Vienna is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Internationally, Austria’s capital is particularly well known for its many historical attractions and the wide range of unique things to do in Vienna. Particularly impressive are the majestic castles and world-famous baroque buildings of the city centre, which inspire a fascinating architecture. Influenced by artists such as Mozart, Beethoven and Klimt, this city is one of the most attractive and impressive in the world. Apart from Vienna’s well-known attractions such as the giant Ferris wheel , St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace, there are many other interesting places to see, which are perfect to visit in both summer and winter.
A visit to the Belvedere Palace is one of the best things to do in Vienna ! In fact, the large palace complex consists of 2 castles: the Lower and the Upper Belvedere. They are separated by a magnificent baroque garden with a lovely reflecting pond , which was built in the 18th century by Prince Eugene of Savoy. Art lovers should definitely visit one of the world-renowned art collections within the Belvedere. Even the world-famous Gustav Klimt’s Kiss and Judith, masterpieces of early modern art, are on display within the museum.
Tip : When visiting Vienna, you should definitely try a typical Viennese schnitzel. You can get one of the best schnitzel in Vienna at Salm Bräu near the Belvedere!
Saint Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is Vienna’s most famous landmark and one of the most important Gothic churches in Austria. It is also called “Steffl” by the Viennese and is open to the public. The interior of the cathedral can be visited and is free of charge. If you want to enjoy a great view from above, you have to climb the stairs to the south tower or take the elevator to the viewing platform in the north tower (Pummerin) .
Vienna’s beautiful City Hall with its Town Hall Square is located on the Ringstraße and is certainly one of Vienna’s most popular attractions. During the year, well-known events such as the world-famous Life Ball take place there. In winter, during Christmas, there is a magnificent Christmas market with a huge ice rink and countless stalls in the market.
In the summer, on the other hand, the film festival takes place here. The town hall is also perhaps one of the most impressive buildings in the city and can also be explored on a guided tour. The Rathaus is one of the best photography locations in Vienna!
Vienna State Opera
The Vienna Opera House is an exceptionally beautiful building and is centrally located in the first district. It is considered one of the best operas in the world. Every night you can enjoy the best, in first class productions! At night the Opera House is stunningly lit and the best place to enjoy the view of the building is from the top of the Albertina Passage . Visiting the Opera House at night is gorgeous and definitely one of the top things to do in Vienna!
The Burgtheater is the Austrian National Theatre and is one of the most important theatres in the world. It was built in 1741. The theatre has a glorious history. If you want to learn more about the theatre, you should definitely take a guided tour , which starts daily at 15:00. There you will have the opportunity to see the imposing grand staircase and the famous ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt . A sight in Vienna that not everyone knows about for sure!
Vienna Prater & Ferris Wheel
Austria’s most popular and famous amusement park, the Prater has long been one of the best attractions in Vienna and attracts many visitors, especially at night. A ride on the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is a great experience for adults as well as children and is definitely recommended on any list of the best things to do in Vienna.
Entrance to the Prater is free, only the rides and activities are charged. But it’s not only children who love the Vienna Prater. The amusement park is a unique experience for young and old!
The Michaelerplatz , a baroque square next to the Hofburg is located near the Spanish Riding School, right in the center of Vienna. It is interesting to note that the square was planned as early as 1725, but was not realized until the late 19th century. The buildings around the square are something to see in Vienna. A really interesting view of Michaelerplatz can also be seen from the Kohlmarkt. With its magnificent architecture, this is definitely one of the best sights in Vienna. On Michaelerplatz you can also find the famous Fiaker with their horse-drawn carriages that have a long tradition in Vienna.
Spanish Riding School
The Spanish Riding School was built during the Habsburg monarchy and the world famous white Lipizzaner’s offer the highest standards of horsemanship in a unique location. Attending a performance accompanied by classical music and watching the riding is an unforgettable experience that is definitely a must-see in Vienna. Our advice: If you want to see the stallions and noble horses for free and you can see the Stallburg at Reitschulgasse 2!
Opening hours : Monday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural History & Museum of Art History
The Natural History Museum exhibits over 30 million objects, from insects to gems, minerals, fossils, skeletons and a huge dinosaur hall. . and the huge collection is one of the most important in Europe and definitely worth a visit.
Just on the opposite side you will find the Museum of Art History. It is known for its fascinating treasure chambers and Hapsburg cabinets. Also, many important works of European art history are exhibited within this museum.
Vienna, Austria…! Things to do…
Schönbrunn Palace, Gloriette & Zoo
No sightseeing tour in Vienna is complete without seeing the dreamy Schönbrunn . The magnificent palace, where the Empress “Sisi” once lived, is one of Vienna’s most popular attractions and the ultimate visitor magnet. The fantastic gardens, the zoo, the Gloriette and the entire palace park are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also the Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo in the world is an absolute highlight and a must visit. Here you can spend the whole day.
Austrian National Library (State Hall)
The stunning State Hall of the National Library was built in the 18th century and houses a fascinating collection of ancient texts and volumes. The vast library is 80 metres long and 20 metres high and a beautiful dome characterises the premises. The Venetian globes, one metre in diameter, are one of the highlights of the exhibition. The State Hall of the National Library is breathtaking for its visitors and visiting it is also for us one of the must do things to do in Vienna!
Shopping Streets In Vienna
Graben , Kohlmarkt and Kärntnerstraße are the most famous shopping streets in Vienna. The 3 streets are connected in a U-shape, with Kärntnerstraße going all the way to the Opera House and Graben being the connection to Kohlmarkt. Walking along the pedestrian zone, you will be amazed by the typical Viennese style, the noble Viennese traditional shops and elegant boutiques. Among others, you can see the Ankerhaus, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Palais Bartolli-Partenfeld, the Gerneralihof, the Grabenhof and the Plague Column.
A must-see attraction is the popular Naschmarkt in Vienna, a popular meeting point for both locals and tourists alike. The open market has around 120 stalls offering all kinds of exotic fruits, fresh vegetables, delicious cheeses and meat products. It also offers a wide variety of restaurants from typical Austrian, Italian and oriental to Japanese, Chinese and Indian dishes. The market is an excellent choice for lunch and a meeting point for locals and tourists alike. Every Saturday morning, the traditional huge open-air market takes place right next to the Naschmarkt.
Kaisergruft (Imperial Crypt)
Strangely beautiful but above all extremely interesting is a visit to the Imperial Crypt or the Crypt of the Capuchins. It is the final resting place of many famous Habsburgs and is located under the Capuchin Church. It is open to visitors daily from 10:00 to 18:00. In the crypt 149 members of the Habsburgs found their final resting place. Among them are perhaps the most famous such as Emperor Franz Joseph I , Empress Sisi and the heir to the throne Rudolf and Maria Theresa.
The Hundertwasserhaus is definitely one of Vienna’s architectural attractions and one of Vienna’s best tourist attractions. This colourful and magical building was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser and built between 1983 – 1985. The Hundertwasserhouse can only be seen from the outside, but the exterior facade attracts attention and is therefore a famous attraction in Vienna.
Conclusion: Vienna is an admirable and romantic place! It will surprise you at every corner and give you memories for a lifetime! Taken out of a royal fairy tale you will feel the aura of another era! So what do you think?