What to do in Vienna

Activities, attractions and tours
Belvedere featuring heritage architecture, a castle and a park

Vienna Attractions

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Make sure your Vienna tours include a glimpse of some of the most incredible architecture in the world. The Schonbrunn Palace, the Hofburg Palace, and St. Stephen's Cathedral list only a few of the best spots in Austria. Burgtheater and Belvedere are two more must see places when you choose your top Vienna activities. Don't soley rely on a map. As you wander through this great city, be sure to turn to local experts for their recommendation, if you prefer an insight to local life over the tourist-version of a trip to Vienna. For a really unique experience, visit Hundertwasserhaus, built as a tribute to Expressionist artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. This interesting building of several stories resembles a collage of colors. It is sure to make you wonder what else could be hiding around the corner of this old, European city.

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Vienna must see attractions

1. Vienna State Opera

Enjoy an evening performance in the Vienna State Opera, one of the most respected opera houses in the world, or come here during the day to tour the grand building. Admire the Renaissance-style facade and the gilded interior with symbolic statues and mesmerizing tapestries.
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Vienna State Opera featuring interior views and heritage architecture as well as an individual femail

2. Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is one of Austria’s largest Rococo buildings; each year millions of people visit the internationally recognized world heritage site. Admire the luxurious decor of the apartments belonging to Franz Jozeph, Maria Theresa and other Austrian aristocracy. Then take a stroll in the vast Baroque park behind the palace. Children will love the 18th-century maze and zoo.
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Schoenbrunn Palace which includes heritage architecture, a city and a castle

3. St. Stephen's Cathedral

A prominent feature in the Vienna skyline is the needle-like South Tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. As you approach it, the cathedral’s glazed-tiled roof reveals its many colors. Inside you’ll find a fabulous array of religious artworks.
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St. Stephen\'s Cathedral showing a sunset, heritage architecture and landscape views

4. Hofburg Imperial Palace

From the impressive showroom in the National Library to the shining objects in its treasury, the Hofburg Imperial Palace is full of ornaments, architectural and artistic masterpieces and history. Visit to see the luxury in which Austria’s Habsburg family lived for 600 years and learn more about these powerful rulers.
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Hofburg Imperial Palace showing a city, heritage elements and heritage architecture

5. Prater

Visit the Weiner Prater and enjoy spectacular views across Vienna from the top of its iconic Riesenrad (Giant Wheel). Back on the ground you can choose between nostalgic merry-go-rounds, high-adrenaline roller coasters and over 250 more attractions in the Wurstelprater. This amusement park lies within the larger Wiener Prater park, which also contains a planetarium and Madame Tussauds wax museum.
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Wiener Prater featuring a city

6. Belvedere

Make your way up the gentle slope through the manicured gardens of the Belvedere historic complex to be rewarded with some of the best views across Vienna. Within the walls of its two impressive Baroque palaces you can see opulent rooms and famous works by Gustav Klimt and other European masters.
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Belvedere which includes a pond and heritage architecture

7. Stephansplatz

Visit Stephansplatz in the center of Vienna and enjoy a square that buzzes with activity day and night. Choose a café and spend an hour or so watching the world go by or visit two of the city’s most prominent buildings; St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Haas-Haus.
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Stephansplatz showing a city

What to do in Vienna

Things to Do in Vienna with Kids

There's fun for all the family wherever you wander in Vienna. Here are a few family friendly experiences you can do together that are bound to make your getaway unforgettable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Vienna on a sunny day?
What to do in Vienna on a rainy day?
Try out one or two of these great indoor activities and turn a miserable, rainy day into something memorable:

What is Vienna famous for?
Schoenbrunn Palace lives up to its reputation as an iconic attraction you simply can’t miss.
What should I not miss in Vienna?
Put these things at the top of your to-do list to get the most out of your trip:

  • Vienna State Opera
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Belvedere
  • Spanish Riding School

Are there cheap things to do in Vienna?
What can you do in Vienna for free?
You could store your cash in the hotel safe for the day, because these fabulous attractions can be seen for nothing:

  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Viennese City Park
  • Vienna Christmas Market
  • Naschmarkt

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