Travel Guide Vienna, Austria | Discover the City of Music

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a fascinating city with a rich history and one of the most important European cultural centers, having over time a massive influence on European art and culture. Being the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna hosts countless monuments and imperial palaces, a lot of spectacular museums, but also churches and cathedrals that will impress you with their grandiose architecture. The capital is also nicknamed the City of Music, earning this title due to the large number of famous composers who lived here. Here you will find an interesting activity at every step, regardless of the season. In the summer you will be able to walk, you will be able to admire the beautiful imperial gardens and during the winter you will be able to visit the famous Christmas markets that have already become famous all over the world. Below you will find a complete guide that includes accommodation recommendations, places with delicious food, tourist attractions and interesting activities for an unforgettable vacation.

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AccommodationWhere are we staying in Vienna?

Like any other European capital, Vienna is full of incredible accommodations. You can opt for a hotel with a fascinating architecture or for an accommodation close to the central area that is more friendly to your budget. Here are some recommendations.

  • Hotel Kärntnerhof this hotel with a superb architecture that combines Venetian art nouveau style with Italian elegance, located in a quiet location in the center of Vienna, just 5 minutes' walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral, is definitely a suitable choice for lovers of beauty. The price of a room starts from 144 euros and breakfast is included in this price.
  • Novotel Wien City a modern 4-star hotel located in the center of Vienna, overlooking the Ringstraße boulevard. The property offers free WiFi and St. Stephen's Cathedral is only 500 meters away, the price of a double room starts from 104 euros with the possibility of serving breakfast for an extra fee of 20 euros.
  • Boutique Hotel Nossek with a special elegance located right in the historic Innere Stadt district of the city of Vienna, near the famous shopping streets Graben and Kohlmark, this hotel offers rooms in art nouveau style, at prices starting from 141 euros with breakfast included.

Tourist spots Vienna - What are you visiting in Vienna?

Albertina

A museum that holds some of the largest and most valuable graphic collections in the world with works such as Dürer's Field Rabbit and Klimt's studies of women. Here you will be able to admire masterpieces of modernism that will captivate you starting from Monet, including Picasso and reaching Baselitz. The museum is located in the largest Habsburg palace, the Albertina, which impresses with its elegant architecture, being surrounded by a garden where you can rest and admire the beautiful building. The price of a ticket for adults costs 19 euros, and you can find more details here.

Anker watch

A hidden point in the heart of Vienna, the Anker clock is actually a bridge that connects the two buildings in the Anker courtyard. The clock was designed by the Art Nouveau painter Franz Matsch. It was built in the period 1911-1914. Over the course of twelve hours, twelve figurines representing characters from the history of Vienna pass over the bridge. At 12 o'clock, all the figurines are displayed, accompanied by music. 

Belvedere Palace 

The Belvedere is a grand baroque palace and a cultural edifice, which houses one of the most valuable art collections in Austria with main works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. The entire baroque architectural work consists of two palaces (the Upper Palace and the Lower Palace). 

Belvedere Superior – the largest Klimt collection in the world

The central point that attracts thousands of tourists every year consists of 24 works by Gustav Klimt, known for his golden paintings such as "The Kiss" one of the most famous works of art worldwide. The 180 x 180 cm painting is a creation from 1908-1909 and represents Klimt and his muse, Emilie Flöge, as a pair of lovers. 

Belvedere Inferior and the baroque garden

Belvedere Inferior is the former residence of Prince Eugen. Here you can visit some of the rooms of the palace where you will be able to admire the luxurious lifestyle of the royalty. Rooms such as the grotesque hall, the marble gallery and the golden salon will impress you and leave you speechless. The garden of the Belvedere Palace is a point of interest for landscape lovers, here you will be able to relax and admire the beautiful floral decorations. The price of a ticket for adults that includes both the visit to Belvedere Superior and Belvedere Inferior costs 22 euros, and you can find more details here.

