What can I do in Vienna?
So that you don't miss anything, we have compiled a list of the 100 best sights in Vienna and the surrounding area, including insider tips.
We have sorted the list according to castles, museums, churches, romantic places, nature, entertainment, streets worth seeing, buildings and the most important experiences.
1. Imperial Palace
The magnificent Vienna Imperial Palace from the 13th century in the heart of Vienna is the largest castle complex in the world. As the former residence and center of power of the Habsburgs, it bears witness to the imperial past of the former Danube monarchy like no other building and is therefore one of the most important sights in Vienna.
Today, the official residence of the Austrian Federal President, a congress center, the national library, the Spanish Riding School and numerous museums, including the Imperial Apartments with the Sisi Museum and the Court Silver Collection, are located in the huge palace complex.
Here is an overview of all museums in the Imperial Palace.
2. Schönbrunn Palace
The most visited attraction in Vienna is the impressive Schönbrunn Palace.
The former summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family is one of the most beautiful baroque palace complexes in Europe and, together with the palace park, including the oldest zoo in the world, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a baroque synthesis of the arts.
Here is an overview of Schönbrunn Palace and the palace gardens.
3. Belvedere Palace
The Baroque Belvedere Palace consists of two separate palaces, the Lower Belvedere and the Upper Belvedere, which are connected by a shared garden. The former summer residence of the Austrian general, Prince Eugene of Savoy, now houses Austria's most important art collection and the world's largest Klimt collection.
The magnificent palace garden in the baroque style completes the fairytale palace ensemble and is perfect for a stroll.
4. Augarten Palace and Augarten
Augarten Palace in the 2nd district dates from the 17th century and has retained almost its original appearance. Today it is used by the Vienna Boys' Choir as a residence, practice facility and school and, with the Augarten, houses the oldest baroque garden in Vienna. The Augarten porcelain factory is also located here.
5. Ferstel Palace, Passage and Cafe Central
In the middle of Vienna's city center is Ferstel Palace, which was originally built as a bank and stock exchange building. With its Venetian-Florentine Trecento style, the magnificent building exudes a touch of Italian flair.
The traditional Viennese café, Café Central, has been located in Ferstel Palace since 1896 and was a meeting place for poets, thinkers and revolutionaries of old Vienna for decades. Today it is one of the most popular coffee houses in the city.
Also worth seeing is the luxury Ferstel shopping arcade, lined with antique dealers, specialty shops and boutiques.
6. Museum Quartier
The Museums Quartier in the 1st district, MQ for short, is the cultural center of Vienna with more than 20 museums, projects and initiatives. The huge museum complex is housed in the buildings of the former court stables and houses numerous art and museum treasures of the imperial city.
Particularly popular museums in the MQ are the Leopold Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MumoK), the Art Gallery and ZOOM Children's Museum.
7. Leopold Museum
The Leopold Museum is located in the Museums Quartier. It is named after the married couple Elisabeth and Rudolf Leopold, who collected 5000 works of art, including the world's largest Egon Schiele collection, over a period of 50 years. The Leopold Museum is home to one of Austria's most comprehensive collections of modern art and houses works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Richard Gerstl, among others.
8. Art History Museum
The Art History Museum was built in 1891 to house the rich collections of the Habsburg monarchy. Today it presents one of the largest art collections in the world. The world's largest Bruegel collection and works of art by the "Old Masters" such as Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Titian deserve special mention. Appropriately, the magnificent interior of the building also impresses with its richly decorated interiors, domes and neoclassical staircases.
9. Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum, opposite the Art History Museum, houses one of the largest natural science collections in Europe. The museum, which was originally located in the Imperial Palace, is one of the most important natural history museums in the world. The new building was constructed according to plans by Gottfried and Carl Semper and opened in 1789 by Emperor Franz Joseph I.
Today, you can see more than 100,000 exhibits in 39 exhibition rooms. Since 2014, a digital planetarium has been one of the museum's main attractions. Other highlights are the dinosaur hall and the statue of Venus von Willendorf.
10. Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna (MumoK)
The Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna (Mumok) is located in the Museums Quartier area and is the largest museum of its kind in Austria. Its exhibitions are dedicated to modern contemporary art and include works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Joseph Beuys. A cinema, a library and changing exhibitions complement the museum's offerings.
The Albertina art museum in Vienna's city center is located in an impressive palace built by Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen, a son-in-law of Empress Maria Theresia.
The largest residential palace of the Habsburg dynasty, which is worth seeing in itself, today houses the largest and most valuable graphic collection in the world. Works by world-renowned artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Picasso and Klimt can be admired here. In addition, visitors can take a look at some of the state rooms of the Habsburgs.
12. Imperial Treasury
The Imperial Treasury is located in the Swiss Wing, the oldest part of the Vienna Hofburg. With its valuable exhibits, the treasury, which is divided into a secular and a spiritual treasury, is one of the most important collections in the world.
Highlights are the insignia and jewels of the Holy Roman Empire, such as the imperial crown and the Holy Lance , the crown of Emperor Rudolf II, which later became the Austrian Imperial Crown, as well as precious jewels and the agate bowl , which was considered the legendary Holy Grail.
