Things to do in Vienna

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1. Vienna Christmas Market

When you visit Vienna Christmas Market, a popular shopping spot in Vienna, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Experience the area's fascinating museums and acclaimed art scene.
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When you visit Vienna Christmas Market, a popular shopping spot in Vienna, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Experience the area's fascinating museums and acclaimed art scene.

2. 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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See a performance, visit the nearby opera museum or simply admire the architecture in one of the world’s most revered opera houses.

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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Inspiring designs, religious artworks, intriguing legends and great views are featured in the city’s prominent Gothic building, the seat of Vienna’s archbishop.

4. Naschmarkt

The locals call the popular Naschmarkt “Vienna’s stomach,” because this traditional market is all about food. Stroll past the food stalls and pick from locally produced bread, fruits and vegetables, organic meats or cheeses or satisfy your hunger on the spot at one of the many food outlets. Take your pick from Austrian or international cuisines with a simple fried snack or more refined delicatessen.
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Visit Vienna’s oldest, largest and most popular market and enjoy the tastes of the freshly picked produce and mouthwatering snacks from the food carts and bars.

5. Museumsquartier

Visit the MuseumsQuartier (MQ) and enjoy the striking contrast between the classical Baroque buildings and daring modern streetscape that coexist in this art complex. Spend a morning browsing one of the country’s finest collections of classical art or see works by modern greats such as Picasso and Andy Warhol. Once you’ve visited some of the galleries, relax on abstract benches or have coffee in one of the many fashionable cafés or restaurants.
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View modern and classic art collections, browse the shops and admire the innovative designs in this art complex with over 70 attractions and facilities.

6. Schoenbrunn 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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Visit the world’s oldest zoo, find your way through an 18th-century maze or take a tour around the opulent summer castle of Austria’s former ruling family.

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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Vienna’s geographic heart buzzes with street performers, horse-drawn carriages and a procession of shoppers, sightseers and seekers of perfect coffee.

8. Wiener 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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Ride the famous Ferris wheel or a roller coaster at one of the longest-running amusement parks in the world or simply enjoy a walk in the surrounding park.

What to do in Vienna

Free Things to Do in Vienna

Leave your wallet in the hotel room. It's a snap to have fun in Vienna without surrendering a penny.

Circus and Clown Museum

- Filled with exhibits and objects, this gallery is a wonderland for hungry minds.

Nouvel Tower

- Architecture fan or not, prepare to be impressed by this landmark's modern design.

University of Vienna

- Wander around this historic place and find out a couple of secrets from times past.


- Mingle with some locals and seek out the true character and soul of this wonderful place.


- Take a deep breath — nothing tops being beside the water for some peace and relaxation.

Vienna Christmas Market

- Allow some time to check out this site of local significance.


- Throw a little spirituality into your getaway by visiting this sacred place.


- Bring along your camera and let Mother Nature spark a sense of wonder in you.


- Cultivate your green thumb and enjoy admiring the many and varied plants on display.

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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