Souvenirs of Substance
Take Austria home in gold and silver from the Austrian Mint shop.
Take Austria home in gold and silver from the Austrian Mint shop.
The MuseumsQuarter Wien (MQ), one of the largest culture and art complexes in the world, is a playground for culture seekers. Spend the entire day diving into the vibrant sprawl of renowned museums, exhibition halls and art spaces. Wander the complex to find thoughtfully placed outdoor cafes, restaurants, music venues and a calendar of events that spans all seasons. In the summer, the focus is on fashion, design and literature, such as the O-Töne festival and the digital film festival frame(o)ut. Come the winter, ice pavilions and music create a magical Christmas atmosphere.
Visit the Mozarthaus Vienna in the city center to discover unique insights into the life of one of the greatest classical composers of all time. The museum focuses on Mozart’s time in Vienna, giving you a unique perspective on the composer’s works and life in the 18th century.
A child prodigy himself, Mozart is the perfect composer to help your children discover the magic of classical music. The Mozarthaus Vienna is the ideal starting point on this journey!
Austria's capital not only offers stunning architecture but also offers unrivaled culinary delights. We have created some itineraries and suggestions to make your exploration of Vienna even more enjoyable.
With about 70 cultural facilities, the MuseumsQuartier Wien (MQ) is one of the largest art & culture complexes in the world – and a perfect destination for you and your children! While the big museums and cultural institutions offer tours and workshops for children, the complex has three cultural spaces dedicated to kids: the ZOOM Kindermuseum, the DSCHUNGEL WIEN Theater for Young Audiences and the wienXtra-kinderinfo.
Vienna begs for a lengthy visit – but a short stay can make for a perfectly tantalizing introduction to the city's charms. Austria's capital has established itself as a true epicenter of art and culture, its imperial traditions mingling happily with a vibrant cultural scene.
There might be no clearer window onto the power and glory of the Habsburg Empire than the astonishing treasures it left behind. Come and marvel at the ornate imperial status symbols in the form of the crown jewels, ceremonial robes, worldly treasures and religious artefacts at the Imperial Treasury Vienna - Kaiserliche Schatzkammer Wien.
Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM), one of the world’s best museums of fine arts, enriches any Vienna itinerary, and is a must no matter how short the visit. Wind your way through this grand museum with this guide to its most important collections.
Exploring the countryside around Vienna often leads to discovery of quaint villages in picturesque wine regions. Unique wine hotels offer much more than just views of vineyards. These hotels are often family run, modern and trendy, and are located in destinations where wine is celebrated. A favorite for foodies, as well, these hotels translate into excellent dining destinations to explore wines and the food that complements them.
Not only does Vienna have its own wine-growing area, but it's the world’s only major city that produces wines within city limits. Explore its vineyards & sights, and drive through the surrounding countryside to visit castles, culinary temples, wine cellars, small towns & beautiful vistas. The result is a cross-section of Austria’s imperial heritage and the region's storied wine culture, stronger than ever after over two millennia.
Austria’s wine regions are hidden gems for travelers looking to discover authentic Austrian viticulture and cuisine. At the heart of Austria’s wine culture are its vinotheques, a tasting bar -meets-wine store. Visiting a local vinotheque will help you find a wine perfectly matched to your personal tastes, as well as offer a glimpse into one of Austria’s most delicious traditions. The best part? Most vinotheques price the wines as if you were buying directly from the vineyard, and many will even ship their wines worldwide.
Vienna, the city of music, art, culture and fine food is the beating heart of Europe. Vienna is old, Vienna is new. It is proud of its imperial heritage and, at the same time, at the forefront of the world's arts and creative industries once again.
Get to know the secrets of the Viennese cuisine with this 7 course indulgence.
A new luxury shopping area in the heart of the city offers a cosmopolitan shopping experience in the elegant setting of Vienna’s historic first district. The “Golden Quarter” includes the fashionable flagship stores of brands like Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Prada and Saint Laurent.
If you had to name the most iconic building in Vienna, without a doubt it would have to be St. Stephen’s Cathedral. For more than 700 years now, the magnificent cathedral has stood watch over the city, and the Viennese as well as most Austrians see it as one of the most important and most beloved landmarks of the country. Climb the 343 steps to the tower keeper’s room to enjoy a breathtaking view of the city.
Discover the glamor of historic Vienna at the Hotel Stefanie and embark on a journey through four centuries. The owner’s collection of priceless antiques and historic peculiarities alone is reason enough to step into Vienna’s oldest hotel. Start your Vienna antiquing here.
Explore a mesmerizing world of crystal wonders, even create your own jewelry, at the Swarovski brand’s inspiring new headquarters in the heart of Vienna.
In Vienna, there are about as many ways to enjoy breakfast as there are coffee varieties on the menu of a typical coffeehouse. Whether it’s a classic Viennese breakfast, fusion cuisine in the city center, an elegant buffet breakfast at a trendy restaurant or even in a museum – the Viennese know how to savor the most important meal of the day! Here are some tips for the best breakfast locations in town:
You won’t find another family-run luxury hotel in Vienna that epitomizes the city’s style and refinement like the Sacher. Located in the very heart of Vienna, right next to the Vienna State Opera, the Sacher is an intrinsic part of the local history as well as a trendsetter in modern hospitality. After large scale renovations, the 5* deluxe hotel shines in new splendor.
