Vienna, the capital of Austria has a rich artistic and intellectual history. The rich culture was influenced by notable residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. This city has enough to visit to keep you entertained for days. Many of the attractions are located in the historic old town in the 1st District, making it the perfect walking city.
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Top 18 Attractions in Vienna
The Strudlhofstiege is an outdoor staircase of architectural and literary significance, and makes for wonderful photo shoots. It is best to visit in the spring or summer while the plants are in bloom.
The recently renovated Lichtenstein City Palace provides a look into the glamorous High Baroque age in Vienna. Guided tours must be ordered online in advance and do sell out well in advance!
Votive Church is the second-tallest church in Vienna. Its Neo-Gothic architecture is quite impressive to see.
Juden Platz is the historic center to Jewish life in Vienna, before its destruction in the early 1400s. In the center of the square is now a solemn Shoah Memorial. At the square is also the Misrachi-Haus, a branch of the Jewish Museum Vienna, with the foundations of one of Europe’s biggest medieval synagogues.
The Anker Clock, completed in 1914 stands at the edge of the Hoher Markt. Throughout the day twelve historical figures move across the bridge of the clock. At noon the parade of the figures on the Ankeruhr clock happens, each accompanied by music from its own era.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the most iconic features of Vienna. This 12th century church has beautiful colored tile roof and impressive religious relics. The best thing to do is climb the 343 steps to the tower room, for a panoramic view across Vienna.
Graben Street is now a beautiful pedestrian promenade with many places to shop. It also has a rich history still present to this day. At the start of the street is Stock Im Eisen, a “nail-tree” dating back from the Middle. There is also the Pestsaule Monument, a surprisingly golden sculpture, in memory of the Great Plague of Vienna.
The vast and informative Jewish Museum of Vienna covers Jewish history, life and religion in Austria. It encompasses many multimedia exhibits covering both history and contemporary Jewish life. Not only does it cover the history of Jews in Austria but information about Judaism as well.
Michaelerplatz square has is a great place to get many photos in one place. Around the square is the Hofburg Palace, the former imperial palace, and St. Michael’s Church, with its vast white Romanesque architecture.
It is also just next to the Spanish Riding School, where you can watch the morning exercises, take guided tours or watch the horses rest in their stables.
St. Francis of Assisi Church
The St. Francis of Assisi Church is built in a Basilica-style. This large church complex makes for great photos, and if you have the opportunity watch the church glow bright gold in the sunset.
It is a bit out of the way, but the Hundertwasser House and arts village are worth the walk to get a photo of the brightly painted building and cute indoor village.
The two Belvedere palaces are surrounded by a beautiful park complex. The magnificent Baroque buildings and ornate state rooms now serve as public museums. Several of the buildings in the complex hold exhibits, so it can take a while to make it through them all.
On the other side of the Hofburg Palace is Heldenplatz, a large public square. On one side of the square is the Neue Burg Museum. Behind the museum is Palmenhaus Wien, a former greenhouse, turned cafe.
Straight across from the palace is the Äußere Burgtor, a wide and shorter triumphant arch. Pass through the burgtor to continue exploring Vienna.
Maria Theresien Platz
MuseumsQuartier Wien is one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world, with over 70 cultural facilities to explore. There is a museum or exhibit hall for everyone, and something always going on, so make sure to check out their calendar.
Walking back north, you will reach the Volksgarten Park, a continuation of Heldenplatz. This park is famous for its beautiful rose gardens.
If you want to learn about the Austrian government look no further than their Parliament Building. The visitor center offers interactive displays about the Parliament, as well as guided tours of the building.
Burgtheater has one of the biggest theatre stages in the world and the an important German language theatre. If you are looking to enjoy fine German theatre, this is the place to see a show. The theatre is closed during July and August.