Things to do in Vienna

St Stephen's Cathedral


To stand at the pulpit of the iconic St Stephen’s is to commune with the divine. Founded in 1137 and finished in 1511, it’s said that Beethoven discovered his deafness when he saw birds fly from the bell tower but couldn’t hear the bells toll. This Gothic structure survived WWII fire damage and hosts a number of classical concerts and choirs throughout the year.

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Overwhelmed by highfalutin royal extravagance? Shift gears with a trip to the Albertina. This 18th-century building houses one of the largest and most important graphic art collections in the world, with around a million prints on display, spanning from the Late Gothic era to the present day. Check their website for details of the ever-changing exhibitions.

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Hofburg Complex


A visit to Hofburg will bring you closer to the enigmatic personality of Empress Elizabeth (‘Sisi’). Take a walk through her private quarters at the Imperial Apartments, learn more about her public and private lives at the Sisi Museum, or see just how many silver tureens it took to fill the Habsburg bellies at the imperial silver collection exhibition.

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Vienna State Opera


Enjoy everything from Mozart to Wagner in refined surroundings. Located within the circular Ringstrasse Boulevard, the Vienna State Opera features year-round opera and classical performances, with high culture coming at you at 160 decibels. With a riot of red velvet seating and gilded galleries as the setting, operatic opulence doesn't get much better than this.

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Kunsthistorisches und Naturhistorisches Museum (Art and Natural History Museums)


Some people buy pendant necklaces, others build pendant museums. With identical exteriors facing Maria-Theresien Square, the Art History Museum houses important Renaissance and Baroque paintings by Titian, Veronese, Rubens and Caravaggio. Next door, budding archaeologists and their doting parents can learn how to excavate the past at the Natural History Museum.

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Modernism and contemporary art collide in this dazzling complex of museums, comprising exhibitions, bars, events … and even a museum for children. The Zoom provides hours of fun for art-curious tykes, while grown-up types can enjoy paintings by Schiele and Klimt at the Leopold Museum, or more contemporary work at the mumok museum – a perfect day out for the entire family.

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Rathaus (Town Hall)


The seat of Vienna’s municipal administration is as imposing a presence as the officials that work inside. Take a tour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 13:00 to explore the impressive State Rooms. The square in front hosts year-round events, like the bustling Opera Film Festival, extravagant Life Ball in Spring and the annual Christmas Markets, a seasonal must-do.

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Belvedere Palace


When one is a prince, a summer home is a must-have. Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736) made his residence at this beautiful complex during the summer, which includes the impressive orangery, stables and park lovingly landscaped in baroque style. Visitors flock en masse to the world’s largest Klimt collection including The Kiss, an Art Nouveau masterpiece of indelible beauty.

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Enjoy a hot pretzel and send your children skyward at the iconic Giant Ferris Wheel. One of Vienna’s largest parks, the Prater began life as an imperial hunting ground and over time evolved into a park of year-round beauty. The Wurstelprater Amusement Park offers fun for families and thrill-seekers alike and is open between 15 March and 31 October.

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Schönbrunn Palace


With 1441 rooms, Schönbrunn Palace was made for sleepovers. Originally intended as a hunting lodge, visitors can revel in the 17th-century luxury of the Habsburg monarchs, to whom the word ‘opulence’ meant very little. The extensive gardens include the fabulous Gloriette (Franz Josef’s breakfast room) and Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the world’s oldest zoo.

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Accommodation and hotels in Vienna

Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof

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  • Herrengasse 10, 01. Innere Stadt, Vienna
Motel One Wien-Staatsoper

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  • Elisabethstraße 5, 01. Innere Stadt, Vienna
Le Meridien Vienna

8.2 Very good

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  • Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, 01. Innere Stadt, Vienna
Austria Trend Hotel Europa Wien

8.6 Fabulous

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  • Kärntnerstraße 18 / Eingang Neuer Markt 3, 01. Innere Stadt, Vienna
Austria Trend Hotel Astoria Wien

8.4 Very good

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  • Kärntner Straße 32-34, 01. Innere Stadt, Vienna
Hotel de France Wien

8.5 Very good

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  • Schottenring 3, 01. Innere Stadt, Vienna
25hours Hotel beim MuseumsQuartier

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  • Lerchenfelder Straße 1-3, 07. Neubau, Vienna
Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth

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  • Weihburggasse 3, 01. Innere Stadt, Vienna
Motel One Wien Westbahnhof

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  • Europaplatz 3, 15. Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus, Vienna
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Popular neighbourhoods in Vienna

01. Innere Stadt

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The Old Town is chock-full of history. Start in the ornate Hofburg Palace complex that houses everything from the National Library and Presidential Office, to exhibitions on the Habsburg Empire. Parade down glitzy Graben to glimpse beautiful Baroque buildings and sample high-end shopping. Round the night off with a show at the regal Burgtheater.