13. State Hall of the Austrian National Library
The State Hall is the most famous part of the Austrian National Library in the Imperial Palace. The collection was originally founded by the Habsburg emperors with the aim of bringing all the books from around the world together in one place.
The entrance to the state hall of the National Library is at Josefplatz 1, not at the main entrance of the National Library in the Neue Burg.
14. Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum & Silver Chamber
The Imperial Apartments in the Vienna Imperial Palace offer visitors a glimpse into the private chambers of Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth, also known as Sisi. The tour shows the dining room, bedroom and audience room of the imperial family.
The Sisi Museum, dedicated to the life of Empress Elisabeth, has been affiliated since 2004. It displays personal items such as clothing, umbrellas, fans and beauty recipes and gives visitors a better idea of the real life of the empress, who went down in Austrian history as a myth.
15. Mozart House Vienna
At Domgasse No. 5 is the Mozart House, which was the residence of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart from 1784 to 1787. His apartment was on the first floor. Of a total of 11 places where Mozart lived in Vienna, this is the only one that has survived to this day.
It is said that Mozart spent his happiest years here. He also composed the operas "Don Giovanni" and "The Marriage of Figaro" in this apartment. Today, visitors can view fascinating objects related to his years in Vienna on three floors.
16. Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum has two locations. These are located in Dorotheengasse and at Judenplatz, where the excavation results of a medieval synagogue can be viewed. As a place of encounters and understanding, the museum deals with Jewish life and Jewish tradition in Vienna.
Numerous exhibits on history, the everyday life of Jews in Austria and the Jewish religion are presented. Admission is free up to the age of 18.
17. MAK (Museum of Applied Arts)
The MAK is one of the most magnificent buildings on Vienna's famous Ringstrasse. The Museum of Applied Arts shows around 900,000 objects and printed works from five centuries.
The MAK's permanent collections deal with a wide variety of art epochs, such as Secessionism and Art Nouveau, which are so important for Vienna. Further highlights are the extensive Asia collection and the world-famous carpet collection of the MAK.
18. House of Music
The House of Music Sound Museum was opened in 2000 and is located in the historic old town in the Palais Archduke Carl. It presents the history of music in a multimedia and interactive way, starting with the first human musical instruments up to the present day. If you want, you can even conduct the Vienna Philharmonic yourself or compose your own music. An experience for young and old.
19. Sigmund Freud Museum
The Sigmund Freud Museum is dedicated to the "father of psychoanalysis." It is located in the house where Sigmund Freud lived from 1891 until he fled the Nazis in 1938. In addition to Freud's life, the museum, founded in 1971, also deals with the history of psychoanalysis .
You can see the waiting room of Freud's practice, his work and living space, and numerous objects such as furniture, photos, letters, telegrams, and books. Private film recordings, a rarity from the 1930s, are presented in one room and commented on by Anna Freud.
20. Time Travel Vienna
Time Travel Vienna is located in the historic vaults of the Michaelerkloster in the center of Vienna. Visitors can be taken back to Vienna's past. During a virtual journey through time of around 50 minutes, you can travel through Vienna's impressive history at eight different stations. Highlights include an original wartime air raid shelter, a 5D cinema and the Virtual Reality Music Ride in the Walzer Hall.
21. Art Hall
Kunsthalle, one of the best exhibition halls in Europe, is located at the two locations Museums Quartier and Karlsplatz. International and Austrian contemporary art is presented in changing individual and themed exhibitions. Worth mentioning is the extensive supporting program that is offered for the changing exhibitions. Admission is free up to the age of 19.
22. World Museum Vienna
With 250,000 ethnographic objects and an important photo collection with around 140,000 photographs and around 146,000 printed objects, the World Museum in Vienna's Imperial Palace is Austria's largest ethnographic museum. Some of the world's most important non-European collections are housed in the World Museum. Many exhibits also come from the numerous journeys of the Habsburg archdukes.
The most fascinating objects from all continents include the collection of the navigator James Cook as well as the unique feather headdress works from the time before the discovery of America by Columbus, such as the last existing feather crown from the time of Montezuma.
The striking Art Nouveau exhibition building was built in 1897/98 by the architect Joseph Olbrich for the Wiener Secession artists' association. Originally built as a temporary solution, the Secession is now one of the most beautiful places to admire art and is one of the most famous buildings in the city. In addition to the foliage dome , Gustav Klimt's "Beethoven Frieze" is one of the highlights of the exhibition house.
24. Military History Museum
The Museum of Military History (HGM) is located in a former military barracks, the Vienna Arsenal. Under the motto "Wars belong in the museum" , it focuses on Austrian military history from the 16th century to the present. Around 1.2 million exhibits, including weapons, tanks, armor and battleship models, make the museum one of the most important military history museums in the world.
The huge building complex itself is also worth seeing. The most magnificent building in this complex is the arsenal, in which the HGM is located today, and which impresses with its magnificent interior design.
