Vienna, Austria's capital and largest city, is situated in the country's northeastern region. The city located on the banks of the Danube River in the eastern foothills of the Alps has a population of more than 1.9 million. The city began during the Roman Empire, when it was known as Vindobona and used as a military garrison. In the 12th century, the city was made the capital of the Babenberg dynasty. Later, the Habsburgs, who controlled a large portion of Central Europe for several centuries, made it their capital. Vienna became the epicentre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a multiethnic empire that rose to become one of Europe's leading powers throughout the 19th century.
With a long history of notable artists, writers, and composers calling Vienna home, the city boasts a rich cultural and intellectual heritage. It’s particularly well-known for its classical music legacy and is the birthplace of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johann Strauss II. Significant political and social upheavals occurred in Vienna throughout the 20th century, including the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, World War II, and the split of the city during the Cold War. As the Cold War ended, Vienna reclaimed its prominence as a key cultural and economic hub in Europe, and it has maintained this status throughout the twenty-first century. Austria’s capital city is renowned today for its magnificent architecture, top-tier museums and cultural institutions, and a thriving arts and music scene. Take a 3 hour bike tour, a 4 hour food tour, or a half day walking tour to immerse yourself in the culture of Vienna!
Know Before You Go
Vienna is easily accessible from adjacent nations thanks to its excellent transit connections to the rest of continental Europe. The primary airport serving the city is Vienna International Airport (VIE), which is located about 18 kilometres southeast of the city centre. To get to the city centre from the airport, you can use a variety of types of transportation, including: the City Airport Train (CAT) which runs continuously between the airport and Vienna Mitte station in the heart of the city and takes about 16 minutes with trains running every 30 minutes. The Vienna Airport Lines, which connects the airport to various sites in Vienna, is one of the bus companies that runs services between the airport and the city centre. Taxis are easily found at the airport, and depending on traffic, the trip to the city centre takes 20 to 30 minutes.
There are numerous train stations in Vienna, notably Wien Hauptbahnhof and Wien Westbahnhof, which link to significant European cities like Berlin, Prague, Budapest, and Zurich. The trip by rail from nearby cities often lasts a few hours and can be relaxing and scenic.
Several bus companies run daily trips to and from Vienna, connecting it to a number of other European cities. Popular bus companies that run in Vienna include Eurolines and Flixbus. Vienna is well connected to nearby cities by a system of motorways if you choose to drive. But, be aware that due to traffic and parking restrictions, driving in Vienna's city centre can be difficult.
Both citizens and visitors frequently use Vienna's public transit system since it is dependable and effective. The city's public transportation provider, Wiener Linien, runs an extensive network of buses, trams, U-Bahn (subway/metro), and S-Bahn (commuter trains). Five lines comprise the U-Bahn network, which connects most of the city, while the S-Bahn network links Vienna to the surrounding areas. The trams and buses service the remainder of the city and give access to places that the U-Bahn or S-Bahn do not go.
Vienna's public transportation system is based on a zone structure, with the city being split into many zones. A single ticket is good for unlimited transfers on any form of transportation within the designated zones for a predetermined amount of time (often 90 minutes). Day and multi-day tickets are also offered, which can be more affordable for frequent travellers.
In Vienna, there is also a night bus service that runs after the normal bus routes have ended. Unlike conventional buses, trams, and U-Bahn, these night buses follow a different timetable and travel on different routes.
Driving or Taxis:
Vienna's dense traffic and stringent parking laws can make driving difficult. Also, the majority of the city centre is pedestrianised, which means that only authorised vehicles are permitted to enter. It's crucial to familiarise yourself in advance with the driving laws and restrictions if you intend to drive in Vienna.
In Vienna, taxis are commonly available and a practical way to move around, especially if you have a lot of luggage or want to go somewhere beyond the city centre. Taxis can be requested in advance through a taxi app or hailed on the street.
Another choice is to rent a car in Vienna, particularly if you want to travel beyond the city. Vienna is home to many well-known car rental agencies, and having a car at your disposal allows you to explore the surrounding areas at your own pace.
With four distinct seasons, Vienna enjoys a temperate continental climate. Average summertime temperatures range from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, making for mild and comfortable summers (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). In the summer, the city can become fairly humid, but it normally doesn't feel too uncomfortable.
