Places to visit in Vienna

When you travel to Vienna, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Vienna, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Vienna to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Vienna things to do can include exploring Vienna attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Vienna's Imperial Palace is one of the biggest palace complexes in the world. The oldest parts date to the 13th century, with construction having continued right into the 20th century. The Imperial Palace was the residence and seat of government of the Habsburg emperors until 1918. Today, it is home to numerous museums with outstanding collections, the Spanish Riding School, a congress center, the seat of the Austrian Federal President as well as the historic Heldenplatz.

Constructed in 1275, the extensive Imperial Palace was the fortress of the Habsburg monarchs, who ruled over Austria - for over six centuries, from 1276 until 1918. This court palace is a major crowd puller monument today, with the incredible museums, Winterreitschule, chapel, royal apartments, a library and the church, which are housed in the palace. This huge complex is constructed in diverse architectural styles from Neo-classic to Gothic and Baroque.

The Parliament building on Vienna's Ringstrasse boulevard is one of the most important buildings of the Historicism period. Theophil Hansen designed it in the style of ancient Greece. Palais Epstein next door is one of the most important palaces on the Ringstrasse boulevard.

Constructed in 1884, this neoclassical architectural wonder houses the Austrian Parliament. It is the main monument along the famous Ringstrasse Boulevard – the boulevard surrounds the Vienna’s inner city.

An amusement park for many, place of nostalgic dreams for some, oasis of greenery for almost everyone – and the location of the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of Vienna’s most famous symbols. The Vienna Prater is in season from March to October. But the world-famous Giant Ferris Wheel and a few other attractions are open all year round.

It will be a welcome respite for the kids to enjoy the irresistible rides in this amusement park, especially the Ferris ride in which they can view the city from a height of nearly 200 ft.

St. Stephen's Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria

The impressive Stephansdom is located in the heart of Vienna. Constructed in the 15th century, the Gothic south tower of St. Stephan’s Cathedral touches the skyline of Vienna.

Vienna’s exciting art complex near the Imperial Palace offers not only renowned museums such as the Leopold Museum, with its numerous works by Schiele, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kunsthalle: a lively array of restaurants, cafes and bars make this museum district even more attractive.

Surrounding a magnificent central courtyard, this huge complex is a bunch of museums, which was earlier an enormous compound for the ancient royal stables. These museums represent the true culture and history of Vienna.

The Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) was built in 1891 near the Imperial Palace to house the extensive collections of the imperial family. With its vast array of eminent works and the largest Bruegel collection in the world, it is considered one of the most eminent museums in the world.

Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is celebrated for its largest collection of paintings in the world. Besides the striking collection of brilliant paintings, it is also home to the rare, vintage and antique artifacts from Egypt and even ancient artifacts.

The Belvedere is not only a magnificent Baroque palace but also houses one of Austria's most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. The gardens of the Belvedere are a highlight of Baroque landscape architecture. A reflecting pool was created in front of the place, in which the building's facade is reflected. The large terraces with ponds connect the Upper to the Lower Belvedere.

Established in 1754 by the Empress Maria Theresa, this renowned botanical garden draws a lot of tourist attention, due to its plant variety and picturesque landscape. It spreads over 900 hectares of land with more than 9000 forms of plant species. During your visit to this botanical garden, don’t forget to visit the nearby Alpine Garden, which offers another inimitable experience.

If you are looking for the ideal place for a souvenir photo, then Vienna's Stadtpark is the spot - at the foot of the golden Johann Strauss memorial, one of the world's most photographed monuments. The park was opened in 1862, following the demolition of the old city wall and the construction of the Ringstrabe, and was Vienna's first public park.

Originated in the middle of the 19th century, Stadtpark is the stunning public park situated along the main boulevard, Ringstrasse. Besides being an impressive park with lush green paths, this park is well-known due to the Memorial of Johann Strauss placed here.

If you are looking for a place to take a break in the center of Vienna, you can visit one of the beautiful inner-city parks at any time. It’s well worth it: Finally, around 400 types of rose in full bloom await you in the spring in the Volksgarten alone.

Situated in the vicinity of the Royal Palace of Vienna, this nature-friendly public park was formed between 1820 and 1823.