25. Technical Museum
The Technical Museum offers you fascinating insights into the world of technology. The family-friendly museum is not only free for children, but also has an adventure area for children aged 2 to 6 years. In 2001, the Vienna Technical Museum was expanded by the incorporation of the Austrian Media Library, which represents the Austrian archive for audio recordings and videos on cultural and contemporary history.
26. Roman Museum
In the Roman Museum on Hoher Markt, you can discover ancient Vienna. See what Vienna looked like in Roman times and, thanks to everyday and cult objects such as figures, toys and crockery, learn how people lived back then. Children can immerse themselves in everyday Roman life at special play stations and with 3D puzzles.
The fact that the museum is located on the site where the officers' houses of the Roman Vindobona military camp stood nearly 2,000 years ago adds even more excitement to the exploration.
Narrenturm, which stands on the site of the Old General Hospital in Vienna , is the oldest psychiatric clinic on the European mainland. It was founded in 1784. Today the building belongs to Vienna's Natural History Museum and houses an extensive collection of pathology and anatomy.
28. The Vienna Museum
The Vienna Museum is a municipal universal museum that documents the city's history with its extensive collections and exhibitions. Attention is paid to art, architecture, fashion and everyday culture. The main building of the Vienna Museum is located on Karlsplatz. Other exhibition halls, including the Roman House, the Prater Museum, the Vienna Clock Museum, MUSA Launch Gallery, Virgil Chapel and Neidhart Ballroom are also locations of the museum.
29. ZOOM Children's Museum
The award-winning ZOOM children's museum is located on the Museums Quartier site. Young visitors can look forward to exciting experiences, because they can touch everything in the museum's exhibition rooms, ask questions and learn with all their senses. In the children's museum there are the ZOOM hands- on exhibitions, the ZOOM studio for artistic activities, the ZOOM ocean play area and the ZOOM animation laboratory.
30. Museum of Illusions
In the Museum of Illusions you can put your brain to the test. The interactive museum, which enjoys great popularity, is suitable for the whole family. In addition to optical deceptions, illusions and holograms, visitors can also look forward to a rotating tunnel that you can walk through, defying physical forces.
31. St. Stephen's Cathedral
The imposing St. Stephen's Cathedral, affectionately called "Steffl" by the Viennese, is one of the most famous landmarks and most popular sights in Vienna. The impressive Gothic building in the heart of the city is the most famous church in the imperial city and probably in all of Austria.
In addition to the breathtaking architecture, in which the patterned tiled roof and the striking south tower stand out, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna also impresses with its cathedral treasure, the magnificent view and the catacombs.
32. St. Charles Church
St. Charles Church, one of the most beautiful and important baroque church buildings in Europe, is enthroned on Karlsplatz. It was founded by Emperor Charles VI, donated as thanks for the end of the plague epidemic that claimed many lives in Vienna in 1713 and designed by the baroque leading architect, Johann Fischer von Erlach.
The imposing green dome and the two columns, which are reminiscent of Trajan's column in Rome, stand out. Also worth mentioning is the panoramic elevator, thanks to which you can admire the magnificent frescoes inside, as well as the regular church concerts.
33. Votive Church
The impressive Votive Church is located on Vienna's Ringstrasse, which is why it is also known as the Ringstrasse Cathedral. It is the second tallest church in Vienna and is one of the most important neo-Gothic church buildings in the world. The sacred building was built in gratitude for the survival of Emperor Franz Joseph I in an assassination attempt in 1853.
34. Francis of Assisi Church
The cornerstone of the charming Francis of Assisi church was laid in 1900. Since the church was to be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I's throne, it is also called the Kaiserjubiläumskirche (Emperor's Jubilee Church). Because of its location on Mexico Square, the church was given the unofficial name of Mexico Church.
Worth mentioning is the Empress Elisabeth Memorial Chapel, which was added to the left transept to commemorate Empress Elisabeth and is one of the most important Art Nouveau monuments in Vienna.
35. Church of the Teutonic Order of Saint Elisabeth
The Teutonic Church is located in the courtyard-like Teutonic Order house and was consecrated in 1375. The Gothic church has changed little during the different stylistic epochs. Inside, numerous coats of arms of knights of the Teutonic Order have been preserved. In addition to the altarpiece, the winged altar from 1520 and three grave monuments of knights and generals from the time of the Turkish wars are also well worth seeing.
36. St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church is one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Vienna. Already in the 4th century there was a church at this place, in the Roman Vindobona legion camp. In the year 792 Charlemagne allegedly had a church built in its place, which is represented by a relief on the east side of the church.
The current appearance of the sacred building goes back to the new building commissioned by Emperor Leopold I after 1701. St. Peter's Church was consecrated in 1733 and is considered the first baroque church building in Vienna to have a dome. The numerous valuable images of the Virgin Mary, the high altar, the valuable pulpit and the free organ concerts that take place regularly are particularly noteworthy.
37. Virgil Chapel
The Gothic Virgil Chapel is located under Stephans Square, next to St. Stephen's Cathedral. In the Middle Ages there was a cemetery around the cathedral, on the site of which stood the Magdalena Chapel, which was connected to Virgil Chapel below by a shaft. After a fire in 1781, in which Magdalena Chapel burned out completely, Virgil Chapel was forgotten.