Vienna experiences chilly, snowy winters with temperatures between -5 and 5 degrees Celsius (23 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit). The city occasionally experiences significant snowfall, although it is usually manageable and contributes to the joyous holiday spirit.
With temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, spring and autumn are moderate seasons (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). With their lovely hues brought on by the autumnal leaf shift and springtime flower blossom, these seasons can be quite lovely.
The weather can be unexpected at times, so it's always a good idea to check the forecast before your trip to Vienna. You can always find plenty to do and see in this lovely city, though, no matter what time of year you visit!
Day 1: Innere Stadt (First District)
The Innere Stadt, or First District, is Vienna's historic core, and the Ringstrasse, a wide avenue that rings the ancient city, surrounds it. Some of Vienna's most recognisable sights and cultural organisations can be seen within the Innere Stadt, which has a footprint of slightly more than 2 square kilometres. Yet, don't be misled by its size; the Innere Stadt is home to some of Vienna's most recognisable buildings and cultural institutions, such as the Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Church, and the Vienna State Opera. It's like a hidden historical gem just waiting to be found!
Now, let's talk history. From Roman legions to the Habsburg dynasty and everything in between, the Innere Stadt has witnessed it all over the years. Grand balls, political scheming, and even a few fights have taken place here. During World War II, it was brutally bombarded, and many of its historic structures were destroyed or severely damaged. The Innere Stadt is once again a bustling centre of culture and commerce thanks to the laborious reconstruction of the city in the decades after the war.
Local Places to Eat:
- Leberkas-Pepi Wien Operngasse is located near the Albertina and the Opera, and is a great place for a quick bite; the selection of sandwiches are great using a large variety of traditional leberkässe specialities and a bun bread of your choice.
- Schachtelwirt is a small restaurant in the centre of the First District, near multiple attractions that serves traditional Viennese food.
- Buxbaum Restaurant is run with great dedication and has a pleasingly friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The charming front-of-house team serves up appealing dishes such as pike-perch with crayfish, garlic and citrus stock.
The Hofburg Palace
For centuries, the Habsburg monarchy, which ruled over Austria, used the Hofburg Palace as its official residence. Nowadays, it serves as the Austrian President's official house. The Hofburg Palace was initially constructed in the 13th century and has since undergone numerous alterations and renovations. The Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Church, and the Spanish Riding School are just a few of the numerous structures and areas that make up the palace complex.
The Imperial Apartments, where the Habsburgs resided, are now a museum accessible to the general public. Empress Elisabeth, Empress Franz Joseph I's wife, is honoured in the Sisi Museum. You can even get a skip-the-line ticket and get access to a museum tour. A stunning Baroque building called the Imperial Chapel functioned as the court chapel for the Habsburg dynasty. Last but not least, the Spanish Riding School is a renowned equestrian organisation devoted to preserving the art of classical dressage, a highly accomplished discipline of horse riding that has its roots in Renaissance Europe. The legendary Lipizzaner horses, which are raised and trained at the school's stud farm in Piber, Austria, are still used today, and you can see them perform! The school is called after the Spanish horses that were utilised in its early years and continue to do so today. You can also take a guided tour of the Spanish Riding School. What’s even cooler is that you can train for a few hours at the School! I wish I had been able to go when I was there since seeing one of the performances is such a lovely experience.
In addition to these areas, the Hofburg Palace also has a variety of courtyards and gardens and a number of other museums, including the Imperial Treasury (which you can visit with this tour) and the Austrian National Library. One of my favourite stops when visiting Vienna was the Austrian National Library, one of the biggest and most significant libraries in the world. It holds nearly 12 million items, including various special collections of books, manuscripts, maps, and pictures. There was so much to marvel at and discover that I could have spent the whole day there! A Gutenberg Bible, the original manuscript of Mozart's ‘Don Giovanni’, and the world's greatest collection of objects pertaining to the history of the Habsburg family are just a few of the many extraordinary and valuable treasures held by the library.
Vienna State Opera
One of the most renowned and esteemed opera venues in the world is the Vienna State Opera, or Wiener Staatsoper in German. Since its initial opening in 1869, the Vienna State Opera has hosted some of the finest opera performances and artists in the world. Neoclassical architecture is beautifully displayed in the opera house, which has a large façade filled with columns, statues, and elaborate decorations. The opera house's interior is similarly magnificent, featuring opulent red and gold furnishings, crystal chandeliers, and a breathtaking fresco ceiling.
