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Top 33 Things to do in Vienna, Austria
Make your way down the impressive staircase into the historic Café Restaurant Residenz, where strudels have been prepared for centuries. With its authentic arched ceiling, this is the perfect setting to observe the baker rolling out the dough so thin you can read a newspaper through it. As they slice the apples, take a mental note so you can recreate the delicacy back home.
At the end of the fascinating demonstration, sit back and enjoy a sampling of the delicious Viennese specialty straight out of the oven. After your experience of watching the strudels being created, you receive your own copy of the original recipe to take home with you. Read More close
Vienna and Bratislava are located closer to each other than any other two European capitals. Leave the former bright and early and, after only 1 hour on the road, arrive at the latter. Your guide is here and ready to take you on a leisurely stroll through the scenic old-town area.
Enjoy a 2-course Slovakian lunch before taking some time to stroll through the streets and wander past the Old Town Hall, the main squares, and the impressive St. Martin Cathedral. See a different view of the majestic Danube River. Spend some time browsing the boutiques to pick up a couple of souvenirs of your adventure in Slovakia before the quick journey back to Vienna. Read More close
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Glimpse the impressive Danube River on arrival and see how the elegant city is united between west bank Buda and east bank Pest. Enjoy some free time to stop for lunch, perhaps treating yourself to authentic local cuisine as you prepare for an afternoon of exploration in this magical city.
Stroll with your guide as you admire UNESCO-listed Buda Castle, the jewel in Budapest’s crown, before continuing on to feel inspired at Hero’s Square, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Hungarian State Opera House.
Soak up the relaxing atmosphere of recreational parks, Music Fountain, and the Japanese Garden on Margaret Island before departing on your journey back to Vienna. Read More close
Your local guide awaits, ready to escort you to the sights of the grand Ringstrasse, including the romantic State Opera House. Here, a blend of architectural styles fuse together—Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance influences—resulting in a culturally rich scene. Ride the iconic, 212-foot (65 m) Giant Ferries Wheel in the popular Prater park, for a spectacular view of the Viennese rooftops and a chance to marvel at the elegant city’s lights while night takes hold.
After your city tour, delight in a trip to Grinzing and sample a glass of vintage wine from a time-honored gift shop. Local music surrounds you, creating a vibrant scene for you to revel in. Read More close
Begin a fascinating journey through 2,000 years of the city's intriguing history as you enter the enigmatic subterranean world beneath the centuries-old St. Michael monastery, now home to Time Travel Vienna. On a lighthearted tour with your guide, learn about the past and present of the Austrian capital in a humorous way.
Suitable for the whole family, the attractions provide an enjoyable experience. In the 5-D Cinema, fly back in time all the way to the age of Roman conquerors and then take a seat in the Imperial Theatre for a humorous history about the Habsburg rulers told by animatronic members of the family. At the Music of Vienna, listen to fine melodies of a timeless waltz and then meet Strauss and Mozart.
The War Years introduces you to the dark days during World War I and II and you can experience an air raid from inside a bomb shelter. Enjoy a breathtaking bird's-eye view on the Fiaker Ride, where you soar over contemporary Vienna with the help of thrilling special effects.
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This hotspot features rare pieces of authentic music memorabilia, from guitars to jackets and stage costumes. Sit back and enjoy a meal in this cafe that includes indoor seating for 142, a vibrant bar that can accommodate up to 32, a spacious outdoor terrace where you can people-watch, and a live entertainment space that often features sessions from Vienna's one-of-a-kind local music scene.
Take home your very own Hard Rock merchandise from the Rock Shop and enjoy selections from the Gold Menu. Your Hard Rock dining experience includes an entree (salad), your choice of main course (Hard Rock burger, cheeseburger, chicken sandwich, veggie burger, barbecue chicken, or chicken Caesar salad), ice cream, and a beverage (soft drink, coffee, or tea). Read More close
Located in the Palace of Archduke Charles, in the old city center, the Haus der Musik helps you understand the world of music and sound in an interactive way. Explore Austria's musical heritage as you stroll through the 6 floors of the museum and play with numerous interactive displays and musical objects. The museum also contains historic documents, costumes, and other personal items of famous musicians, such as Mozart, Strauss, and Beethoven.
