Vienna

Travel Guide
Belvedere showing a castle, a park and a fountain

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.

Where to stay in Vienna

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront
Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront
4.5 out of 5
Handelskai 269, Vienna, 1020
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The price is $106 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Vienna. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (984 reviews)
"Property was nice, clean staff was ok, wish they would've accommodate a Danube river view room ."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria, 1300
The price is $137 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Schwechat. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,022 reviews)
"It is typical airport hotel don’t expect too much from it , walkable ( next door ) to terminal and train station"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
5 out of 5
Schubertring 5-7, Hotelerrichtungs- und Hotelbetriebs GmbH, Vienna, Vienna, 1010
The price is $274 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Vienna. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (451 reviews)
"Perfect location. Outstanding service and staff. I highly recommend this hotel."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
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SMARTments business Wien Hauptbahnhof
SMARTments business Wien Hauptbahnhof
3 out of 5
Gertrude-Fröhlich-Sandner-Straße 15, Vienna, Vienna, 1100
The price is $65 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Vienna. Enjoy free WiFi, a Smart TV, and satellite TV. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (910 reviews)
"Smartment is in a great location and has a great bathroom. They need instructions on how to operate the stove and refrigerator (it was turned off). The international channels were terrible (could they be turned off because of the pandemic?) with many shopping networks."

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

SMARTments business Wien Hauptbahnhof
JOYN Vienna - Serviced Apartments
JOYN Vienna - Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
Karl-Popper-Straße 6, Vienna, 1100
The price is $143 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Vienna. Enjoy free WiFi, a business center, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (102 reviews)
"Lovely spaceous modern appartement close to the main station in Vienna. Easy contactless check in after hours"

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

JOYN Vienna - Serviced Apartments
Adina Apartment Hotel Vienna Belvedere
Adina Apartment Hotel Vienna Belvedere
4 out of 5
Canettistrasse 3, Vienna, 1100
The price is $110 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Vienna. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Vienna State Opera and St. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (79 reviews)
"Very clean and near public transport"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Adina Apartment Hotel Vienna Belvedere
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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.

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