Gala Hall of the National Library

The Gala Hall, in the heart of the Austrian National Library, is one of the most beautiful library halls in the world. Built in the Baroque style, it has a length of approximately 80 m and a height of 20 m and is covered by a dome lavishly decorated with frescoes by the Court painter, Daniel Gran. Over 200,000 volumes are exhibited here, among which are 15,000 works from the library of Prince Eugene of Savoy and one of the largest collections of manuscripts from Martin Luther's Reformation. Among the exhibits are two magnificent Venetian globes from the Baroque period, a terrestrial globe and a celestial globe. The price of a ticket for adults is 10 euros and you can find more details here.

Wiener Ringstraße boulevard

The Wiener Ringstraße is 5.3 km long. It is long enough to accommodate numerous buildings and monuments built between the years 1860 and 1890. The buildings erected here starting from the State Opera and ending with the Art History Museum are part of the most important tourist attractions of Vienna. If you want to admire the beautiful buildings of Ringstraße, we recommend a tram ride, an excellent way to travel the 5 km full of history.

Mariahilferstraße

Mariahilferstrasse is an important shopping street in Vienna. It is known for its many shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants, as well as for its cultural significance as one of the main cultural centers of the city. The street is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a diverse range of shopping and dining experiences. It also houses several theaters and museums, making it a center for Vienna's cultural scene.

House of Music

An interactive museum of sound, here the world of music can be discovered in an innovative and unconventional way with the help of technology. Real and virtual sound worlds invite you to experiment and explore various musical phenomena. Here you will go on a unique musical journey, you will discover the world of great composers and you will be fascinated by the world of art. The House of Music is a space spread over four floors that invites you into the universe of sound phenomena every day, until 10:00 p.m. 

The Mozart House in Vienna

The house where Mozart lived and created between 1784-1787, located on the first floor of a historic building, the apartment is truly impressive. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent his happiest years in this house, being the only house where he lived for so long. During this period, Mozart was a particularly celebrated artist, he received numerous orders for concerts in the houses of the nobles of that time, this being the place where he composed "The Marriage of Figaro". On a total surface of 1,000 m², here you will make a foray into the composer's universe, you will discover more details about his life, his family, friends and opponents from the late Baroque period. The price of a ticket for adults is 12 euros, and you can find more details here.

St. Stephen's Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of the emblems of Vienna. The construction of the edifice began in the 12th century. Today, it represents the most significant Gothic construction in Austria. St. Stefan's dome measures 107.2 meters in length and 34.2 meters in width. It has four towers, the highest being the southern one, with 136.44 meters. The cell in the tower is accessible by climbing 343 steps, from where a special panorama of Vienna opens. A total of 13 bells are hung here. A place that you have to discover and where you will find out a lot of interesting information. Access is free, the Dome being open daily from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

Schönbrunn Palace

The former summer residence of the Habsburgs boasts luxurious imperial salons, a magnificent garden and a unique VR experience. Personalities such as Maria Theresa, Emperor Franz Josef, Empress Elizabeth and other representatives of the imperial family lived here. Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in Europe. The palace and garden, built in 1696, after the siege of Vienna, were remodeled during the time of Maria Theresa, after 1743. Due to its historical significance, the palace is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The palace has 1441 rooms, some of which are open to the public to be visited. The price of one ticket for adults it is 22 euros.

The park of the Schönbrunn Palace has free access all year round for visitors. Here you can admire impressive fountains, statues, monuments, trees and flowers, as well as the wonderful Glorieta. 

Glorieta

The Glorieta is an elegant building, once an event hall for members of the royal court, located on one of the highest points in the Schönbrunn Palace Park. From here you will have a magnificent view of Vienna. Today, this impressive building houses the Gloriette cafe, an ideal place to enjoy a coffee and admire the view.