Learn how to direct an opera concert, hear prenatal sounds, and mix the sound of your voice with noises of the micro- and macrocosm. At the Vienna Philharmonic’s historical archive, you can even compose your own waltz by playing a dice game. Read More close
Your recorded audio commentary provides you with useful information about what to see to make the most of your experience. From May to October, you can also take advantage of a 1-hour guided walking tour included in your ticket price.
Select a ticket type including either all 4 routes, or the Red Line only.
Red Line stops include:
- State Opera House
- Imperial Palace
- National Theatre
Blue Line stops include:
- The Prater & its Ferris Wheel
- Danube Tower
Yellow Line stops include:
- Schonbrunn Palace
- Fruit & Flower Market
- Museum of Military History
- Belvedere Palace
Green Line stops include:
- Grinzing wine village
- Klosterneuburg Abbey Read More close
With the freedom to explore at your own pace, this tour gives insight into this capital city's rich history. See stunning architecture that oozes from the city's palaces and gardens and learn about how the city developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into the spectacularly medieval and Baroque city it is today.
Along 2 extensive routes, hop on and off as you please to visit iconic sites including Vienna State Opera, St Charles Church, and St Stephen's Cathedral—and see why Vienna is viewed as the "City of Music and Dreams," due to its musical legacy and the world's first psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud.
Make the most of your ticket and embark on 2 fascinating walking tours. By morning, stroll by Hofburg, the Spanish Riding School, Heldenplatz, and the Capuchin Crypt. Meander along historic streets of Old Town, absorb the charm of the city's delightful squares, and listen to stories of the golden age of music from your local guide on this afternoon tour of Vienna.
Red Route includes:
- Karmeliter Market.
- Danube Island
- Old Danube
Blue Route includes:
- House of Music
- Hofburg Museums
- Schönbrunn Palace
- Belvedere Read More close
An extraordinary tour gives you first-hand experience resembling the thrills racers felt in pre-war America. Still a cultic piece of engineering, hot rods are indeed "hot"—expect heads turn everywhere you go on this fun adventure. Make yourself comfortable in a shiny mini rod assembled by a professional car manufacturer in Germany.
Purpose-built for the excursion, the vehicles are easy to navigate. After an orientation session and kitted in safety gear, you are ready to join a limited number of fellow travelers for a ride along some of the major sites of Vienna. The convoy is accompanied by 2 guides, one at the front, one at the back, providing directions and tips via radio and earphones in the car.
Get a new perspective of the charming city as you pass by landmarks such as the Danube Canal, the Giant Ferries Wheel, and the UN Headquarters. Your route also includes the Kursalon, the Opera, City Hall, and if traffic conditions allow, even the glorious Schönbrunn Palace. Read More close
Absorb information about this eminent Austrian artist whose naturalist ideas and values inspired a career spanning nearly half a century. See how these principles not only filled a museum with exhibits but also expressed themselves in the design of the building itself—with undulating floors, garish colors, and abundant plant life. Wonder at the result—a shining example of how the urban can live in harmony with nature.
Expect to encounter a variety of artistic mediums, as Hundertwasser expresses himself through pictorial art—the designs of façades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing. Relax in the green oasis of the coffee shop and restaurant as you reflect on all you've observed. Read More close
Found in the cultural hub of the Museumsquartier, the Leopold Museum's exhibits were consolidated from Rudolf Leopold's private collection, accrued over 40 years. Engage with the early works of Austrian Secession artists, such as Klimt and Moser, who broke the shackles of tradition, pulling the Viennese art movement into the 20th century. The museum houses the world's largest collection of Egon Shiele's distinctly intense masterpieces, with strokes of early expressionism displayed in his paintings.
See how the white limestone building itself, modernist in design, offers a contrast to its backdrop of the Imperial Stables. Draw your eyes from the magnificent displays inside to the stunning views over the city center. Read More close
Stroll through the themed rooms at your own pace. Surely there's someone you’d like to see up-close. In the music zone you can see just how tall Justin Bieber really is. Compare your pose with Elvis's, or get that snap with Johnny Depp and become the envy of your friends.
Cozy up to Mr. Bond or shake hands with Barack Obama. With rooms to suit all tastes, Madame Tussauds introduces your whole family to the revered stars you've always dreamed of meeting. Read More close
With a small group of 8 people, visit the site of one of the first concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Europe. Between 1938 and 1945 hundreds of thousands from all over the continent were imprisoned and used for forced labor in the vast complex of Mauthausen. Today, the site stands as a solemn reminder of the most gruesome period of Austria's history.