The Vienna State Opera hosts a variety of performances with world-class singers, musicians, and dancers. Tickets can be bought in person or online, but as they tend to sell out quickly, it's best to reserve in advance. Quick tip: If you're willing to stand during the opera, you should be able to buy standing-room tickets for under 5 euros if you get in line at the box office a few hours early. Even if you are unable to see a performance, it is still worthwhile to take a tour of the opera house in order to appreciate its splendour and discover more about its intriguing history.
The Vienna Opera Ball, one of the most famous and exquisite events in Vienna's social calendar, is held by the Vienna State Opera once a year. Several prominent people from Austria and throughout the world, including politicians, businessmen, celebrities, and the monarchy, attend the ball. The dress code for the event is strictly formal, with women wearing ball gowns and men wearing black ties. A procession of debutantes, or young women making their official entrance into society, precedes the ball. Throughout the course of the evening, some of the most skilled musicians, dancers, and opera singers in the world entertain the audience. The traditional opening dance, which is performed by the debutantes and their companions, is the highlight of the event. The midnight quadrille, a large-scale dance done by all of the guests, is another highlight of the ball.
A one-of-a-kind and spectacular experience, the Vienna Opera Ball is also highly elite and pricey. Tickets are highly coveted and can be difficult to obtain, and prices can range from several hundred to several thousand euros. I'll let you in on a little secret, though... You can frequently purchase tickets at a discount if you're a student or a member of the armed forces. Also, standing tickets—which simply indicate you don't have a table reserved—are far less expensive. Besides, who needs a reserved table when you’re just going to be dancing the night away? The Vienna Opera Ball isn’t the only one you can go to, there are hundreds to choose from!
The Mozart House
When you are in Innere Stadt, I strongly suggest that you visit the Mozart House. It is often referred to as Mozarthaus Vienna and is a memorial to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a famous composer who resided in the structure from 1784 until 1787. Mozart and his family resided in this historic building on Domgasse Street during one of his most creative periods of life, and it now serves as a museum. He wrote some of his most well-known pieces at this time, such as ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni’. Get a ticket to the Mozart House and an audio guide here.
Anyone fascinated by classical music or the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart should visit the Mozart House. The museum showcases Mozart's life and works through a range of exhibits and displays, including actual manuscripts, letters, and personal belongings. Visitors to the Mozart House can explore the composer's living quarters, which have been carefully restored to their original condition. Via interactive exhibitions, audio guides, and multimedia presentations, visitors may also learn about the daily activities of Mozart and his family.
The Mozart House also holds frequent concerts and events that feature performances of Mozart's music as well as other classical pieces, in addition to its permanent exhibits. These performances offer a special chance to hear one of history's greatest composers' music in a charming and intimate atmosphere.
More than a million prints, drawings, and photographs from the Middle Ages to the present day are included in Albertina's collection. The Albertina is located in a stunning palace from the 18th century that originally served as the home of Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria and Duke Albert of Saxe-Teschen. The palace then functioned as a library and museum until being transformed into the Albertina in 1805. Today, the museum is recognised for its collection of graphic art, which features pieces by some of the most well-known artists in history, including Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and Pablo Picasso. Together with many unique and rare items, the collection also includes prints and sketches by Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci.
The Albertina also puts on a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year that highlights the work of contemporary artists and explores various themes and topics in the history of art, in addition to its permanent collection. The Albertina's several galleries and exhibits can be explored by guests, and they are organised both chronologically and thematically to give a thorough picture of the development of graphic art. For visitors of all ages, the museum also provides seminars, educational activities, and guided tours.
Rathaus, also known as the Vienna City Hall, is one of the most iconic buildings in Vienna. It houses the city's government and administrative offices and is situated in the city centre. The Rathaus is one of Vienna's biggest and most spectacular public structures. It was constructed in the late 19th century in a neo-Gothic design. The structure has a grand façade with extravagant flourishes like spires, statues, and elaborate stone carvings. The Rathaus' 328-foot-tall central tower, which gives incredible views of Vienna from its observation deck, is one of its most well-known features. Visitors can ascend the tower's 337 steps to the top, but it can be difficult for some.
