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With all of Vienna's imperial palaces, countless architectural achievements, and a world-renowned cafe culture, there's almost too much to do in Austria's amazing capital.

The historic city center is like an open-air museum, so it's no surprise it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ringstrasse Boulevard is lined with beautiful buildings like the Rathaus (town halll), the Spanish Riding School, and the Hofburg Palace. However, the best place to check out the city's main sights is in the MuseumsQuartier – a collection of great museums, as well as cozy cafes and bars all housed in former stables. Highlights include the MUMOK, Leopold Museum, Kunsthalle, Architekturzentrum, and the interactive children's museum Zoom.

Enjoy the unique atmosphere of Vienna's coffee shops at Café Schwarzenberg—the oldest café on the Ringstrasse—which serves traditional liver dumpling soup and apple strudel. There's also Café Central, where icons like Leo Trotsky and Sigmund Freud used to gather. Then head over to the Riesenrad for some beautiful views over the city. This classic Ferris wheel is 215 feet tall and takes about 20 minutes to make a full rotation.

Vienna International Airport is right outside the city limits and can be reached easily by train, bus or taxi.


From $32 per night

This weekend

From $104 per night

Next weekend

From $28 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.09
Language German
Average weekend price $159 per night
Average weekday price $176 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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Vienna is a very historical and monumental city.

February 5, 2023

Vienna is a very historical and monumental city. Easy to get around, and a lot of interesting museums. And we got lucky and got hold on some tickets to the opera which was a very nice experience. We where there in december and there are christmas markets everywhere.

Anthon Norway

Vienna is beautiful.

February 3, 2023

Vienna is beautiful. It was very cold and snowed but that did not take away our enjoyment. I would recommend you take a tour of the Opera House. It is stunning. There are loads of places to eat and drink. We wanted to have tea in the cafe Sacher but it was fully booked. I would suggest making a booking before you go. (We still had Sachertorte in the cafe of the opera house :) ) We made a list of things to do and packed a lot into our weekend. There were still some things I'd like to see - The Spanish Riding school for one - I'll have to return in the summer for a whole different experience.

wendi United Kingdom

I would have liked to be there in spring or summer so that...

January 30, 2023

I would have liked to be there in spring or summer so that the evenings would be more enjoyable as well. We finished the day early due to the cold and activities like shopping are not possible after 20:00 anymore. But we loved the architecture, the museums are beautiful. I most definitely can recommend. Maybe 1 more day stay could have led to seeing a bit more. But after walking that much for 3 days we were exhausted and it was just fine. We did not use public transport or a vienna pass but it might have been actually good to do if you want to save money on museums etc.

Gülseren Turkey

Beautiful city, easy and safe to visit.

January 28, 2023

Beautiful city, easy and safe to visit. So much culture to choose from. It's like going back in time. Definitely worth a visit. Delicious food and beverages everywhere. t's cleaner and prettier than Paris.

Sandra United States of America

Enjoyed museums quarter,particularly Old gallery with marble...

January 26, 2023

Enjoyed museums quarter,particularly Old gallery with marble interior and great selection of art and lovely place for coffee and cake..liked Albertina and got the 40 euro pass for Sisi museum,Schönbrunn and furniture museum..all great.Loved the Gloriette cafe at Schönbrunn for morning coffee.Went around palace at 9am before crowds.Enjoyed Albertina in the evening,enjoyed cafe central,and Demel cafe,and Cafe Diglas..Also lovely tea shop if you want tea instead of coffee in little Alleyway off Mariahilfee Strasse.Great to get tram to Schönbrunn and metro pass great value and easy to use.Loves Stephansdom and walking around Freyung and backstreets and Rathaus stunning and good to walk around the University area.Kaffeemule Hotel On Kaiserstrasse great location to stay..and friendly clean hotel..excellent value.

Laura United Kingdom

Good buildings but over priced!

January 25, 2023

Good buildings but over priced! Every museum chargers you 10-15 euro at least! They charge foreigners 50 euro for missing N95 masks on the tram. It’s 2023 no where in the world still asking people to wear N95 on bus. Not a simple blue mask, you have to wear something they used in bio labs, other wise you pay 50 EURO!

郭震 KIAA United Kingdom

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