Vienna City Guide: Top 7 Places to Visit

Vienna City Guide: Top 7 Places to Visit

By tripety
01 Sep, 2022 | 03:09

If you think Austria is all about lederhosen, Alps and apple strudel, you’re missing a lot. This country has so much more to offer than what you see in those clichés. What can you expect from a city that has been the residence of notable figures such as Beethoven, Freud and even Darth Vader? Of course, a thriving cultural scene, exceptional architecture, and fascinating history. If you plan to visit Vienna anytime soon and soak up its rich culture and heritage, here is a detailed guide on the top 7 places you cannot miss out on.

#1 Schönbrunn Palace

The Schönbrunn Palace is the most famous attraction in Vienna. It is the largest Baroque palace in the world and the imperial residence until the end of the 19th century. The palace is very ornate, and the gardens are gorgeous. The best time to visit Schönbrunn Palace is in spring or autumn when the gardens are in full bloom, and the crowds are smaller. You’ll pay an entrance fee of €15 per adult.

Schönbrunn Palace

#2 Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School is one of the oldest and most famous horse riding schools in the world. It was founded in 1572 by Emperor Maximilian II. The school regularly performs equestrian shows at the nearby Stallburschenstube. During the show, highly trained horses, wearing elaborate costumes, execute complex jumps and dance-like moves. The shows often sell out, so it’s best to buy tickets in advance. You’ll pay an entrance fee of €13 per adult.

Spanish Riding School

#3 Vienna Opera House

The Vienna Opera House is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. It is a must-visit place for any opera-lover. The building’s architecture is stunning. From the outside, the Opera House resembles a massive golden crown. While the inside of the building is just as impressive. The Vienna Opera House regularly hosts some of the most famous opera and classical concerts. A typical concert ticket will set you back around €90.

Vienna Opera House

#4 Ringstrasse Tram Tour

The Ringstrasse Tram Tour is a very popular city tour. The route covers almost the entire city and stops at a few major tourist attractions along the way. The tour lasts for about two hours and costs about €15 per person.

#5 St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. The church is a beautiful combination of French and German architecture. You can enter the cathedral, but do note that photography is prohibited. You can climb the famous 99 Stairs to the top of the church spire. The view from the top of the spire is quite spectacular. You’ll pay an entrance fee of €6 per adult.

#6 Imperial Palace (Hofburg)

The Imperial Palace (Hofburg) is another top attraction in Vienna. The palace was once the home of the Habsburg dynasty. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses a variety of museums. You can book an official guided tour to visit several museums at the Imperial Palace. You’ll pay an entrance fee of €40 per adult.


#7 Museums to visit in Vienna

There are many museums in Vienna that you can visit. Some of them are listed below. 

Schatzkammer: This is the Austrian National Treasury. It has the largest collection of jewels in the world. 

Belvedere: This is a beautiful Baroque palace that houses a huge art collection. 

Haus des Musik: This is a museum dedicated to the science behind music. 

Heldenmuseum: This is a museum about heroes. You’ll find costumes and other artifacts from famous movies here. 

Hofburg Imperial Palace: The Hofburg Imperial Palace houses several museums. You’ll find the Schatzkammer and the Heirathsgemäldegalerie there.

Where to eat in Vienna?

You’ll find that Viennese cuisine is quite different from its German counterpart. Soups, dumplings, pastries and strudels are some of the most popular dishes in Vienna. And, you can find all of these dishes in the many cafes and restaurants in the city. 

Vienna night people

When to visit?

The best time to visit Vienna is during autumn, as the weather is just perfect. You’ll also find Oktoberfest celebrations in Vienna during this time.

Vienna is an old city with a lot of history. So, it is advisable to take a guided tour so that you can understand the city better. You can also hire a private guide to take you around the city. Vienna also has a lot of green areas, so you can visit these as well. If you are traveling during autumn, visit the Vienna Woods. 

There is certainly no shortage of things to do and see in Vienna. With so many attractions and fine museums, a visit to this city will be a delightful experience. Whether you have one day or two weeks to spend in Vienna, there is something here for everyone. If you are visiting Vienna, make sure you include these top 7 places in your itinerary. You will not regret it!


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