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Things to Do in Vienna

St. Stephen’s Cathedral
A magnificent piece of Gothic and Roman architecture, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. Famed as one of the monumental places to visit in Vienna, the cathedral’s imposing height, mosaic roofs, elaborately designed exteriors, towers that soar 446 feet up, and the 18 altars inside the cathedral make it the iconic attraction of Vienna."Location: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, AustriaTiming: 06.00 AM - 10.00 PM Sun; 07.00 AM - 10.00 PM Mon-SatEntry Fee: Free for the cathedral; Audio tour cost €14.50 for adults and €3.90 for children
The Hofburg
This medieval castle from the 13th century had been the residence of the Austrian sovereigns for more than 600 years. Featuring an expansive complex with 18 wings, 19 courtyards, and 2600 rooms, this majestic palace castle is undoubtedly one of the astounding places to visit in Vienna.Tourists can stroll through the pedestrianized areas and visit top attractions like the Habsburg Palace and Spanish Riding School. Today, the castle is where the President of Austria resides.Location: 1010 Vienna, AustriaTiming: 10.00 AM - 05.00 PM Thursday - SundayEntry Fee: Adults: 15 Euros for audio guide; 18 Euros for guided toursChildren: 9 Euros for audio guide; 10.50 Euros for guided tours
Kunsthistorisches Museum
Located in the heart of Vienna City, this historical museum is Celebrating its 130th birthday this year (2021). Kunsthistorisches Museum is one of the finest tourist places in Vienna that has an enviable collection of 17,000 Egyptian sculptures, coffined mummies, Greek and Roman antique jewelry 600,000 coins and medals, and the famous Kunstkammer Wien cabinet.The Renaissance and Baroque art pieces displayed here are a true feast to history and art lovers.Location: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, AustriaTiming: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM Tuesday - SundayEntry Fee: Starts 12 Euros per person
The Vienna State Opera House

The Vienna State Opera House is a historic venue in Austria known for its grand performances. It stands as a symbol of cultural excellence with its grand architecture. The 1,709-seat Renaissance Revival venue was the first major building on the Vienna Ring Road.

The Belvedere Palace
This museum complex in Vienna has two sections - Upper Belvedere and Lower Belvedere; both having a fascinating collection of artworks. While Upper Belvedere features a permanent collection of Austrian art from medieval times.Lower Belvedere is more like a temporary exhibition destination that has an amusing show of collectibles used by the Prince. For history and art lovers, The Belvedere Palace is one of the remarkable places to visit in Vienna.Location: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, AustriaTiming: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM Tues-SunEntry Fee: 16 Euros for Upper Belvedere; 9 Euros for Belvedere 21
Sisi Museum
Housed in the Stephan apartments, Sisi Museum has a mind-boggling collection of personal things used by Empress Elizabeth and many beautiful portraits of her. Some of the interesting things on display include the summer dresses worn by her, the 23-piece travel toiletries set, her milk glass with travel case amongst the 300 other pieces of stuff.

If you are a fan of this legendary Queen,  Sisi Museum is definitely one of the no-miss tourist places in Vienna.

Location: Michaelerplatz, 1010 Vienna

Timing: 10.00 AM - 5.00 Pm Thursday to Monday

Entry Fee: Admission with audio guides is about 15 Euros per adult
Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens
Schonbrunn translates to "beautiful spring" and this monument was once used as the summer residence by the Habsburg rulers. Now, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most frequented places to visit in Vienna and is a sprawling complex of staterooms, triumphal arch – the famous Gloriette, the Maze, Privy Garden, Orangery Garden, and Children's Museum.The best way to explore Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens is with tour passes and tickets as they prove to be more economical.Location: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, AustriaTiming: 09.30 AM - 05.00 PM Thursday - SundayEntry Fee: Starts 16 Euros for  Imperial Tour (shorter tour of  Schönbrunn Palace)
The Vienna Zoo
Also known as Tiergarten Schönbrunn, Vienna Zoo tops the list of places to visit in Vienna when you are holidaying with kids. This is one of the world's oldest zoos and the best place on the planet to see giant pandas, Siberian tigers, orangutans, elephants, and 700 other species of animals live in action. The zoo is a part of  Schönbrunn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, Austria

Timing: 9.00 AM - 5.30 PM Mon-Sun

Entry Fee: 22 Euros for adults; 11 Euros for children between 6 and 18 years; Free for children less than 6 years
Karlskirche
Originally named as The Rektoratskirche St. Karl Borromäus, Karlskirche is a magnificent church in Vienna that fascinates tourists with its intricate dome paintings. With a huge elliptical copper dome at the center and twin enormous columns at the front, Karlskirche is one of the marvelous places to visit in Vienna.

