Top 10 things to do in Vienna

Top 10 things to do in Vienna

Vienna – the capital and largest city in Austria. Its population, including its metropolitan area, is around 2.5 million. Summers are quite warm, averaging 25º C (77º F). The average winter daytime temperature is about 4º C (39º F). Vienna is a wonderful city to visit at any time so here is our selection of places to visit in Vienna.

1. Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace is the first in our list of places to see in Vienna. The palace consists of 1441 rooms and can trace its history back more than 300 years. The area including the wonderful gardens covers about 175 hectares (430 acres). The palace can be reached by underground and is only 6 kilometres (4 miles) from the centre of Vienna.

The palace is about 170 metres (570 feet) in width. A large park lies directly behind the palace and it has been open to the public since 1779. Here you can find other interesting things to see and do. There is a huge palm house that houses palms from many different part of the world in climatically controlled conditions. There is a large maze or labyrinth and also a zoo. There are many different tours available at Schonbrunn Palace.

2. Prater

Prater Vienna

Prater Vienna

This is one of the most famous parks in Vienna. Situated in the 2nd district, known as Leopoldstadt, this park has more than 250 attractions. The most well known is the landmark ferris wheel, known also as Riesenrad, that has been in operation since 1897. A ride on this will take you to a height of about 60 metres (200 feet) and gives great views of the city.

Other things to do in the Prater include the Madame Tussauds waxworks. There are many different exhilarating rides for the thrill seeker, such as a rollercoaster.

If you prefer something less extreme there are go-kart tracks, mini golf, shooting arcades and much more. The main season for the Prater is March–October but some attractions such as the ferris wheel are open all year.

3. Danube Tower

Danube Tower

Danube Tower

For a wonderful view of the city and surrounding countryside you must visit this tower. It’s one of exciting Vienna places to visit. It was built in 1964 and features a viewing deck at a height of 150 metres (490 feet) which can be reached by using a high speed lift.

There is a cafe at a height of 160 metres (525 feet) open 10.00am – midnight. Also a rotating restaurant at a height of 170 metres (560 feet) open 11.30am – 3.00pm and 6.00pm – midnight.

4. Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

If you plan out your holidays to Vienna, include to your list of attractions Vienna museums. Natural History Museum is a very large museum containing around 30 million items. It opened in 1889. The museum has 39 exhibit halls.

For anyone with an interest in the solar system, you will find here the world’s largest collection of meteorites on display. Of course you will also find displays of minerals, dinosaurs, insects, vertebrates and much more. The entire display area covers about 8700 square metres (94,000 square feet). There is a shop and restaurant too.

5. Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum

This place is also worth to include to top ten things to do in Vienna. This is a museum about art history. It was opened in the late nineteenth century. The building is of a rectangular shape with a 60 metre (196 feet) height dome in the centre.

There is a huge collection of paintings and antiques on display. Some notable names include: Vermeer, Raphael, Arcimboldo, Rubens.

This is one of the most popular museums in Vienna and a must see for anyone with a love of art. Opening hours are: June–August, daily 10.00am – 6.00pm; Thursday open until 9.00pm. September–May, Tuesday–Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm; Thursday 10.00am – 9.00pm.

6. St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s Church

This is a beautiful church and the second oldest in Vienna. It was built in Baroque style in the eighteenth century. The inside is richly decorated with artworks.

The church can hold around 400 people. It is open Monday–Friday 7.00am – 8.00pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.00am – 9.00pm.

7. Ringstrasse

Ringstrasse

Ringstrasse

This is the famous ring road that encircles the centre of Vienna. Some of the buildings that can be seen include: Vienna Stock Exchange, University of Vienna, Town Hall, Academy of Fine Arts. One of the best ways to see the sights is by using the tram.

It departs from Schwedenplatz every 30 minutes from 10.00am to 5.30pm daily. Inside, passengers can watch screens that give information about sights on the route.

8. Vienna Transport Museum

Vienna Transport Museum

Vienna Transport Museum

Located at Ludwig-Koessler-Platz 1030 this museum gives visitors an insight into public transport in Vienna over the last 150 years.

Here you can find one of the largest collections of vehicles in Europe. The museum is open on a Wednesday and weekends.

9. Mariahilferstrasse

Mariahilferstrasse

Mariahilferstrasse

If you are still cogitating what to see in Vienna, go to Mariahilferstrasse. This is the street to visit if you love shopping, or even just to have a wander and see all the many different shops located here. It is the main and also the longest street in Vienna for shopping.

Most of the big-name outlets have shops here along with many smaller shops selling just about everything you can think of. Numerous cafes are to be found in the area too.

10. Stephansplatz

Stephansplatz

Stephansplatz

This is often called the heart of Vienna. It’s a busy square in the middle of the 1st district. Many streets come together at this point so it’s an interesting place to start your tour of this part of the city. It’s a popular place for artists and street performers to show their talents. You will find many shops and cafes in this area too.

The main feature is St. Stephen’s Cathedral or locally known as (Stephansdom). Built in the 12th century this wonderful cathedral is well worth visiting if you are in the area. If you are feeling energetic you can climb 343 steps to the tower room which will give you wonderful views of Vienna. It’s also in top things to see in Vienna.

My Vienna

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There are 5 comments for this article
  1. Olga at 08:51

    I was very impressed with the amazing architecture in Vienna! All these palaces and castles are very old and extraordinarily beautiful. Vienna is like a Queen of Europe. Undoubtedly it’s worth a visit.

  2. Elena at 17:54

    Thank you for this interesting artilcle! I have never been to Austria but I heard a lot about the amazing architecture of Vienna of course. Besides beautiful buildings they have absolutely delicious cuisine there. Once I cooked Vienesse Apple Strudel, it was unforgettable! Now I add this place to my long travel list. ))

    • Olga at 11:14

      Oh, yes, Viennese Apple Strudel is very delicious! But what about famous Viennese Apple Strudel with a cup of famous Viennese coffee in one of the cozy cafes at Stephansplatz? I bet you will leave your heart there.

  3. David Macdonald at 18:34

    Vienna sounds like a wonderful place. It would be great to visit as it has a rich mix of culture and history and obviously , natural beauty. I have never been there but people who have, tell me it is one of the best places to visit in Europe.

  4. Olga at 08:30

    Hi David! You are right about Vienna, and actually the whole of Europe has a lot of magnificent and beautiful places to visit and we will describe them. I’m happy if our project will motivate you to visit new places and discover this world again and again. It would be nice if one day you shared with us and our readers your exciting experiences. Lets stay in touch!

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