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Culture Lover’s Guide to Vienna

Culture Lover’s Guide to Vienna

Vienna is steeped in music, art, and history, making it a perfect destination for culture vultures. From enjoying its centuries-old passion for classical music at concerts to exploring its art museums and discovering its celebrated coffeehouses, here’s how to experience the Austrian capital’s cultural offerings.

Explore Vienna’s Art Museums

Vienna’s museums brim with classical, imperial-era, and modern art. Topping the agenda is the Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum), with works by Rubens, Rembrandt, and Bruegel, as well as ancient and classical treasures. Other institutions include Belvedere Palace, whose collections include masterpieces such as Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and pieces by Monet and van Gogh. Explore on a tour to benefit from a guide’s commentary, or save precious vacation time by prebooking admission tickets online.


Immerse Yourself in Classical Music

The Austrian capital’s rich musical heritage lies in the great 18th- and early 19th-century composers—Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss—who all lived in the city. The result is a rolling program of concerts staged in Vienna’s Hapsburg-era venues, with some including dinner and musicians in period costume. Popular options range from Mozart recitals at the State Opera House and Musikverein to wider classical concerts at the city’s churches.

See the Horses at the Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School is entwined in Vienna’s history, having been established as a horse-and-rider-training school by Austria’s Hapsburg rulers in the 1500s. Its stables and arena lie within Hofburg Palace, and its stars are its dressage-performing, white Lipizzaner stallions. Watch a demonstration by booking a ticket, or get a behind-the-scenes look on a tour of the school.

Dive into Vienna’s Coffeehouse Culture

Coffeehouses and Vienna have gone hand in hand since the 16th century, serving not only as places to enjoy top-notch coffee and the city’s famously rich cakes, but as meeting places for great artists and writers. Tap into the tradition on a tasting tour of some celebrated cafés, or broaden your sights to include Vienna’s other culinary delights—such as chocolate and wine.

Discover the City’s Jewish Heritage

Vienna had one of Europe’s largest Jewish populations for centuries until the Nazis decimated it, and today the city again boasts a vibrant Jewish community. Discover this key strand of its culture on walking tours around the historical Jewish quarter, seeing everything from ornate synagogues to memorials that mark the Holocaust as a guide explains the city’s deep-seated Jewish heritage.

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Vienna Classical Concert at St. Peter’s Church

Vienna Classical Concert at St. Peter’s Church

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Treat yourself to a classical music concert in Vienna’s St. Peter’s Church. One of the city’s baroque beauties, the lavish church is a fitting venue for an evening of music in the heart of the city. Take a seat in the church vaults and immerse yourself in a program of music from renowned classical composers such as Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Schubert, and Beethoven.
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Concert in St. Anne's Church Vienna: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert

Concert in St. Anne's Church Vienna: Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert

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Discover a highlight in Vienna's cultural calendar and enjoy an evening of beautiful music during this classical concert in St. Anne's Church. Take your seat and admire the building’s breathtaking architecture. When the orchestra starts up, listen as your favorite pieces of classical music come to life and marvel at the impressive acoustics. Hear classical pieces from Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert from the talented string ensemble, and enjoy beautiful solos from performers of international renown.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Vienna Mozart Concert in Historical Costumes at the Musikverein

Vienna Mozart Concert in Historical Costumes at the Musikverein

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Soak up Vienna’s rich music culture with a performance from the Vienna Mozart Orchestra at the Musikverein. Take your seat in the historic venue and travel back to the 18th century, as the orchestra performs Mozart’s famous works while dressed in period costumes. Upgrade to a VIP ticket to include a 4-course dinner, a carriage ride to the concert, the chance to meet the performers backstage and more.
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Belvedere Museum Vienna Skip-the-Line Ticket Including Klimt's Kiss

Belvedere Museum Vienna Skip-the-Line Ticket Including Klimt's Kiss

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Belvedere Museum is a spectacular baroque landmark, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Avoid wasting time in long entrance lines, and enjoy the perk of a skip-the-line admission ticket. Get straight to the action and explore the museum at your own pace. Highlights include “The Kiss” by Klimt, and works by Claude Monet, Max Beckmann, and Vincent Van Gogh.
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Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour

Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided Tour

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The Spanish Riding School in Vienna has a lot going for it with baroque architecture, the largest oval horse walker in the world, and, of course, its Lipizzaner stallions. You can see it all on a visit, but if you want to understand the history behind the landmark site, a tour is the best way to do it. With this experience, learn about the equestrian traditions and history of the Spanish Riding School as a guide introduces you to its standout sights.
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