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Vienna in Austria is one of the most visually stunning cities in Europe.

The fact that the city lies on the banks of the Danube River gives it an additional charm.

The city was once the seat of the Hapsburg dynasty, because of which today it has beautiful palaces, museums full of art, and other stunning architectural marvels.

During your holiday in Vienna, don’t missout on attending a concert, for the city is synonymous with famous composers such as Beethoven, Strauss, and Schoenberg.

Discover the top tourist attractions in this classy city with our list of the things to do in Vienna.

Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
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Schonbrunn Palace is a 1441-room Palace and former Imperial Residence of the Hapsburg Monarchs.

With a history spanning over 300 years, it is one of the most important historical monuments in Vienna.

Belvedere Palace

Belvedere Palace, Vienna
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Tourists visit Belvedere Palace to see famous paintings of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt and to stroll along the Baroque gardens.

It consists of two buildings – Upper Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, and the Orangery, and Palace Stables.

Vienna Zoo

Vienna Zoo
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Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo in the world and is also known as Tiergarten Schonbrunn.

In 2018, it was voted Europe’s best Zoo for the fifth time.

Albertina Museum

Albertina Museum, Vienna

The Albertina Museum in Vienna flaunts one of the largest and most precious graphic art collections in the world.

It has more than 50,000 drawings and one million prints from all periods of history.

St Stephen’s Cathedral

St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
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St. Stephen’s Cathedral has watched over the city of Vienna for more than 700 years.

It is a magnificent monument, reflecting the history and intricate architectural capabilities of Austrians.

Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding School, Vienna
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Spanish Riding School has preserved the city’s traditions through the art of horse riding.

Tourists get to experience the famous Lipizzan horse acts practiced to perfection.


Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
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The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna is one of the finest art Museums in the World. It is home to the largest collection of paintings by 16th-century Dutch master Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

The Museum is beautiful both from inside and outside – the building’s impeccable architecture itself draws a massive crowd.

Madame Tussauds Vienna

Queen Elizabeth at Madame Tussauds Vienna
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If you want to add glamour to your vacation in the Austrian capital, look no further than Madame Tussauds Vienna.

You see centuries-old waxwork techniques at Vienna’s wax Museum and rub shoulders with world leaders, royal families, politicians, movie stars, sportspersons, etc. 

Danube Tower

Danube Tower
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Danube Tower is Austria’s tallest building and an iconic landmark in Vienna.

The 826 feet (252 meters) tall tower offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, such as the old city, Danube Park, and Vienna Woods.

Locally known as the Donauturm, the tower is located near the north bank of the Danube River and offers in the district of Donaustadt.

Giant Ferris Wheel

Vienna's Giant Ferris Wheel
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Giant Ferris Wheel is an iconic sight in Vienna that serves as the Wurstelprater’s emblem. 

Every year, thousands of visitors from around the world gather here to see its distant silhouette.

The Giant Ferris Wheel was built in 1896 by Englishmen Basset and Hitchins to celebrate the 50th jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph.

Leopold Museum

Leopold Museum, Vienna
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Leopold Museum, with around 6,000 exhibits, is one of the world’s most important collections of Austrian art from the second half of the nineteenth century and Modernism.

A couple called Rudolf, and Elisabeth Leopold created this unique collection, and the masterpieces include works of artists like Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, etc.

Golden Hall

Wiener Musikverein, Vienna
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Golden Hall is locally known as Wiener Musikverein. This 150-year-old concert hall in Vienna is regarded as the crown jewel among the world’s concert halls.

It can seat 2000 music lovers and transmutes architecture into music and music into architecture.

Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera
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The Vienna State Opera is an opera house offering a diverse program of operas and ballet works.

Its first-class productions are of the very highest caliber, and they primarily focus on Mozart, Wagner, and classic operas of the 20th century.

St. Charles Church

St. Charles Church, Vienna
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St. Charles’ Church is locally known as Karlskirche and is considered the most outstanding baroque church in Vienna.

Finished in 1739, it is the last work of the eminent baroque architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach.

Tourists visit St. Charles’ Church for its classical concert with a period-instrument ensemble.

Esterházy Palace

Esterházy Palace, Vienna
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Esterházy Palace is one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Austria and displays the Austrian royalty’s splendid life once lived.