Apart from the grandiose architecture that the church is famous for, this 18th-century baroque church is also popular for the classical concerts that it hosts all around the year.

Location: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Wien, Austria

Timing: 9.00 AM - 6.00 PM Mon- Saturday; 12.00 PM - 7.00 PM Sunday

Entry Fee: 8 Euros
Hundertwasserhaus
Designed by the famous Austrian architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the colorful exteriors of this apartment have made it one of the signature places to visit in Vienna. While the vibrancy of the apartment’s exteriors makes it an instant head-turner, the houses here have about 200 trees and shrubs making them even more heavenly and lively.

Tourists can enjoy the modern architectural exemplar of Hundertwasserhaus only from the outside.

Location: Kegelgasse 36-38, 1030 Wien, Austria

Timings: 24 * 7
Vienna City Hall

Uncover the royal charm of Vienna City Hall, a famous Austrian landmark. Frederick von Schmidt designed the impressive Gothic building between 1872 and 1883. It is now the home of the mayor and the city council. Moreover, it also serves as the background for one of the city's most famous Christmas markets. Vienna City Hall reflects the rich historical and cultural legacy of the city. This magnificent structure features breathtaking Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements.

The National Theater
With another name as Burg theatre, the National Theater in Vienna was originally constructed in 1740 and is one of the prominent monuments in Ring Boulevard. The current building dates back to the nineteenth century. The theatre's exteriors look splendid with arches and meticulously crafted facades.

Tourists can go on a guided tour around the theater or enjoy a live show. As you stroll through, the portraits that adorn the walls are sure to surprise you.

Location: Universitätsring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

Timing: Subject to show timings

Entry Fee: Starts 5 Euros per seat
Austrian National Library
Originally named as the Imperial Court Library, the Austrian National Library is one of the best tourist places in Vienna that has an amazing library hall for bookworms.

Visitors can also visit the four museums located within the library complex and check out the rarest collection of books, archives, maps, and atlases. While at the library, do not miss seeing the two exquisite Venetian baroque globes present at the library hall.

Location: Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien, Austria

Timing: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM Tuesday - Sunday
 St. Peter’S Church
St. Peter's Church or Peterskirche is a Baroque Roman Catholic parish church that is situated at the center of Petersplatz Square. The church looks chic and features a foyer, mini chapels, and a high altar area.

Despite being compact, St. Peter's Church is one of the most scenic tourist places in Vienna that poses fascinating backdrops for candid pictures.

Location: Peterspl. 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

Timing: 07.00 AM - 08.00 PM Mon - Fri; 9.00 AM - 9.00 PM Sat and Sun
The Imperial Crypt
The Imperial Crypt also referred to as Kaisergruft, Kapuzinergruft, or the Capuchin Crypt is actually a burial chamber beneath the Capuchin Church. The Imperial Crypt is one of the eeriest tourist places in Vienna for a reason -  it has the remains of about 150 Habsburg royalties.

The coffins of the royalties were mostly designed by sculptor Balthasar Ferdinand Moll. The hearts of the royal members were preserved in silver urns and are kept in Herzgruft or "Heart Room”.

Location: Tegetthoffstraße 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

Timing: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM Sat and Sun; 10.30 AM - 5.00 Monday - Friday

Entry Fee: 8 Euros for adults; 4.80 Euros for students and children
Donauturm
Built on the northern bank of the Danube River, the Donauturm Tower is one of the breathtakingly beautiful places to see in Vienna. Refurbished in 2018, this is the tallest structure in Austria. Express lifts take tourists to the split-level viewing platform and the 360 degrees view of the Vienna city and the adjacent Danube River is sure to surprise you.

