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Vienna still bears the hallmarks of historic opulence, proudly displaying some of the most exquisite architecture in Europe, as well as many of Austria's top attractions. Here are the best things to see and do between your sausage and schnitzel!

Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace

Vienna's ornate Imperial Palace was the center of the Habsburg dynasty's power for seven centuries! Visit its chapel on Sundays for High Mass to see the Vienna Boys' Choir perform.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

The picturesque grounds of Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs' former summer home, boast a gloriette, palm house, zoo, and even artificial Roman ruins. Few tours offer so much bang for your buck!

Albertina

Albertina

Home to the most valuable collection of graphical illustrations in the world, the Albertina is located on the grounds of the Hofburg Palace, making it the perfect follow-up tour!

Vienna Rathaus

Vienna Rathaus

The Neo-Gothic town hall is one of the city's most famous landmarks, but the administrative building also houses the historic Rathauskeller – one of the best restaurants in Vienna!

Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is home to one of the world's best and most prolific opera companies. You may well go on every day of your trip and never see the same show twice!

Madame Tussauds Vienna

Madame Tussauds Vienna

Visitors to this established family favorite can mingle with some of the most famous figures on the planet. At the Madame Tussauds Vienna you may also discover few Austrians you might not recognize!

St. Stephen's Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral

From the huge church bells in its tower down to the famous bodies in its catacombs, the unmissable St. Stephen's Cathedral stands out as one of Vienna's best sights.

Leopold Museum

Leopold Museum

Located in Vienna's Museumsquartier, the Leopold exhibits one of the largest collections of modern Austrian art, including famous works by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

Mozarthaus

Mozarthaus

Mozart only lived in this house for three years but, as Mozarthaus is his only surviving residence, its central location makes it perfect for this comprehensive exhibition on his life and works.

Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum

The Jewish museum offers insight into the eventful history of Jewish life and culture in Vienna. It's actually spread across two locations: Dorotheergasse and Judenplatz.

Planning Your Vienna Visit

How many days?

You could see the sights of Vienna in three or four days but, if you can, it's worth booking longer in order to fully experience its exhibitions, concerts, and highbrow cultural life!

How to get around?

Vienna's public transport network is excellent. With buses, trams, trains, and relatively new metro lines, hiring a car will be more hassle than it's worth! Taxis are affordable and the city's bicycle friendly too, so consider renting two wheels for your stay if you've got the legs for it!

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +43
  • Best time to visit
    Any time of the year!

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What people are saying about Vienna

Excellent and knowledgeable guide, definitely recommend this tour.

Hugo was a very knowledgeable guide and was able to share his knowledge of wine and the region. Loved getting to know the other members of the small group.

Wachau Valley Day Tour with Wine Tasting Reviewed by Carolyne, 05/16/2019

Delightful music in beautiful and historic concert hall.

In the historic Musik Verein, we enjoyed the sumptuous music of Mozart and Strauss. Absolutely delightful! The essence of Austria.

Vienna Mozart Concert at the Golden Hall Reviewed by Greg, 05/08/2019

Very informative, with a wonderful hostess.

It would have been useful to know that we cannot enter with the digital ticket, but need printed tickets from the main desk. Otherwise it's been a very enjoyable experience.

Vienna Spanish Riding School Guided Tour Reviewed by Dakmara Ana, 05/06/2019

Vienna. Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise

I was unable to get tickets for a performance concert with the Lippizane horses so I booked the Morning Exercise tour. I was very pleasantly surprised. Love it. About 20 minutes is long enough to watch them but they are so beautiful. Most of the time they are just walking around with their trainers but some of them will do a bit of jumping and it's so worth it to see them (the horses that is, not the trainers- lol!) A little tip - annoyingly, although you may have your booking confirmation printed or have it on your phone, you still have to get a ticket printed when you get there. However, you don't have to stand in the long queue - just walk into the hall and at the end of the reception desk there is a couple of staff who will print your ticket out for you. Enjoy!

Vienna: Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise Reviewed by Helen, 05/05/2019

great way to experience Salzburg in a day

We were very happy with our driver, Alex, he was most helpful and stopped at the best places for food and pictures. We had a local guide in Salzburg, and she took us around on foot to visit Mirabelle Gardens, Corn Lane, some lovely old cathedrals, and all things Mozart! We had free time to take the funicular up to the fort, from where you have a magnificent view of the city and canals. The lakes we stopped at were picturesque and serene, and Alex gave us time at Mondsee Lake to go down to the water and have fun in the sun, it was a memorable day and a smooth ride.

Salzburg and Alpine Lakes Full-Day Trip from Vienna Reviewed by priscilla, 05/03/2019