What to see in Vienna: 10 Things to do and itineraries from 1 3 5 days

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Vienna is a hospitable city, on a human scale and full of attractions. It offers large internationally famous museums, whose headquarters are established in ancient residences of the Habsburg dynasty, also has a wonderful historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Tour the city in a carriage, admire the works of Schiele and Klimt and taste the delicious Austrian sweets, perhaps at the Hotel Sacher where you cannot miss a taste of the mythical cake of the same name.
Do you think this is not enough to make you fall in love with Vienna? Try to visit it during the Christmas period!
Meanwhile, here are the 10 things not to be missed!


  1. Hofburg Palace
  2. St. Stephen's Cathedral
  3. Art History Museum
  4. Albertina Museum
  5. Prater Park
  6. Schönbrunn Palace
  7. Belvedere Castle
  8. Landstrasse district
  9. Donauturm (Danube Tower)
  10. Hotel Sacher
  11. 5 things to do in Vienna
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Hofburg Palace

Il Imperial Palace in Vienna, better known as Hofburg Palace, is made up of several buildings built in different eras and covers an area of ​​about 240.000 square meters, divided between 18 wings, 19 courtyards and 2.600 rooms. Attractions include the Royal Apartments, the National Library, the Court Silverware Museum, the Museum dedicated to Sissi.

The Schatzkammer, or the Imperial Treasury Chamber which preserves, among other things, the crown of the Holy Roman Empire in gold, enamels and precious stones, dating back to the year 962.

Two separate tickets must be purchased to visit the entire complex, one for the area of ​​the royal apartments and one for the Treasury. Entrance tickets to the Imperial Treasury can also be purchased online.

  • U3 underground stop Herrengasse. Tram 1, 2, D and J, Burgring stop. Bus 2A or 3A, Hofburg stop - Get directions
  • from September to June open every day, including holidays, from 9:00 to 17:30; in the months of July and August from 9:00 to 18:00. More info on the official website
  • Royal Apartments, Silverware Museum, Sissi Museum admission € 15,00 (plus € 3,00 guided tour); from 6 to 18 years reduced to € 9,00 (plus € 1,50 guided tour); students aged 19 to 25 and Vienna Card holders € 14,00 (plus € 3,00 guided tour). Treasury room admission adults € 12,00, children and teenagers up to 19 years free.

2 - Cathedral of Santo Stefano

It is a building visited by nearly three million visitors every year. It's a huge and majestic gothic cathedral, whose construction and life are linked to historical facts and legends. Covering the top of this tall building is a magnificent roof made of 250.000 colored tiles, positioned to form the Austrian coat of arms.
The bell tower, also affectionately called Steffl (Stefanino), has a characteristic tapered spire. The north tower is instead covered with a Renaissance dome where the Pummerein resides, a large bell weighing over 20 tons.

The Cathedral can be visited for free independently as long as the mass celebrations are not in progress.

  • Metro U1, U3, Stephansplatz stop - Get directions
  • open Monday to Saturday from 6:00 to 22:00, Sundays and holidays from 7:00 to 22:00
  • admission is free. Be careful because during religious services it is not possible to go beyond the initial part of the Duomo. The various guided tours have rates that vary according to the choice, age and number of participants, usually starting at a cost of € 5,00

3 - Museum of Art History

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is Vienna's art history museum. It was born by the will of the Emperor Franz Joseph who needed a place to keep the vast and rich collections of the House of Habsburg. It is about one of the richest and most important art museums in the world. Inside there is a Picture Gallery and collections ranging from Egyptian and Oriental to Ancient Art, Sculpture, Decorative Arts and Numismatics.

On the first floor there is the Gemäldegalerie with masterpieces of pictorial art including the "Madonna nel verde" by Raphael, the "Madonna del Rosario" by Caravaggio and some works by Rembrandt, Tintoretto and Titian.

If you prefer to plan your visit in advance, you can purchase the entrance ticket online. A combined ticket is also available which includes both admission to the Kunsthistorisches Museum and admission to the Crown Treasury of the Hofburg Palace.

  • By metro via U2 Museums Quartier stop, U3 Volkstheater stop. Tram D, 1, 2. Bus 2A, 57A - Get directions
  • open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (Thursdays from 10:00 to 21:00) from June to August, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 (Thursdays from 10:00 to 21:00 : ) from September to May
  • Admission € 14,00, students up to 27 years and over 65 pay € 11,00, children and teenagers up to 19 years enter for free

Vienna City Card or Vienna Pass? Vienna is an expensive city, so it is essential to purchase a card to save on attractions and travel.
The City Card offers unlimited travel on public transport and small discounts for specific attractions. The Vienna Pass offers free admissions to all major attractions and unlimited travel on tour buses. If you are staying in an area far from the center and plan to use public transport often, we recommend the purchase of the City Card. If you intend to move mainly on foot, the Vienna Pass is better.