A level higher above the viewing deck has a restaurant that has floor-to-ceiling glass windows to enjoy unhindered views of the city, river, surrounding hills.

Location: Donauturm Platz 1, 1220 Wien, Austria

Timing: 10.00 AM - 12.00 AM Mon-Sun

Entry fee: 14.50 Euros for adults
Kärntnerstrasse
A paradise in Vienna of upscale shopping and fine dining, Kärtner Strasse is a pedestrian-only street that is lined with high-end fashion boutiques and plush restaurants. This street was known as the "Strata Carinthia Forum" during the Roman Age and during the Second World War, many noble buildings here were destroyed.

Today, the street has evolved into a great hangout spot. The international flagship stores are certainly one of the best places to see in Vienna.

Location: From the Stephansplatz out to the Wiener Staatsoper at Karlsplatz on the Ringstraße

Timings: Shops are usually from 10.00 AM - 8.00 PM Mon-Fri
Wiener Riesenrad
Wiener Riesenrad is a Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel that takes you an alluring ride giving panoramic views of Vienna city. The giant wheel is located at the entrance of the Prater amusement park. It rises to a height of about 64.75 meters.

The Ferris wheel takes you on an amazing circular journey in wooden cabinets with dining options and has become the symbol of the city.

Location: Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Wien, Austria

Timing: Open from 10.00 AM every day

Entry Fee: €12 for adults; €5 for children aged 3-14 years; Free for Children under 3
The Demel Café
Founded in 1786, The Demel is a famous pastry and chocolate shop that has been serving lip-smackingly delicious cream cakes, scones & strudels for more than 100 years.

With a very pleasing ambiance and soothing interiors, The Demel Cafe is one of the iconic places to see in Vienna that is crowded by both tourists and locals alike.

Location: Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria

Timing: 10.00 AM - 12.00 AM Mon-Sun
Natural History Museum
One of the largest non-university research centers in Austria, this museum has an astounding collection of celestial bodies like the "Tissint'' meteorite. The 29,500-year-old Venus of Willendorf is another huge draw at the museum.

Other collectibles that fascinate visitors are the Steller's sea cow and dinosaur skeletons. The Digital Planetarium at the museum plays informative and interesting outer space clips.

Location: Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria

Timing: 9.00 AM - 6.30 PM Mon-Sun

Entry Fee: 12 Euros for adults

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What are the best things to do in Vienna?

1. Explore the Famous Museum of Fine Arts: Visiting this one-of-a-kind museum in the whole world is one of the must things to do in Vienna on your visit. This exclusive museum houses highly exclusive artworks from 7 different millennia, ranging from the Ancient Egypt Civilization to the 18th Century.

One of the best collections of the museum is from the Ancient Roman and Greek cultures. The building of this amazing museum is also one of the best architectural wonders of the world and is highly picturesque. If you are an art lover, this place would definitely be no less than a paradise on earth for you!

Location: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria

2. See Wiener Riesenrad: This humongous Ferris Wheel of Vienna is surely one of the most important symbols and attractions of this beautiful city. Taking a ride on this giant wheel is one of the best activities in Vienna to indulge in. The wheel was built in 1897 and has been one of the most crucial elements of the city’s skyline ever since. The wheel is almost 61 metres high and if you wish to capture some of the best views of the city, it is a must for you to take a ride on it. Try to get on the wheel during the early morning or evening.

Location: Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Wien, Austria

3. Walk the Ringstrasse: Also known as Vienna’s Ring Road, this 5.3 kilometres stretch of road is one of the most important landmarks of Vienna. Some of its most iconic buildings, including the Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Vienna State Opera House are situated along this stretch itself. Taking a stroll along this beautiful road will surely provide you with a glimpse of the entire Vienna city, and in fact the whole of Austria within a short while! This walk is also a must for all the architecture lovers out there!

Location: Krems an der Donau

4. Visit Hofburg Palace: One of the central attractions of Vienna is the Hofburg Palace from as back as 1279. If you wish to experience the History of Vienna and Austria, visiting this palace is one of the best things to do in Vienna. This amazing structure is the official workplace of the President of Austria but it’s still open for the visitors to admire Hofburg’s rich decorative interiors and explore Vienna’s ancient history. The historic silver collection of the Sisi Museum is the major attraction of this palace.