Join a limited number of fellow travelers to view the heart-rending displays. Aboard your vehicle, watch an informative documentary featuring Holocaust survivors' accounts of life in concentration camps. Listen to a sensitive presentation and insightful facts from an audio-guide through your personal headset as you see the quarters of the fearful SS, the macabre prison cells, barracks, and gas chambers.
Visit the Wiener-Graben quarry, the infamous Stairs of Death, and the highly-acclaimed Mauthausen Museum. Gain a deep awareness of the tragedies of the 20th century and honor the victims—part of the proceeds of the tour is donated to the Memorial. Read More close
Enjoy an electrifying evening full of famous compositions at 1 of 3 legendary locations: Palais Auersperg, which was originally owned by the "Cavalier of the Rose," the baroque Palais Kinsky, with its stunning painted ceilings, or the Börse Palais, one of the most prominent buildings of the Ringstrasse. Each venue offers a unique and memorable experience.
Let your imagination run free as you listen to Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni" and Strauss’s “Emperor's Waltz” and “The Blue Danube. ” Immerse your senses in the waltzes, polkas, arias, and duets as you are transported to those glorious times when this music was a sensation. Read More close
The MUMOK has several focuses, including Classic Modernism—a period that followed World War II—and the avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, which can be found in the Hahn and Ludwig collections. Explore the world’s largest collection of Vienna Actionism, a movement concerned with overcoming the flat picture. See contemporary documentary materials, various recordings, notebooks, sketches, and significant works by the Viennese actionists.
Don’t miss the contemporary art section of the museum, which displays magnificent works by Picasso, Andy Warhol, and David Goldblatt, as well as recent purchases from 2006, including film and photography by James Coleman and Matthew Buckingham.
Stroll through the museum and spend as much time as you please. See 1 of the 10 largest cultural complexes in the world in the Museums Quartier Wien. With the help of a multimedia guide, admire the full range of artistic styles, from Fluxus and Classic Modernism to Surrealism and Noveu Realism Read More close
Your photographer captures portrait- and documentary-style moments that reflect your personal style and uses creative and professional talents to make you and your group look truly amazing.
Photo sessions are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods and you can suggest your own location(s) if you prefer. Some of the most popular itineraries include the world-famous Vienna Opera House, beautiful Stadtpark, and the cultural Museumsquartier. You receive your beautifully retouched images in a shareable gallery within a week of your experience. Read More close
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Drive past towering mountains and mirror-like lakes on your journey to Salzburg. Upon arrival you have some free time to have a wander around and find a traditional café or a restaurant for lunch. Then head off on an afternoon stroll through the old city to view the magnificent cathedral, the Festival Hall, and the tomb of Mozart's sister at St. Peter's Abbey.
Stroll down the Getreidegasse to visit the birthplace of Mozart before passing through the gardens of Mirabell Palace, famous as the filming location for "The Sound of Music" (the gardens are where Maria and the Von Trapp children sang "Do-Re-Mi"). From this vantage point you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe’s largest castles. Read More close
Your tour begins at Vienna's oldest church—St. Rupert's Church (Ruprechtskirche)—overlooking the Danube Canal in the ancient part of the city. Here you discuss the Roman settlements before continuing to Mary at the Shore (Maria am Gestade) church, a truly Gothic structure, with an impressive openwork tower displaying stunning ornamental works.
Next, your guide takes you to Freyung, an area inhabited by wealthy residents in the 18th century, where you gather a sense of the imperial power of the Habsburg Empire. Learn notorious facts about the Habsburgs and the astonishing architecture built to represent their wealth and power—which can still be appreciated along the famous Ring Road (Ringstrasse)—and how Viennese artists, musicians, and writers flourished during the Habsburgs' reign.
Your last stop is St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom), a Gothic cathedral signifying centuries of survival in the midst of political and religious turmoil—including symbols expressing resistance to Nazism. Read More close
Your Vienna Secession tour begins—where else?—with Gustav Klimt. Learn how integral he was to the rise of modern art, as he and others like him grew disillusioned with classical styles like Historicism and subsequently developed a more modern approach.
Perhaps the best illustrations of art from that time are local buildings designed in the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) mold. The Vienna Post Office building by Otto Wagner is widely considered to be one of his masterpieces. Admire its grand façade and magnificent decor. With your scholarly guide, discuss the significant role Vienna Secession artists played in the birth of modern art. Leave having gained a greater understanding of the historical role of these progressive individuals. Read More close
Starting from central Vienna, ride past some of the most significant and historic points in the city. Pass by numerous grand buildings along the Ringstrasse. Travel to the world-famous State Opera House—one of Europe's busiest—and see the stunning architecture of the Museum of Fine Arts, with its huge array of treasures from the Habsburg family.