02. Leopoldstadt

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This up-and-coming area was once a traditional Jewish neighbourhood. These days, there are as many hip bars and trendy restaurants as there are charming synagogues and kosher shops. On Saturdays, join Leopoldstadt’s young, creative crowd and rummage the stalls of Karmeliter Market. For old-time fun, give Prater Park’s ferris wheel a whirl.

03. Landstraße

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The mainly residential third district boasts several museums and a shopping centre above Landstrasse-Wien Mitte station. The district’s star attraction is the Belvedere, with its baroque gardens and Klimt’s ‘Kiss’. Other museums include the KunstHausWien and MAK. See a concert at Wiener Konzerthaus for a touch of classical or world music.

07. Neubau

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Neubau is an enchanting mix of old and new. For quintessential Viennese charm, walk through the historic Spittelberg with its narrow alleys and Biedermeier style houses. Head to Neubaugasse and the surrounding streets to peruse trendy, independent boutiques. Then flaunt your new threads and take in an experimental show at the Volkstheater.

04. Wieden

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With its young and friendly charm, Vienna’s fourth district is home to the Technical University, the Wien Museum, and the St Charles's Church with Karlsplatz Square, where a popular Christmas Market is held. Join the young and trendy in the friendly Freihausviertel, full of boutiques, hip bars and small restaurants.

09. Alsergrund

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Alsergrund was the birthplace of Schubert and home of Sigmund Freud. Freud’s house on Berggasse 19 gives insight into his life and practise. Visit the neo-Gothic Votive Church bordering Ringstrasse and the Servitenviertel Quarter, with Vienna’s oldest Jewish Cemetery. Enjoy (mainly French) cuisine at the area around the Lycée Français.

06. Mariahilf

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Lengthy Mariahilfer Strasse is this area’s biggest draw. In between browsing high-street shops like H&M or Zara, don’t miss the gastronomic delights of the open-air Naschmarkt – it’s been going since the 16th century! Swing by Haus des Meeres Aquarium for family fun, then tuck into cool treats in the traditional ice cream shops that dot the parade.

05. Margareten

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Margareten’s on the rise. This blue-collar district is blossoming into a post-industrial haven for artists, hipsters and cool cats. At the heart of it all is Margaretenplatz, a lively square that brims with funky bars and kooky boutiques. Catch an arthouse flick at Filmcasino, then slip into Schlossquadrat’s hidden wine gardens for refreshments.

08. Josefstadt

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This cutesy residential district is close to the inner city. Josefstadter Strasse features many traditional Viennese cafés, small boutiques and restaurants with various cuisines. Baroque art fans shouldn’t miss the Piarist Church of Maria Treu and its picturesque square. Theater in der Josefstadt, the city’s oldest theatre, provides added drama.

19. Döbling

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Do you fancy Döbling your money? The scent of pricy perfume blends with classy cologne in this wealthy district. Join Vienna’s well-heeled residents on a stroll round immaculate Türkenschanzpark, or cool off at the Krapfenwaldlbad outdoor pools. Duck into a wine tavern in Nußdorf for a taste of local tipple, then sink a cocktail or two at Local.

Local tips for Vienna

Yppenplatz and Brunnenmarkt
Anja by Anja

After 6 years in Vienna, Anja recently moved to the up-and-coming 16th district.

The area around Brunnenmarkt and Yppenplatz is a newly fashionable part of the 16th district, Ottakring. This western Vienna neighbourhood has a unique atmosphere, thanks to its blend of artsy cafés, diverse people, a vibrant market and great food with fair prices. Well worth a visit!

Viennese coffee house culture
Christina by Christina

Christina loves the warm and cosy atmosphere of traditional Viennese coffee houses.

Don’t just order a regular coffee in a Viennese café! Vienna is known for the wide variety of hot drinks and delicious pastries served in its coffee houses. After a day of sightseeing or shopping, watch the world go by over a melange coffee and a slice of sachertorte chocolate cake.