Location: 1010 Vienna, Austria

5. Visit Palmenhaus: This attraction was formerly a greenhouse built for the royal family of Austria. Currently, the place has been transformed into a café, bar, as well as a lounge for the tourists to sit by rich flora and spend a memorable time. The intricately decorated high ceiling of Palmenhaus, with amazing views of the Royal Gardens, is one of the best activities in Vienna to spend some leisurely time and bask in some sunlight. You can also enjoy an exquisite lunch or dinner at Palmenhaus, however; it is highly recommended to make your reservations well in advance for a flawless experience.

Location: Burggarten 1, 1010 Wien, Austria

6. Take a visit to Sigmund Freud Museum: Home to one of the most renowned neurologists that ever existed and among the top places to visit in Vienna, Sigmund Freud stayed and practiced at this place for almost 47 years, till he had to flee from the Nazi Army in 1938. This home of his was later converted into a museum in 1971.

If you wish to know about the life and work of this legend, this place is a must-visit for you. Moreover, now the inner parts of the house have also been opened for visitors, including the space on the first floor, from where Freud started his practice for the first time.

Location: Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien, Austria

7. Explore Jewish Museum: If you are confused about what to do in Vienna, you must simply head off to this place. This museum has been designed to portray the religion, traditions, history as well as lives of Austrian Jews. The museum also allows visitors to have a peek into the living conditions of the Jews in the past.

The museum has various physical as well as digital exhibits that will take you on the journey of Austrian Jewish History. You will not only get a chance to know about the brutal history of this ancient religion but also get closer to the culture and tradition of Austria.

Location: Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Wien, Austria

8. Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ at the Upper Belvedere Palace: One of the best things to do in Vienna for art lovers is to visit the Upper Belvedere and admire the astonishing artwork of Gustav Klimt. “The Kiss” is the most popular painting in the whole collection of Austrian artists. This iconic painting dates back to 1907-8 when the artist developed a brand-new technique of painting by combining oil/bronze paint with gold leaf. The painting is one of the most unique symbols of love on our planet and attracts thousands of visitors on a daily basis to admire its unmatched beauty.

Location: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna

9. Take a Weingut Cobenzl tasting tour: One of the best activities in Vienna for wine lovers is to take an exclusive tasting tour of Weingut Cobenzl. It houses one of the best collections of Austrian wines and organizes guided tasting tours for visitors from around the world. You will also get to spend some time in the lovely vineyards of this winery and learn the art of wine tasting as well as winemaking. Moreover, Weingut Cobenzl also allows visitors to capture some of the best views of the city of Vienna.

Location: Am Cobenzl 96 | A-1190 Vienna

10. Explore Naschmarkt: One of the must things to do in Vienna for each and every visitor is to explore the biggest food market in the city. This market has been functional for over 100 years now and has open dining areas with food stalls all around. If you wish to get the experience of bargaining at the local Vienna flea market, you can also plan a visit to this place over the weekend. Try out delicious street food items of Austria at this market and soak in the real culture of the country at this historic market.

What are the best adventure activities to do in Vienna?

1. Scuba Diving: One of the must-do activities in Vienna is to take a dive in the Danube river and admire its rich collection of flora and fauna. Vienna is one of the few places across the world where you can enjoy diving deep into a river or snorkeling your way below the surface of its crystal-clear river.

2. Kayaking: If you are visiting Vienna during the cooler months, trying out this adventure activity to soak in the warm sun and kayak in solace over the cold waters of the Danube river will surely send a shiver of adrenaline down your spine.

3. River Rafting: One of the most exciting and adventurous things to do in Vienna for the strong-hearted is to head down your way on a tube in the harsh waters of the Danube with strangers from all around the world.

4. Hiking: If you love mountains, hiking the Gutenstein Alps is probably one of the best activities in Vienna for you to indulge in. Hiking all the way to the summit and back would need at least 7-8 hours of rigorous hiking along the forest trails of Vienna. If you do not want to wander alone, you can also join a locally guided hiking tour.

What are the best things to do in Vienna at night?

1. Try out Waltz: You must have enjoyed watching the waltz in old movies. However, you might be astonished to know that the tradition of Waltz is still alive in Vienna. Most of the teenagers in Austria still learn to do the waltz on the classic cha-cha cha tunes.

2. Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Ride: One of the most romantic things to do in Vienna is to take a ride on the traditional horse-pulled carriages of Vienna on a starry night, with the major attractions of the city, all lit up with glorious lights.

3. Get a view from the top of the Giant Ferris Wheel: If you want to capture the glittering views of the beautiful city of Vienna at night, you must take a ride on the Riesenrad, the Giant Ferris Wheel during the dark hours.

4. Take a walk along the Danube River: The best time to explore the city of Vienna is during the night when all its riversides and beautiful architectural building are lit up amazingly. Take a stroll along the banks of the Danube River and you would definitely have a lovely time.

What are the best things to do in Vienna for couples?

1. Go Boating: One of the most romantic and peaceful activities in Vienna for couples is to take a secluded boat ride over the beautiful Danube River. If you are lucky enough, you may even get to admire a flock of beautiful sea birds strolling around the banks of the river.

2. Take a Waltz Lesson together: Yes, you heard it right. What can be more special and learning to move your feet like a professional Waltz dances with your beloved in the very heart of Vienna? Tanzschule Elmayer in the city specially organizes 50-minute sessions for couples all-round the year.

3. Indulge in a Chocolate Spa Treatment: If you are a chocolate lover and also love taking rejuvenating spa treatments, Vienna is surely going to surprise you. One of the best things to do in Vienna for couples is to indulge in a chocolate spa that includes a chocolate wrap, chocolate body mask, and much more!

4. Catch a Ballet Show at the Vienna Opera House: The Vienna Opera House has been in function even since the 1860s and nothing else shouts out romance more than watching a moving ballet at this iconic location.

How to reach Vienna?

By Air: The Vienna International Airport is well connected by all the major international airports of the world and has frequent flights.

By Train: Vienna is also well connected by inter-country trains which run through a number of major destinations in Europe.

What is the best time to visit Vienna?

The best time to visit Vienna is from April to May during the spring season while the temperatures are mild and the tourist crowd is also decent. You can also plan a visit during the months of September to October if you like a lesser tourist crowd and a milt season.The summers from June to August are jam-packed with tourists and usually the most expensive months as well.

What is Vienna known for?

Vienna is particularly known for its amalgamation of rich historical background and modern as well as ancient architectural wonders. Vienna is also popular for its wine as well as its natural beauty. Also, if you are an art lover, you would surely not ask what to do in Vienna.

How to reach Vienna from India?

The easiest and best way to reach Vienna from India is by air. The only airline that operates a direct flight from India to Vienna is Air India which operates from New Delhi. However, there are various other airlines that offer connecting flights from various international airports of India to Vienna.

How many days do you need to explore Vienna?

At least two full days are recommended to be spent in Vienna to explore its major attractions. However, if you wish for a laid-back and easy-going trip, reserve at least 3 days to explore the beautiful city of Vienna itself.

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Jihye Hong
Reviewed: 11 Mar 2023
5.0/5
I liked Renee Magritte, so I went to the information that his painting might be there. I saw his paintings, but it was amazing and nice to have access to various prints. Picasso's work also had many works, and it was especially good to see paintings other than Monet's representative brightness. It w... Read More
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Jihye Hong
Reviewed: 11 Mar 2023
5.0/5
You can see everything about technology. Divide it into parts that you want to see. You can be surprised by the vast amount. Each part has a large amount, so there are many things such as life, industry, music, space, and photography.
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Faisal
Reviewed: 13 Feb 2023
5.0/5
Was awesome  and very big Zoo , friendly staff and people 😍
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Peter Wright
Reviewed: 23 Nov 2022
5.0/5
Easy booking, rapidly confirmed. Skipped the line and arrived a few minutes early. Belvedere upper houses some fine art as well as contemporary and medieval art pieces (from the Renaissance). Highly recommend a visit of about 1.5 hours. Xmas market in front of house was also delightful and the gluew... Read More
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Ori Swisa
Reviewed: 20 Nov 2022
5.0/5
היה מהמם!!  שווה ביקור
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Raya Ayman
Reviewed: 31 Dec 2022
5.0/5
I really liked and enjoyed every moment of it!
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