Top attractions in Vienna
Top 10 things to do in Vienna
Vienna still bears the hallmarks of historic opulence, proudly displaying some of the most exquisite architecture in Europe, as well as many of Austria's top attractions. Here are the best things to see and do between your sausage and schnitzel!
1. Hofburg Palace
Vienna's ornate Imperial Palace was the center of the Habsburg dynasty's power for seven centuries! Visit its chapel on Sundays for High Mass to see the Vienna Boys' Choir perform.
2. Schönbrunn Palace
The picturesque grounds of Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs' former summer home, boast a gloriette, palm house, zoo, and even artificial Roman ruins. Few tours offer so much bang for your buck!
Home to the most valuable collection of graphical illustrations in the world, the Albertina is located on the grounds of the Hofburg Palace, making it the perfect follow-up tour!
4. Vienna Rathaus
The Neo-Gothic town hall is one of the city's most famous landmarks, but the administrative building also houses the historic Rathauskeller – one of the best restaurants in Vienna!
5. Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is home to one of the world's best and most prolific opera companies. You may well go on every day of your trip and never see the same show twice!
6. Madame Tussauds Vienna
Visitors to this established family favorite can mingle with some of the most famous figures on the planet. At the Madame Tussauds Vienna you may also discover few Austrians you might not recognize!
7. St. Stephen's Cathedral
From the huge church bells in its tower down to the famous bodies in its catacombs, the unmissable St. Stephen's Cathedral stands out as one of Vienna's best sights.
8. Leopold Museum
Located in Vienna's Museumsquartier, the Leopold exhibits one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art, including famous works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.
Mozart only lived in this house for three years but, as Mozarthaus is his only surviving residence, its central location makes it perfect for this comprehensive exhibition on his life and works.
10. Jewish Museum
The Jewish museum offers insight into the eventful history of Jewish life and culture in Vienna. It's actually spread across two locations: Dorotheergasse and Judenplatz.
Planning Your Visit
How many days?
You could see the sights of Vienna in three or four days but, if you can, it's worth booking longer in order to fully experience its exhibitions, concerts, and highbrow cultural life!
How to get around?
Vienna's public transport network is excellent. With buses, trams, trains, and relatively new metro lines, hiring a car will be more hassle than it's worth! Taxis are affordable and the city's bicycle friendly too, so consider renting two wheels for your stay if you've got the legs for it!
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- Best time to visit
- Any time of the year!
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What people are saying about Vienna
The kayaking tour was a surprise birthday gift for my boyfriend. We had so much fun! James was a great guide, experienced, he's been giving kayaking tours and wine tours in Vienna for a couple of years now and took care of everything for us - we got to just enjoy the water and the tour of the city from the Old Danube. l am a local in Vienna, but found the tour to be a real treat providing me with new insights into my city. It was a relaxing, beautiful day out on the water, paddling, swimming and learning about Vienna. I liked our small group of people on the tour and fell in love with my city in a whole new way. Highly recommended.
Große Hofburg-Tour - die beste Wien-Tour! Wir haben eine 2-stündige Hofburg-Tour gebucht und die beste Tour unseres Lebens erlebt. Unser Führer war fantastisch, er erzählte uns viele faszinierende Geschichten. Wir haben Geheimnisse über den Palast, das Leben von Prinzessin Siss und die großartige Silbersammlung erfahren. Hofburg Führung ohne Warteschlange, Reiseleiter & Ticket inklusive. Wir waren auf vielen geführten Touren in verschiedenen Ländern, aber dies war unser Favorit. Die Hofburg selbst ist herrlich, viele schöne Prunkräume, jeder ist anders. Wenn Sie in Wien sind, ist es ein Muss!
I enjoyed the tour very much. If you want to see a lot of the city in a short period of time, this is definitely for you. You will for sure get the best views from the bus. I felt like they will bring you almost everywhere. Next to the audio guide you will be also listening to The Blue Danube and Radetzky March for at least 15 times, which is a very nice touch and can get a little bit annoying by the end. However don't expect to actually learn a lot about history or architecture, just enjoy the ride and get a proper excursion at places you are interested in.
Beautiful building, beautiful music, and talented musicians! The only note I would have is that depending on where you sit in the church, the acoustics can muddy the sound somewhat. Also, the lift was out of order so construction scaffolding in the church obstructed taking nice pictures. Other than those minor things, my boyfriend and I had a wonderful evening of music in "inner city" Vienna.
it was a great trip, first I would like to mention about our tour guide and driver Alex, he was so informative and on time. we started with a small group a mini coach. the way he explained things during the trip was fantastic and so professional. would definitely love to explore more with Alex/travel agent. thanks and wish you good luck.