The inside of the Rathaus, which has numerous great halls and chambers embellished with elaborate paintings, chandeliers, and other works of art, is also well-known for its beauty. To learn more about the building's history and architecture, visitors can take guided tours. The Rathaus is a key representation of Vienna's rich history and culture and serves as the centre of the city's administration and government. The structure is a popular location for festivals and events, such as the renowned Vienna Christmas Market, which is held yearly in the Rathausplatz plaza outside the structure.
House of Music
I had the best time visiting the House of Music, also known as the Haus der Musik, a museum and interactive experience. The museum is dedicated to the history and science of music, and it offers visitors a unique and immersive experience that explores the many different aspects of music. Throughout the year, The House of Music also offers a range of live performances, concerts, and educational activities that highlight the skills of regional and worldwide performers and offer guests a distinctive and exciting musical experience.
The Palace of Music is housed in a stunning 19th-century structure that originally served as Archduke Charles' palace. The museum's five levels are filled with displays that focus on many facets of music, such as its history, science, and cultural significance. The Virtual Conductor’, which enables visitors to command a virtual orchestra using a baton and a screen, is one of the most well-liked exhibitions at the House of Music. Interactive exhibits that examine the physics of sound, the craft of composition, and the significance of music in many cultures throughout the globe are among the other displays.
St Stephen’s Cathedral
One of Vienna, Austria's most recognisable structures is St. Stephen's Cathedral, or Stephansdom as it is known in German. On the site of an ancient Romanesque church, the cathedral was first constructed in the 12th century, and it has since undergone numerous modifications and reconstructions. With its soaring spires and elaborate stone carvings, it is currently one of Europe's biggest and most spectacular Gothic churches.
The Cathedral also features some Baroque and Renaissance elements, reflecting the various additions and renovations that have taken place over the years. The cathedral's beautiful stained glass windows, which represent scenes from the Bible and other holy legends, its soaring vaulted ceilings, and its complex stone tracery are some of its most outstanding characteristics.
The 450-foot-tall South Tower, which gives breathtaking views of Vienna from its observation deck, is one of the cathedral's most well-known features. The tower's 343 stairs can be climbed by visitors to reach the top, but keep in mind that it can be a difficult climb.
Where to Stay:
Budget Friendly - Pension Lerner
Pension Lerner is only a 10-minute walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Burgtheater. All rooms at Pension Lerner come with cable TV, some feature a flat-screen TV. All units have a private bathroom with a shower, but some have shared toilet facilities. Most of the rooms offer a city view. Within a 5-minute walk you can reach the Schottentor stop of the U2 metro line and Vienna University from the Lerner guest house.
Mid-Range - Private CENTRAL Vienna I Self Check In
Located 550 yards from St. Stephen's Cathedral and 450 yards from St. Peter's Catholic Church. The homestay offers a seating area with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer and shower.
All rooms are equipped with private air conditioning (summertime), bath or shower, toilet, minibar (goods to be paid extra) and also an electric kettle to prepare tea or coffee by yourself, TV-set, room safe and telephone. Hotel Domizil features a 24-hour reception and luggage storage facilities. A free internet terminal is available around the clock. The Stephansplatz underground station (lines U1 and U3) and the 1A bus line stop Stephansplatz are only 100 yards away.
Day 2: Leopoldstadt (Second District)
With Leopoldstadt located right on the Danube River, you can experience the feeling of a mini-vacation without ever leaving the city. Leopoldstadt has a history as rich and diverse as the people who call it home. It served as the centre of Vienna's Jewish community during the Middle Ages, and the area's numerous synagogues and Jewish cemeteries still bear witness to this past. Leopoldstadt, though, has also experienced its share of ups and downs over the years.
During the 19th century, it was transformed by rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, and it was heavily bombed during World War II. Nonetheless, it was rebuilt from the ashes and is currently a bustling and vibrant area of Vienna. This area offers a variety of activities, including paddleboarding, a leisurely bike ride along the river, and quiet strolls through the Augarten.
Local Places to Eat:
- Schank zum Reichsapfel is a hidden gem, in a very nice and quiet district. Excellent quality of food with a cosy atmosphere, inside and outside. A variety of options for food with a super friendly, warm and welcoming staff.
