20 Exceptional Attractions in Vienna [with Map]

20 Attraktionen in Wien

Are you looking for exciting attractions in Vienna?

Here we have compiled a list of the top 20 attractions that are interesting in both winter and summer.

In addition to popular highlights, we also have insider tips for you.

Let's begin!

1. Prater & Vienna Ferris Wheel

Prater & Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel

A classic Viennese attraction is Prater in Vienna with its Ferris wheel. This Viennese landmark in the heart of the city provides ultimate fun, especially with Wurstelprater amusement park, which has been around since the early 19th century.

Be sure to take a ride on the iconic Vienna Ferris Wheel and look out over the rooftops of Vienna. Schweizerhaus serves typical Austrian cuisine and takes care of your physical well-being.

But Prater 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, it is also a popular sports facility and even offers "excursions into space" with the planetarium.

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2. Time Travel Vienna

Time Travel Vienna in Austria

At Time Travel Vienna, you are taken back to Vienna's fascinating past. During a virtual journey through time of about 50 minutes, you can travel through Vienna's rich history at eight different stations. Thanks to the multimedia experience with special effects and innovative technology, the informative journey becomes an exciting history lesson that even children will be enthralled with.

Highlights include an original wartime air raid shelter, a 5D cinema and the Virtual Reality Music Ride in Walzer Hall. Time Travel Vienna, which is located in the historic vaults of Michaelerkloster in the center of Vienna, is a real highlight for the whole family.

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3. Vienna Philharmonic Concert

Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna, Austria

Anyone who visits Vienna, also known as the City of Music, should definitely attend a classical concert. What would be better suited than one of the best orchestras in the world?! The Vienna Philharmonic is one of the best in the world. The regular events offer the perfect setting to hear masterpieces of Viennese classicism by Mozart, Beethoven or Strauss in a breathtaking atmosphere.

At the Schönbrunn Summer Night Concerts, which takes place every year, you can even see the orchestra play for free against the picturesque backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace.

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4. Vienna Heurigen Express

Vienna Heurigen Express in Vienna, Austria

This attraction is not only a highlight for lovers, but also for families with children. During a romantic and relaxed ride on the Vienna Heurigen Express, you will be taken through picturesque wine villages, past idyllic vineyards and old winegrowers' houses. At the end of the trip you will experience a real Viennese Heurigen.

The route leads from the bus stop in Nussdorf via Kahlenberg to Grinzing and back to Nussdorf. 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.

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5. Naschmarkt

Naschmarkt in Vienna, Austria

Naschmarkt on the edge of Vienna's old town is a true foodie paradise! At around 5 kilometers long, it is the largest inner-city market and one of the most popular attractions in Vienna. The must-see offers you a wide range of national and international gastronomic offers in an incomparable atmosphere. The Naschmarkt is therefore also perfect for a gourmet tour. There is also a flea market on Saturdays at weekends.

6. Danube Tower & Danube Park

Donauturm and Donaupark in Vienna in Austria

Austria's tallest building is an experience for young and old! The 252-meter-high Danube Tower on the edge of the Danube Park was built between 1962 and 1964. The Viennese landmark is a popular destination. On the viewing terrace, at a height of 150 meters, you can enjoy a breathtaking 360° panoramic view of the Austrian capital. You can indulge in culinary delights in the tower café at 160 meters or in the rotating tower restaurant at 170 meters.

As one of the largest parks in the city, the Donaupark also offers numerous attractions, children's playgrounds, climbing combinations, ball courts, gaming tables with chess boards and skater facilities.

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7. Schönbrunn Zoo

Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna in Austria

As the oldest zoo in the world, Schönbrunn Zoo is one of the highlights of Vienna. The zoo on the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace 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.

An area of 17 hectares is home to 700 animal species, some of which are endangered. These include pandas, tigers, orangutans, polar bears, koalas and elephants. A train commutes between the zoo, the Emperor's breakfast pavilion, the elephant house and the Tyrolean Court.

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8. Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions in Vienna, Austria

This attraction is very popular with young and old! In the Museum of Illusions you can put your brain to the test. This interactive museum will amaze you with extraordinary illusions and exhibitions. In addition to optical deceptions, illusions and holograms, you can also expect a rotating tunnel through which you can defy physical forces, as well as an anti-gravity room.

9. Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding School in Vienna in Austria

The magic of the world-famous Lipizzaner, the oldest and most elegant horse breed in Europe, awaits you at the traditional Spanish Riding SchoolDuring a visit to the "morning work," the daily morning training of the Lipizzaners, you can see these "dancing" horses train to classical music. At the evening performances, which are very popular, you can marvel at a breathtaking equestrian spectacle.

The horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School has been part of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2015. The Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world that preserves old horsemanship traditions by dedicating itself to classic training and dressage of Lipizzaner horses, for 450 years.

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10. House of Music

Haus der Musik in Vienna, Austria

In the Haus der Musik sound museum in the Palais Archduke Carl, children and adults can transform themselves into composers. The museum in the historic old town was opened in 2000. It presents the history of music in a multimedia and interactive way, starting with the first human musical instruments up to the present day. Here you not only learn more about the grandiose composers, you can become one yourself! Compose your own music and conduct the Vienna Philharmonic yourself. A sensational experience for young and old.

11. Maze, Labyrinth and Labyrinth Icon at Schönbrunn Palace

schonbrunn palace labyrinth in vienna in austria

There is much more to the grounds of the picturesque Schönbrunn Palace than many visitors think. In addition to the castle and zoo, a visit to the maze, the labyrinth and the labyrinth icon 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 has various playgrounds for running around and playing, including a climbing frame, a hall of mirrors, a large xylophone and a water playground.

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12. Palm House & Butterfly House

palm house vienna, austira

Palmenhaus is a unique place is hidden in the middle of Vienna. The Art Nouveau influenced steel glass construction was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1882 and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. In the green oasis there are three pavilions where you can admire Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical plants.

Here you can also visit the Butterfly House, a butterfly zoo that takes you to the tropics. With a humidity of about 80% and a temperature of about 26 degrees, you can explore the colorful world of butterflies. Around 400 tropical butterflies flying freely represent 150 different species.

After your walk, Café Palmenhaus offers the perfect place to take a breather. Enjoy a coffee and homemade pastries in a unique ambience surrounded by exotic plants. The sun terrace offers a magnificent view of the castle garden.

13. Hohe Wand Nature Park

Hohe Wand Nature Park in Vienna, Austria

Hohe Wand Nature Park in the Gutenstein Alps in Lower Austria is about an hour from Vienna. With its animal and natural world, it is the perfect destination for nature lovers, sports enthusiasts and families. From a llama and alpaca hike to the "Skywalk Hohe Wand" viewing terrace, numerous experiences and activities are offered in the park. In winter, the park also offers ski courses for beginners.

14. House of the Sea

Haus des Meeres in Vienna, Austria

An adventurous journey into foreign animal and plant worlds awaits you in the House of the SeaAbout 10,000 tropical and native animals and plants are presented on more than 4000 square meters, spread over ten floors. In addition to Austria's largest aquarium, there is a glass tunnel that you can walk through and the "Brandungsriff" adventure aquarium. Haus des Meeres is housed in an anti-aircraft tower from World War II.

15. Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera in Vienna, Austria

The Vienna State Opera is one of the most important international opera houses and a symbol of the city. The world-famous opera house in Neo-Renaissance style impresses with its magnificent architecture. It was inaugurated on May 25, 1869 with a premiere of Mozart's Don GiovanniThe State Opera is also known for the Vienna Opera Ball, which takes place here every year. With its sensational interior, it 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.

16. Zeiss Planetarium

Zeiss Planetarium in Vienna, Austria

Visitors of all ages can take an exciting journey through the world of astronomy in Zeiss Planetarium. The journey through the starry sky lets you look into the infinite worlds of space. You are invited to dream and gaze at the stars, be it with multimedia shows or with special programs for children and families.

17. Dschungel Vienna

Dschungel Wien in Vienna in Austria

Dschungel Vienna in the Museums Quarter deals with the performing arts. The ensemble includes artists from more than 20 nations. As a theater for children, teenagers and young adults, it is aimed at people aged 0-20 with various events. Each season, 60 productions are realized and played in over 500 performances. The program is supplemented by various workshops.

18. Viennese Heurige

Viennese Heurige in Vienna in Austria

Heurige is a Viennese institution and an important part of Viennese eating and drinking culture. 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 yearA real Viennese Heurigen can be recognized by a pine bush above or on the door. 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. An evening in one of the wine taverns, which are characterized by a rustic and cozy atmosphere, should not be missed during your trip to Vienna.

19. Danube Cruises

Danube cruises in Vienna, Austria

A Danube cruise is a great experience for young and old. 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. Alternatively, you can go on a tour of the Wachau, which is very popular with the Viennese themselves.

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20. Madame Tussauds Vienna

Madame Tussauds Wien in Austria

This branch of Madam Tussauds wax museum has been delighting visitors of all ages since 2011. It is located in Vienna's well-known amusement park, Wiener Prater. Get up close and personal with international stars, personalities from Austrian history such as Emperor Franz and Sisi and stars from the music industry such as Falko and Mozart. The highlight for many visitors is the interactive Sisi world of experience.

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