It was only rediscovered during construction work on the Vienna subway in 1973. Virgil Chapel is 12 meters below Stephansplatz and can be viewed from the upper level of the Stephansplatz U-Bahn station .
38. Imperial Crypt (Capuchin Crypt)
The imperial crypt, also known as the Capuchin crypt, of the Capuchin monastery in the 1st district has been the burial place of members of the Habsburg and Habsburg-Lorraine dynasties since 1633. The bodies of 138 deceased and four heart urns rest here. The personalities who have found their final resting place here include Empress Elisabeth (Sissi), Emperor Franz Joseph, Emperor Maria Theresia and Emperor Leopold.
39. Central Cemetery
A rather unusual sight is the Central Cemetery, which opened in 1874 and is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. In addition to its spaciousness, it is particularly known for its Art Nouveau buildings, including the Lueger Memorial Church, and the graves of numerous historical figures who are buried there in honorary graves.
These include the world-famous composers Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven, but also Frank Werfel and Curd Jürgens.
40. Plague Column
One of the most striking works of art in Vienna is located at the end of Graben: the Plague Column. It was commissioned by Emperor Leopold I to commemorate the plague epidemic in 1679 and was erected in gratitude after the plague was over. Various sculptors successively participated in the design of the column. Over time, it served as a model for various other pillars.
41. Maria Theresa Monument
The Maria Theresa Monument is not only a symbol of Vienna, it is also the most important ruler's monument of the Habsburg monarchy in Vienna. It was erected on May 13, 1888 to commemorate Maria Theresia, Archduchess of Austria, wife - and since 1765 dowager Empress - of Emperor Franz I, who herself was never crowned Empress. Through the marriage she received the honorary title "Empress". The artist, Kaspar von Zumbusch, needed 13 years to complete the monument. The gigantic work of art, which also includes four fountains, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
42. Memorial to the Austrian Jewish victims of the Holocaust
The memorial for the Austrian Jewish victims of the Holocaust is located at Judenplatz and commemorates the 65,000 Austrian Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. The artwork depicting a library was created by British artist Rachel Whiteread. The names of extermination camps are worked into the base of the monument. The books themselves stand for the victims and their life stories.
43. Belvedere Palace Gardens
The baroque palace gardens of Belvedere Palace, along with the two palaces, are UNESCO World Heritage sites. It consists of several small parks and gardens, including the oldest alpine garden in Europe, the Botanical Garden and the Chamber Garden, the former private garden of Prince Eugene.
Works by internationally renowned artists are on display in the sculpture garden at Belvedere 21. Strolling around, you can admire the symmetrical floral arrangements, water basins, a pond, and intricately trimmed hedges.
44. Maze, Labyrinth and Labyrinth Icon in Schönbrunn Palace
A visit to the maze, labyrinth and labyrinth icon on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace is an experience for the whole family. Whoever finds the right way through the high hedges in the maze will be rewarded with a viewing platform. In the labyrinth opposite, a bridge has to be crossed and a hall of mirrors provides a lot of fun. The Labyrinthikon offers various playgrounds for romping and playing, including a climbing frame, a hall of mirrors, a large xylophone and a water playground.
45. Palace Garden & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Monument
The beautiful Palace Garden is a public park in the style of English landscape gardens. It was originally laid out as an imperial private garden. Numerous attractions are hidden in the park, including the popular palm house with the butterfly house and a restaurant.
Strolling through the park, you will come across numerous monuments, such as the Mozart Monument, which was erected in honor of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
46. Palm House
The palm house on the edge of the Palace Garden was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1882 and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Here, lovers of Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical plants can marvel at different plants from three climate zones in three pavilions. In addition to Café Palmenhaus, there is also a beautiful butterfly house with free-flying butterflies.
47. Butterfly House
The Butterfly House in the Palace Garden is a butterfly zoo. It is housed in the Palm House and transports you to the tropics. The humidity is around 80%; the temperature is about 26 degrees. Around 400 tropical butterflies flying freely represent 150 different species.
48. Vienna Heurigen Express
The romantic ride on the Vienna Heurigen Express leads through picturesque wine villages, past idyllic vineyards and old winegrowers' houses. At the end of the trip you will experience a real Viennese wine tavern. The hop-on/hop-off system offers the option of getting on and off at Kahlenberg or in Grinzing.
The Express runs on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from the beginning of April to the end of October. The route leads from the bus stop in Nussdorf via the Kahlenberg to Grinzing and back to Nussdorf.
49. Danube Island
Danube Island is a popular local recreation area and at the same time part of Vienna's flood protection system. The Danube Island, artificially created from 1972 to 1988, is a true paradise for cyclists, joggers and nature lovers. Especially in summer it is the ideal destination if you are looking for a little relaxation. The Danube Island Festival also takes place here every year.
50. Danube Park & Danube Tower
Danube Park is one of the largest parks in the city. In the course of the "Vienna International Garden Show 1964" it was transformed from a former rubbish dump into a park. Numerous attractions, children's playgrounds with sandpits, swings, slides, climbing combinations, ball courts for basketball, game tables with chess boards and skate facilities offer fun for young and old.
