10 Famous Things In Vienna, Austria - Updated 2024

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With different names, such as the ‘City of Dreams’ and ‘City of Music’, Vienna is unquestionably a fairy tale European city in the truest sense. Positioned in the east of Austria, on the Danube River, from its intriguing history to the modernized facets of this city, there is unimaginable and panoramic beauty everywhere. Tourists are welcomed to a plethora of stunning establishments, gardens, lively environment and a lot more to explore. It’s no wonder the city has acquired the reputation of a renowned tourist destination. Your trip to this gorgeous city remains incomplete without experiencing every fascinating thing to do here. To make things easier for you, we have shortlisted the best and most famous things in Vienna, Austria.

1. Imperial architecture

The Hofburg Imperial Palace
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One of the grandest features of Vienna is its architecture, which is a magical amalgamation of several periods and styles. Over the years, the city has witnessed a wave of architectural transformation, at the same time keeping the traditional charm of its magnificent monuments. One of the most iconic structure is the Gothic St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Besides this, there is the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Vienna State Opera, the Looshauas and many other architectural highlights.

A few modernized structures include the DC Tower 1, Hotel Topazz, Wien Mitte: The Mall and others. With lavish Baroque palaces to quirky and pioneering structures, Vienna has a lot that your eyes can feast upon.

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2. Museums

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Vienna’s museums are, altogether, a world in themselves. Art lovers can relish an incredible assortment of works by extremely reputable artists, like Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Pieter Bruegel, amongst many others. Further, contemporary art by newcomers is also showcased at these museums. Be it art, nature, culture or peace, exceptional work related to a diverse spectrum of topics can be found here.

Vienna’s museums are must-visit places to witness these extensive and exclusive artworks. The Albertina, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Leopold Gallery, Globe Museum and Sigmund Freud Museum offer fascinating glimpses of various arenas.

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3. Coffee houses

Cafe Schwarzenberg aussen
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Vienna’s coffee houses are an extremely crucial part of Austrian culture and the city welcomes you with a range of outstanding coffee houses that will amaze you. Relish the nostalgic ambiance of these charming coffee venues. The photogenic interiors and very delicious, as well as extensive menus, have positioned these places in the list of preferred places to visit in Vienna. Previously, these coffee houses would serve as key meeting places for artists, musicians, writers and philosophers.

Apart from these old ones, over the years, the city has seen the emergence of many progressive coffee houses. So, while in Vienna, do visit some of them, like the Café Schwarzenberg, Café Sperl, Café Central, Café Landtmann and others.

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4. Gardens and parks

Wien Volksgarten Votivkirche Burgtheater Rosenblüte
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About 50 percent of Vienna is green space, of which the majority are free for public use. Being placed in the heart of Europe, Vienna has idyllic weather conditions for lush, green nature. These parks and gardens have the perfect atmosphere for daytime excursions or leisurely walks, or for taking a quick break from the hustle-bustle of the city.

Be it the city’s first public park, the City Park, or the others, including Danube Park, Lainzer Tiergarten, Volksgarten, Burggarten and Schönbrunn Palace Garden, each of these is exquisite in its way. With boundless features to explore, these places have a lot to offer. For example, you will find 400 kinds of roses blooming in Volksgarten Park.

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The parks in Vienna are beautiful and enjoyable in every season, including winter (when I visited Vienna, the temperature was below zero, but I still went to some of them). Here are a few that I loved:

- Belvedere Gardens

- Prater

- Stadtpark

I love visiting parks! And you?

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5. Libraries

Austrian National Library
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Literature lovers have a lot to explore while in Vienna. A city with a rich cultural heritage, Vienna has a vast range of libraries with extraordinary collections. Time flies at these ‘bibliotheques’, which were established not only to boost cultural activities but also as a crucial source of information. Furthermore, their impressive décor and tranquil reading areas make them some of the finest attractions.

Some of the most renowned ones include the Austrian National Library Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna University Library and the Wienbibliothek im Rathaus. Apart from books and magazines, you can find audio cassettes, CDs and console games here.

