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10 best things to do in the vibrant city of Vienna

By Deepak K - March 21, 2018

Etched with history and imperial grandeur, the vibrant city of Vienna needs no introduction. For ages, Vienna by default makes its way into the bucket list of history & architecture lovers and the desire to visit the city has only grown. If you are one of those people who already have Vienna on your list, here are the top 1o things to do in Vienna.

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1. Spend a day at the Schönbrunn Palace

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Your visit to Vienna is incomplete without visiting the imperial residence of Schönbrunn Palace. Built in the 17th-century, the 1,441 room Baroque palace has been used for multiple purposes over the years and the walls of the palace echo with endearing stories. The palace along with the gardens is so vast that it needs a complete day to explore. Choose from one of the many tours offered to get the most of the attraction.

Address: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria

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2. Go on a day out with family to Prater

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Prater is Vienna’s famous amusement park. If you are in Vienna with your family and kids, this is the best place to head out to. The main attraction of the park is the giant Ferris wheel which is open throughout the year. Apart from this, some of the other exciting rides you shouldn’t miss out in the park include liliputbahn, boomerang, prater tower, wildalpenbahn, and black mamba.

Address: 1020 Vienna, Austria

3. Explore the magnificent palace of Hofburg

Established in the 13th-century as a winter residence, Hofburg is a former imperial palace in Vienna. The historical palace complex is huge and is easily one of the biggest in the world. Inside the massive complex are several museums, a national library, intriguing silver & furniture collections, and Spanish riding school, to name a few. The ideal way to start your exploration is from the middle of the complex.

Address: Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria

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4. Soak in the views of the city from St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Standing tall for more than 7 centuries now, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a landmark attraction in Vienna. It is also the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. Decorated with colourful roof tiles, the magnificent cathedral is 136 meters tall and is practically visible from anywhere in Vienna. Climb the 343 stairs of the tower room to enjoy the unparalleled views of the city.

Address: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria

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5. Glance through the splendid collection of art at Belvedere

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Set on a Baroque park landscape, Belvedere is a stunning palace that houses Austria’s most valuable art collection. From famous paintings of Gustav Klimt to Vincent Van Gogh to Oskar Kokoschka to Egon Schiele, the incredible collection on display includes Austrian artwork from the middle ages to the current era. While the upper Belvedere houses all the artwork, the lower Belvedere is the residence of Prince Eugene.

Address: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria

6. Admire the wildlife at Tiergarten Schönbrunn

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Situated on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace, Tiergarten Schönbrunn is the oldest continuously operating zoo in the world. The prime motto of the zoo is species & nature conservation and Tiergarten does it so well that it has been voted four times for Europe’s best zoo. While there is a diverse range of animals, pandas are the main highlight. The best time to visit the zoo is summer.

Address: Maxingstraße 13b, 1130 Wien, Austria

7. Shop for fresh produce at Naschmarkt

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Adorned with over 100 stalls, Naschmarkt is Austria’s famous open-air market. It is not just Austrian produce that you will find here, goods from all over the world are sold at Naschmarkt. All you have to do is keep your eyes open. Functioning since the 16th century, Naschmarkt is where farmers of different origins come together and it is a burst of culinary extravaganza. Visit on a Saturday and there is also a flea market in place.

Address: 1060 Vienna, Austria

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8. Catch first-class performances at Vienna State Opera

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Ready to be swayed away by first-class performances? Step inside the Austrian opera house of Vienna State Opera. The opera house is lavishly decorated and carries shades of brown & gold that elevates its appeal. Over 300 ballets and 50 opera performances are scheduled inside the premises of the intimate venue in a year. To discover the secrets that are unknown to the outside world, take a guided tour.

Address: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria

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9. Discover life’s greatest wonders at Natural History Museum

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Housing approximately 30 million unique objects, Natural History Museum is where you will find some of the interesting discoveries of your lifetime. Found 250 years, the splendid structure glows with a timeless elegance and the exhibits here are spread over 8,000 square meters. Some of the most famous exhibits in the museum include stellar’s sea cow, 29500-year-old Venus of Willendorf, rare fossils, and gigantic dinosaur skeletons.

Address: Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria

10. Gaze at the graphic art collections at Albertina

Housing over 65,000 drawings and 1 million old master prints, the museum of Albertina is where you will find world’s precious graphic art collections. And the genre of the collections here ranges from late Gothic to contemporary art. Looking to step away from graphic art a bit? You have a wide range of photographs and architectural drawings to look at as well. Further, Albertina also boasts of exquisitely furnished staterooms.

Address: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria


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