The highlight of the park is the Danube Tower, which offers a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of Vienna. A café and restaurant in the observation tower take care of your physical well-being.
51. Alte Donau
Alte Donau local recreation area is a magnet for visitors in the city of Vienna. In summer, the idyllic place attracts with bathing opportunities, boat rentals and a wide range of gastronomy, while winter offers pure ice skating fun.
52. Vienna Forrest
Wienerwald in the west of Vienna covers 135,000 hectares. With its extensive network of hiking trails and sights, such as Liechtenstein Castle, Klosterneuburg, the lake grotto in Hinterbrühl, the largest artificially created underground lake in Europe and the Heiligenkreuz monastery, it is a popular local recreation area for the Viennese. Vienna Forrest was recognized as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2005 and is easily accessible by public transport.
53. Lainz Zoo
Lainzer Tiergarten has only been open to the public since 1919. It was originally designed by Ferdinand I of Austria in 1561 as a fenced hunting ground for his family. Today Lainz Zoo is a nature reserve and offers visitors of all ages a unique cultural and natural experience.
There are various offers, for example the nature and forest nature trails, the enclosure with ancient cattle, various vantage points, camp meadows for picnics, a lookout tower, forest playgrounds and Nikolai chapel. Hermesvilla, Empress Elisabeth's "Castle of Dreams", which hosts various exhibitions, is particularly worth seeing.
54. City Park
Vienna Stadtpark, which was laid out in the English style, is the city's first publicly accessible park. You can walk around and find numerous statues of famous Viennese artists, writers and composers. These include Hans Canon, Emil Jakob Schindler, Johann Strauss (son), Franz Schubert and also Anton Bruckner. The Kursalon building, which extends into the park with its wide terrace, is the scene of popular waltz concerts.
55. Setagaya Park
You can look forward to a Japanese flair in the lovely Setagaya Park. It is one of several Japanese parks in Vienna and presents a miniature Japanese landscape with the typical elements of a Japanese garden. Various ponds, streams, a tea house and interesting plantings with Japanese maple and cherry blossom trees fascinate visitors, especially in spring. The park is closed during the winter months.
56. Public Garden & Theseus Temple
Volksgarten belongs to the Imperial Palace complex and is part of the Historic Center of Vienna UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was created in 1821 by Ludwig Remy on the site of the Vienna fortifications that were destroyed by Napoleon's troops in 1809. Today, Volkspark is not only an oasis of relaxation in the middle of the big city, but also a venue for concerts. With its breathtaking rose garden, which houses over 3000 rose bushes, as well as the Theseus Temple, it is definitely worth a visit.
Kahlenberg promises a magnificent view of the whole of Vienna. But the mountain in the 19th district of Vienna offers much more. Many wineries and wine taverns are hidden in the area. Thanks to the public swimming pool, which is located directly on Kahlenberg, you can enjoy bathing fun and a wonderful panorama when the weather is nice.
58. Hohe Wand Nature Park
Hohe Wand Nature Park in the Gutenstein Alps in Lower Austria, about an hour from Vienna, is the perfect excursion destination with its animal and natural world. From a llama and alpaca hike to the Hohe Wand Skywalk viewing terrace, numerous experiences and activities are offered in the park.
59. Botanical Garden
The botanical garden is located in the baroque palace gardens of Belvedere Palace and is an institution of the University of Vienna. It was founded under Maria Theresia in 1754 and will delight you with 12,000 plant species from six continents. With its many show groups, the tropical house, the cacti and the alpine garden, the plant oasis is the ideal place for a picturesque walk.
Entertainment & Leisure
Prater in the heart of Vienna is much more than just an amusement park. It is one of the city's green lungs and a popular recreation area for locals and tourists alike. At the same time, Vienna Prater is also a popular sports facility and even offers excursions into space at the planetarium.
This Viennese landmark provides ultimate fun, especially with its amusement park, the Wurstelprater, which has been around since the early 19th century. The main attraction is of course the Vienna Ferris Wheel. Schweizerhaus, which serves typical Austrian cuisine, takes care of your physical well-being.
61. Vienna Ferris Wheel
One of the most popular sights in Vienna is located in Prater: Wiener Riesenrad. It was built on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph I's accession to the throne and is today the symbol of the imperial city. At the highest point of the wheel, at a height of 64.75 meters, you can enjoy an incomparable view over Vienna. During the 15-minute drive, there is plenty of time to take souvenir photos and admire the city from a bird's-eye view.
62. Schönbrunn Zoo
Schönbrunn Zoo is located on the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace and is the oldest zoo in the world. It was opened in 1752 by Emperor Franz I Stephan of Lorraine, Maria Theresa's husband, as an imperial menagerie. Not only is it part of the Schönbrunn UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has also been named “Best Zoo in Europe” five times in a row. In the zoo, a train commutes between the Emperor's breakfast pavilion, the elephant house and the Tyrolean Court.
