Book your tickets in advance.
Where possible, buy skip-the-line admission tickets to Vienna’s big hitters in advance. Go to Café Central, Hofburg Imperial Palace (Hofburg Wien), and Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) as early or late in the day as you can, and try to avoid weekends. It’s also worth buying concert tickets for Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper), or the Vienna Musikverein (Wiener Musikverein) well ahead of time.
Venture beyond Innere Stadt
Go beyond the historic center.
Hemmed in by the Ringstraße, the UNESCO-listed Innere Stadt is home to many of Vienna’s major attractions, which include St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), the State Opera House, and Hofburg Imperial Palace, making it the busiest part of town. Venture beyond the Ringstraße’s boundary to Wieden, home to the Third Man Museum and Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere), or go even farther afield to the likes of the Vienna Woods or the Danube Valley, where city-center crowds feel a million miles away.
Put your walking shoes on
This city was made for wandering.
Sightsee at sunset
See the city as it turns golden.
With most travelers hanging up their hats by late afternoon, evening can be a great time to explore. Tours take you to well-known city spots that are extra spectacular—and much less crowded—after dark.
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