- MOZAIK Cafe & Restaurant Vienna is near the Prater and has spectacular Austrian food. Portions are hearty and affordable.
- Inn Reinthaler provides generous servings of traditional local fare at this down-to-earth eatery with a terrace.
Augarten is a beautiful public park in Vienna and is situated in Leopoldstadt's second district and has a total area of roughly 52.2 hectares. The park is a well-liked destination for locals and visitors to unwind on a calm day in nature because of its stunning foliage, tree-lined walks, and open areas. The Augarten Palace, which was initially constructed in the 17th century as a vacation palace for the Habsburg monarchy, is the focal point of the Augarten. The Augarten Palace, which was initially constructed in the 17th century as a vacation palace for the Habsburg monarchy, is the focal point of the Augarten. Today, the palace is home to the Vienna Boys' Choir and is not open to the public, except for special events and guided tours.
In addition to the palace, the Augarten is also home to the Augarten Porcelain Manufactory, which produces some of the finest porcelain in Austria. Visitors are welcome to tour the facility and discover the age-old methods used to produce exquisite porcelain objects. The Flak Tower, a huge concrete tower constructed during World War II as a defence against air raids, is another popular site in the Augarten. The tower is now accessible to the general public, and its observation deck provides stunning views of Vienna.
Kirche St Franziskus von Assisi
The Church of St Francis of Assisi, also called Kirche St. Franziskus von Assisi, is a Roman Catholic church that was built in the 20th century and is known for its striking modernist architecture. The church was designed by the Austrian architect Clemens Holzmeister and was completed in 1930. It has a distinctive circular shape, with a sizeable central dome supported by a number of pillars. Beautiful mosaics and stained glass windows give the church's interior its vibrant and peaceful aura.
The church's bell tower, which rises 50 metres above the ground and has an observation deck with breathtaking views of Vienna, is one of its most outstanding features. Visitors can climb the tower's 224 steps to reach the top, although it can be a challenging climb, so just take note if you or one of your travel buddies isn’t up for it. The church is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a great place for anyone looking for a quiet, introspective setting in the middle of the metropolis. Regular religious services and masses, as well as a range of concerts and cultural activities, are held at the church.
The Danube River is one of the longest rivers in Europe, flowing over 2,800 kilometres from its source in Germany's Black Forest to its delta in the Black Sea. After the Volga, it is the second-longest river in Europe. The Danube is an important waterway for several countries, including Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, and Romania. Being a key trading route and a means of facilitating the movement of people and products, it has played a significant part in the history and economy of these countries.
There are numerous possibilities for travellers to enjoy the Danube, which runs through the centre of Vienna. A boat excursion along the river, which provides amazing views of the city's architecture and attractions from a different vantage point, is one of the most popular activities. Along the river are many parks and recreational spaces, including the man-made Donauinsel, which provides a range of outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and swimming. Many locals and visitors congregate on the banks of the Danube in the summer to sunbathe, swim, and take advantage of the pleasant weather.
Karmelitermarkt is a vibrant outdoor market known for its fresh produce, artisanal goods, and lively atmosphere. Both locals and travellers love visiting the market. The Karmelitermarkt was created in the 17th century as a marketplace for farmers to sell their goods. These days, the market is home to a huge assortment of sellers, who provide everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to cheeses, meats, and baked products. The market is also home to a number of cafes and restaurants that serve a wide range of different cuisines.
The presence of artisanal sellers offering handcrafted goods, including jewellery, ceramics, and textiles, is one of Karmelitermarkt's distinctive qualities. As a result, customers may frequently see vendors at work and gain knowledge about their art, adding to the market's dynamic atmosphere. Karmelitermarkt is renowned for its community events, such as concerts, art exhibits, and cultural festivals, in addition to its food and artisanal products. These gatherings draw a wide range of people and enhance the market's vibrant and lively atmosphere.
Prater is a large public park and entertainment area known for its iconic Ferris wheel, as well as a variety of other attractions, including roller coasters, bumper cars, and traditional carnival games. Prater has a rich history that dates back to the 16th century when the Habsburgs used it as a hunting area. It was made available to the general public in the 19th century and quickly rose to prominence as a favourite spot for leisurely outdoor activities.