4 - Albertina Museum

It takes its name from its founder, Duke Albert of Saxony-Teschen ed houses a graphic art collection, the Graphische Sammlung, among the most prestigious and complete in the world, composed of more than a million prints by ancient and modern artists: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, Rubens, Klimt, Picasso and Goya, but also Chagall, Monet, Cézanne, Mirò, Warhol and many others. The works are exhibited to the public in rotation, it may be that during your visit you can admire the famous "Hare of Dürer", the most important piece and symbol of the Museum.

The museum is located inside a historic complex that belonged to the Habsburgs, so during your visit you can also admire the 20 finely decorated and restored state rooms. If you prefer to plan your visit in advance, you can purchase the entrance ticket to the Albertina Museum online.

  • By Metro U1, U2, U4 Karlsplatz stop or U3 Stephansplatz stop - Get directions
  • open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 to 21:00. During public holidays, the same hours are valid for the respective working day.
  • ordinary adults € 16,00, over 65 and under € 2611,00, disabled € 7,00, under 19s free, Vienna City Card holders € 12,00

5 - Parco del Prater

The famous city park adored by both Viennese and visitors. The park was once the emperor's hunting reserve, today you can visit it on foot or take the Liliputbahn train. A part is occupied by the great Würstelprater amusement park which includes 250 attractions including the famous Riesenrad, the Ferris wheel in operation since 1897, one of the symbols of Vienna from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city.

Obviously the ferris wheel is a must, everyone wants to take a tour and admire the city from above. For this reason it is advisable to purchase the skip-the-line ticket in advance.

  • Metro U1 stop Praterstern. Bus 80A - Get directions
  • always open, 24 hours a day, the Würstelprater is open from 24 March to 15 October from 31:10 to 00:1
  • free admission, attractions are subject to charges. Tickets for the Ferris wheel range from € 9,50 for adults to € 4,00 for children aged 3 to 14, children up to 3 years free

6 - Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is the most famous Austrian imperial palace, as well as one of the most beautiful baroque complexes in Europe. Unesco World Heritage Site, it is the summer residence of the Habsburgs and is surrounded by a large park of 120 hectares, open to the public since 1779. The complex houses the Royal Apartments but also the oldest theater in Vienna and a Museum where carriages are exhibited. of the Court of Vienna.

The Imperial Tour allows you to visit 22 of the 1441 rooms that make up the castle, the Grand Tour, 40 rooms including the sumptuous apartments of Maria Teresa. In the park there are numerous statues, fountains and some paid attractions such as the labyrinth and the Tiergarten, the oldest zoological garden in Europe.

As this is one of the most visited attractions in Vienna, it is preferable to purchase the skip-the-line ticket in advance. If you are also interested in a city tour by tourist bus, take a look at the combined tour bus + Schönbrunn Palace.

  • Metro U4 stop Schönbrunn. Tram 10, 58 stop Schönbrunn. Bus 10A Schönbrunn stop - Get directions
  • from 1 April to 30 June from 8:00 to 17:30, from 1 July to 31 August from 8:00 to 18:30, from 1 September to 31 October from 8:00 to 17:30 and from 1 November to 31 March from 8:00 to 17:00. Open every day, including holidays
  • Imperial Tour (with audio guide) adults € 12,90, children aged 8 to 18 € 9,50, students aged 19 to 25 € 11,90. Grand Tour (with audio guide) adults € 15,90, children aged 6 to 18 € 10,50, students aged 19 to 25 € 14,60

7 - Belvedere Castle

The Belvedere Castle has always been considered as one of the most beautiful princely residences in Europe. The residence was commissioned by Prince Eugene of Savoy and took place between 1714 and 1722. The complex includes two buildings with a garden that connects them, structured on three levels, with fountains, statues, stairways and basins.

Today it houses the Austrian Art Gallery composed of three sections: the Baroque Art Museum, the Museum of Medieval Works and the Art Gallery of the th and th centuries where the famous "Kiss" by Gustav Klimt is kept.

Also as regards the Belvedere Castle, the entrance ticket can be purchased online.