  • Herrengasse 14, 1010 Vienna
  • Open Monday-Saturday 07:30-22:00. Sunday 10:00-22:00.
Kunsthaus (Art House) und Hundertwasserhaus
Katarina by Katarina

Artist Katarina moved to Vienna 10 years ago and loves the city's beauty and art.

Kunsthaus (Art House) presents a unique cross-section of art by the famous Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The permanent exhibition features colourful paintings, drawings, graphics, tapestries and architectural projects. The Hundertwasser apartment building is 5 minutes away.

Florian by Florian

Whenever Florian returns from abroad, he loves to stroll through Vienna's vineyards.

The traditional Austrian wine taverns ('heuriger') have been part of Vienna since the 19th century. Most of them have a summer garden that's open until late autumn. Kahlenberg Mountain is behind the vineyards, offering panoramic views. It is accessible by bus from Grinzing's main square.

Anna by Anna

Anna loves long walks in the Vienna Woods and the Steinhof Grounds, especially in autumn.

The Steinhof Grounds are especially famous for their picturesque church designed and planned by Otto Wagner. The Steinhof Area is situated in Vienna’s 14th district and surrounded by 45 hectares of romantic meadows and forests, ideal for long walks.

  • Baumgartner Höhe 1, A-1140 Vienna
Klaus by Klaus

Klaus has lived in Vienna for 7 years and once worked at Schönbrunn Palace.

Emperor Francis Joseph opened Türkenschanzpark in 1888 in the residential district of Währing. It features many ponds, fountains and foliage from all over the world. There is also an observation tower, facilities for skating and ball games, children’s playgrounds and a café.

  • 18th district, between Peter-Jordan-Strasse, Gregor-Mendel-Strasse, Hasenauerstrasse and Max-Emanuel-Strasse
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Not only is the there large noisy more commercialised Rathaus market, but all the older smaller markets as on the Freyung by the Schottenkirche, which includes the Charity and organic markets with alternative goodies to taste and buy.

A must-try would be visiting the Sacher Coffee House located in front of the Opera and experiencing a Sacher Torte with a Viennese Coffee (The best one ever!)

There's a lot of public transport in Vienna! You can get a weekly pass for buses, trams, trains and metro by 16 euros. There's 24h, 48h and 72h options too!

Walking and talking to the City in addition to visiting the museums and many other tourist attractions.

You can plan your visit in Vienna outside holidays, best in the Spring season

I lived in Vienna for 7 years. It is one of Europe's most liveable cities.

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Schnitzel at Figlmuller.


Vienna transport

Air - Vienna International Airport

Vienna International Airport is modern and well organised. The fastest route to the city centre is via the City Airport Train (CAT) which takes 16 minutes to reach Wien-Mitte, leaving every 30 minutes. The cheapest option is to catch the local S-Bahn 7 train. Services start at 04.30 and take 25 minutes. Bear in mind that trains have 2 large steps to reach the carriage. Taxis are readily available but you can pre-book online for cheaper rates, starting at EUR 25.


Hauptbahnhof Wien is Vienna’s main train station. The station itself features dozens of restaurants and shops. Connections can be easily made from here to the city’s underground, tram and bus lines. Tickets for journeys to other cities within Austria can be bought from machines inside the station. Tickets for international or long distance travel can be bought at the service desk or pre-booked online.


The metro is Vienna’s best option for transport both within the city and to outlying suburbs, departing every 5 minutes (10 at night; all night Friday and Saturday). Purchase tickets at tobacconists, online or via station machines. Single tickets are sold for EUR 2.20, while 24/48/72-hour and weekly tickets are also available. Tickets can also be used on buses and trams. To avoid a fine, validate your ticket before boarding by stamping it in the blue machine.


Trams are a good option for travelling short distances in the city centre. Services depart frequently and tram stops are well marked throughout the city – look for the red and white 'Strassenbahn Haltestelle' signs. Most trams are accessible for prams and wheelchairs. Tickets cost EUR 2.30 on the tram or EUR 2.20 when bought in advance from tobacconists or machines in metro stations. Tickets bought in advance must be stamped in the blue machine on board to validate.