One of the most famous attractions in Prater is the Wiener Riesenrad, or Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel, which was built in 1897 and stands 65 metres tall. The Ferris wheel offers stunning views of Vienna and has been featured in several films, including the classic 1949 film ‘The Third Man’. Book this to skip the line for the Ferris Wheel! The park is home to a number of eateries and cafes that serve a wide range of traditional Austrian food and various cuisines from across the world. Prater is open year-round and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Admission to the park is free, and visitors can buy separate tickets for each attraction or a combination ticket that allows them to ride numerous attractions. The park is free to enter.
Where to Stay:
Budget Friendly - Space Home Apartment - Prater
1.2 miles from Messe Wien, Space Home Apartment - Prater is situated in Vienna and offers free WiFi and express check-in and check-out. The property is around 1.7 miles from St. Stephen's Cathedral, 0.9 miles from Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser and 1.8 miles from St. Peter's Catholic Church.
Mid-Range - Leuhusen Center Apartments Vienna
The apartment offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer and bidet. A fridge and minibar are also offered, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. St. Stephen's Cathedral is 1.1 miles from Leuhusen Center Apartments Vienna, while St. Peter's Catholic Church is 1.2 miles from the prop
The apartment provides guests with a terrace, garden views, a seating area, satellite flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and an oven, and a private bathroom with shower and free toiletries. A dishwasher, a microwave and stovetop are also provided, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle.
Day 3: Landstraße (Third District)
Welcome to Landstraße, a beautiful fusion of magnificence where history and culture collide! This neighbourhood, which is close to the city centre, is the ideal hangout for anyone who enjoys learning about Vienna's past and present. As rich as a chocolate cake from one of the many cafés in Landstraße is the district’s intriguing past. It was once a sleepy suburb of Vienna, but in the 18th and 19th centuries, it grew up and became one of the most happening places in town. The Landstraße has witnessed some of the most thrilling events in Viennan history, from the Congress of Vienna to the Hundertwasserhaus.
But Landstraße isn't just about the past - it's also a vibrant and modern district. You can enjoy a concert in the famous Wiener Konzerthaus while strolling through the Stadtpark, one of Vienna's biggest and most stunning parks. Or, if you're feeling more adventurous, you can check out the Third Man Museum and dive into the cultural impact of one of the coolest films ever made. And let's not overlook the magnificent Belvedere Palace, a Baroque masterpiece that houses one of the city's most significant art collections.
Local Places to Eat:
- Wirtshaus Herlitschka is a great spot to try some local Viennese/Austrian food. The veal schnitzel is delicious, and the greens and potato salad are the perfect compliment. Add on the Puntigamer and you have a winner.
- Chilai is a charming place to eat breakfast and is complimented by a friendly, welcoming staff.
- Huber’s serves traditional food with lots of TLC. It’s a place for locals to enjoy a great Heuriger with authentic Viennese music and a friendly atmosphere that offers travellers an authentic experience of local Viennese traditions.
While the Schönbrunn Palace may be a bit out of the way from the Landstraße District, this destination is an absolute must! It is a gorgeous Baroque palace that served as the Habsburg monarchs’ summer home and is regarded as one of Austria's most significant cultural landmarks. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace, which has 1,441 rooms total, was constructed in the 18th century and includes the magnificent Great Gallery and the luxurious State Rooms. The interior of the palace is embellished with extravagant chandeliers, intricate murals, and sumptuous furnishings that give guests a look into the affluent lifestyle of the Habsburgs.
The expansive royal grounds are also a favourite destination. With this ticket, you can skip the line for the Schönbrunn Palace and get a tour of the gardens, which are home to the famous Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest zoo in the world, as well as wonderfully designed gardens, fountains, and statues. You can even skip the line at the Schönbrunn Zoo so you don’t have to wait! The gardens are a well-liked location for picnics, strolls, and concerts and provide visitors with a tranquil getaway from the city. The numerous chambers and displays of Schönbrunn Palace are open to visitors, who can explore them to gain a comprehensive understanding of Austrian history and culture. Guided tours are available, as well as audio guides in multiple languages. In the palace's multiple halls and theatres, visitors can also take in a range of cultural activities, such as concerts, operas, and dance performances.
