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Culture Lover’s Guide to Vienna

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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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Skip the Line:Concert in Vienna's St. Anne's Church:Mozart,Beethoven,or SchubertClassical Music

Skip the Line:Concert in Vienna's St. Anne's Church:Mozart,Beethoven,or 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. Anna's Church, Vienna. Take your seat in the beautiful St. Anna's Church in Vienna 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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Vienna Classical Concert at St. Peter’s ChurchClassical Music

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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Vienna Mozart Concert at the MusikvereinConcerts & Special Events

Vienna Mozart Concert 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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Spanish Riding School Vienna Morning Exercise Entrance TicketAttraction Tickets

Spanish Riding School Vienna Morning Exercise Entrance Ticket

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Visit the Spanish Riding School in Vienna to watch the morning exercise of their legendary Lipizzaner horses. After showing your ticket, you'll head inside to see the school's graceful stallions put through their paces, and be trained to perform a high standard of classical dressage. How long you stay inside the school is up to you, but the training schedule runs for up to two hours during the mornings.
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Spanish Riding School Vienna Guided TourCultural Tours

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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Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and Imperial Treasury of ViennaMuseum Tickets & Passes

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna and Imperial Treasury of Vienna

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Discover two of the Austrian capital’s top attractions in one day on this 3-hour Kunsthistorisches Museum and Imperial Treasury tour in Vienna. Visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, widely considered home to one of the most important collections of European art in the world. Admire masterpieces from artists such as Pieter Bruegel the Elder alongside works by Durer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Rubens, Titian and Velázquez. Then, head to the Imperial Treasury of Vienna and discover the dazzling treasures of the House of Habsburg. Admire sparkling jewelry and see the Austrian imperial crown.
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Skip the Line: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Entrance Ticket

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Waste no time at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, and head straight inside with this prebooked entrance ticket. Once you’ve shown your voucher to the admission desk, you’ll step into a world of ancient relics and imperial-era art where works by Rubens, Raphael, and Velázquez appear at every corner. Stay inside as long as you like, and browse the impressive collection at your own pace.
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Vienna State Opera House Mozart Concert in Historical CostumesTheater, Shows & Musicals

Vienna State Opera House Mozart Concert in Historical Costumes

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Experience Austria’s rich musical heritage with a performance from the Vienna Mozart Orchestra at the Vienna State Opera. 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 gourmet dinner, a Fiaker carriage ride to the concert, the chance to meet the performers backstage and more.
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Vienna Walking Tour of Jewish ViennaHistorical & Heritage Tours

Vienna Walking Tour of Jewish Vienna

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Discover Vienna’s Jewish heritage and history on this 2-hour walking tour. Led by a local guide, explore the Jewish Textile Quarter and see the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial. Pay tribute to the World War II memorial in the central square of Morzinplatz and hear the stories behind the city’s Jewish community.
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Food Coffee and Market TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Food Coffee and Market Tour

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Taste everything from chocolate to coffee and wine to fresh produce, all while getting to know the ins and outs of Vienna’s culinary scene and history on a private walking tour.  You have complete flexibility to choose where you go (and what you eat). Visit the best known markets, as well as the lesser known local eateries, plus get recommendations for where to dine on the rest of your trip.
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Small-Group Vienna Coffee-House Walking TourCoffee & Tea Tours

Small-Group Vienna Coffee-House Walking Tour

Get to know Viennese coffee house culture on this small-group tour for just eight people or fewer. Travel with a dedicated guide, who will provide commentary tailored to the small group's interests and answer any questions. Taste three different types of coffee and a traditional Viennese cake in coffee shops where famous Austrian writers and artists have hung out in years past.
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