Friedrich von Schmidt, who had been the architect of the Cathedral of Cologne, designed and built Vienna's City Hall, the most important secular building in the neo-Gothic style in the city, between 1872 and 1883. Numerous events are held inside and in front of City Hall. One of the most important and best known is without doubt the Life Ball, which is held every year in May. Numerous other balls are also organized in this wonderful building each year. Starting in November, the Advent Market in front of City Hall creates the right atmosphere in the run-up to Christmas. And from January to March, City Hall Square and City Hall Park transform into the most beautiful skating rink in the world.

Besides being famous for the awe-inspiring amusement park and its giant wheel, Prater is home to a wealthy range of natural green havens like squares of woodlands; brooks and fields, where you can relax secluded from the maddening crowd.

The Albertina not only has the largest and most valuable graphical collections in the world, with works such as Dürer’s "Hare" and Klimt's studies of women. Its latest exhibition collection presents masterpieces of the Modern, spanning Monet to Picasso and Baselitz. As the largest Habsburg residential palace, the Albertina dominates the southern tip of the Imperial Palace on one of the last remaining fortress walls in Vienna

This is yet another culturally prominent site since it is home to a splendid collection of explicit arts that includes works of legendary artists like Durer, Michelangelo, and Rubens.

Schonbrunn Palace is one of Europe's most beautiful Baroque complexes and has been in the possession of the Habsburgs since 1569. The former summer residence of the Habsburgs impresses with imperial ceremonial rooms and magnificent gardens. Maria Theresa, Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeth and others once resided here

Situated opposite Looshaus and the Michaelerkirche (oldest church of Vienna), Schonbrunn Palace is an elaborate square subjugated by the Michaelertor, a majestic arcade leading to the heart of the Hofburg. In the middle of the square is an open courtyard with the Medieval and Roman remnants.

Cyclists have long known the Vienna Woods to be a biking paradise. A highlight for beginners and advanced skiers is the Hohe Wand Wiese Trailcenter.

Kahlenberg, the tallest of Vienna’s landmark hills, is not only perfect cycling territory; right at the top it has the largest treetop climbing center in eastern Austria. 150 obstacles divided into three levels of difficulty and reaching dizzying heights of up to 20 meters ensure that the fun never ends. Adventurous souls can also be seen zooming through the air on flying foxes while they lap up the breathtaking views of the city in the distance. And after all that physical activity, the neighboring Josefinenhütte offers welcome respite with classic local and seasonal dishes and a charming interior.

Vienna offers one more attraction for water sports aficionados: the country’s first artificial white water route meeting international standards, for professional athletes and popular sports enthusiasts

Schonbrunn Zoo in Vienna is the world’s oldest zoo still in existence and has already been voted Europe’s best zoo on four occasions. Each year more than two million visitors come to see the panda baby, newborn elephants and many other rare animals.

The location is historical; the ambiance is modern: Go on a journey through the centuries in the vaulted ceilings of St. Michael’s monastery on Habsburgergasse. Your trip begins in a 5D cinema that takes visitors back to the age of Roman Vienna. The program also includes the Black Death in Vienna with plagues of rats (experienced up close!) and the second Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683.

They are just as much a part of Vienna as St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Giant Ferris Wheel: the fiakers. For many tourists, a ride with the two-horse carriage is one of the highlights. There is almost no cozier way to explore Vienna’s attractions.

Viennese cuisine is the only type of cooking in the world that is named after a city. Vienna is also the only metropolis in the world that grows enough wine within city limits to be worth mentioning. The Viennese coffee house is known around the globe for its informal pleasantness, as an oasis of gemutlichkeit. No wonder that the bistro, wine tavern and cafe are the foundational pillars of Vienna’s culture of food pleasures in all its enticing variety.

The Viennese like things simple and pleasant. So Viennese bistros are nice and comfortable. As long as we can remember, these restaurants have been serving up solid, tasty home cooking from schnitzels to goulash, liver with herbs in butter to Kaiserschmarren, a kind of shredded pancakes. This consistency has led to a renaissance of the bistro culture that has recently been celebrated in familiar restaurants such as the Ubl, Gasthaus Wolf and Glacis Beisl as well as the renowned Wirten am Eck'.

The enjoyment of a good drop of wine crafted from the 700 hectares of Viennese vineyards is not limited to these places. The most exclusive local restaurants have long featured Viennese Riesling and Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder). And the Wiener Gemischter Satz. This specialty, which was even awarded the DAC seal of quality recently, involves growing the grapes of at least three different white wine varieties and pressing them together. Especially the guests at the heurige enjoy young and old Viennese wines along with the hearty delicacies from the buffet. These romantic and cozy taverns can be found by the dozen in the wine villages at the edge of the city such as Grinzing and Nussdorf.

