Things To See in Vienna, Austria

Vienna Things To See

The first time you get to Vienna, an in particular its Inner Stadt (circled by the Ringstrasse), you don’t know which way to look first. Imposing buildings strike you from every corner. While some of them aren’t as instantly recognisable as others around Europe, they certainly won’t be forgotten after any trip to the Austrian capital.

The best way to see them all is by catching either tram number 1 or number 2 around ‘the ring’. Both these trams perform constantly loops of the city centre and pass by most of the Austrian capital’s most marvellous buildings. These include the Parliament, Rathaus (town hall), the university and several museums.

To some the real jewels in the crown of Vienna’s buildings are its churches, the most notable being the Stephansdom in Stephansplatz. This is also (arguably) Vienna’s best known building. One thing which you can’t help but notice as you walk around Vienna is the various styles which protrude. These include Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque.

Attractions in Vienna

  • Kunsthistorisches Museum

    Burg-Ring, Vienna, Austria

    In a city with a wealth of museums this is easily the most stunning. Thanks to the wealth of the Hapsburgs it contains the fourth largest collection of paintings in the world and some beautiful Greek, Roman and Egyptian relics. Many people come to see the collection of Bruegels which is the largest in the world but there are numerous painting by artists that are household names, such as Rembrandt, Raphael and Caneletto.

  • St Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephensdom)

    Stephensplatz., Vienna, Austria

    This is one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. The south tower rises almost 450ft above the roof of glazed tiles and acts as a useful geographical landmark. There was also a down side, however, its size made it an obvious military target. It has has been attacked by the Turks, by Napoleon’s forces and by the Americans and Russians near the end of World War Two. How it has survived is a miracle.

  • The Hofburg

    southwest corner of Innere Stadt, Vienna, Austria

    The Hofburg or Imperial Palace is a huge complex, with a maze of wings and inner courtyards. The most visited section is the Imperial Court Chapel, as this is where the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir perform from time to time. Here you’ll also find the Lithurgical and Secular Treasury which houses the Imperial Jewels.

  • Natural History Museum

    Burg-Ring, Vienna, Austria

    Fine displays of prehistoric skeletons and time-ravaged stuffed animals. The zoology displays progress from starfish and seashells in the east wing big cats, bears and monkeys in the west.

  • Vienna State Opera

    Ringstrasse, Vienna, Austria

    The Opera House opened on 25 May 1869 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Few sections of the old building survived the bombings of 1945. After this, it couldn’t be re-opened until 1955, when crowds were treated to a performance of Fidelio. Since then the Opera House has played a prominent role in Vienna’s cultural scene.

  • Figarohaus

    Domgasse 5, Vienna, Austria

    This is home to Vienna’s Mozart Museum. Mozart lived on the first floor of the building for three years, during which time he enjoyed great success. There are a number of original scores by the composer on show and you can listen to his music on headphones.

  • Schonbrunn

    , Vienna, Austria

    Schonbrunn is the Hapsburgs’ former summer residence. It is a masterpiece of Rococo design and has one of the finest gardens you’re likely to see. Founded in 1752, this is the oldest surviving zoological garden in the world.

  • Vienna Woods

    Wienerwald, Vienna, Austria

    The hilly, woodland paths of the Wienerwald have been a popular rural retreat for the people of Vienna since the days of Beethoven and Schubert. These two composers gained great inspiration from the area. During the summer the wine gardens of the local Heurigen are filled with both tour groups and the Viennese themselves.

  • City Park

    Ringstrasse, Vienna, Austria

    If you’ve been touring the galleries for the day this is a wonderful place to take a break. It was constructed in 1862 along the lines of a sketch by Joseph Selleny, the landscape painter. A wide variety of people meet to feed the ducks or simply enjoy the sunshine on a secluded bench.

  • Jugendstil space houses

    Secession, 1, Friedrichstrasse 12, Vienna, Austria

    The famous Jugendstil space houses Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze in the basement and continues to show modern, provocative art shows. Check listing to see what’s showing.

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