At the MuseumsQuartier, art & culture are omnipresent. Even the walkways and vaulted passages that lead to the courtyards of the MQ feature numerous art installations. As part of the quartier21 the passageways are not only an innovative way to give visitors a taste of what awaits inside Europe’s largest cultural complex, but feature great art installations in their own right.
As one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world, the MuseumsQuartier Vienna is a vibrant sprawl of relaxing outdoor cafes, lively restaurants and over 60 cultural establishments.
Right in the heart of Vienna, the Sofitel is located on the frontier between the 1st and the 2nd district. It is close to many new hotspots located in this trendy area.
More than 400 years of tradition welcome you at Vienna’s oldest hotel.
From military fortification to showpiece boulevard: In 2015, Vienna’s grand Ringstrasse celebrates the 150th anniversary of its opening. The Ringstrasse is one of the most magnificent boulevards in the world. Nowhere else can you find such a dense concentration of architecturally stunning representative buildings, palaces and parks.
The Spanish Riding School - which now also offers architectural tours of its historic premises - and the Vienna Boys' Choir have teamed up to bring you an experience that combines the best of two renowned cultural institutions in Vienna. For a few evenings of the year, the Ballet of the White Stallions and one of the world’s most famous boys’ choirs enchant their audience with stellar performances.
The Altstadt Vienna is at once many things to many people. A meeting place for lovers of art and music, a heaven for travelers that seek a hotel with character and outstanding service and to leading American travel publications such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure the Altstadt is a remarkable example of affordable luxury.
One of the oldest operating Ferris Wheels in the world, the Wiener Riesenrad is more than just an amusement park ride, it is a historic landmark. Take a spin on this 213-feet high attraction for exceptional views of Vienna, or book a romantic dinner in a gondola for an unforgettable evening.
The world’s oldest zoo is alive with activity day and night, rain or shine. Visit the Schönbrunn Zoo to see an impressive variety of rare and local animals. Indoor and outdoor exhibits make it a year-round destination to be enjoyed by the entire family.
Featuring world-renowned collections dating back five millennia, Austria’s principal museum of fine arts is an institution devoted to indulging our senses. The extraordinary gallery experience has been paired with an exceptional culinary one. The café and restaurant, situated at the heart of the museum, affords not just gastronomical delights, but an architectural feast, too.
The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world and an enduring symbol of Austria for more than 500 years.
What the Tango is to Argentina, the Viennese Waltz is to Austria. In fact, Austrian’s so love the waltz that they start every New Year dancing to the Blue Danube Waltz broadcast by public radio. In 2014, the ball tradition in Vienna is celebrating its 200th birthday. Find out what the hype is all about and make this the year you learn how to waltz in Vienna
Nightlife, films, musical performances, and food vendors from Vienna’s best restaurants transform the square in front of Vienna’s City Hall into a hub for summer fun. Free and open to the public, locals and visitors alike enjoy movie screenings and world-class musical performances broadcast on a gigantic screen.
Ever wondered what it's like to conduct an orchestra? Wonder no more, thanks to a remarkable interactive feature at Vienna's beloved House of Music. For music lovers it's a dream within a dream, guiding your own all-star ensemble in the world's capital of classical music.
Crowned with a golden-leaf globe, this architectural manifesto of the Vienna Secession Movement is filled with the work of pioneering artists that continue to redefine contemporary art.
As one of the world’s foremost opera houses, the Vienna State Opera is an exceptional institution artistically as well as in terms of architecture. A performance at the Vienna State Opera is a truly memorable experience, but you can also see live performances on screen in front of the Opera, or discover its secrets on a guided tour of the historic site.
Making quite a splash on the fashion scene, a wave of smart boutiques refreshes the heart of the Neubau creative district.
The best city tours not only give you a good overview, but show you facets of a destination that you would probably not stumble upon on your own. Explore the lesser known sides of Vienna and its hidden cultural gems with Vienna Walks & Talks, or discover the shadowy world of Orson Welles’ Vienna on “The Third Man” Tour. Whatever your preference, you’ll come out of the experience feeling like a destination expert.
Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Egger-Lienz, Picasso, Johns, Rauschenberg, Warhol (to name just a few of the big ones), and young contemporary artists from the performing arts, architecture, music, fashion, theater, dance, literature, children's culture and digital design literally come to life in this mind-blowing complex of art and culture in the heart of Vienna.
The Imperial Treasury showcases an impressive collection of medieval royal objects such as the Austrian imperial crown and insignia, as well as precious items from the Holy Roman Empire. Magnificent gems such as the largest cut emerald in the world testify to the Habsburgs’ former power and glory.
The HOUSE OF MUSIC Vienna invites you on a discovery tour into the world of music. This award-winning museum is dedicated to showcasing a wide array of approaches to music and - most importantly - to the experience of music.
Located near Schönbrunn Palace, the Imperial Carriage Museum’s unique collection invites you on a tour through Austria’s history.