63. Spanish Riding School
The horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School has been part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2015. The Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world that preserves the horsemanship traditions by dedicating itself to the classic training and dressage of Lipizzaner horses. Spectators can watch the “dancing” horses train to classical music during a visit to the “morning work”, the daily morning training of the Lipizzaners.
Naschmarkt in the 6th district of Vienna is the largest inner-city market with a length of around 5 kilometers. There has been a market here since the 16th century. Today, Naschmarkt is a well-known sight in Vienna and is perfect for a gourmet tour. This must-see place offers you various national and international gastronomic delights in an incomparable atmosphere. There is also a flea market on Saturdays at weekends.
65. Haus des Meeres
In Haus des Meeres, your can embark on an adventurous journey into foreign animal and plant worlds in the aquariums and terrariums of the Aqua Zoo. It is housed in a World War II flak tower. About 10,000 tropical and native animals and plants are shown on more than 4000 square meters. In addition to Austria's largest aquarium, there is a glass tunnel that you can walk through and the Brandungsriff adventure aquarium.
Burgtheater is not only Austria's national theater, it is also the largest spoken theater in Europe and the most important German-language stage. Burgtheater is often just called “Burg” by the Viennese and is very popular. The origins of the Burgtheater go back to 1741, when the theater was opened by order of Empress Maria Theresa.
67. Vienna Music Association
The Vienna Music Association is a traditional concert hall where world-famous artists played and still play. Greats like Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann performed in what is now Brahms Hall. The building dates back to 1870 and houses the Großer Musikvereinssaal (Large Music Club Hall), also known as the Goldener Saal (Golden Hall), whose acoustics make it one of the best concert halls in the world. The concert hall is known worldwide for broadcasting the annual New Year's concert in more than 95 countries.
A concert in these rooms promises to be an unforgettable experience. Interesting guided tours of the building and the concert halls are also offered.
68. Vienna State Opera
One of the most important international opera houses is in Vienna: the Vienna State Opera. It was inaugurated on May 25, 1869 with a premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni. The world-famous opera house in Neo-Renaissance style impresses with its magnificent architecture. The Vienna State Opera is also known for the Vienna Opera Ball, which takes place here every year. With its sensational interior, the Viennese landmark offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience. The diverse program, which consists of 60 different operas and ballets per season, promises the finest musical enjoyment.
69. Vienna Concert Hall
The Vienna Concert Hall in the 3rd district was opened in 1913 and, alongside the Vienna Music Association, is one of the most important venues for concerts in the city. The impressive building combines several architectural styles with Historicism, Secessionism and Art Nouveau. In addition to its impressive architecture, the Vienna Concert Hall impresses with a unique ambience. Whether the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Sound Forum Vienna or international guests - the Concert Hall is the venue for renowned greats.
70. Therme Vienna
The Therme Vienna in Oberlaa in the 10th district is one of the most modern city baths in Europe. The wellness and thermal spa landscape covers a total area of 75,000 m². Several pools, saunas, steam rooms, a large health center and a gym are part of the thermal baths. Various diving towers, slides, saltwater pools, grottos and jacuzzi pools ensure additional fun and relaxation.
71. Zeiss Planetarium
The Zeiss planetarium is part of the astronomy facilities of the “Wiener Volkshochschulen GmbH”. Large and small visitors can take an exciting journey through the world of astronomy. You are invited to dream and gaze at the stars, be it with multimedia shows or with special programs for children and families.
72. Dschungel Vienna
Dschungel Vienna is located on the Museums Quartier site and deals with performing arts. As a theater for children, teenagers and young adults, it is aimed at people aged 0-20 with various events. The ensemble includes artists from more than 20 nations. Each season, 60 productions are realized and played in over 500 performances. The program is supplemented by various workshops.
73. Madame Tussauds Vienna
Since 2011 there has also been a branch of the wax museum Madam Tussauds in Vienna. It is located in Vienna's well-known amusement park, the Wiener Prater. Get up close and personal with international stars, personalities from Austrian history such as Empress Sissi or stars of the music industry such as Falko and Mozart.
Streets, Squares & Buildings Worth Seeing in Vienna
74. Vienna City Hall & City Hall Square
The Vienna City Hall in the city center is one of the most striking buildings in the metropolis and one of the landmarks of Vienna. Built between 1872 and 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt in the neo-Gothic style, the façade is one of the city's most popular photo motifs. Incidentally, on the middle tower of the town hall there is another landmark of Vienna - the bronze statue of the iron town hall man .
With the Town Hall Square, which serves as the venue for numerous major events in Vienna, such as the Christmas Market and the open-air events of the Vienna Film Festival, there are always exciting reasons for a trip to the Town Hall. In the winter, Town Hall Square is also transformed into an ice skating rink and, as part of the Vienna New Year's Trail, it is a popular meeting place on New Year's Eve.
75. Austrian Parliament
The Austrian Parliament Building is the seat of the two chambers of Parliament, the National Council and the Federal Council of the Republic of Austria. The building, erected between 1874 and 1883, was designed by Theophil Hansen, who designed it in the Greco-Roman style and consistently included stylistic elements from Greek and Roman antiquity in the interior and exterior design of the building. The 5.5 meter high Pallas Athena statue on the front of the Parliament is particularly worth seeing.