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6. Classical music

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Vienna boasts a rich musical heritage, with legendary composers such as Josef Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Strauss (father and son), Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler. Every night, approximately 10,000 music fans can enjoy live classical music in Vienna. This is something unique about this city. No wonder it is called the ‘City of Music’.

Be a part of the magnificent concerts of different sizes and genres. Some of the most celebrated classical concerts in Vienna are the Royal Orchestra, Vienna Hofburg-Orchestra, Mozart Requiem and the Schoenbrunn Palace Concerts.

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7. Prater amusement park

Posted by Prater park on Friday, 9 August 2013

U might not find any other place radiating this much energy! Get ready for an unmatched experience at this landmark amusement park in Vienna, which features numerous turbulent roller coasters, of which the 65-meter-high Giant Ferris Wheel and the boomerang are major attractions. Also, the go-karts, ghost train, merry-go-rounds, as well as the planetarium and the very popular Schweizerhaus are very thrilling. Further, the ride through the haunted house feels fantastic.

With unlimited fun guaranteed for all age groups, the park has several bars and amazing restaurants, too. Ticket prices vary, depending on the ride, and the entry to the park is free of charge.

Prater Amusement Park

Address: Prater 7/1 | Riesenradplatz 1, Vienna 1020, Austria

Website: Prater Amusement Park

Opening hours: 10am - 12am (daily) (till 31st October)

Price: Starting from 3.50 Euros (3.90 USD)

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8. Schönbrunn Palace (from USD 152.0)

As a UNESCO-listed architectural wonder, Schonbrunn Palace is one of the most stunning structures in Europe. Your evening starts with an audio tour while exploring the palace’s ornate guest apartments and the lavish interiors of the quarters of Emperor Franz Joseph’s. After this, you can head to the Ehrenof restaurant, attached to the palace, where a delicious three-course dinner awaits you. During summers, you can opt for outdoor seating.

After this, comes the musical concert by the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra. Hear celebrated overtures and arias by Mozart and Strauss, like Don Giovanni, Radetzkymarsch and Le Nozze di Figaro.

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Schönbrunn Palace After-Hours Tour with Dinner and Concert

Duration: 5 hours

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9. Viennese cuisine

Viennese sausages
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Known as one of the gourmet capitals of Europe, Vienna is home to numerous delectable dishes. The culinary scene of this city comprises very distinctive preparations, drinks and sweets. Viennese chefs take inspiration from various countries to whip up enticing dishes. The availability of exceptional cafes and restaurants in Vienna keep the ‘bons vivants’ happy and surprised.

Signature dishes, like Wiener Schnitzel, Sacher Torte, Apfelstrudel, Melange (Viennese Coffee) and Wiener Wurstel (Viennese Sausages) are a must. Additionally, 700 hectares of vineyards boost a lively wine scene, too.

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10. Vienna State Opera

Die Wiener Staatsoper bei Nacht (c) Axel Zeininger

Posted by Wiener Staatsoper on Thursday, 22 November 2012

Originally known as the Vienna Court Opera, the Vienna State Opera is renowned for its exceptional performances by celebrity singers and conductors. Located in the heart of Vienna, it is famed not just for its live performances, but also for its architectural excellence. You can discover more about the fascinating history of this marvelous structure during the guided tour. The stunning marble staircase, the statues of the seven free arts and the Gobelin Hall make this venue very unique.

Even the attractive auditorium, which is the venue for the very popular Viennese Opera Ball, is a marvel. The schedule varies depending on the chosen show or concert.

Vienna State Opera

Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

Website: Vienna State Opera

Price: Starting from 4 Euros (4.87 USD)

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Vacationing in Vienna

Vienna has so much to make you fall in love with it. The capital city of Austria is blessed with artistic and musical masterworks, along with a fascinating coffee-house culture and a vibrant gastronomic scene. Apart from these, many other desirable attractions are sure to enhance your trip’s experience. Overall, there are a host of reasons why Vienna could be your next holiday venue.

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