been turning since 1827. The wheel, and Prater itself, hold a special place in the hearts of nostalgic Austrians, and visitors can get spooked in the Hall or Mirrors, take a spin on the carousel, and settle down with a plate of Vienna schweinstelze. Just next to the Prater is the Stadtpark, a tranquil oasis that was once a Habsburg hunting ground.
  • Vienna so effortlessly conjures up images of grand opera houses, graceful gardens and imperial palaces that it’s easy to forget it has a more whimsical side. If you ever need a reminder, just look towards the skies over the Prater, an amusement park where a giant Ferris wheel has been turning since 1827. The wheel, and Prater itself, hold a special place in the hearts of nostalgic Austrians, and visitors can get spooked in the Hall or Mirrors, take a spin on the carousel, and settle down with a plate of Vienna schweinstelze. Just next to the Prater is the Stadtpark, a tranquil oasis that was once a Habsburg hunting ground.
  • Guide to Exploring Wiener Prater
Fine Arts Museum
  • Fine Arts Museum
  • The Fine Arts Museum, or Kunsthistorisches Museum, is set in a palatial domed building on Ringstraße, and was originally built to house the Habsburgs’ personal art collection. It’s considered one of the most important modern museums in Europe, and thus contains many of the country’s more notable treasures. It has the world’s biggest Bruegel collection, and also features work by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Titian. The museum’s Kunstkammer Wien collection, meanwhile, contains a wealth of curiosities running the gamut from automatons to Cellini’s saltcellar. Also of note are Klimt’s sensational frescoes, which can be viewed in detail through a Swarovski telescope.
  • The Fine Arts Museum, or Kunsthistorisches Museum, is set in a palatial domed building on Ringstraße, and was originally built to house the Habsburgs’ personal art collection. It’s considered one of the most important modern museums in Europe, and thus contains many of the country’s more notable treasures. It has the world’s biggest Bruegel collection, and also features work by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Titian. The museum’s Kunstkammer Wien collection, meanwhile, contains a wealth of curiosities running the gamut from automatons to Cellini’s saltcellar. Also of note are Klimt’s sensational frescoes, which can be viewed in detail through a Swarovski telescope.
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Admission
Austrian National Library
  • Austrian National Library
  • Located in Hofburg Palace, the Austrian National Library is a destination in its own right. The library acts as the de facto memory centre for the country, housing nearly three million texts, and it’s undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. The on-site Globe Museum houses hundreds of striking globes from different time periods, while the Papyrus Museum displays artefacts dating back to 200 BC. The baroque State Hall, commissioned by Emperor Charles IV, holds its own secrets: visitors can keep an eye out for clandestine passages hidden behind sliding bookcases, and marvel at the intricate frescoes and elegant dome.
  • Located in Hofburg Palace, the Austrian National Library is a destination in its own right. The library acts as the de facto memory centre for the country, housing nearly three million texts, and it’s undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful libraries. The on-site Globe Museum houses hundreds of striking globes from different time periods, while the Papyrus Museum displays artefacts dating back to 200 BC. The baroque State Hall, commissioned by Emperor Charles IV, holds its own secrets: visitors can keep an eye out for clandestine passages hidden behind sliding bookcases, and marvel at the intricate frescoes and elegant dome.
  • Guide to Exploring Austrian National Library
State Opera
  • State Opera
  • One of the busiest opera houses in the world, the Vienna State Opera, or Wiener Staatsoper, is an inviting destination for classical-music lovers from Europe and beyond. The composers Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss were both directors here, and the stage has been graced by many of the biggest opera stars in the world. Theatregoers attending the State Opera today are treated to personal video screens with optional subtitles, making the traditional issue of the language barrier obsolete. The theatre also hosts the annual Opera Ball, one of classical music’s biggest events, which takes place before during Carnival; tickets go quickly, so book early.
  • One of the busiest opera houses in the world, the Vienna State Opera, or Wiener Staatsoper, is an inviting destination for classical-music lovers from Europe and beyond. The composers Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss were both directors here, and the stage has been graced by many of the biggest opera stars in the world. Theatregoers attending the State Opera today are treated to personal video screens with optional subtitles, making the traditional issue of the language barrier obsolete. The theatre also hosts the annual Opera Ball, one of classical music’s biggest events, which takes place before during Carnival; tickets go quickly, so book early.
  • Guide to Exploring Vienna State Opera

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