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Welcome to Vienna

Once one of Europe’s great Imperial cities, Vienna still bears the hallmarks of its glory years: opulent baroque palaces, prestigious opera houses, and high society balls held during its annual Carnival celebrations. The Austrian capital remains an enchanting place, elegant but not showy, romantic but still reserved, and oozing with old-world charm. The most striking monuments are congregated in the historic center of Vienna—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and along the Ringstrasse, the historic ring road that loops around the Old Town and Museum Quarter (MuseumsQuartier). Impressive buildings abound, from the grand Rathaus, or Vienna City Hall, to the Austrian Parliament Building and the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, to the magnificent halls of the Burgtheater and the Vienna Opera House (Staatsoper). Just outside of the center, the imperial palaces of Schonbrunn Palace (Schloss Schonbrunn) and Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere) are the city’s most prized attractions, while the legendary Spanish Riding School shows off Lipizzan horses. Vienna’s strategic location, close to the borders of Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, makes it a great base for exploring other European cities on day trips to Bratislava, Budapest, Salzburg, and beyond. Closer to home, opt for a romantic Danube River cruise, enjoy wine tasting in Wachau Valley, or take a hiking or bike tour through Vienna Woods.

Top 10 attractions in Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)

Built to rival the opulence of Versailles, Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) was once a summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs. Today, this baroque palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historic monuments in Austria.More
Hofburg Imperial Palace (Hofburg Wien)

Hofburg Imperial Palace (Hofburg Wien)

Formerly the winter residence of the Austrian royal family, the Hofburg Imperial Palace (Hofburg Wien) is now a lasting tribute to the glory of the Habsburg Empire. It’s one of Vienna’s most magnificent baroque palaces, located within Vienna’s UNESCO-listed historic center. Visitors to the Hofburg can explore the Imperial Apartments, visit the Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection, or watch a performance at the world-famous Spanish Riding School.More
St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom)

With its dark Gothic spires, intricately tiled roof, and imposing bell tower, St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom) is one of Vienna’s star attractions. Centrally located on Stephansplatz square in the city’s UNESCO-listed historic center, the cathedral is architecturally stunning both inside and out. It’s also a site of great historical significance—Emperor Friedrich III and numerous other Habsburg dignitaries were buried here.More
Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

A masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) is a hallowed venue for opera fans. Each year, the auditorium hosts 350 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Ballet (Wiener Staatsballett) performances, as well as the Vienna Opera Ball.More


Marking the boundary of the First District where the old city walls once stood, the grand boulevard of the Ringstrasse traces a 3-mile (5-kilometer) scenic ring around the historic Innere Stadt (Inner Town) of Vienna. Follow the Ringstrasse loop on a sightseeing tour of Vienna to take in some of the city’s top attractions along the route.More
Hundertwasser House (Hundertwasserhaus)

Hundertwasser House (Hundertwasserhaus)

Standing in stark contrast to the baroque palaces and grand plazas of historic Vienna, the colorful facade of the Hundertwasserhaus is one of the city’s most unique works of contemporary architecture. This eccentric apartment complex, masterpiece of Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is a highlight of many Vienna tours.More
Vienna Prater (Wiener Prater)

Vienna Prater (Wiener Prater)

One of Vienna’s most beloved parks, the Prater is both an oasis full of greenery and a family-friendly amusement park. Enjoy views of the Danube from the towering Ferris wheel earns big views of the Danube, walk down leafy avenues, visit museums, and join the local crowds turns that out for Sunday races at the Prater race track.More
Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere)

Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere)

Built in the 18th century as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy, the magnificent Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere) is among the many treasures of Vienna’s Baroque era and a UNESCO World Heritage–listed monument.More
Albertina Museum

Albertina Museum

Housed in former residential apartments in the vast Hofburg Imperial Palace complex, Vienna’s Albertina museum is home to an incredible 1.5 million prints and over 50,000 drawings. The permanent collection of graphic art is considered the finest in the world, with works by Dürer, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Schiele.More