The Altstadt is the perfect place for lovers of art and culture and those looking for rare finds and hidden treasures.
Your name interpreted by...Mozart? Leave it to Haus der Musik, Vienna's endlessly creative discovery museum, to make it happen. In "NAMADEUS," visitors can play an interactive computer program based on the composer's famed musical game, KV 516f. The system can be applied to any combination of letters, allowing for great melodic variety -- and surely your first personalized Mozart tune.
A Festival for the Senses: A Saturday morning must-do for locals, the Viennese Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest outdoor market, attracts a crowd as diverse as the stalls and restaurants it features.
The bakers at this café use the traditional recipe for apple strudel that was loved by the Habsburg family. Today, the professional pastry chefs invite visitors into the kitchen for entertaining tutorials on how to make this famous dessert at home!
Spend an evening at the venerable Hotel Sacher and make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy a drink at the “Blaue Bar” where midnight blue and gold décor create a visually stunning and romantic setting for an evening at Vienna’s famous Hotel Sacher.
The Palais Coburg in the heart of Vienna has been restored to its original splendor and now houses a most luxurious all-suite hotel, a gourmet restaurant and a collection of rare wines that seeks international comparison. On your tour of the six unique and stunningly designed wine cellars, you will discover more than 60,000 bottles of valuable wine spanning four centuries.
In the middle of the city’s 7th district, behind the splendid façade of an old patrician house, one finds the Hotel Altstadt Vienna. Since its opening in 1991 the stylish 4-star hotel has been a favourite hideaway for art-lovers, musicians, and travelers from all over the world.
Built by Emperor Franz Joseph to house the fabulous Habsburg collections, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna now figures among the world’s most important museums.
The national dish of Austria, Tafelspitz, is the most popular entrée at the Viennese restaurant, Plachutta. Enjoy succulent prime boiled beef in the authentic and cozy atmosphere of this famous eatery.
Imagine starting your day with a luxurious chocolate spa treatment, then having a slice of the world’s most famous chocolate cake at lunch, followed by a decadent hot chocolate with whipped cream at a Viennese coffee house and choosing a souvenir from numerous chocolate-creations at the confiserie next door. It’s all possible at the famous family run 5* deluxe Hotel Sacher Vienna, which owes its very existence to the success of a chocolate cake concocted back in 1832.
Tour the Augarten Palace, home to one of the world’s most famous porcelain manufactories and Vienna’s oldest Baroque gardens.
Coffeehouses in Vienna are your home away from home. Delicious coffee specialties, yummy pastries, all enjoyed in cozy seats and couches, paired with live piano music. Yes, read on! Many of Vienna’s best coffeehouses are your private concert hall, with live piano music, often with soloists -- and enjoyed all for free.
Austrian wine has catapulted to become the darling of the international wine world. If you are looking for chic, upbeat city nightlife, there is no better place to get an in-depth view of Austria’s dynamic, trendy wine scene than at the wine bars of Vienna!
The most important collection of its kind, the Kunstkammer Vienna, returned – newly renovated and enhanced – to the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna after 10 years. Be enchanted by this realm of fantasy’s overwhelming gold, bronze, ivory, and wooden beauty, as well as exotic elements such as ostrich eggs, the horn of the legendary unicorn, and Benvenuto Cellini’s Saliera.
It’s no secret that winemaking is a key characteristic to Austria’s profile, but many are surprised to learn that Vienna is an important wine region, too. The Viennese like to sample the newest vintages at the cozy wine taverns called “Heuriger,” which have been a beloved part of the Viennese wine culture for hundreds of years.
Sure, you could dine on the ground floor. But Vienna's the kind of city that demands a view, and for lovers of fine cuisine, Le LOFT cannot be beaten. Located on the 18th floor of the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, the restaurant marries Austrian cuisine with French influence. An extraordinary wine collection includes over 500 exquisite local & international vintages.
Reserve a table at La Véranda, the restaurant of the luxury boutique Hotel Sans Souci in close proximity of Vienna’s bustling MuseumsQuartier, and enjoy a creatively authentic dining experience.
Venture to Ottakring, Vienna’s 16th district, to experience an eclectic side of the city where old world meets new. Explore one of the largest open-air markets in Vienna, and then meander over to Yppenplatz to browse through trendy shops and restaurants.
Located in the center of Vienna’s art district, the refined design and contemporary interior of the Hotel Sans Souci Wien invites guests to enjoy luxury and culture.
As a vital institution to the city’s culture, the Viennese coffeehouse embraces the simple pleasures of life and creates a stimulating environment for locals and visitors to linger over an expertly brewed cup of coffee, enjoy interesting conversations, or simply take a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Sign up for the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations for a truly authentic experience.
Health, wellness, fitness, and beauty in the heart of Vienna – for hotel guests and day visitors alike. Also enjoy the biggest hotel pool of Vienna!
One of the largest art and culture complexes in the world sits like an urban living room in the heart of Vienna. Combining art and living space, the MuseumsQuartier Wien is ideal for people watching in the outdoor cafes surrounding the open space.
Vienna’s stunning Belvedere Palace houses the world’s largest collection of paintings by Klimt.