Travel to the Schönbrunn Palace for a visit to its incredible showrooms. Once a summer residence of the Habsburg family and former home of Maria Theresa, the palace transports you back to the days of Imperial Austria. Before the end of the tour, discover the site of the world's largest and most comprehensive Gustav Klimt collection at the Belvedere Palace. Read More close
After you're picked up from your Vienna hotel, make your way into the Burgenland region with a stop in Rust, an utterly charming lakeside village surrounded by vineyards. You can visit medieval hill fortresses such as Forchtenstein and the Baroque castle of Halbturn before continuing on to Eisenstadt in Austria. The magnificent palace of Schloss Esterházy still dominates the town, and you can visit the Jewish Museum, old Jewish Quarter, and cemetery to learn about the town's historic Jewish community.
Pass by the shallow waters of Lake Fertő, or Lake Neusiedl, the largest lake in Central Europe, as you cross into Hungary. Stop in at the tasting rooms of 2 wineries, where you can sip on local varietals as you learn about wine production in the region.
Next, visit the historic Hungarian town of Sopron and the stunning palace of Fertod, an estate that belonged to the noble Esterházy family. See the monument to the Pan-European Picnic on the site where peaceful demonstrations were held, and visit the park where the border was opened for the first time. You can still see some of the original barbed wire and lookout towers. From there, continue on through the rolling countryside of Hungary until you reach Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, where you're dropped off at your hotel to continue exploring the capital city on your own. Read More close
Budapest, the "Pearl of the Danube," is an easy daytrip from Vienna. Take advantage of the enhanced comforts of a luxurious Mercedes-Benz vehicle with adjustable captain's chairs, extra legroom, and extra large windows. A professional guide greets you in Budapest and shows you some of the most important sights and inviting neighborhoods.
Start the sightseeing on the top of Gellert Hill, crowned with a Habsburg-era citadel—take in far-reaching views over the city skyline. Continue to the Castle District and see the Trinity Square as well as the gothic beauty of the 1,000-year-old Matthias Church. The area is also home to the famous Fisherman's Bastion and the Royal Palace.
After crossing the iconic Chain Bridge to lively Pest, marvel at the sheer size and glory of St. Stephen’s Basilica. See the impressive Parliament Building, drive along elegant Andrassy Avenue past the Opera House to sweeping Heroes' Square, and end your tour in the shopping district around Vaci Street. Before returning to Vienna, enjoy leisure time to explore this gem-of-a-place at your own pace. Read More close
With graceful domes and spires towering above the fast-running Salzach River and an imposing castle-fortress, Salzburg is storybook Austria—and within easy reach from the capital city of Vienna. Admire Alpine peaks and the stunning Lake District as you enjoy comfortable transportation in a luxurious Mercedes minivan. The small group ensures attentive services throughout the excursion.
Arrive at Lake Attersee, a breathtaking spot for vacation photos. Then you continue to St. Gilgen for a stroll among delightful houses with wooden balconies overlooking Lake Wolfgangsee, one of the locations of the famous movie, The Sound of Music. Next, explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Salzburg, a hub of grand architecture and elegance.
Walking the enchanting streets with an expert guide, hear insightful stories about the picturesque city. See Mozart’s birthplace, the landscaped gardens of Mirabell Palace, and the ancient cemetery of St Peter’s Abbey as well as the mighty Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. You also have ample leisure time to browse delightful boutiques and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. Read More close
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Expect to feel inspired as you're seated in Lanner Hall for this celebration of Viennese music. Hailing from the mid-19th century, the Kursalon is an icon within Austrian culture. The great Johann Strauss himself conducted orchestras inside these majestic walls.
Relive the grandeur of years past and revel in the music that the distinguished Salonorchester produces—the lilting waltzes, the polka rhythms the Strauss brothers made their own, and the dignified concertos and arias from Mozart's vast repertoire.
As the evening crescendos, marvel at the accompanying opera singers and ballet soloists. An evening of finesse filled with recitals of masterpieces—this is one that will live long in your memory. Read More close
Originally built as a private menagerie for the Schönbrunn Palace and its royal inhabitants, the zoo has retained its regal atmosphere, and although extended many times to house an ever-growing list of species, the harmony between the natural world and the modern age is prevalent.
