Explore the “City of Music” on the Donau (Danube River). Dine in classy restaurants, dance in modern clubs and investigate the local arts scene. Step back in time and see splendid palaces from numerous architectural eras with impressive fountains, parks and monuments.
Wien (Vienna) has been Austria’s capital since the end of World War I, but before that it was the capital of the Habsburg Empire for over six centuries. In the new Vienna, popular culture thrives, but you can still find a wealth of history and tradition in the classic heritage buildings, parks and coffeehouses.
From November until March, when the weather is cold, a stay in Vienna involves browsing the many museums and visiting cozy restaurants to try traditional sweet or hearty dishes, such as Wiener Schnitzel and Sachertorte dessert.
You can’t miss Vienna’s Hofburg Imperial Palace. Step inside to see the riches of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed less than a century ago. While in the complex, also visit the Albertina, one of the world’s most important art galleries, and the stylish MuseumsQuartier, a cultural gathering hub.
The Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum), the Rathaus (Vienna City Hall) and Vienna State Opera are other popular cultural attractions are all located in the Innere Stadt (Old Town). This historic center is bounded by the Donau (Danube River) to the east and the loop of the Ringstraße (Circling Street). Vienna’s excellent public transportation system makes venturing outside this area easy too.
See Klimt’s paintings in the Burgtheater, Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) or the Belvedere. Families will love the Schönbrunn Palace, which houses the oldest zoo in the world.
Many influential composers, amazing artists and great thinkers have called Vienna home, so you’ll find references to creative geniuses like Strauss, Mahler, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Freud and Klimt everywhere. Many of them are interred in the Central Cemetery, which is testament to Vienna’s fame as a powerhouse for the arts.
Museums, Castles and Cathedrals
See a performance, visit the nearby opera museum or simply admire the architecture in one of the world’s most revered opera houses.
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.
Inspiring designs, religious artworks, intriguing legends and great views are featured in the city’s prominent Gothic building, the seat of Vienna’s archbishop.
See masterpieces by Klimt, Monet, and Van Gogh and enjoy exceptional city views at this former imperial complex with gardens, stables and two Baroque palaces.
Browse splendid museums and opulent rooms and visit theaters and equestrian shows in this historic residential estate of the powerful Habsburg dynasty.
See original works by Rubens, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt and many more in this lavish Habsburg residence in Vienna.
Travel back in time and visualize the days of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With period costumes and wigs, this performance—at some of the most magnificent halls in Vienna—transports you to the memorable Baroque era.
An elegant evening classical concert of musical masterpieces by composers Mozart and Strauss awaits you at the world-famous Schönbrunn Palace. Delight in the sounds that flood the sophisticated surroundings of the palace's Orangery as you embark on a musical journey with the Palace Orchestra and Ensemble.
Follow the meandering Danube River into intriguing history and legend: the Wachau Region. Marvel at the picture-perfect Benedictine Abbey in Melk - a pearl of Austrian baroque architecture perched atop a hill overlooking the river.
Discover Vienna's most visited attractions on a skip-the-line tour that takes you to the opulent imperial residence at Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer home of the Habsburg monarchs.
Feel free to explore Austria's capital city at your own pace with the Vienna City Card. Enjoy an unlimited number of journeys on Vienna's public transport system and get countless discounts at museums, tourist attractions, and much more, for the duration of your stay (max.
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