  • Metro U1 Südtirolerplatz stop. Tram D, stop Schloss Belvedere, 18 and O, stop Quartier Belvedere. Bus 69A, Quartier Belvedere stop - Get directions
  • Upper Belvedere open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Lower Belvedere, Orangerie and Stables open every day from 10:00 to 18:00, Wednesdays from 10:00 to 21:00. Stables open every day from 10:00 to 12:00.
  • ticket for the Upper Belvedere adults € 14,00, over 65s and students up to 26 years € 11,50, children and teenagers up to 18 years free. Lower Belvedere and Orangerie + Stables adult ticket € 11,00, over 65 and students up to 26 years € 8,50, children and teenagers up to 18 years free. Klimt Ticket (Upper Belvedere + Lower Belvedere) adults € 20,00, over 65s and students up to 26 years € 17,00, children and teenagers up to 18 years free

8 - Landstrasse district

During your visit to Vienna you cannot miss a visit to the Landstrasse district. Here is the complex of 52 colorful public houses which were designed in the s by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a multifaceted architect, sculptor and painter who used salvaged ceramics to decorate the walls of the buildings.

Within the neighborhood is the KunstHausWien Museum, designed by Hundertwasser himself, presents a permanent collection of works by the great Austrian artist, and also regularly hosts temporary exhibitions by other artists. Tickets for the museum can be purchased online.

  • Metro U1 and U4 stop SchwedenPlatz, then tram 1 direction Prater Hauptallee, stop Radetzkyplatz or Metro U3 or U4 to Landstrasse / Wien Mitte then tram O direction Praterstern getting off at Radetzsky Platz - Get directions
  • the neighborhood is always accessible. A visit to the KunstHausWien museum costs around € 12,00
  • Free

WiFi hotspots in Vienna: the Municipality offers visitors over 400 free wifi hotspots throughout the city, 40 of which in the first district, the tourist area. Some of the best known hotspots are the square in front of the Town Hall, the Stephansplatz, the MuseumsQuartier, the Naschmarkt, the Prater area, all train stations and many metro stations.

9 - Donauturm (Danube Tower)

The Danube Tower allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view over the city 360 degrees. It is a tower 252 meters high, at the top of which there is a rotating platform.

Inside the platform there is an exclusive restaurant, perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. To reach the platform there are 2 super fast lifts, capable of reaching the summit in less than 35 seconds. It is a popular attraction, so entry is always subject to long lines with grueling waiting times. It is advisable to buy the skip-the-line ticket for the Danube Tower in advance.

  • Donauturm Bus - Get Directions
  • every day from 10: 00 to 24: 00
  • € 7,90

10 - Hotel Sacher

It is forbidden to visit Vienna without visiting the Sacher Hotel Café to taste a slice of the famous Sachertorte. Here you will find the original one and you can enjoy it immersed in a refined and elegant atmosphere.
This typical dessert now famous all over the world was created in 1832 by the pastry chef Franz Sacher for Metternich, the then Austrian Foreign Minister.
You might be a little surprised that a slice of cake costs from € 5,00 to € 7,00, but remember that it is the original recipe kept for almost 200 years ...

  • Metro U1, U2, U4 stop Karlsplatz - Get directions
  • open every day from 8: 00 to 24: 00
  • Free. A slice of Sachertorte costs around € 5,00

Sacher cake "alternative": If you want an excellent Sacher Cake but don't want to stand in line at the Hotel, we recommend an alternative location: the Café Demel. Do not doubt the quality of the cake, just think that Franz Sacher, inventor of the most famous dessert in Vienne, actually worked for Demel in the period in which he invented his specialty.

5 things to do in Vienna

  1. Listen to a Classical Music concert: it's the city of music, so don't miss a concert at Schonbrunn Castle or, better still, at the Kursaloon, the hall where Strauss conducted his orchestra. Tickets start from € 59,00 (more info and online reservations).
  2. Cruise on the Danube: do you want to enjoy the city from an alternative point of view? Take a wonderful cruise on the Danube!
  3. Tour of the most beautiful churches: among the 10 things to see we had to omit some of the most beautiful churches in the world: from the church of San Francesco d'Assisi to the Karlskirche, passing through the Votivkirche and Maria am Gestade.
  4. Admire the skyline at sunset: one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city is Das Loft, the Sofitel Hotel's sky bar, from which you can enjoy a crazy sunset.
  5. "Do it yourself" cultural tour between libraries and universities: for culture lovers, there are some wonderful places to visit such as the historic building of the University of Vienna and the University Library, the futuristic Campus of the Vienna Faculty of Economics, finally the Austrian National Library.

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