Top 10 sights
Top 10 things to do in Vienna
Vienna still bears the hallmarks of historic opulence, proudly displaying some of the most exquisite architecture in Europe, as well as many of Austria's top attractions. Here are the best things to see and do between your sausage and schnitzel!
1. Hofburg Palace
Vienna's ornate Imperial Palace was the center of the Habsburg dynasty's power for seven centuries! Visit its chapel on Sundays for High Mass to see the Vienna Boys' Choir perform.
2. Schönbrunn Palace
The picturesque grounds of Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs' former summer home, boast a gloriette, palm house, zoo, and even artificial Roman ruins. Few tours offer so much bang for your buck!
Home to the most valuable collection of graphical illustrations in the world, the Albertina is located on the grounds of the Hofburg Palace, making it the perfect follow-up tour!
4. Vienna Rathaus
The Neo-Gothic town hall is one of the city's most famous landmarks, but the administrative building also houses the historic Rathauskeller – one of the best restaurants in Vienna!
5. Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is home to one of the world's best and most prolific opera companies. You may well go on every day of your trip and never see the same show twice!
6. Madame Tussauds Vienna
Visitors to this established family favorite can mingle with some of the most famous figures on the planet. At the Madame Tussauds Vienna you may also discover few Austrians you might not recognize!
7. St. Stephen's Cathedral
From the huge church bells in its tower down to the famous bodies in its catacombs, the unmissable St. Stephen's Cathedral stands out as one of Vienna's best sights.
8. Leopold Museum
Located in Vienna's Museumsquartier, the Leopold exhibits one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art, including famous works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.
Mozart only lived in this house for three years but, as Mozarthaus is his only surviving residence, its central location makes it perfect for this comprehensive exhibition on his life and works.
10. Jewish Museum
The Jewish museum offers insight into the eventful history of Jewish life and culture in Vienna. It's actually spread across two locations: Dorotheergasse and Judenplatz.
Planning Your Visit
How many days?
You could see the sights of Vienna in three or four days but, if you can, it's worth booking longer in order to fully experience its exhibitions, concerts, and highbrow cultural life!
How to get around?
Vienna's public transport network is excellent. With buses, trams, trains, and relatively new metro lines, hiring a car will be more hassle than it's worth! Taxis are affordable and the city's bicycle friendly too, so consider renting two wheels for your stay if you've got the legs for it!
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- Best time to visit
- Any time of the year!
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What people are saying about Vienna
Große Hofburg-Tour - die beste Wien-Tour! Wir haben eine 2-stündige Hofburg-Tour gebucht und die beste Tour unseres Lebens erlebt. Unser Führer war fantastisch, er erzählte uns viele faszinierende Geschichten. Wir haben Geheimnisse über den Palast, das Leben von Prinzessin Siss und die großartige Silbersammlung erfahren. Hofburg Führung ohne Warteschlange, Reiseleiter & Ticket inklusive. Wir waren auf vielen geführten Touren in verschiedenen Ländern, aber dies war unser Favorit. Die Hofburg selbst ist herrlich, viele schöne Prunkräume, jeder ist anders. Wenn Sie in Wien sind, ist es ein Muss!
It was an enjoyable, easy entertainment. Puzzles are easy/medium difficulty level and keep you on track without boring you. It says it will take 51 mins on the ticket but took us almost 2 hours to complete it. It all depends on how much you want to read about the places and look around.
All in all it was a great tour. Getting to know the city by bicycle gives you an opportunity to see a lot in a rather short period of time. The trip was quite relaxing, entertaining and interesting. Good quality bikes, professional guide. Highly recommend!
You see things you would never experience as normal tourist. I'm sure all guides are excellent, but ask for Mr Hofer! His own enthusiasm and profound knowledge will overwhelm you!
Everything was nice.The kids enjoyed a lot, especially making their own chocolate!