25 Top Tourist Attractions in Vienna

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State Hall (of the Austrian National Library)

Naschmarkt

Parliament Building

Kaiserliche Schatzkammer

The Schatzkammer is the Imperial Treasury, which was first established in Burgtheater in 1457. Over the centuries, the collection has grown and today comprises some of Europe's most precious art and antiquities as well as treasures from around the world. The Imperial Treasury is open daily, from 9AM-5pm.

It is located on the Hofburg's Vienna State Opera House and Schönbrunn Palace, opposite to each other underground.

The Imperial Treasury contains a collection of the fruits of the Austrian Empire's two centuries of conquests. The collection covers all the parts of the world. The museum has various gemstones, porcelain, silverware, documents, medals and drawings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance as well as pieces from the Imperial stage wagons of the 19th century and the "royal autobus" of 25 years ago (pictured).

Peterskirche

Peterskirche was built in the Second World War to be a church to house the remains of the victims of the war. It takes its name from its original architect, Peter Joseph Emanuel Weber.

It was rebuilt in the early 1700s as the Austrian Church and was converted to its present function in the 1980s with the addition of a large dome.a

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Stadtpark

(City Park)

The City Park (Wiener Stadtpark) is located next to the Danube river in the center of Wien. It is the most central park in the city of Vienna. The park covers an area of about 48 hectares.

The Latin name of the park is Parco Civico. The site is part of a flood plain that was made fertile by the Danube River. The upper level is shaped in the form of an oval. The lower level is combined into a large boulevard bordering the park in all directions.

There is a zoo in the park, the Museum of Natural History, an open-air theater and a modern art collection donated by the artist, Josephine Veck.

The park is an important local event center. In the summer, the park is popular with tourists, who like to sit on the banks of the Danube, eat ice cream or enjoy a coffee.

Stadtpark (City Park)

The City Park (Wiener Stadtpark) is located next to the Danube river in the center of Wien. It is the most central park in the city of Vienna. The park covers an area of about 48 hectares.

Stephansplatz

Stephansplatz is famous for the Vienna landmark, the World Clock. The clock measuring time in different parts of the world has been here since 1891. Atop it is a marble relief of Emperor Franz Joseph I and equestrian statues of the Roman emperors Marcus Aurelius and Charles the Great. Many Viennese make their way to this square to eat a sausage or simply relax on the grassy hill.

At the square there is also a stately building bearing the name of Joseph II, the last Austrian emperor, who ruled from 1765 to 1790. Every day, the soaring golden dome of the Stephansdom attracts large numbers of tourists to its gilded magnificence. The three famous towers offer an impressive view of the entire city.

As time passes, the surrounding architecture changes all the time. The Habsburg empire brought various buildings and monuments of various architectural styles here. Among the most famous of these are the few remaining churches of the past centuries, such as the Basilika (Saint Blaise’s Church) or the Münster.

Naturhistorisches Museum

The Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum) is the name given to the various collections of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. It holds over 110,000 pieces of natural history and ethnographic collections. It is the most important museum in Vienna.

The building, in the neo-Gothic style, was designed by Friedrich von Schmidt. It was built after the plans of the Polish architect Anselm Theophilus Picault. The construction had to be stopped because city officials thought it too extravagant. It was eventually completed in 1885.

The museum houses a collection of both natural history and ethnographic exhibits. It now includes 13,000 fossils, the largest collection in the world. It also has some worldwide known collections such as its Hominid Hall and the Peking Man Fossil.

This museum is also one of the largest and most complete natural history museums in the world. It is situated in the Palais Trautson, which was built in the 19th century to designs by Friedrich von Schmidt. The building is neo-Gothic in style. The museum was opened in 1873 and is located at Leopoldstadt in Vienna, Austria. The building is located in Leopoldsquare on the corner of Maria-Theresien-Platz. This museum is separated into eight sections.

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Karlskirche

The Karlskirche is a church on the site of a former monastery on the eastern edge of the Innere Stadt (inner city) district of the historic centre of Vienna, Austria.

