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The charming capital of Austria has classical music theaters, Old World coffeehouses and palaces, a historic zoo and modern nightclubs and galleries.

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.

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Where to stay in Vienna

St. Stephen\'s Cathedral featuring a church or cathedral, a city and religious elements

Innere Stadt

5/5Exceptional!(1,255 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and stunning cathedral, there's plenty to explore in Innere Stadt. Check out top attractions like St. Stephen's Cathedral and Stephansplatz, and jump on the metro at Stephansplatz U-Bahn or Herrengasse U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Innere Stadt
Wiener Prater which includes landscape views, a city and a square or plaza

Leopoldstadt

4.5/5Wonderful!(363 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Wiener Prater while getting to know Leopoldstadt, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Praterstern U-Bahn or Vorgartenstrasse U-Bahn to see more of the area.

Leopoldstadt
There are many palaces, museums and beautiful architectures in Vienna but I must say St. Charles Church is easily my favorite of them all. It is probably because of the pool that is sitting right in front of it which gives you this beautiful reflection, and who doesn't love a good reflection?
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Wieden

4.5/5Wonderful!(187 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Wieden. If sightseeing is on the list, Belvedere is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Taubstummengasse U-Bahn or Mayerhofgasse Station to see more of the area.

Wieden
Viennese City Park featuring a garden, flowers and signage

Landstrasse

4.5/5Wonderful!(200 area reviews)

Travelers choose Landstrasse for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Rennweg S-Bahn or Rochusgasse U-Bahn and check out top sights like Hundertwasser House Vienna.

Landstrasse
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Favoriten

4/5Very Good!(183 area reviews)

Travelers choose Favoriten for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Alaudagasse Station or Neulaa Station and check out top sights like Vienna Twin Tower.

Favoriten
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Neubau

4.5/5Wonderful!(114 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Neubau. Top attractions like Mariahilfer Street and Leopold Museum are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Burggasse-Stadthalle U-Bahn or Volkstheater U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Neubau

Top Hotels in Vienna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
The price is $94 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ernst Happel Stadium, Hundertwasser House Vienna, and Wiener Prater. Belvedere and St. Stephen's ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,292 reviews)

"Nice and clean hotel, 2 min walk to main terminal."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
3 out of 5
Schiffamtsgasse 15, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $50 per night

Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Schwedenplatz, St. Stephen's Cathedral, and Stephansplatz. Spanish Riding School and Hofburg Imperial ...

4.1/5Very Good! (973 reviews)

"Great location and value, wonderful staff. Beds are comfortable and clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020

MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier
25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier
4 out of 5
Lerchenfelder Strasse 1-3, Vienna, Vienna
The price is $126 per night

Located in Neubau, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vienna City Hall Area, Museum of Natural History, and Austrian Parliament Building. Museumsquartier ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"Fantastic location and delightful staff who made our stay extremely welcoming and enjoyable."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier

Getting around Vienna

Vienna has an efficient public transportation system. Renting a car can therefore be an unnecessary expense. The tram, underground, commuter rail and bus networks are all operated by Wiener Linien, meaning you can buy a single ticket to cover multiple modes of transportation. Choose from one-day, two-day and three-day options. Metered taxis and miles of bike paths offer other travel alternatives. Visit the Wiener Linien website.Browse Vienna rental cars.

Best time to visit

Vienna is most popular in the summer, when the sun shines most days and temperatures are high but rarely far into the 80s F (20s C). However, high season does bring bigger crowds. Choose a quieter vacation by visiting in April or May, or in September or October. At these times of the year, expect mild, sunny days with temperatures in the 60s F (15-20 C). The evenings will be cooler, and you will sometimes need a jacket.

Popular places to visit in Vienna

Vienna State Opera
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Vienna State Opera

4.5/5(796 reviews)

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

Schoenbrunn Palace
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Schoenbrunn Palace

4.5/5(1,035 reviews)

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.

St. Stephen's Cathedral
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St. Stephen's Cathedral

4.5/5(1,129 reviews)

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

Belvedere
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Belvedere

4.5/5(731 reviews)

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. 

Spanish Riding School
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Spanish Riding School

4.5/5(298 reviews)

Learn about the history of Spanish Riding School, a well-known monument in Vienna. Discover the area's acclaimed theater scene and stunning cathedral.

Hofburg Imperial Palace
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Hofburg Imperial Palace

4.5/5(814 reviews)

Browse splendid museums and opulent rooms and visit theaters and equestrian shows in this historic residential estate of the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

Top things to do in Vienna

Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

$27
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride
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Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride

$95
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna
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Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna

$89
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour
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Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour

$61
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat
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Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat

$84
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line:Concert in Vienna's St. Anne's Church:Mozart,Beethoven,or Schubert
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Skip the Line:Concert in Vienna's St. Anne's Church:Mozart,Beethoven,or Schubert

$29
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Vienna

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 13, 2020

Everything was close and easy to get to.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Great city, wishing soon and full recovery from the pandemic.

5/5 - Excellent

Andre

Mar 17, 2020

Perfect place for romantic shopping with your girlfriend. Surprise her with an elegant and classy proposal at the Schonbrunn Palace :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

One of the most beautiful cities that I have ever visited.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 16, 2020

This is possibly the best city in Europe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

We loved the ease of using public transport and the cleanliness of the stations. The coffee shops were great - very welcoming places to hang out. Art museums were amazing!! I would rate this trip to Vienna as one of the best vacations I ever took!

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