The capital city of Austria, Vienna hosted 16.5 million tourists last year and numbers are sure to grow as the years go on with its vast amount of attractions, beautiful architecture and culture. With easy access to the city either by car or by flight to its international airport, it makes a great long weekend getaway with very little stress. The only headache left is sorting through what to do! So here at ixploring.com, we have found 20 must-see attractions while in Vienna to give you the only thing left to do, enjoy your break in the Austrian capital! So lets begin…
Head up Danube tower for the viewsEmbed from Getty Images
Take a ride up the elevator to the top of Danube tower and grab a drink, food and take in panoramic views of Vienna as the tower rotates. At 252 metres tall and free entry with your Vienna City Pass, this is definitely worth a visit.
Wien museum Mozart apartmentEmbed from Getty Images
Next on the list is a museum that celebrates part of Austria’s history and one very famous musician in particular. Located in the centre of Vienna and full of interesting facts on Mozart’s life as this is where he spent a large part of his adult life. Entry is reasonable or free with the city pass and the location is easily accessible by foot, so music fan or not, it is definitely worth a visit.
Hike Kahlenberg mountainEmbed from Getty Images
Something you don’t expect to find on a city guide… Hiking Kahlenberg mountain offers adventure and great exercise and a rewarding view from the top. Located just outside the city, climb to gain great panoramic views from the viewing terrace at the top. Plus, on the way back down during the hike, visit cute villages such as Grinzing and stop off at the vineyards and try some of what they have to offer… just not too much because you still have more of a hike to go from here! Makes a great countryside day out with views of this spectacular city.
Visit Belvedere palaceEmbed from Getty Images
Located in the south of Vienna, this stunning palace and gardens is not only a great backdrop to any picture but a great place to visit. Made up of several buildings and gardens and hosting art galleries, a museum and exhibitions, it is easy to spend a great afternoon at Belvedere palace. A great visit for the whole family.
Have a wonder through the NaschmarktEmbed from Getty Images
Head to this riverside market and browse Austrian (and worldwide) produce. Naschmarkt gives a great riverside walk a cultural feel and why not grab lunch from one of the many small restaurants in the market while you are here? This well-established market (from 1793) is worth a visit and gives your city walk a bit of a twist.
Get a thrill at Prater (Funfair)Embed from Getty Images
Whether its just for the walk, food and atmosphere or whether its for the thrill of the rides, Prater in Vienna is a great place to head to for an evening while you are in Vienna. With rides at a reasonable cost, the great atmosphere coming from all ages and the unique Ferris wheel (which you may recognise from several films, including James Bond!), Prater is definitely a worthwhile visit. Why not do something different.. book dinner on the Ferris wheel? great views and food combined!
Take a river cruise on the DanubeEmbed from Getty Images
A great way to spend an afternoon or evening in Vienna. Whether thats taking a sight-seeing tour up the Danube or having dinner on a river boat, there are many tour operators in Vienna to cater for your needs. So if seeing the city from the water is something you think you would enjoy… or looking to spend romantic time with a loved on is part of the trip… then a river cruise on the Danube is something you will not regret.
Visit bars along the canalEmbed from Getty Images
Walking along the Danube, you will come across some great cafes, restaurants and bars and in the summer, you will even find beach bars (Yes, with sand!). On a summer evening, sit out with a drink and watch the city from the banks of the Danube or enjoy the great views having a few drinks with friends or loved ones… want to try something different? Try bars such as Badeschiff Wien, who not only sell great cocktails, have an on site pool where you can go for a quick swim. Visiting in the summer? take to the deck chairs and have a few drinks on Vienna’s man made beaches. In Vienna, theres bars for everyone and they all come with an amazing atmosphere!
Schönbrunn ZooEmbed from Getty Images
Fancy something different? Looking for an activity with the family? Lover of animals? Schönbrunn Zoo has over 700 species of animal and has something for everyone. With reasonable entry costs, this is definitely a great visit while in Vienna. Plus from here, you can catch a train to view all of Schönbrunn’s grounds from the zoo to the palace and more.
Visit Swarovski kristallwelten (Crystal World) storeEmbed from Getty Images
Lover of Swarovski or just all things crystal… maybe you just like shopping… then here will be an absolute treat for you. Located in the heart of Vienna, Swarovski Kristallwelten Store is several floors of crystals, crystals and more crystals! If it can be made out of Swarovski crystals, this store has it! So whether its looking for a treat for yourself or for souvenirs for others, this Austrian-born brand has you covered.