Vienna Jewish Museum
One of the oldest still-standing synagogues in the city, the former Synagogue of the Jewish Community of Vienna, which was constructed in 1826, now serves as a museum. The museum's ongoing exhibit, "Our City! Jewish Vienna -Then to Now," recounts the development of the Jewish community in Vienna from its earliest Middle Ages beginnings to the present. The exhibition features artefacts, records, images, and multimedia pieces that highlight the struggles and accomplishments of Vienna's Jewish community throughout the centuries.
The museum also hosts lectures, workshops, other activities, and temporary exhibitions on a range of subjects linked to Jewish history and culture in addition to the permanent display. The goal of the museum is to promote tolerance and respect for other people's beliefs and cultures while also fostering conversation and exchange between people from all backgrounds. It is a significant cultural landmark in Vienna and draws interested travellers from around the world.
Stadtpark is a public park located in the heart of Vienna, Austria. With an area of over 65,000 square metres, it is one of the city's biggest and most popular parks. The park was created in the English landscape style and opened in 1862. It has winding walkways, meadows, and naturalistic water features. Many noteworthy statues and monuments can be found there, including one honouring Johann Strauss II, the well-known musician and ‘Waltz King’ of Vienna who frequented the park.
The Vienna River Gate, a modernist sculpture that acts as a landmark and a gathering place for visitors, and the Kursalon, a historic concert theatre and event venue, are two more notable components of Stadtpark. Both locals and visitors like exploring the park, which provides a tranquil haven from the city's bustle. It is a wonderful area to spend a meal or a drink with friends and family because it is also home to many cafés and restaurants.
Prince Eugene of Savoy, a well-known military leader of the Habsburg Empire, built the Belvedere Palace as a summer home in the 18th century. The Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere are the two independent structures that make up the palace, and you can get entry tickets to either. A lovely garden and a grand avenue flanked by statues connect the two structures.
The larger of the two structures, the Upper Belvedere, boasts a magnificent staircase, elaborate murals, and a renowned art collection, among other noteworthy characteristics. The art collection is one of the most significant collections of Austrian art in the world since it contains pieces by well-known artists, including Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. In contrast, the Lower Belvedere is smaller and cosier, with a number of state chambers that are furnished with elaborate tapestries, paintings, and furniture.
The palace's baroque architecture and beautiful gardens make it a popular destination for travellers, and it is considered one of the most significant historic landmarks in Austria. Belvedere Palace hosts concerts, art exhibitions, and other cultural events all year round in addition to its significant culture and history.
Austrian Gallery Belvedere
A sizable collection of Austrian artwork from the Middle Ages to the present day is kept in the Austrian Gallery Belvedere. The museum is located in the magnificent Belvedere Palace, which was constructed in the Baroque style and served as Prince Eugene of Savoy's summer home. Several of Austria's most well-known artists, such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, and Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, have pieces in the museum's enormous collection. The Belvedere is renowned for its extensive collection of Klimt's works, which includes the well-known painting ‘The Kiss’.
The museum's collection is divided into several sections, including the Medieval Art Collection, the Baroque Museum, the 19th Century Collection, and the Modern Art Collection. Offering visitors a thorough picture of the development of Austrian art throughout history, each part includes a distinctive and substantial range of artwork. The Belvedere holds a number of temporary exhibitions every year in addition to its permanent collection, exhibiting works by both Austrian and foreign artists. The museum also has a library, a research centre, and a large collection of books, images, and other items pertaining to Austrian art and culture.
Vienna is home to the distinctive and vibrant apartment complex known as Hundertwasser House. Friedensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist famed for his zany, vibrant, and organic designs, created it. The 1985-built structure has 52 apartments overall, as well as a number of stores, cafes, and an artwork-filled public lavatory. Bright, vivid colours are used to cover the building's exterior, which also has uneven floors, wavy lines, and a variety of shapes and textures, giving it a fun, surreal appearance. One of the most striking features of the Hundertwasser House is the presence of trees and vegetation growing throughout the building. For Hundertwasser, a harmonious and sustainable living environment required merging elements of nature into design.
The artist, in addition to designing the Hundertwasser House, also created a number of other structures across Europe, each of which reflected his distinctive and inventive design aesthetic. Today, both locals and visitors flock to the Hundertwasser House to take in its distinctive architecture and learn more about the artist who designed it. Although travellers are not permitted inside the apartments, there are a number of stores and cafes on the ground floor that provide a glimpse into the distinctive and vibrant design of the structure.
