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View of St. Stephan’s Cathedrale |© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper
View of St. Stephan’s Cathedrale |© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

20 Unmissable Attractions in Vienna

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Updated: 16 February 2018

Here is a round-up of some of the most beautiful and interesting sites that are a must-see when visiting Vienna.

State Hall, Austrian National Library

This 18th-century former Imperial ceremonial hall hidden away in the heart of the Austrian National Library is an incredible blend of decadent marble floors, dramatic frescoes, and towering shelves stacked with precious books.

Imperial Palace: Austrian National Library | © WienTourismus / MAXUM

Imperial Palace: Austrian National Library |© WienTourismus / MAXUM

Location:

Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien

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

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.

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

Cafe Central Morgenstimmung |© Café Central at Palais Ferstel, Vienna

Herrengasse 14, 1010 Wien

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

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

Naschmarkt |© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Location:

1060 Vienna

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

The Famous Hunderwasserhaus |© cocoparisienne / pixabay

Locaction:

Kegelgasse 36-38, 1030 Wien

Burggarten

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.

Palm House in the Burggarten@ WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud

Palm House in the Burggarten |© WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud

Location:

Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Wien

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.

Location:

Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1, 1060 Wien

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

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. - DIN A3

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

MusesumsQuartier |© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien

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

Secession |© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Wien

Schönbrunner Pool

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

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1130 Vienna

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

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

Stubenring 5, 1010 Wien

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

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 Knell

FIlm Casino Cinebar |© Gerald Knel

Margaretenstraße 78, 1050 Wien

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

Sigmund Freud and family |© Oliver Ottenschlaeger / Sigmund Freud Foundation

Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien

Botanical Gardens

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.

Courtesy of the Botanical Garden

Location:

Rennweg 14, 1030 Wien

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, detail© WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Ernst fuchs Museum |© WienTourismus / Christian Stemper

Hüttelbergstraße 26, 1140 Wien