Tourists visit to see the rooms, furnishings, artworks and tour the palace’s extensive grounds. Guided tours are available, as well as concerts in Haydnsaal, the elaborate banquet room.


Naschmarkt, Vienna
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Naschmarkt in Vienna is a 100-year-old market with around 120 open stalls selling food, to eat, and takeaway.

The colorful culinary ranges from Viennese to Indian, from Vietnamese to Italian.

The weekend Flea Market is a cult event, and it becomes difficult to get back to your hotel empty-handed.

World Museum

World Museum, Vienna
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The World Museum is an ethnographic museum and has more than 400,000 exhibits from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and America.

Its most famous exhibit is a feathered headdress that belonged to Moctezuma II, the Aztec emperor from the 16th century. It is also known as Weltmuseum Wien.

Mozart Museum

Mozart Museum in Vienna
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The Mozarthaus Vienna was Mozart’s residence for three years, from 1784 to 1787, and is now a tribute to the legendary composer.

The Museum was inaugurated on January 27, 2006 – the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth and occupies 1,000 square meters on six levels.

Mozarthaus is a 2-minutes walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

City Hall, Vienna

Cultural show and dinner at Vienna Rathaus
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Vienna City Hall is locally known as Wiener Rathaus, and the city’s government sits in the building.

Tourists visit the city hall to enjoy an Austrian 3-course dinner and cultural performances by local artists.

The musical journey starts from the mountains of Tirol to Salzburg, the Salzkammergut, and the Wachau to the grand final in Vienna.

House of Music

House of Music in Vienna
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The House of Music is a Museum where you explore the world of sound and noise phenomena.

At the Museum, you can see, feel and even create the sounds and noises yourself.

Check out incredible interactive sound illustrations, which are both entertaining and educational.

Locals refer to this Museum as Haus der Musik.

Vienna Central Cemetery

Vienna Central Cemetery

The Vienna Central Cemetery is the second-largest cemetery in Europe.

Both tourists and locals visit the cemetery to discover the graves of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss Johannes Brahms, etc., see fantastic Art Nouveau architecture and enjoy the lush greenery.

The attraction is perfect for long walks.

Imperial Treasury

Imperial Treasury in Vienna
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The Imperial Treasury is on display at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.

The 10th century Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire and the 16th century’s Austrian imperial crown are the two highlights of the collection.

Also on display are the Burgundian treasure from the 15th century and the Order of the Golden Fleece (the Habsburg dynastic order).

Time Travel Vienna

Time Travel in Vienna
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Time Travel Vienna is a  5D cinema experience in the vaulted ceilings of St. Michael’s monastery on Habsburgergasse.

The movie takes tourists through Vienna’s history, where they learn about the black death plague, the Turkish siege of Vienna, legendary composers, the two world wars, etc.

The 50 minutes movie ends with a flying carriage ride over historic Vienna.

Museum of Applied Arts

Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
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The MAK is home to an unparalleled collection of applied arts, design, architecture, and contemporary art developed in the last 150 years.

The museum showcases furniture, glass, china, silver, and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present day.

The building that houses the MAK Museum is one of the most awe-inspiring works of architecture on Vienna’s Ringstraße.

Madame Tussauds Vienna

Madame Tussauds Vienna
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Madame Tussauds is on Riesenradplatz and showcases 80 wax figures, including local figures such as Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sisi, Mozart, Falco, Maria Theresia, Gustav Klimt, etc.

Other interactive exhibits include an intelligence test against Albert Einstein, ‘Blue Danube’ waltz with Johann Strauss, and a penalty shoot-out with football legend Hans Krankl.

Klosterneuburg Monastery

Klosterneuburg Monastery
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Klosterneuburg Monastery is a twelfth-century Augustinian monastery just outside of Vienna.

It was founded in 1114 and has been one of Austria’s most important religious and cultural centers for more than 900 years.

The combination of religion, wonderful art treasures such as Verdun Altar, and the oldest vineyard in Austria make the monastery an excellent tourist attraction.

Vienna Hofburg Orchestra

Vienna Hofburg Orchestra
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Vienna Hofburg Orchestra is an Austrian classical orchestra that presents concerts at the Vienna Hofburg Palace’s historical halls, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Garden Palace Liechtenstein.

Since the orchestra’s objective is to ‘cultivate Viennese waltz and operetta music’ they focus on Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár and Emmerich Kalman and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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