For sheer grandness, the Neo-Gothic Rathaus, or Vienna City Hall, steals the Ringstrasse show. Completed in 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt, it was modeled on Flemish city halls. Its main spire soars to 335 ft (102m) if you include the pennant held by the knight at the top. You're free to wander through the seven inner courtyards but must join a guided tour to see the interior, with its red carpets, gigantic mirrors, and frescoes.Between the Rathaus and the Ringstrasse is the Rathauspark, with fountains, benches and several statues. It is split in two by Rathausplatz, which is lined with statues of notable people from Vienna's past. Rathausplatz is the sight of some of the city's most frequented events, including the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market), Musikfilm Festival and the Wiener Eistraum.More

Trip ideas

Recent reviews from experiences in Vienna

Linda, Mar 2020
Hallstatt and Alps, incl. Skywalk visit, small group tour
Recommend as a day trip from Vienna to see this magical town.
Get a taste of Budapest
Robert_B, Mar 2020
Budapest Full-Day Trip From Vienna With Accommodation Pick-Up
Because it is just a day trip, you won't be able to see everything, but I saw enough that makes me want to revisit and spend some quality time there.
Satisfaction guaranteed
Thelma, Feb 2020
Prague Small-Group Trip from Vienna with Accommodation Pick-Up
Yes the travel time from Vienna is more than 3 hours but it is worth it to see Prague in a day covers all the highlights .
Doris H, Jan 2020
Discover Bratislava on a Day Trip from Vienna
I wish I had taken her contact information so friends that plan to visit could request her.
A Long Day but Worth It
horan2015, Nov 2019
Salzburg Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna
A 600KM round trip but worth it to see Salzburg, Mondsee and the country in between there and Vienna.
Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour
chanyap0924, Nov 2019
Skip-the-Line Schonbrunn Palace Guided Tour and Vienna Historical City Tour
She gave a clear history of the attractions in Vienna.
Awesome Concert
Psychmck, Oct 2019
Vienna Classical Concert at St. Peter’s Church
Our seats were amazing and we sat right on the front row and were able to see the amazing musicians.
Excellent trip
mrpv72, Oct 2019
Big Bus Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
relaxed day with plenty of buses and stops to see the most of Vienna.
Vienna 2019
Paulino89, Oct 2019
Day-trip from Vienna to Hallstatt
Hallstatt is great place to visit, with a wonderful view, and a great little town.
Vienna 2019
Dennis T, Oct 2019
Vienna Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
I would recommend to other travelers to just do a 4-hour tour and you should be able to get to see all of the main attractions and then decide what you want to see after that.
61carriew, Oct 2019
4-Hour Private Alpine Great George at High Wall Mountain from Vienna
The hike Michael took us on was fantastic and amazing to see the beautiful scenery and be out in nature.
Excellent night out
Kylie0001, Sep 2019
Vivaldi Four Seasons Concert at St. Charles Church in Vienna
Sat in the category 1 seating and was great seats to see everything.
Very enjoyable tour with a knowledgeable guide
Travel02037272953, Sep 2019
Best of Food Tour Vienna
Great comfortable tour to see some the small food spots in Vienna.
Food Adventure in Vienna
Stephen R, Sep 2019
Food, Coffee and Market: Small Group or Private Walking Tour in Vienna
Will took us all around Vienna to visit the less touristy cafes, eateries, and markets of this fabulous baroque city.
Excellent Tour
582keeshaw, Sep 2019
Amazing Vienna on Electric Bike
Great way to visit Vienna!
Must visit
YiannisGolf, Sep 2019
Madame Tussauds Vienna
Need around 1 hour to see everything.
Beautiful Concert
Angie N, Aug 2019
Kursalon Vienna: Johann Strauss and Mozart Concert
Might be a bit hard to see from the back row's but over all a wonderful experience.
Wonderful view
Kevin7828, Aug 2019
Skip the Line: Wiener Riesenrad Giant Ferris Wheel Vienna Entrance Ticket
We went at night to see the lights and it was beautiful.
Barbara J, Aug 2019
Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna
A fabulous day trip, English speaking guide was very knowledgeable on his vienna.
Typical Big Bus
Lita F, Aug 2019
Big Bus Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Did a great job of pointing out the main attractions to see.

All about Vienna

When to visit

Winter is a magical time to visit Vienna, with its UNESCO-listed palaces lit up with festive illuminations, atmospheric Christmas markets, and the New Year’s Eve Imperial Ball marking the start of the ball season. After a long winter, spring is the time for sipping Viennese coffee at a terrace café and strolling beneath the cherry blossoms in Stadtpark.

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