The Viennese coffee house has been an oasis of gemutlichkeit for ages. And since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house has even belonged to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO. Traditional cafes such as the Central, Landtmann, Museum and Demel entice with a wide variety of coffee drinks, international newspapers and pastry creations. Modern representatives of the genre, such as the "Drechsler", "Balthasar" and "Supersense", enhance the tradition with stylish flair. A close relative of the cafe is the pastry shop. Their specialty, pies and cakes, are the icing on Vienna's dolce vita in the form of Bundt cake and sachertorte. Chocolatiers such as "Xocolat", "Fruth" and "Bluhendes Konfekt" also offer sweet temptation. In Vienna too, gourmet temples are at one end of the pleasure scale – such as the Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant, the restaurant of Konstantin Filippou or Steirereck im Stadtpark, which ranks 14th in the "World's 50 Best". And at the other end, you can find... fast food! However, with a special Viennese twist: A trip to the wurst stand, especially after visiting the ball, and sometimes after a concert or the opera, is quite the custom.

The city serves up a cornucopia of different taste experiences, from hearty to organic and ethnic. Offerings that are often ideally combined with a surprising ambience: No matter whether you're dining with a view in "Das Loft" restaurant in the Jean Novel Tower on the Danube Canal or having a drink in the "American Bar" once furnished by the architecture innovator Adolf Loos: the show and taste experience go hand in hand.

You’ll find epicurean delights in every corner of the city on the Danube. Nevertheless, some quarters are especially tempting to gourmets by offering an enormous variety in a small area. Such is the case with the Naschmarkt. This highly fascinating Viennese market serves up exotic offerings from around the world and boasts of a number of must-visit gastronomical establishments in the market and surrounding streets, from the ON Market to the Amacord. Trendy pubs, such as "Wetter" and "An-Do" entice at the Brunnen and Yppen markets, while round the corner at the Karmeliter market, the "Marktlucke" and "Pizza Mari" have been the topic of conversation for quite a while. Other culinary spots worth experiencing are the dining districts on the Spittelberg, in the Servitenviertel, around Margaretenplatz and in the Freihausviertel . A host of culinary events – from the Genussfestival in the Stadtpark to the Vienna Wine Hiking Day to the Snail Festival and special restaurant weeks – add further gustatory pleasures to the mix of delicacies.

The Viennese nightlife is all about parties with music of the highest quality. Electronic music from Vienna is known for creating an international sensation - and with good reason. The parties range from chic to underground. Clubs such as Flex have already attained cult status. But cool music is not only played in Vienna’s clubs and discos. The city’s scene also meets to “hang out” in coffee houses and bistros, in former cinemas or on the Naschmarkt. The people to be found in these places are as colorful as what’s on offer.

Numerous music festivals are dedicated to specific genres just waiting to be disovered: The Accordion Festival presents the amazing diversity of the instrument, Vienna Blues Spring is the world’s longest-running blues festival, the Africa Days present world music, and Wien im Rosenstolz the Wienerlied. The KlezMore Festival is all about Jewish klezmer music, the Vienna Jazzfloor invites visitors to a hundred concerts in nine of the city’s clubs, while Voice Mania is totally committed to a-cappella music. The pop festival brings the newest trends in Austrian music to the stage on Karlsplatz. The soundtrack for the Gürtel Nightwalk is laid down by bands at the vanguard of the indie and electronic scene. The Danube Island Festival – Europe’s largest openair party – pulls in around three million visitors each year, with acts from a host of genres on the billing. Vienna's club festival Waves Vienna presents over 100 live acts between Alternative, Electronic and Rock on three days.

Vienna has its own very special note. And not just when it comes to music. When it comes to shopping, Vienna has something to offer everyone. From large fashion chains to small boutiques, from elegant flagship stores to famous brands. The city is best discovered on an extended shopping tour.

The stores of Vienna's shopping streets are generally open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. -6.30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or 6 p.m., malls are often open until 8 p.m. On Sundays and public holidays you can make your purchases at souvenir shops, museum shops, at railroad stations and at Vienna Airport.

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