Vienna Crime Museum
The Vienna Crime Museum, also referred to as the Kriminalmuseum, is devoted to the background of crime and punishment in the city. The museum is located in the former Vienna police force headquarters and offers a variety of exhibitions that look at Vienna's more sinister past. The museum's collection is made up of a wide range of items and artefacts that are connected to crime and punishment, such as murderous weapons, break-in tools, and instruments of torture and execution. Also, there are displays on the Vienna police department's history that include the gear and uniforms that officers have worn over the years.
The museum's collection of ‘wanted’ posters, which were once employed by the police to aid in the capture of criminals, is one of its most well-liked displays. The culprits are depicted in-depth in the posters, along with offers of incentives for their capture. The museum's collection of prison cells, which were once used to house criminals awaiting trial or serving sentences, is another well-liked display. Visitors can observe the poor living conditions and small, crowded cells used to house prisoners. Throughout the museum, visitors can also learn about some of Vienna's most notorious criminals, including murderers, thieves, and con artists. Anybody interested in true crime and the history of law enforcement should visit the museum since it provides a distinctive viewpoint on the city's past.
Prince Joseph Schwarzenberg, a prominent military commander and statesman of the Habsburg Empire, had the Palais Schwarzenberg constructed for him in the 18th century. A remarkable example of Baroque architecture, the Palais Schwarzenberg has a massive façade with exquisite decorations and intricate carvings. Beautiful gardens and fountains surround the palace, creating a peaceful haven in the middle of the metropolis.
The Palais Schwarzenberg has contributed significantly to Vienna's political and cultural life throughout its history. Several momentous occasions took place there, including the Congress of Vienna in 1815, which reorganised the political borders of Europe following Napoleon's defeat. Moreover, the palace has served as a location for performances, exhibitions, and other cultural activities. The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art and the Vienna Institute for International Economic Research are just two of the museums and cultural organisations that call the Palais Schwarzenberg home today. The gardens are a favourite location for picnics and relaxing, and it is a popular location for weddings and other special occasions.
Karlskirche, also known as St. Charles's Church, is a baroque-style church that was built in the early 18th century by the architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and his son Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach. Saint Charles Borromeo, an Italian cardinal and archbishop who is remembered for his work in fighting in the plague pandemic, is honoured by the construction of the church. Charles VI, the Holy Roman Empire's emperor, promised to erect a church honouring Saint Charles Borromeo provided the city was spared from the bubonic plague, which led to the church's construction.
Karlskirche's architecture stands out for its fusion of baroque and classical forms, a departure from the more conventional Gothic design that was in vogue at the time. The church has two columns that were modelled after Trajan's Column in Rome and a huge oval-shaped dome. A sizable relief sculpture of Saint Charles Borromeo is one of many sculptures and exquisite decorations that adorn the church's front.
The interior of Karlskirche, which is adorned with gorgeous murals and elaborate stucco work, is one of its most striking characteristics. Johann Michael Rottmayr, an Austrian painter, created the frescoes, which feature scenes from Saint Charles Borromeo's life. Karlskirche is renowned for its exceptional healing capabilities in addition to its significance in terms of architecture and the arts. A tiny chapel honouring Saint Charles Borromeo is located inside the church and is reputed to have healing abilities.
Where to Stay:
Budget Friendly - Kardinal Studios
Kardinal Studios is situated 1.1 miles from the Museum of Military History and 1.6 miles from Kunst Haus Wien - Museum Hundertwasser. Karlskirche is 1.6 miles from the apartment, while Musikverein is 1.6 miles from the property.
Mid-Range - Blackhome Wien I contactless check-in
Blackhome Wien is 0.9 miles from Vienna State Opera and 1 mile from Albertina Museum. Complimentary WiFi is provided throughout the property. Breakfast is available every morning, and includes continental, American and vegetarian options. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Karlskirche, Musikverein and House of Music.
The Eurostars Embassy has a 24-hour front desk where tickets and tours can be arranged. A laundry service is also available, and newspapers are provided each morning. The Rennweg Train Station, with direct connections to the airport, is a 10-minute walk away.