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Vienna

Austria's imperial capital

Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. Here you'll find things to do in Vienna.

Vienna’s history dates back to the first post-Christian century when the Romans established the military camp Vindobona. Today’s cityscape is characterised by the abundance of baroque buildings created mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia and Emperor Franz Joseph who was largely responsible for the monumental architecture round the Ringstraße. To experience Vienna at its fullest we have created some things to do in Vienna.

Schloss Schönbrunn, the former imperial summer residence, is one of the most popular sights. The sumptuous palace with the beautifully tended formal gardens, the Gloriette monument, the Palm House, and the zoo attract hordes of visitors each year. The huge Hofburg (Imperial Palace) was the base of the Habsburgs for over six centuries, and is an impressive repository of culture and heritage.

The splendid baroque Belvedere Palace today houses the Österreichische Galerie (Austrian Gallery) displaying the largest collection of works by Klimt and Kokoschka as well as famous paintings by Schiele. Vienna’s prime landmarks are the gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater, Vienna’s old recreational park, and the Spanish Riding School with their world-famous Lipizzaner horses.

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Vienna has more museums and galleries of international reputation than you can shake a stick at: Kunsthistorischen Museum with the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings, MuseumsQuartier with Leopold Museum (Schiele), Museum Moderner Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), Architekturzentrum (Architectural Center) and Kunsthalle rank among the city's most important cultural venues. The Albertina is home to the world’s largest collection of graphic arts and prints (60,000 drawings, 1 million prints).

Vienna owes much of its international fame to the many celebrated composer who lived and worked here including Strauß, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s best, the Staatsoper one of the world’s leading opera houses, the Vienna Boys’ Choir one the world’s most famous. In the last years Vienna has also established itself as a great musical metropolis.

In Vienna, traditional coffee houses, rustic wine taverns and the beloved sausage stand (Wuerstelstand) exist alongside with top restaurants and shops, time-honored events alternate with internationally-acclaimed extravaganzas (Life Ball) to create a unique and very special ambiance. Another special feature of Vienna are its many greenspace and recreational areas such as the Wienerwald, the Prater and the Donauinsel.

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Wiener Staatsoper Zuschauerraum © Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Poehn Wiener Staatsoper Zuschauerraum © Wiener Staatsoper/Michael Poehn

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You know Vienna for it's music and culture, for the coffee houses (yes, we did have coffee houses 300 years before Starbucks, or at least that’s what tradition tells us), for the Opera and for the Imperial history that the city still showcases everywhere.
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Riesenrad - the Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna © Maxum Riesenrad - the Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna © Maxum

Giant Ferris Wheel

One of the oldest operating Ferris Wheels in the world, the Wiener Riesenrad is also a historic landmark.
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Vienna Boys’ Choir

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.
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St. Stephen's Cathedral

If you had to name the most iconic building in Vienna, without a doubt it would have to be St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
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Donaukanal Wien © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Volker Preusser Donaukanal Wien © Österreich Werbung, Fotograf: Volker Preusser

The Third Man Tour

Take "The Third Man" tour and explore Vienna's underground.
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Belvedere Palace in Vienna © WienTourismus/Hertha Hurnaus Belvedere Palace in Vienna © WienTourismus/Hertha Hurnaus

The Belvedere Vienna

Vienna’s stunning Belvedere Palace houses the world’s largest collection of paintings by Klimt.
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Schönbrunn Zoo

The world’s oldest zoo is alive with activity day and night, rain or shine.
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Impressions of Vienna

  • Visit Vienna's Art History Museum © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller Visit Vienna's Art History Museum © Österreich Werbung / Peter Burgstaller
  • Beautiful sunset in Vienna © filmspektakel.at Beautiful sunset in Vienna © filmspektakel.at
  • Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Peter Burgstaller Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Peter Burgstaller
  • MuseumsQuartier Vienna; one of Europe's biggest exhibition spaces © Hertha Hurnaus MuseumsQuartier Vienna; one of Europe's biggest exhibition spaces © Hertha Hurnaus
  • View of the City hall in Vienna © WienTourismus / Christian Stemper View of the City hall in Vienna © WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

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Known for it's music & culture, the coffee houses, the Opera and for the Imperial history, which you'll encounter everywhere.

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