Must-see attractions in Vienna

  • Staatsoper (Opera House), Innere Stadt.



    Vienna's foremost opera and ballet venue, the neo-Renaissance Staatsoper, is one of the finest concert halls in the world. Even if you can't get tickets…

  • Detail of Stephansdom Cathedral roof.



    Vienna’s Gothic masterpiece Stephansdom – or Steffl (Little Stephan), as it’s ironically nicknamed – is Vienna's pride and joy. A church has stood here…

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    The MuseumsQuartier is a remarkable ensemble of museums, cafes, restaurants and bars inside former imperial stables designed by Fischer von Erlach. This…

  • Kaiserliche Schatzkammer


    The Hofburg's Kaiserliche Schatzkammer contains secular and ecclesiastical treasures (including devotional images and altars, particularly from the…

  • Austria, Vienna, view to lighted Hofburg Palace at twilight



    Nothing symbolises Austria's resplendent cultural heritage more than its Hofburg, home base of the Habsburgs from 1273 to 1918. The oldest section is the…

  • Schloss Schönbrunn


    The Habsburgs' opulent summer palace is now a Unesco World Heritage site. Of its 1441 rooms, 40 are open to the public; the Imperial Tour takes you into…

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    Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna


    A highlight of any trip to Vienna is a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, brimming with works by Europe’s finest painters, sculptors and…

  • Kaiserappartements


    The Kaiserappartements, once the official living quarters of Franz Josef I and Empress Elisabeth, are dazzling in their chandelier-lit opulence. The Sisi…

  • Rathaus, Vienna



    Vienna's neo-Gothic City Hall, completed in 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt (who designed Cologne Cathedral) and modelled on Flemish city halls, with lacy…

  • Mozarthaus Vienna


    The great composer spent close to three happy and productive years at this residence between 1784 and 1787. Exhibits include copies of music scores and…

  • Front view of the Albertina museum.



    Once used as the Habsburgs' imperial apartments for guests, the Albertina is now a repository for an exceptional collection of graphic art. The permanent…

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    Built between 1716 and 1739, after a vow by Karl VI at the end of the 1713 plague, Vienna's finest baroque church rises at the southeast corner of…

  • Dinosaur model inside the Naturhistorisches (Natural History) Museum in Vienna.

    Naturhistorisches Museum


    Four billion years of natural history are covered at Vienna's Naturhistorisches Museum. Among its minerals, fossils and dinosaur bones are exceptional…

  • Secession


    In 1897, 19 progressive artists swam away from the mainstream Künstlerhaus artistic establishment to form the Wiener Secession (Vienna Secession). Among…

  • Literaturmuseum


    An 1844 Biedermeier building houses Austria's literature museum, which opened in 2015. It contains books, manuscripts, letters, photos, illustrations and…

  • Haus der Musik


    The Haus der Musik explains the world of sound and music to adults and children alike (in English and German) in an amusing and interactive way. Exhibits…

  • Neue Burg Museums


    Three Neue Burg museums can be visited on one ticket. The Sammlung Alter Musik Instrumente (Collection of Ancient Musical Instruments) contains a…

  • Museum Judenplatz


    The main focus of Museum Judenplatz is on the excavated remains of a medieval synagogue that once stood on Judenplatz, with a film and numerous exhibits…

  • Schloss Schönbrunn Gardens


    Within the sprawling, partially forested Schlosspark, the beautifully tended formal gardens of the palace, arranged in the French style, are a symphony of…

  • Josephinum


    Architecture fans sometimes visit this Enlightenment-era complex for its superb 1785 neoclassical structures alone, although Joseph II's purpose-built…

  • Burgtheater


    This stately Renaissance-style theatre sits with aplomb on the Ringstrasse. Designed by Gottfried Semper and Karl von Hasenauer and completed in 1888, it…

  • Leopold Museum stairway entrance

    Leopold Museum


    Vienna has ophthalmologist Rudolf Leopold to thank for this splendid museum within the MuseumsQuartier. Leopold was a young student in 1950 when he bought…

  • MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna



    Modern-art museum MUMOK contains Vienna’s premier collection of 20th-century art, taking in Fluxus, nouveau realism, pop art and photorealism. Rotating,…

  • People enjoy the Naschmarket in Vienna.



    Vienna’s famous market and eating strip began life as a farmers market in the 18th century, when the fruit market on Freyung was moved here. Interestingly…

  • National library, Vienna - interior bookshelves

    Nationalbibliothek Prunksaal


    Austria’s flagship library, the Nationalbibliothek, contains an astounding collection of literature, maps, globes of the world and other cultural relics;…

  • Palais Liechtenstein


    Once the architectural muse of Italian landscape painter Canaletto, Palais Liechtenstein is a sublime baroque palace that sits in beautifully landscaped,…

  • University Main Building


    Founded in 1365, Vienna’s venerable university was the first in the German-speaking countries. Today it enrols up to 95,000 students. Grand Duke Rudolph…

  • Hofmobiliendepot


    The Habsburgs stashed away the furniture not displayed in the Hofburg, Schönbrunn, Schloss Belvedere and their other palaces at the Hofmobiliendepot. A…

  • Sigmund Freud Museum


    Sigmund Freud is a bit like the telephone – once he happened, there was no going back. This is where Freud spent his most prolific years and developed the…

  • Hermesvilla


    Part of the Lainzer Tiergarten and surrounded by towering trees, the Hermesvilla was built by Karl von Hasenauer between 1882 and 1886 in late Romantic…

  • Schottenkirche


    The Schottenkirche (Church of the Scots), at the northern end of Herrengasse, was founded by Benedictine monks probably originating from Scotia Maior …

  • Sisi Museum


    Inside the Kaiserappartements, the Sisi Museum is devoted to Austria’s Empress Elisabeth, affectionately known as Sisi. A partial reconstruction of her…

  • Cathedral South Tower


    In 1433, Stephansdom's south tower reached its final height of 136.7m. Today, you can ascend the 343 steps to a small platform for one of Vienna’s most…

  • Gloriette


    From 1772 to 1780 Johann Ferdinand Hetzendorf added some of the final touches to the Schloss Schönbrunn palace park under the instructions of Joseph II…

  • Wien Museum


    The Wien Museum covers Vienna's history from Neolithic times to the 20th century, putting the city and its personalities in a meaningful context. It's…

  • Zentralfriedhof


    The cemetery has three gates: the first is opposite Schloss Concordia and leads to the old Jewish graves; the second, the main gate, directs you to the…

  • Kunstforum


    The private Kunstforum museum gets about 300,000 visitors each year, and for good reason – it stages an exciting program of changing exhibitions, usually…

  • Detail of art-nouveau Stadtbahn Pavillion, Wieden.

    Stadtbahn Pavillons


    Peeking above the Resselpark at Karlsplatz are two of Otto Wagner’s finest designs, the Stadtbahn Pavillons. Built in 1898 at a time when Wagner was…

  • Klimt Villa


    The Klimt Villa immerses you in the sensual world of Vienna's most famous Secessionist. In a leafy corner of Hietzing, the 1920s neo-baroque villa was…

  • Memorial plaque on facade of Beethoven's residence, Innere Stadt.

    Beethoven Pasqualatihaus


    Beethoven resided on the 4th floor of this house from 1804 to 1814 (he apparently lived in around 80 places in his 35 years in Vienna, but thankfully not…

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