Not many people drive in Vienna’s compact city centre but both secure and on-street parking is available. Street parking is offered for a maximum stay of 2 hours on weekdays, and is free from 22:00–09:00 Monday–Friday and all day at weekends. Parking vouchers are sold at tobacconists, machines in metro stations and in Wiener Linien ticket offices. An SMS service is available but requires prior online registration. Park&Rides located near metro stations offer a cheaper option.


Vienna has an abundance of taxis and finding one should not be hard. There are clearly marked taxi stands throughout the city and it’s also possible to hail one from the roadside. Taxis charge a basic fare then an extra fare that is calculated based on the time of day and distance travelled. Special services, like taxis for mobility impaired, are also available by telephone.


Buses for travel within Vienna don’t depart as frequently as the underground does. Night buses operate after 00:30 (check stops for the ‘N’ sign). Buses that go to destinations outside the city leave from depots adjacent to the major train stations. Buses to major international cities depart from the Vienna International Bus Terminal (VIB) at Erdberg – tickets can be purchased at a service desk or online.


Vienna’s compact city centre makes it a perfect place to cycle. Cycling here is very safe, with clearly marked cycle paths throughout the city. Look for colourful ‘City Bikes’ at clearly marked cycle stations – usually multi-coloured and easy to notice. Bikes can be returned to any cycle station with a free place available. Pre-register online before your trip to save time and get the first hour free.

Food in Vienna

Top restaurants in Vienna

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For Vienna's most famous schnitzel - possibly the biggest you'll ever eat - this is the best restaurant in town. For everything else, exercise caution - it's an all-purpose restaurant with a basic interior and plenty of foot traffic. Good for more casual occasions.

High-end dining

With a formal yet friendly ambience that's perfect for a casual lunch or dinner, this stylish restaurant serves fine Italian cuisine and a wide selection of Austrian and Italian wines. Also suitable for business travellers looking for a place to entertain.

Cheap 'n' tasty

If you're hankering for a pancake, then this local treasure is great for a filling if slightly stodgy treat. Great for brunch on a cool day, there is also a wide selection of beer and wine to sample.

High-end dining
Zum Schwarzen Kameel

Enjoy a fine dining experience in the refined surroundings of a fully restored 17th-century historical building. The Zum Schwarzen Kameel chefs are known for their smorgasbord of local gourmet offerings. If you're on the go, pass by the patisserie for homemade sweets and treats for your loved ones back home.

High-end dining
Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant

For an unforgettably romantic evening, this restaurant is the epitome of Viennese chic. Located inside Coburg Palace, this 2 Michelin star restaurant features haute cuisine by Silvio Nickol, Austria's Chef of the Year 2014, who serves up his creative concoctions with extreme flair. Reserve far in advance!

Cheap 'n' tasty

As far as international treats go in Vienna, this is a laid-back alternative to the burger chains. The mainly American fare includes bagels, burgers and sandwiches. It even doubles as an English-language book and video store.

  • Marc-Aurel-Straße 10-12, 1010 Vienna
  • Open Monday to Thursday 11:00–00:00, Friday to Saturday 11:00–02:00, Sunday 12:00–00:00
  • 0043 15330182
High-end dining
Motto am Fluss

You'll feel like you're sailing the friendly seas in 5-star luxury inside this ship-like building, located on the banks of the Danube. Award-winning chef Peter Zinter presents modern cuisine prepared with creativity and innovation. With its classy ambience, it's suited to formal or romantic occasions.

Cheap 'n' tasty
Bitzinger bei der Albertina

This is the most well-known and popular of the many sausage stands in Vienna, where tourists, workers, and opera-goers alike enjoy classic Viennese snacks and beers. "Käsekrainer" is the local most popular choice.

  • Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna
  • Open every day 08:00–04:00
  • 0043 15331026
Cheap 'n' tasty

Sometimes you just need a taste of home - or a taste of 'down under'. This Aussie pub in the heart of Vienna serves everything Aussie style - big beer, big portions of snack food and big Australian football on the big screen!

Good value
Café Central

The impossibly chic surroundings of Café Central are a sight to behold. With fine Viennese cuisine and live piano music during the evening, it's a stalwart of Viennese dining that has been around since 1876. Enjoy fine cuisine followed up with a delicious homemade pastry.

Good value

Perfect after an afternoon of shopping, this chic and petite bistro has the air of a Parisian salon and attracts a similarly refined crowd. Sample their wines, cheeses, escargot, baguettes and other French specialities, eat in or to go. Not child-friendly.

