50 things, you should definitely do in Vienna!

This list includes sights of Vienna and everything the city has to offer, from museums to Viennese cuisine and day trips in the area.

Classic sightseeing

1. Watch the sunset over Vienna from one of the towers of St. Stephen's Cathedral, also lovingly called Steffl by the Viennese, Vienna's Gothic cathedral in the center of the 1st district. There are 343 steps to climb to get to the 137 high south tower. The lift takes you to the north or eagle tower with the Pummerin.

2. Take a look at the Vienna City Hall and the City Hall Park, where many events take place throughout the year, such as the music film festival, the Christmas market and the Vienna Ice Dream.

3. Admire the Parliament building in the neoclassical style, in which the k.k. Reichsrat met.

4. If you belong to the bookworm species, visit the breathtaking State Hall of the Austrian National Library, which houses over 200,000 books.

5. Take a ride on the Vienna Ferris Wheel, one of the oldest of its kind in the world. The Prater, in which the Ferris wheel is located, has been the protagonist in several films and is a hit with adults and children alike.

6. See a slightly different kind of ballet performance at the Spanish Riding School. White Lipizzaner stallions dance to the sound of classical music. The morning work is included in your Vienna PASS, tickets for the evening performances are available at srs.at.

7. Visit the unique and beautiful Hundertwasserhaus, a house famous for its peculiar architecture, which impresses with its unusual shapes, colors and fauna.

8. Relax on a boat trip through the city along the Danube Canal and glide past the historical and modern sights of the city.

9. Take a journey back in time to Vienna's imperial past and let yourself be enchanted on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna's city center.


History and architecture

10. Stroll through the spacious park and visit Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburgs. The Schönbrunn Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular sight in Austria!

11. The Hofburg in the inner city of Vienna was the center of power of the Habsburg Empire from 1273 until the end of the First World War. Visit, for example, Sunday mass in the Hofburg Chapel, where the Vienna Boys' Choir sing.

12. Visit the final resting place of the Habsburgs in the imperial crypt under the Capuchin Church.

13. Pay a visit to St. Peter's Church and admire the blue-green dome that can be seen from afar.

14. Take a look at the Karlskirche, one of the most important baroque churches in Vienna.

15. Take a look at the impressive collection of crown jewels and unique art treasures from several centuries in the Imperial Treasury of Vienna.

16. Discover the excavations of the medieval synagogue in the Museum Judenplatz.

17. Explore the life and work of the world-famous Viennese doctor Sigmund Freud in his former apartment and practice at Bergstrasse 19, which now houses the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna.

18. Take a journey through Vienna's past in the Wien Museum Karlsplatz, which takes you from the 20th century to the Neolithic

For art enthusiasts

19. Visit the Dürer's hare in the Albertina! The Albertina was originally built by Maria Theresa and later became the property of Duke Albert and his wife Archduchess Marie Christine. Today it houses the world's largest graphic collection, as well as an architecture and photo collection. The works of the Batliner Collection and the Essl Collection are also on permanent loan in the Albertina.

20. Visit the Leopold Museum and marvel at the permanent collection, which consists of over 5,000 exhibits by Austrian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, above all Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.

21. Belvedere Palace is another example of Baroque architecture that you shouldn't miss. Stroll through the baroque palace gardens before entering the Upper Belvedere and taking a look at Klimt's kiss.

22. Discover the Klimt Villa, where Gustav Klimt worked from 1911 to 1918. The villa has been revitalized and shows Klimt's faithfully restored studio.

23. Admire Vienna's most famous collection of contemporary art in the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK), with representatives from Expressionism to Pop Art.

24. Explore the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien with objects from five millennia, from Roman sculptures to the works of the old masters.

All theater

25. Visit the Mozarthaus Vienna and stroll through Mozart's apartment, where he spent his happiest times and composed his best works.

