Have you been a frequent visitor in Vienna or have you been living there for several years? If you are, you might have already visited all the tourist attractions of this lovely city. Stop wondering what to do next. Explore the hidden gems and discover the places that have not been listed in your travel guides. You will be amazed by the number of things that you can do without acting like any old tourist. Check our list of the non-touristy things to do in Vienna, Austria and know Vienna the way any native knows it—with its hidden gems.
1. Indulge in the best coffee in a greenhouse
Drinking coffee in Palmenhaus amidst lush plants is the best experience you could ever have in Vienna. This glass and steel structure used to be a place of relaxation for the emperor. Nature dominates this place, so much so that you can almost taste it in the coffee that you sip. There are seats outside if you wish to enjoy the fresh air. Cocktails are served in the evening and if you love electronic beats, be here on a Friday night.
Address: Burggarten 1, 1010
Opening hours: Mon–Fri:10am-12am; Sat: 9am-12am; Sun: 9am-11pm
2. Discover nature's best on a hike to Myra Waterfalls
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Experience nature at its best while trekking to the Myra Waterfalls in Vienna, Austria. The four-hour journey on foot is invigorating. Aside from the benefits that you get from the physical exertion, you will also feel a sense of accomplishment as you finish the trip. Cross wooden bridges over cascades and hear the gushing water heading to the sea and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountain and ravine.
Hike to Myra Falls
Address: Myrafälle 1, 2763 Muggendorf, Austria
Website: Myra Falls
Opening hours: 9am - Departure Time
Price: 142.74 USD
3. Explore the world of astronomy and geography at the Globe Museum
Visit the Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library, which is the only globe museum in the world. With a collection of more than 250 globes and tools in astronomy dating back from the 17th century, this museum will be a haven for astronomy and geography enthusiasts. Displayed are terrestrial and celestial globes, globes of the moon and of the other planets. The exhibit is spectacular and you could never find another like it anywhere in the world.
Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library
Address: Palais Mollard Herrengasse 9 | Palais Mollard, Vienna 1010, Austria
Opening hours: Tue-Wed: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-9pm; Fri-Sun: 10am-6pm
4. Join the revelry at the Vienna Love Parade
Join the Vienna Love Parade for a different kind of fun. Considered as a dance and music festival, this exciting event in Vienna is held every month of July. It started as a political demonstration for peace and international understanding through love and music. During the festivities, the streets are full of revelers dancing to electronic music. The parade includes floats that are decorated in bright colors.
Vienna Love Parade
Address: Ringstrasse Vienna, 1010 Austria
5. Meet criminals of the past at the Kriminalmuseum
If you have a strong heart, a visit to the Kriminalmuseum will give you an eerie but unique experience. Explore the museum where the skulls of notorious criminals as well as some victims are displayed. You will also find items related to crime such as rusty axes, death masks, torture paraphernalia, lock picking devices, and counterfeit money.
Address: Große Sperlgasse 24, Vienna, 1020, Austria
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays)
6. Stand at the top of the world at the Observation Tower
If you love heights, going up the Observation Tower will give you a marvelous view of the outskirts of Vienna. The tower was built in 1889 to commemorate the 50th year of Emperor Franz Joseph I. It was also intended to showcase the commercial and industrial development of the region. It was first made of wood and was destroyed by a storm. It was rebuilt using steel but it decayed after many years. Again it was reconstructed to its present glory.
The Observation Tower
Address: Johann-Staud-Straße 80 1160 Ottakring Vienna, 1160 Austria
Website: The Observation Tower
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 8:00am-6:30am
7. Enjoy making and tasting chocolates
Join this day trip and discover how your favorite chocolates are made. You do not have to bring any ingredients with you because they will be provided. After you have made three bars, you can taste and eat them if you want. After experiencing being a chocolatier, you will visit the Chocolate Museum where you will learn the history of chocolate.
Address: Im Wiener Prater, Riesenradplatz 5, 1020 Wien, Austria
Website: Chocolate Museum
Opening hours: Sat-Sun: 10am-7pm; Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm
Price: 17 USD
8. Have a glimpse of the haunted past of Stephansdom Crypt
The guided tour to Stephansdom Crypt will take you to the spooky and sinister catacombs beneath the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and more under the ground outside the church. The crypt served as the burial place for the bishops and for the nobility of Austria. The Ducal Crypt displays urns but they do not contain the ashes of the dead; inside them were the internal organs of the people buried there, such as the heart.
Address: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
Website: Stephansdom Crypt
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-11:30am; Sun: 1:30pm-4:30pm
9. Explore the Josephinum Medical Museum
See the biggest collection of wax anatomical models that were used by medical students when dissecting a corpse was illegal. The wax models with veins offer detailed anatomy of a human. These wax models were excellently preserved and displayed in rosewood and Venetian glass. For people who are interested in medicine and anatomy, visiting this museum will be an exciting experience.
Josephinum Medical Museum
Address: Währinger Str. 25, 1090 Wien, Austria
Website: Josephinum Medical Museum
Opening hours: Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm; Wed: 4pm-8pm
10. Learn the steps of the Viennese waltz
Learn to dance the Viennese waltz while in Vienna at the Elmayer Dance School. The Viennese waltz differs from other waltzes in the world so why not learn it and perform it when you are back home? Taking the beginner’s course will not only hone your skills in dancing but it will also help you meet people and make new friends
Elmayer Dance School
Address: Bräunerstraße 13, 1010 Wien, Austria
Website: Elmayer Dance School
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 3:00pm-8:00pm
Vienna - where unknown roads lead to unique adventures
If you want to do something different in Vienna, take the least-trodden road and find yourself in the midst of an exciting, amazing, or spooky adventure. Join the few that take the courage to see the eerie catacombs or the sinister criminal museum or the medical museum full of wax anatomical models. You can climb the observation tower and experience being at the top of the world.
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