The church was built on the site of an earlier church by the Emperor Karl IV (r.1349–1378), which was destroyed in the fire of 1511 during the Turkish Siege of Vienna.

Prater

The Prater in Vienna is one of the world’s top theatres for parades of military and equestrian displays. There is a Cafe Prater with many different types of food and a large, beautiful inner courtyard, which has several historical monuments.

The Prater is a favourite place for marionettes, which can be seen dancing on the stage every afternoon from 3-5 pm, also Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. On Sundays, the festivities begin at 2 pm and continue with shows through the afternoon.

What is so special about the Prater is that it is an area of enclosed green space, almost like a park, where people can come together to relax and enjoy themselves without having to worry about traffic noise or other worries. This is also why this area is home to the Wiener Narrenzunft (“The Vienna Guild of Fools”). It is one of the most famous guilds in Europe.

The future of the Prater is uncertain, despite these historical attractions. With the construction of the Metro Line U4, 8 new stations will be built on the area of the Prater, but these stations will disturb the silence of the Prater, so the future of the circus in the Prater is also uncertain.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

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The Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM), formerly the Kunsthistorisches Kunstgewächshaus and called the Kunstgewächshaus during the Nazi period, is the largest art museum in Austria. It is located in the Hofburg in Vienna, the former imperial palace, and houses a collection numbering some 450,000 works so far. To display these works, the museum has thirteen different exhibit halls on two floors. The third floor of the museum can also be visited by climbing 287 steps. The museum had 237,000 visitors in 2007.

There is a fee on entry and a unified reduced rate for students, children, and people over 60 years of age. For the reduced rate, an Einsteinian photographic I.D. must be shown (no proof of current address is required for student or senior citizen visitors).

As of 2018, the museum is open daily except Monday and major holidays; free admission is offered for museum staff every Tuesday.

Albertina

Albertina is the supreme fine-art collection of the city. In it, you will find 19th-century masterpieces of Western painting.

As educational museum, Albertina is currently attended by around 5,000 visitors a day. It is a comprehensive art find and a stop on any visit to Vienna.

This is also one of the best museums for children. Drawings are easy to understand, and there is plenty to look at.

Don’t miss out on the collection of works by Gustav Klimt.

Opera, the Way it is Meant to Be Seen! The Opera House.

The Opera is one of the most important buildings in Vienna. The Opera House was built in 1869 by Joseph Olbrich, an architect who also did St. Stephan’s Cathedral and the Albertina.

As always, from the front entrance, you are greeted by Maria Triple-B’s statues of Acteon and Jove.

Visiting the Opera is not only an experience of beauty, but it also makes you feel like a masterpiece too. Here, you get to see the opera the right way. The Opera does not have a general seating area. Instead, it has boxes, each of which have an actual name.

Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is a world-famous opera house. It is considered to be the best and biggest opera house in the world.

The opera is located on a central square of Vienna.

The opera house opened in 1869 and has been rebuilt and restored a few times.

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Graben

This place in Vienna is known for the narrow streets and the fact that the city was created on a hill by filling in a valley.

Starting in the sixteenth century, the city was built by filling in the valley between it and the hill. The buildings were built on the outside edges of the city where the soil was firmer. The houses were constructed upward instead of back to back, so that space was not wasted.

This means that you can walk down Grabenstrasse to the next square and then walk around the square to see the end of the street.

When you walk to the end, the street becomes narrower and narrower. That’s why it’s called “Graben” which in English translates to “street”.

It is a pretty fun street to walk down anyway, as it is surrounded by walls and towers. If you travel to Vienna and want to do a quick trip to see the Old City, then Graben is definitely the place to start.

This is a great place to start for anyone who is new to Vienna and planning a trip. You can easily walk to see one of the most famous areas in Vienna in one hour.

St Stephen's Cathedral

St Stephen's Cathedral is the largest church in Vienna. It is located at Stephansplatz in the Innere Stadt. The foundation stone was laid in 1147, the building was mostly finished by 1265, and the remaining sections and furnishing were added in the Baroque style from 1638 onwards.