26. Enjoy an opera performance in the Vienna State Opera or feel like a prince or princess at an opulent Viennese ball.

27. Immerse yourself in the world of music, sound and hearing in the House of Music and discover the interactive exhibition areas from the creation of sound to the Vienna Philharmonic.

28. Walk in the footsteps of the great Viennese composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Schubert. Visit the places where these great musicians lived and worked.

29. Go to a concert - from classical concerts in venerable halls to festivals and open air events to live jazz sessions, there is something for everyone.

30. Watch a film in the oldest cinema in the world, the Breitenseer Lichtspiele, or visit the music film festival on Rathausplatz (July and August).

Outdoor Action

31. The Vienna Zoo, the Schönbrunn Zoo, founded in 1752, is the oldest zoo in the world. Its 750 inhabitants include pandas, tigers, giraffes, elephants and polar bears - a must for all animal lovers!

32. Stroll through the city park and across the Wien River and look at the statues of famous contemporaries, above all Johann Strauss Sohn.

33. Vienna's largest park, the Prater, offers something for everyone - from forests and meadows, the Prater train to children's playgrounds and a swimming pool. Perfect for a family friendly afternoon.

34. Visit the Danube Island, a 21 km long flood protection island in the middle of the Danube, and experience the many activities it has to offer, from beaches and rock climbing to cycling and trampoline jumping.

35. Check out the Natural History Museum and discover four billion years of natural history in a beautiful 19th century museum. Exhibits include fossils and dinosaur bones and a collection of 1,100 meteorites.

36. Stroll along the Danube Canal and admire the graffiti that adorns its banks.

37. Stroll along the Ringstrasse and see some of Vienna's most famous buildings such as the State Opera, the Hofburg, the MAK, the Parliament and the Burgtheater.


38. Visit Graben, Vienna's busy shopping street, pick up some souvenirs, and admire the beautiful architecture of the shops themselves.

39. Stroll through the Naschmarkt, Vienna's most famous market, where everything from fruit and vegetables to fish and meat is for sale. Browse through the flea market every Saturday and find one or the other gem.

40. If luxury shopping is more your style, the boutiques on Kärntnerstrasse and Kohlmarkt are the places for upscale shopping.

41. The lively market area of the Brunnenmarkt and Yppenplatz is home to Vienna's longest street market. There are also some hip restaurants in the neighborhood such as An-do or Mani.

Day trips

42. Discover Klosterneuburg Abbey, a 900 year old baroque masterpiece that houses sacred works of art and relics, as well as Austria's oldest wine cellar.

43. Climb the Kahlenberg (or just take the bus) and enjoy the great view over Vienna, the Danube and the Vienna Woods up to the Schneeberg.

44. Discover the romantic Wachau: cycling between picturesque villages and towns, cozy wine taverns invite you to a vintner's snack. Be impressed by the picturesque landscape, the vineyards and sights such as Melk Abbey and Schönbühel Palace.

45. Visit Liechtenstein Castle, the family seat of the Prince of Liechtenstein and the setting for several films, including the 1993 film “The Three Musketeers”.

Gourmets and connoisseurs

46. ​​Non-vegetarians cannot visit Vienna without trying a Wiener Schnitzel. The Austrian delicacy can be found everywhere in the city, but the most famous and popular is probably the Schnitzl at Figlmüller.

47. Vienna's coffee houses are a tourist attraction in themselves and famous around the world. Make yourself comfortable with coffee and cake and enjoy the special atmosphere.

48. Taste your way through the Viennese pastry kitchen - Sachertorte, apple strudel, milk cream strudel, punch krapferl and Kaiserschmarrn - have you tried all of these before?

49. Visit a traditional Viennese Heuriger, friendly eatery where Viennese wines and delicious local dishes are served. Wine is grown in and around Vienna, visit the vineyards on a wine hike.

50. Vienna's answer to street food (which already existed before this trend) is the sausage stand, where you can enjoy sausages, cheese meats and hot dogs with a selection of sweet or spicy mustards and cold drinks. Perfect for a snack while sightseeing or shopping!

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