76. Hundertwasser House
In the 3rd district on the corner of Kegelgasse/Löwengasse, travelers come across the Hundertwasserhaus. It is not only one of the most photographed apartment buildings in Vienna, but also one of the most famous residential buildings in the world. The facades are varied and colorful and have no straight lines. This expressionist landmark of Vienna was built between 1983 and 1985. The basis was the concept of the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who was supported by the architect Joseph Krawina.
77. Haas House
Another unusual building and popular photo opportunity is Haas House, which had two predecessors in its current form. Haas Haus scores with a café, the Onyx Bar and a roof terrace, which offers a breathtaking view of Stephansplatz. St. Stephen's Cathedral is also reflected in its glass facade. Since its architecture forms an extreme contrast to the opposite St. Stephen's Cathedral and other historical buildings, Haas House was very controversial when it was built.
At the top of the Schönbrunn Palace Park stands the magnificent Gloriette, which is one of the largest and most famous gloriettes in the world. It was built in 1775 at the behest of Empress Maria Theresia as a "temple of fame" and is the eye-catcher in the palace park. Today there is a café in the Gloriette that serves delicious Kaiserschmarrn. The viewing terrace offers a spectacular view of the entire palace complex and Vienna.
The Anchor Clock by Franz Matsch is one of the most beautiful testimonies to the Art Nouveau epoch in Vienna. Built between 1911 and 1914, it is actually a bridge connecting two buildings. If you visit the Anchor Clock at 12 noon, you can witness the musically accompanied parade of 12 figures representing historical Viennese personalities. It only gets even nicer during the Christmas season, when the parade is accompanied by Christmas carols.
In front of the north facade of the Imperial Palace is Michaelaerplatz, which was named after the parish church of St. Michael. Five streets meet in a star shape at Michaelersplatz, one of the most popular sights in Vienna. Impressive buildings, such as the Michael Wing of the Imperial Palace with Michael's Gate, the Loo's House, the two Michael's Houses and an archaeological excavation site attract numerous visitors.
Stephansplatz is named after its most famous and striking building, St. Stephen's Cathedral. The square forms the urban center of Vienna and is a good starting point for exploring other sights.
Another famous square in the city center is Schwarzenbergplatz. The memorial to the Soviet soldiers from the Second World War and the Hochstahl Fountain are particularly worth seeing. The place is very beautiful, especially in the evening.
Graben is one of the most famous streets in all of Vienna and is perfect for a stroll. The naming goes back to an old ditch. When this was filled, Graben became one of the first modern streets in Vienna.
Today the street is an exclusive and vibrant pedestrian zone in the heart of the city center lined with luxury brand shops. Many buildings date from the 17th and 18th centuries. Today they include the Augarten porcelain manufactory , Heldwein court jeweler and Nagele & Strubell court perfumers. Particularly noteworthy is the striking plague column, and also the Graben Court.
84. Golden Quarter
The Golden Quarter is located in the heart of the 1st district, near St. Stephen's Cathedral. As Vienna's most exclusive business district, it offers a luxurious shopping experience in the historical surroundings of Vienna's old town.
Mariahilfer Strasse is not only the largest, but also one of the most famous shopping streets in Vienna. The street, named after the former suburb of Mariahilf, is also often called Mahü . In addition to various shopping opportunities, there are also numerous sights, such as the entrance to the Museum Quarter, Mariahilfer Church, the Collegiate Church and the Technical Museum.
The side streets, with their traditional Viennese coffee houses, cafés and restaurants, offer a perfect opportunity for a breather.
The most famous shopping street in Vienna's city center is Kärntnerstrasse, one of the most expensive shopping streets in Vienna. After well-known department stores opened up in the late 19th century, the street was widened and rebuilt. Along with Graben and Kohlmarkt, it forms the Golden U, connecting traditional inner-city shopping streets.
You can take a stroll through the numerous shopping opportunities or admire interesting historical buildings in the vicinity, such as the winter palace of General Prince Eugen.
Burggasse and St.-Ulrichs-Platz in the 7th District is the new trend district of Vienna with trendy bars, interesting shops by young designers, high-quality vintage second-hand shops and modern gastronomy, such as a vegan ice cream parlor or the bars Ulrich and Erich. The 7th district in general, with Neubaugasse, is an extremely trendy district in which many creative people have settled.
Important Experiences in Vienna & Surroundings
88. UNESCO Cultural Heritage Viennese Coffee House Culture
At least since 2011, when the tradition of Viennese coffee house culture was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, it has been proven: Viennese coffee houses are not just cafés. The tradition of Viennese coffee house culture is characterized by a very special atmosphere. But the coziness and the time that you take when you visit a coffee house are also important.
The world-famous Café Sacher -birthplace of the Sachertorte, Meinl on Graben, Café Imperial - known for the Imperial Torte, and Café Sperl with its delicious pastries deserve special mention.
89. Viennese Cuisine
A classic of Viennese cuisine is the Wiener Schnitzel, which is made exclusively from veal. It is traditionally served with a lukewarm potato salad, lettuce, cucumber salad or parsley potatoes. It tastes particularly good at Figlmüller and Gasthaus Pöschl .