Cheap 'n' tasty
1516 Brewing Company

A great option for friends and budget-conscious travellers with mainly international fare. You'll find typical bar food like ribs and chicken wings, delicious Caesar salads and their famous beef burger, as well as a range of vegetarian options.

High-end dining
El Gaucho im Design Tower

El Gaucho steakhouse treats their customers to their signature dishes of carefully selected, high-quality local dry-aged or Argentinian Black Angus beef. Set in the Design Tower, the restaurant has a modern and hip edge that's great for friends or business travellers.

High-end dining

With a fabulous panoramic view over Vienna from the 18th floor, this haute cuisine restaurant is best enjoyed at sunset with a glass of pinot gris. Star chef Raphael Dwark serves the best of Austrian cuisine with an Alsatian influence. Try the restaurant's signature dish - pâté en croûte and Austrian frogs' legs. Tres magnifique!

  • Praterstraße 1, 1020 Vienna
  • Open every day 06:30–22:30
  • 0043 1906160
Good value
Pilwax Urban Bistro

For a taste of authentic Hungarian cuisine, Pilwax offers a three-course dining experience with a variety of local and international wines. Slightly kitsch decor, but friendly service and an airy space makes this a great place for a casual meal whether traveling alone or in a group.

High-end dining
Restaurant Steirereck

The second of Vienna's 2 Michelin star restaurants, the Steirereck also ranks as one of the world's 50 best places to dine. For the height of fine dining sophistication, Steirereck is known for its impeccable service, airy and elegant setting and playing host to the international elite. Book well in advance.

High-end dining
Restaurant S'PARKS

S'Parks offers a mix of European and Viennese cuisine in a modern and contemporary environment. During the week, it’s a great spot for a business lunch or dinner, while on the weekend it's very family friendly - there's a Sunday family brunch with a tantalizing buffet and children's program. You'll find this local treasure hidden in the Hilton Hotel, opposite the U3 Station Landstrasse.

Good value
Bierreither Gastwirtschaft

Great for friends or young couples, this Austrian pub serves local and international fare from spare ribs to Schnitzel. With the bustle of a brewery, it's a good place to mix with the locals or head for a post-theatre drink, given its proximity to Musikvereins and Akademietheater.

  • Schwarzenbergplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
  • Open weekdays 10:00–01:00, weekends 11:00–01:00
  • 0043 17157169
Good value

This trendy eatery is the perfect spot for friends or young couples looking for brunch or a casual drink. There's an extensive bar that serves a huge range of drinks (including some of their own creations) and comprehensive western breakfast fare (eggs, bagels, etc.)

  • Burgring 1, 1010 Vienna
  • Open Monday to Thursday 11:00–01:00, Friday 11:00–02:00, Saturday 09:00–02:00, Sunday 09:00–18:00
  • 0043 15811393
Cheap 'n' tasty

Great for a business lunch or a casual beer after a long day, Stadtparkbräu offers a rich menu including excellent grill plates and typical Austrian desserts. Bring a hearty appetite!

  • Am Heumarkt 5, 1030 Vienna
  • Open every day 11:00–00:00
  • 0043 17137102
Good value
Middle Eastern
Tewa Karmelitermarkt

For the ecologically-conscious traveller, this restaurant offers a range of organically farmed, animal-friendly cuisine in a welcoming environment. Tewa's cuisine is a fusion of Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern and international flavours, as well as their speciality spritzers in Limonana, Elderflower and Cardamom.

Good value

For a touch of old Vienna, this restaurant serves traditional Viennese dishes in a well-preserved historic interior. It's great for visitors seeking a bit of local flavour with an unpretentious, laid back feel. Try the schnitzel!

Cheap 'n' tasty

Classic Italian pastas and pizzas prepared from fresh ingredients and served in a modern environment with a lively Mediterranean atmosphere. Frequented by locals and great for a casual get-together.

High-end dining
Restaurant Vincent

This restaurant serves creative specialties inspired by Austrian cuisine in a refined yet relaxed environment. To complete the culinary experience, there is a wide range of regional and international wines on offer.

Cheap 'n' tasty
Gasthaus Schöne Perle

This popular eatery combines the best of local Austrian dishes with a modern twist, in a gorgeously airy space that reflects its modern cuisine. A must-eat for chocolate lovers is their famous Susitorte, an after-dinner treat!

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