Experience the museums, art, and theater in Vienna!

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.

Known for

Museums, Castles and Cathedrals

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Where to stay in Vienna

Innere Stadt
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Innere Stadt

Museums, Cathedrals, Opera Houses

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 Spanish Riding School, and jump on the metro at Stephansplatz U-Bahn or Herrengasse U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Leopoldstadt
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Leopoldstadt

Romantic, Skyscrapers, Family-Friendly

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Leopoldstadt. Spend some time visiting top spots like Riesenrad, and catch the metro at Praterstern U-Bahn or Vorgartenstrasse U-Bahn to see more of the area.

Mariahilf
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Mariahilf

Shopping, Museums, Theaters

Travelers love Mariahilf for its popular shops, and you can see more of Vienna by jumping on the metro at Zieglergasse U-Bahn or Neubaugasse U-Bahn. You might spend time checking out top sights like Raimund Theater and Mariahilfer Street.

Landstrasse
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Landstrasse

Museums, Cafes, Culture

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Landstrasse. Spend some time visiting top spots like Hundertwasser House Vienna, and catch the metro at Rennweg S-Bahn or Rochusgasse U-Bahn to see more of the area.

Neubau
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Neubau

Museums, Shopping, Culture

Known for its ample dining options and fascinating museums, there's plenty to explore in Neubau. You can visit top attractions like Leopold Museum and Museum of Natural History, and jump on the metro at West U-Bahn or Burggasse-Stadthalle U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Wieden
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Wieden

Museums, Skyscrapers, Shopping

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Wieden. Spend some time visiting top spots like Belvedere, and catch the metro at Taubstummengasse U-Bahn or Mayerhofgasse Station to see more of the area.

Top Hotels in Vienna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Moxy Vienna Airport
3 out of 5
Ausfahrtsstraße 4, Schwechat
$108/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.3/5Excellent! (2,264 reviews)

"Very convenient, clean, and stylish. The staff are friendly and efficient."…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Moxy Vienna Airport
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Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront
4.5 out of 5
Handelskai 269, Vienna, Vienna
$105/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.3/5Excellent! (1,967 reviews)

"The service was excellent. The staff were very accomodating. Dave the concierge person was very knowledgable and helpfull. We specially enjoyed the view of the river. We got the same room as promised. We will definietely come back to this hotel. Close proximity to metro station, shopping center, ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront
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Hotel Imlauer Vienna
4 out of 5
Rotensterngasse 10, Vienna, Vienna
$88/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.3/5Excellent! (2,169 reviews)

"We only stayed one night but the hotel was great. We had a two story room that our kids thought was the best. The room was very clean and staff friendly."…"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Hotel Imlauer Vienna

Popular things to do in Vienna

Vienna State Opera
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Vienna State Opera

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

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

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

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. 

Hofburg Imperial Palace
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Hofburg Imperial Palace

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

Albertina
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Albertina

See original works by Rubens, Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt and many more in this lavish Habsburg residence in Vienna.

Top activities in Vienna

Viennese Mozart Concert
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Viennese Mozart Concert

$56

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.

Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert
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Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert

$50

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.

Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride
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Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride

$88

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.

Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour
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Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour

$60

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.

Vienna City Card
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Vienna City Card

$19

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.

Wine Museum
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Wine Museum

$9

Visit: Esterhazy Palace, Esterhazyplatz 5, Eisenstadt 7000 Austria Ticket to the Wine Museum at Schloss Esterhazy

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