The boiled fillet is also a classic dish of Viennese cuisine. It was the favorite dish of Emperor Joseph I. It is traditionally served with chive sauce, root vegetables cooked in the broth, fried potatoes and a horseradish sauce. Plachutta restaurant is known for its particularly good boiled beef, and also Rudi's Beisl, Figlmüller and Pöschl Inn
Vienna is also known for its delicious pastries. One of the most famous is definitely the Viennese Sachertorte. The chocolate torte with apricot jam was invented at Café Sacher in 1832 , making it the perfect place to taste the torte while enjoying the unique Viennese coffeehouse atmosphere.
You should not miss trying the traditional Kaiserschmarrn, a Viennese specialty that ranks just behind the Sachertorte on the scale of popularity. Traditionally served with plum roaster, a dessert made from plums, it tastes great in Café Central and in the Gloriette café in the Schönbrunn palace garden.
And the Viennese apple strudel is also part of the city. Enjoy the delicacy made of thin puff pastry filled with apples, nuts and raisins, preferably in Demel confectionery.
90. Vienna Philharmonic Concert
Anyone visiting the world capital of music should definitely attend a classical concert in order to really immerse themselves in Viennese culture. What would be better than a concert by one of the best orchestras in the world?!
The Vienna Philharmonic was founded in 1842 and is one of the world's best philharmonic orchestras. The Vienna Philharmonic is based in the traditional Vienna Music Association concert hall. The regular events of the Vienna Philharmonic offer the perfect setting to listen to masterpieces of Viennese classicism by Mozart, Beethoven or Strauss in a breathtaking atmosphere.
Heurige is a Viennese institution. Young wine is served in a wine bar called Heurige. The name of the wine has its origin in the word Heuer, which means this year. In addition to local wines, regional dishes are also served.
A particularly large number of wine taverns can be found in the Vienna area, for example in Nussdorf Heiligenstadt, Sievering and in Grinzing. Buschenschanken, as wine taverns are also called, are characterized by a rustic and cozy atmosphere.
92. Danube Cruises
A Danube cruise is highly recommended for your trip to Vienna. It's one of the most leisurely and enjoyable ways to explore Vienna. During a wonderful trip through the Danube Canal, you can enjoy the imperial city from the water and relax at the same time.
93. Day Trip to Wachau
With its idyllic vineyards, picturesque landscape and impressive monasteries, Wachau is one of the most popular destinations in Austria. The beautiful Wachau, with the old town of Krems, Melk and Göttweig monasteries, are a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
On a day trip from Vienna you can explore the charming valley along the Danube, be impressed by the many wine-growing villages and at the same time unwind.
Wachau is also known because the English King Lionheart, whom many associate with Robin Hood, was imprisoned at Dürnstein Castle in Wachau.
94. Day Trip to Bratislava by Twin City Liner
With the Twin City Liner you can travel from the Austrian capital to the Slovak capital in just 75 minutes, as the Danube connects the two cities. The ships bring travelers comfortably from city center to city center every 30 minutes. A trip on the Twin City Liner is also an interesting mini Danube cruise.
In Bratislava, you can then visit the historic city center and the castle.
95. Day Trip to Prague
Beautiful Prague can be reached from Vienna in just three hours by Regiojet train or car, making it perfect for a day trip.
Visit the golden city on the Vltava and explore the picturesque Old Town and major landmarks such as Prague Castle and the famous Charles Bridge. Shopping fans will also get their money's worth here.
96. Day Trip to Budapest
Take advantage of Vienna's proximity to Hungary and take a city trip to the Hungarian capital. After a 2.5-hour train ride you have reached Budapest and can discover the historic old town of Buda and the district of Pest and admire landmarks such as the Parliament Building, Heroes' Square, Fisherman 's Bastion and the Royal Palace.
97. Day Trip to Brno
Brno, the Czech Republic's second largest city, is just 60-90 minutes by train from Vienna. The former capital of Moravia is perfect for enjoying Czech cuisine, sampling the country's famous beer and exploring Brno's sights.
98. UNO City
The United Nations Office in Vienna, also known as UNO City, is housed in the building complex of the Vienna International Center (VIC). The complex north of the Danube was built by the Austrian architect Johann Staber between 1973 and 1979. A tour of the UN headquarters is also possible for individuals without registration.
The Fiaker are two-horse carriages with which tourists and locals ride comfortably through Vienna. Totally kitschy for some, absolutely romantic for others, they are part of the Viennese cityscape and are popular photo opportunity for many tourists. There are stands for the Viennese rental carriages at various locations in the city. During a tour you can visit Vienna's city center and listen to exciting stories.
100. Carnuntum Roman Town
A visit to Roman town of Carnuntum awaits you on a journey back in time to antiquity. Located east of Vienna, Carnuntum was an important Roman city from the 1st to the 4th century. Today there is a reconstructed Roman district on the historical site, which takes you back to Roman times with its antique houses, the amphitheater and the Carnuntinum Museum.