Take a walk around the RingstrasseEmbed from Getty Images
This circular ring road circles the Innere Stadt district in Vienna and is a great way to see many tourist attractions while getting exercise at the same time in such a beautiful location. Sights that can be seen while walking ‘the ring’ include the town hall (Rathaus), the national theatre, parliament, the opera house and many more. As well as the tourist attractions, enjoy the beauty of Vienna, its amazing architecture and stop off at traditional coffeehouses on route for that well deserved rest. For people that would rather see it without the walk, Vienna has you covered. There is a sight-seeing tram that circles the Ringstrasse which can be used with your city card or for a very reasonable fee.
Visit the Austrian National LibraryEmbed from Getty Images
Found in the Neue Burg Wing of the Hofburg, this library is the largest in Austria with over 12 million items. This landmark is floor to ceiling high with books and the State hall’s architecture is regularly referenced to being some of the best in the world and draws in many tourists daily. With free entry with your city pass and exhibitions available, make sure you don’t miss the National Library when visiting Vienna.
Eat the street foodEmbed from Getty Images
In many parts of the city, you will find food vans lining the streets, give them a try because the food is great! From Kebaps, Wursts, Falafel much more… these food stalls create an inexpensive yet great way to grab dinner and take a walk through the city. Need a recommendation, Kebap! It is one million times better (and probably healthier) than from most other places i have tried.
Visit Karlsplatz Metro StationEmbed from Getty Images
Next is Karlsplatz, a metro station in Vienna well-known for its Jugendstil architecture and visited more for its looks over its practicality. Built in 1898, the entrance is a work of art itself and orchestrated by well-known designer Otto Wagner – Plus, inside you will find an exhibition dedicated to the designer himself. Karlsplatz is a great visit as part of your tour of Vienna and the exhibition is free with your city pass.
Explore MuseumsQuartierEmbed from Getty Images
Set in central Vienna and home to over 60 attractions from museums, the arts, music and more… MuseumsQuartier is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon while adding culture to your city break. Either book a tour or freestyle and plan your own itinerary, both options will leave you with great memories. An added bonus is you don’t have to go far for food and drink as you will find that here too! A great atmosphere and a great visit. Pre-book your tickets online for the best prices.
Take a guided tour of the Spanish Riding SchoolEmbed from Getty Images
Located on Michaelerplatz, the Spanish riding school has been going continuously for over 450 years and is a popular tourist attraction in Vienna and part of the cities tradition. There are plenty of tours available from taking a tour of where they are trained to watching them in action. So whether you want to see a different side to Vienna’s culture, you love horses or just fancy something different, for how inexpensive a tour is, it is well worth checking out.
Use E-Scooters to see the cityEmbed from Getty Images
Found on almost every sidewalk in the city and at approximately 15 Cents a minute (0.13 Euros), these scooters are hired via a mobile app and a quick and easy way to get round the city, and when you have finished, lock the scooter and carry on your day – easy! These are a great help if you have a lot on your itinerary and only a weekend to see it in! P.s. These are definitely for all ages, i have seen 7 year olds and 70 year olds using these so don’t think they are just for children!
Visit Hofburg PalaceEmbed from Getty Images
This grand building situated in the centre of the Austrian capital is home to many tourist attractions and some even higher up on the list. Inside you will find the library, the riding school, the Burgtheater, the treasury, a chapel and much more. Admire the architecture on the outside and explore within. A great visit and plenty to do to keep yourself engaged all afternoon and with its great location, you are just around the corner from shops, restaurants and many more tourist attractions. So if you are in need of a culture fix, we definitely recommend you stop here!
Something different? visit Hundertwasser VillageEmbed from Getty Images
Another part of Vienna’s culture and the creation of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, you have Hundertwasserhaus and Hundertwasser Village. Firstly, Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment building made by Friedensreich which was made famous because of the unusual architecture, colours and lack of straight lines! Across the road you have Hundertwasser Village, an old factory that was transformed by the artist and is now home to a village square, shops, cafes, exhibits and even has a forest on the roof! Edgy! Definitely worth a visit if you are looking for something different.
Time to relax at Therme WienEmbed from Getty Images
With over 25 naturally heated pools, saunas, massages, steam rooms, aroma rooms, a playground for the kids, an outdoors area for the summer months and much more available, Therme Wien is a fantastic place to come and unwind after a hard day of being a tourist! Open till 8, Europe’s biggest city spa is a popular place for locals and tourists alike and you can see why with the facilities they have. Check out full details of the spa and prices HERE. If that hasn’t sold it to you, the spa even has a library and cinema!
So that concludes our top 20 list, but that does not mean there are not many more things to do in this magnificent city and trust us, once you visit, you will be back! Hope this helps and get booking through ixploring.com today! Any questions? Need tips or advice? Just contact us and we will be happy to help. Otherwise, take a look at some fantastic tours on offer in Vienna below for your next travel!
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