The zoo is of particular significance since it's one of very few worldwide to house giant pandas. See these 4 pandas, along with more than 4,000 animals, ranging from elephants and giraffes to sea lions and penguins.
Enjoy the daily feedings, where you can learn a little more about the animals and the conservation work the zoo is continually working on. Enjoy a bite to eat at one of many restaurants or picnic areas throughout the zoo. Read More close
On this guided walking tour, step into scenes from The Third Man, a British film noir released in 1949 that captures Vienna's atmosphere of immorality, insecurity, and poverty in the years after World War II. Praised by many as one of the best movies ever made, the film features Academy Award winner Orson Welles playing the main character, Harry Lime.
Walk through hidden lanes and courtyards of the Austrian capital that inspired author Graham Greene and the film's director, Carol Reed. Hear insightful stories from your knowledgeable guide who puts the city's days during the Allied occupation and Cold War espionage in context as you stroll along the Danube Canal.
See some of the movie's locations such as the famous Hotel Sacher and Café Mozart, where Holly Martins secretly met Baron Kurtz. Walk past the apartment on Josefplatz, where the film's hero stayed during his time in Vienna. The scars of war are long gone, but most spots in the cinematic masterpiece remain intact—making this tour thoroughly enjoyable for movie fans and the historically inclined. Read More close
With your Vienna Card, you can plan your own sightseeing tour and choose which museum or historical palace you to visit at a discounted price, including the historic Albertina art museum and the grand Habsburg residence of Schönbrunn Palace.
Check your complimentary coupon book for more information on the benefits of your card and use your transport map to help you get around. With discounts on train tickets from the airport, guided walking tours, restaurants, bars, and shops included as well, you have what you need to take full advantage of your time in the city. Read More close
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Goldsmith works, sculptures, bronze statuettes, bizarre ivory, and artifacts made with exotic and uncommon materials are part of the unique collection of the Kunstkammer, a new wing of the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna. Learn more about the Habsburgs' passion for collecting works of art as you stroll through the galleries. See Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquities. Marvel at the huge collection of paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, and Caravaggio in the Picture Gallery.
The Hofburg Palace, former house of the Habsburg dynasty and current residence of the president of Austria, hosts the Neue Burg (New Castle)—as a result of an enlargement project—and the Imperial Treasury. Admire jewels, precious stones, and imperial crowns, as well as a secular collection of ecclesiastical treasures at the Imperial Treasury. Visit the well-documented collection of arms and armor at the grandiose Neue Burg. Read More close
With so much to see and do, the Vienna PASS presents an ideal package for creating your own, personalized agenda. Get your bearings with unlimited rides on the convenient and regular hop-on hop-off buses, and admire the array of imperial architecture that gives the city the ostentatious façade for which it’s famed. You can upgrade to a Vienna PASS that includes access to the city’s extensive public transport network as well, through the duration of your card.
Choose from more than 60 sights and attractions, including Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunn Zoo, Giant Ferris Wheel, and the Spanish Riding School—to name just a few. Skip-the-Line entry at many attractions means not a moment is lost in your discovery of Vienna’s treasures.
Make the most of exclusive discounts at shops, cafes, and restaurants as your wide-ranging card proves useful throughout your time in the city. A detailed information pack and guidebook proves to be your indispensable companion throughout and guarantees you get the most from your Viennese adventure. Read More close
Pass through the Roman city of Baden en route to the former Mayerling hunting lodge. The lodge is now a commemorative chapel, remembering the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolph and Baronesse Vetsera, both of whom died tragically during the infamous Mayerling Incident of 1889.
Marvel at an intricate medieval cloister in the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz before continuing on to the Seegrotte. Here you jump on board a boat and delve into an underground cave system and across an underground lake—Europe's largest. Sit back and relax as you head back on a comfortable journey to Vienna. Read More close
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The drive from Vienna, where the river winds through charming old villages and steep vineyards, is truly breathtaking. Old castles dotted around the countryside give a good indication of their significance. Dürnstein Castle is especially famous, as it was here that King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned while awaiting ransom from England.
During the summer months, enjoy a boat cruise along the river, where history comes to life before your eyes. Later, visit the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous baroque buildings, which together with the Wachau area, was previously winner of the Best Historic Destination of the World by National Geographic.
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