The fairytale palaces and castles, the promenades and numerous activities make Vienna one of the most popular destinations for city trips in Europe. Austrian warmth, cobbled side streets and baroque architecture invite you to dream and linger. The glorious history of the former empire can be felt on every corner. We have listed 10 highlights in Vienna that you should have seen during your visit to Vienna:
1. Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace is located in the middle of the 13th district of Hietzing in Vienna. It is the former summer residence of the imperial family. The baroque castle is surrounded by a park of about 160 ha and has been part of the UNSECO World Heritage since 1996. In the palace garden itself there are not only numerous fountains and statues. With its palm or dovecote, a maze and the oldest zoo in the world, Schönbrunn Palace offers exciting attractions for the whole family. The entire grounds of the castle garden are free of charge. With the purchase of a ticket, Schönbrunn Palace offers insights into the residential and representative rooms of the imperial family. A tour of Schönbrunn Palace will take you to the most interesting places in the complex.
2. Belvedere Palace
The castle ensemble of the Belvedere Palace consists of the Upper and the Lower Belvedere. The two baroque buildings were designed in the 18th century by the architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt and are connected by a garden. The castle complex, once built for Prince Eugene of Savoy, today houses the most important collection of Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present day. In addition, international artists such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Max Beckmann can also be found in the exhibition.
3. The Vienna Hofburg
The Hofburg Palace is the political centre for democratic Austria. Originally the Congress of Vienna met here. Today the Federal President, the Minister of the Chancellery and the State Secretaries of the Republic reside here. In addition, the castle complex offers the possibility of a journey back in time to the world of the Habsburgs. The Imperial Silver Collection documents the courtly dining culture and the Imperial Apartments provide insights into the life of Austria's most famous ruling couple. In addition the Sisi Museum offers impressions of that time. Other interesting sights: Spanish Riding School and the Austrian National Library.
4. St. Stephen's Cathedral
The St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, that is actually called Domkirche St. Stephan zu Wien, is considered as the landmark of the former imperial residence city. The Roman Catholic Cathedral is located on Vienna's Stephansplatz and is affectionately called Steffi by the Viennese. The original name giver was St. Stephen. With its 68 metres, the gothic building is one of the most important in Austria.
5. Hundertwasser House
The Hundertwasser House was designed in the 1980s by the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Inspired by Anton Gaudí, Ferdinand Cheval and Watts Towers, the artistic apartment complex is located in Vienna's 3rd district and is one of the most popular sights of Vienna. The Hundertwasser House is also called Hundertwasser-Krawina House. The architect Joseph Krawina implemented the residential building together with the artist.
The Naschmarkt in Vienna was first opened in 1919. At that time, mainly dairy products were traded here. Today, the historically preserved market in the centre of Vienna attracts masses of tourists with its culinary offerings. Around 170 sales stands and shops offer numerous delicacies from all regions of the world. Whether local fruit, exotic fruits, cheese, meat or bread. The multicultural flair and the delicacies from all over the world make the Naschmarkt a hotspot for all gourmets and the joy of good food.
7. The Vienna Prater
The Vienna Prater attracts around three million visitors annually. Especially popular is the tour over the Wurstelprater, the amusement park with its landmark the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel. The amusement park with its numerous roller coasters, bumper cars and various other attractions and stalls is a popular destination for a stroll through Vienna. Opening hours are all day from 0-24 o'clock. Admission to the Wiener Prater is free. You only pay for the use of the rides.
8. Madame Tussauds
At Madame Tussauds in Vienna there are wax figures of famous personalities from the past as well as from the current contemporary history. In Vienna you will meet many stats and starlets from Austria but also celebrities from all over the world. Take a photo together with Empress Sisi or meet the talented artist Hundertwasser and van Beethoven up close.
The Albertina is one of the most important art museums in the world and houses an extensive collection of graphics from the late Gothic period to the present day. The popular museum is located in the 1st district of Vienna, at the southern tip of the Hofburg. The Albertina's collection comprises around 50,000 drawings and watercolours and some 900,000 graphic works of art - from Leonardo da Vinci to Michelangelo Buonarroti, from Albrecht Dürer to Jackson Pollock or Pablo Picasso.
10. The Vienna City Hall
The Vienna City Hall belongs to the most important non-church buildings in Vienna and is one of the most beautiful sights of the Austrian capital. It is located directly at the Rathausplatz in the 1st district of Vienna. The Vienna City Hall was built from 1872 to 1883 and was known as the New City Hall until 1960. The City Hall in Vienna is the seat of the government and administration.
Travel tips for Vienna
Tasting a real Wiener Schnitzel
A visit to Vienna without the pleasure of a real Wiener Schnitzel? Unimaginable! What makes a real Wiener Schnitzel? The traditional Wiener Schnitzel is - unlike the "Schnitzel Wiener Art" known in this country - made of veal. Breaded with bread rolls and baked in lard, it is served with potato or cucumber salad. You can find a real Viennese Schnitzel at Figlmülle, the "home of the Schnitzel for over 100 years". A restaurant worth seeing in Vienna where you should have eaten at least once. The popular Viennese restaurant is located at Wollzeile 5 in the direct vicinity of St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Enjoy the most beautiful view over Vienna
By far one of the most beautiful and, above all, most expansive views you can enjoy on the roof terrace of the justice building in the Justice Café. In the magnificent ambience above the rooftops of Vienna, exclusive events such as anniversary celebrations or weddings are regularly held. If you prefer something more modern, visit the attic of the 25hours hotel. Very close to the Weghuberpark you can look from the terrace over the park to the parliament building. Even in bad weather in Vienna the view through the ceiling-high glass front is breathtaking.
City tour along the Wiener Ringstraße
Vienna: Where do you have to go? The Ringstrasse in Vienna surrounds the centre of the Austrian capital. Numerous architectural masterpieces and sights are lined up here. The style of the attractions dates back to the 1860s and underlines the magnificent flair of the big city. Whether parliament, Burgtheater or State Opera: they can all be found on the 5.2km long street. How about a little city tour by tram?
Breakfast like Sisi
You can dine like the former Empress of Austria in the Gloriette Café in the middle of the park of Schönbrunn Palace. The "Sisi Buffet" offers everything your heart desires. From Proscuitto with melon to Prosecco, this imperial gourmet buffet leaves nothing to be desired. The brunch is accompanied by live music. Adults pay 33€ for the brunch, teenagers up to 17 years 21€ and children up to 12 years 13€. It is recommended to book in advance, as breakfast at the Gloriette Café in Vienna is very popular.
A Viennese Melange in a coffee house
If coffee drinking is still celebrated and is part of a cultural event, then you are in the Austrian capital Vienna. The coffee house is the place to read the newspaper and enjoy the coffee to the full. Since 2011 the Viennese coffee house culture even belongs to the intangible world cultural heritage. How to order a coffee properly in Vienna? Order a "brown", "Franciscan", "one-horse", or a Viennese Melange. In Vienna coffee is traditionally served with a glass of water.
Must Do: Tour through the Museumsquartier
The Museumsquartier (MQ) is the centre of artistic activity in Vienna. Whether museum, theatre or alternative cafés. The Museumsquartier provides culinary and cultural opportunities for everyone, so an entire day can be spent here quickly. There are interesting places to discover at every corner, which invite you to exciting activities. Those who need a break on their tour through the quarter will linger in the colourful Enzos that decorate the Museumsquartier.