The cathedral had to be nearly completely rebuilt after being devastated in World War II. The previous cathedral was a Roman Catholic church of the archdiocese of Vienna and is now a parish church. The early medieval church was demolished on the orders of Emperor Frederick II in 1260, after which construction of a Romanesque church began in 1263; its construction remained unfinished upon its sudden destruction by a fire in 1275.

Archbishop Arno of Salzburg laid the first stone for a large Gothic church in 1275. However, as Frederick II ordered a book detailing the destruction of the previous church to be destroyed, Arno had to use written records and the plans of the previous building.

A sequence of bishops and aristocratic patrons (regents) managed to build the choir of the church, but the cathedral remained uncompleted when Martin Luther, the founder of the Reformation, published his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517.

Burggarten

(Prince’s Castle Garden)

The Burggarten is a small garden situated in the heart of Vienna’s inner city and one of the most beautiful ponds in the entire city of Vienna. The garden dates back to at least the 12th century when the famous Vienna Citadel had been built right next to the pond.

In the 17th century the Prince Electors built a small baroque palace and named it the Burggarten. When the Court fled at the approach of the Turks, the garden became the residence of the city’s administrators.

Since the baroque age the garden has been a popular place for walks during the warm months. In the wintertime only trained dogs are allowed at the park.

The Burggarten is the city’s main rose garden. During its long history, the garden has been the home to thousands of famous rose bushes. After the erection of the world’s largest rose greenhouse in 1998, the garden is currently being revitalized to attract more visitors in this area.

Among the rose bushes are many rarities. For example the most unique is the so-called “Buttercup”: a rose created by the Gmundner rose grower and breeder Count Kaspar Hohenfeld for the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.

Ringstrasse

The Ringstrasse is the old city center of Vienna. This area is a must-visit for someone interested in the history of Vienna. The Ringstrasse was the first urban plan for Vienna. When the city was granted a new charter, which made Vienna the capital of the Austrian Empire, it needed a plan for expansion.

This was due to the increased number of people moving to the city, as well as the economic surge of Austria during the time. Back then, the Ringstrasse was called the Ringstrae since it was the city’s ring road or ring road.

The city of Vienna is built around the Ringstrasse, and it is also the ceremonial center. It is located in the center of the city and is called the Rindermarkt, an area designated for carrying and selling cattle. The Rindermarkt was, and still is, known as the meat market of Vienna.

The Ringstrasse is a popular tourist destination for the many historical and modern attractions it features in Vienna.

Belvedere Complex

Hundertwasserhaus

(Hundertwasser House)

The Hundertwasserhaus is a museum located in the center of Vienna and was created only four metres from the so called Hexenturm (the Witch’s Tower) near the Dachüber (roof over) of the Matthias Church.

The house of Tobias, a woodworker, is a living reminder of the quiet revolution that took place in the arts in the late 50s until the early 90s.

Since its founding in 1996, the Hundertwasserhaus has been carefully restored to its original state and now features over 200 exhibits, ranging from the whimsical to the politically provocative.

Hofburg Imperial Palace

This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been the former residence of various members of the Habsburg dynasty. It is the location of the Austrian Imperial Regalia and also the burial place of members of the royal family.

Schonbrunn Palace

The palace was built around the existing original Habsburg Residence in the 1720s and 1930s. It became the summer residence of the Habsburgs, the rulers of the empire.

The beautiful building is filled with over 250 rooms within its 81,000 square meters and is surrounded by a park with 40.000 trees and shrubs.

One of the most astounding features of the palace is the beautiful Grotto and the Chinese Court.

Grotto was created to illustrate a cave from a biblical scene.

The Chinese Court is an exact scale replica of the Imperial Pavilions of the Forbidden City in the center of Beijing and is designed to show the way a European should behave in comparison to the Chinese.

If you are in Vienna and have time, a visit to the Schonbrunn Palace is a must!