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20 Unmissable Attractions in Vienna

View of St. Stephan’s Cathedrale |© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper
View of St. Stephan’s Cathedrale |© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper
Here is a round-up of some of the most beautiful and interesting sites that are a must-see when visiting Vienna.

Nussberg

Enjoy tranquility in the vineyards surrounding Vienna. Admire magnificent views city and try out some of the local wine at a cozy Heurige.

Wieninger vineyard on the Nussberg © WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

Prater

Avoid the garish vulgarity of the Prater amusement park and go for a cycle ride in one of Vienna’s most beautiful open spaces.

The tranquil Prater park © Christian Kadluba / Flickr

Viennese Kaffeehaus

Every city has a defining feature and for Vienna, it is their beloved coffee houses. Once venues where the city’s intellectual and creative greats gathered—their unique atmosphere cannot be replicated. Furthermore, it is where you will taste the best cake in the world.

Cafe Central Morgenstimmung © Café Central at Palais Ferstel, Vienna

River Danube

Such is its wonder, songs have been written in its honor. There are two main arms of the River Danube that cut through the city—the old and new, both frequented by swimmers, boaters, and sunbathers during the summer months.

View to the Danube © WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Naschmarkt

Enjoy browsing over 1.5 kilometers of Vienna’s sprawling food and flea market. The area surrounding the Naschmarkt is always buzzing with activity and is a great place to spend a summer’s afternoon.

Naschmarkt © WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

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Hundertwasser House

Envisioned by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this delightfully unconventional architectural triumph is the city’s most recognizable apartment building. Visit the Hundertwasser Village opposite the building to find out more about the creation.

The Famous Hunderwasserhaus © cocoparisienne / pixabay

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Burggarten

Library, Park
Palm House in the Burggarten@ WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud
Palm House in the Burggarten@ WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud
Once the private garden of Austria’s Emperor, the beautiful park is just outside the Austrian National Library. Sit outside the wonderful Art Nouveau Palmenhaus for a coffee or lounge on the lawn on a lazy summer’s day.
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View From the Haus Des Meeres

The view from the top of Vienna’s Haus Des Meeres, the city’s aquarium built inside an old Flak tower, is stunning. Sundown is a great time to go.

Haus Des Meeres © weisserstier / Flickr

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Vienna Woods

The picturesque and peaceful woods of Vienna, situated on the on the Western side of the “basin” is a glorious nature reserve, with over 2,000 species of plants and 150 species of birds.

Vienna Woods: Kahlenberg © WienTourismus / Karl Thomas

Sausage Stands

Considered by locals as “institutions,” the Würstelstands of Vienna are a must-visit for foodie travelers. Leo’s, located in the 19th district of Vienna, is one of the oldest, serving locals and tourists with Bratwurst and beer since 1928.

At a Viennese sausage stand © WienTourismus / Peter Rigaudmax

Museum’s Quarter

Institutions inside this 60,000-meters-squared area include the modern art museum MUMOK and the modernist gallery Leopold. As well as all the incredible exhibition halls, there are many free events happening in the courtyard year round.

MusesumsQuartier © WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Secession Building

Built in 1897 by Joseph Maria Olbrich, this gallery pays homage to the Art Nouveau movement in Vienna. The eye-catching exterior lures you inside, where you will find some amazing contemporary art.

Secession © WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Schönbrunner Pool

Tucked away inside the gigantic Schonbrunn Palace grounds, this outdoor pool is a paradise in the summer months.

The MAK

The Museum Of Applied Arts houses a strong collection of historic furniture, books, and artifacts. A good time to visit is on Tuesday evenings, when entrance to the museum is free of charge.

Museums: MAK – Museum for Applied Arts/Contemporary Art ©WienTourismus / Lois Lammerhuber

Stadtpark

This municipal park contains various statues of a few of Vienna’s creative geniuses, including Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss II, and Anton Brucker.

Stadtpark: Underground Station at Stadtpark ©WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

Location: 1030 Vienna

Independent Cinemas

Vienna has many beautiful, independent cinemas, with some showing English language screenings. Film Casino, in the 5th district, is one of the finest.

FIlm Casino Cinebar © Gerald Knel

Sigmund Freud Museum

Learn all about the life and work of Austria’s most famous neurologist, the grandfather of psychoanalysis: Sigmund Freud. The museum is the former home and office of Freud, who spent most of his time in the city.

Sigmund Freud and family © Oliver Ottenschlaeger / Sigmund Freud Foundation

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Garden, University
Courtesy of the Botanical Garden
Courtesy of the Botanical Garden
Located at the University of Vienna, the Botanical garden is a charming place to explore. Over 12,000 species of plants from six continents around the world currently live in the gardens.
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Ernst Fuchs Museum

Once the villa of Austrian architect Otto Wagner, who used the building as a summer residence for himself and his family, the Ernst Fuchs Museum is now home to a collection of precious miniature paintings, pencil drawings, and paintings.

Ernst fuchs Museum © WienTourismus / Christian Stemper
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