Schönbrunn Zoo

A fascinating place where you can learn a lot of new things. Schönbrunn Zoo is the place where you will be able to admire hundreds of interesting animal species, which live in excellent conditions that perfectly imitate their natural habitat. Schönbrunn Zoo attracts more than two million visitors annually through its modern and interactive approach. This is the oldest zoo in the world, being nominated six times among the best zoos in Europe. The price of one ticket for adults it is 26 euros and for children 15 euros.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien – Museum of Art History

A place you should not miss, especially if you are passionate about art and everything beautiful. The museum is among the most important art collections in the world, due to its collections of famous works, but also due to the fact that it houses the largest Bruegel collection in the world. The painting gallery has countless masterpieces of Western art, including Raphael's Madonna in the Grass, Vermeer's Malkunst, Velazquez's paintings of infants and masterpieces by Rubens, Rembrandt and Tintoretto. Ticket prices start from 6 euros, and you can find more details here.

MAK – Museum of Applied Art 

An inspiring museum, ideal for design and contemporary art enthusiasts. The museum presents furniture, glassware, porcelain, silverware and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present day. Here you will be able to admire splendid works of craftsmanship from the Viennese workshops, furniture from Thonet's factory and various unique masterpieces such as the decorative sketch with gilded leaves by Gustav Klimt specially prepared for the frieze of the Stoclet palace in Brussels. The price of a ticket for adults is 1 euro, and you can find more details here.

Museum of Natural History

This museum offers you the chance for a fascinating foray into the history of our planet, from insects to precious stones, from rocks to flying dinosaurs. The numerous mounted specimens of already extinct or endangered animal species give this collection a priceless value. The gem of the collection is the "Venus of Willendorf", a piece of only eleven centimeters, dating from the Stone Age with an age of 29,500 years, discovered in 1908, in Wachau, Austria. A visit here is a unique experience from which you will learn many new things. The price of a ticket for adults is 16 euros, and you can find more details here.

Prater Park

The Prater Park has become a symbol of the city together with the famous wheel that offers a panoramic view of the city. An ideal place for the little ones, full of fun and fun activities, but also for the adults who want to relive the nostalgia of their childhood. The famous Viennese Prater is located in the heart of Vienna, in the Leopoldstadt district and offers visitors a wide range of attractions, from the giant wheel built in 1897 to countless attractions such as carousels, fun rooms with mirrors, tunnels of horror and roller coasters. A place you should not miss, where you will have fun, feel the vibrant atmosphere of the city and you will be able to try some traditional dishes from the merchants in the park. Access to the park is free, but depending on the activities you choose to do, the prices vary.

Gastronomy & Restaurants

In Vienna you will be able to try absolutely delicious traditional dishes, full of unique flavors, cooked according to authentic recipes. Austrian cuisine is known internationally for the famous Viennese schnitzel served with browned potatoes, seasoned with fresh herbs and lemon. However, Viennese cuisine contains many other equally delicious dishes that we recommend you to try. Among them are tindsuppe (beef soup), gulasch (a goulash similar to the absolutely delicious and aromatic Hungarian one), tafelspitz (beef served with apple sauce and horseradish), selchfleisch (smoked meat served with cabbage and dumplings) and the famous Apfelstrudel.

  • Wolfgang Puck Kitchen & Bar a modern restaurant, with a well-chosen menu, where you will find both traditional dishes and sandwiches and quick snacks. With a diverse menu, ideal for vegans and vegetarians, here you will find delicious food served in a welcoming atmosphere, prices start from 18 euros for a main course.
  • Sixta Restaurant Bar a restaurant with a classic, traditional decor and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Here you will find a traditional menu and you will be able to try the famous Viennese schnitzel prepared according to an authentic recipe. The prices are moderate, a main dish costing around 25 euros.
  • ef16 Restaurant an elegant and diverse restaurant that offers a varied and fresh menu where you will find both traditional dishes and vegetarian or vegan alternatives. With reasonable prices starting from 44 euros for a 3-course menu, this restaurant is the ideal choice if you want to experience sensational flavors in an unforgettable atmosphere.

Vienna is an impressive, grandiose city, full of culture and history, a place that you must visit at least once in your life and that will give you wonderful memories with your loved ones.

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