With a deep-rooted imperial past, Vienna has a rich history just waiting to be discovered. There are plenty of diverse things to do in Vienna, with something to suit almost any interests.
Whether you want to learn more about the long-reigning Habsburg family, admire the delightful sounds of classical music composed by Vienna’s own Mozart, or peruse stunning antiques, Vienna certainly has enough to keep you entertained and occupied.
Some great things to do in Vienna include:
Schonbrunn Palace is not only a top Vienna attraction, but it is also one of the main tourist destinations in all of Austria. It is the elegant former summer residence of the Imperial Family. Originally constructed in the late 1600s as a hunting lodge, Schoenbrunn Palace later became the official Hapsburg summer residence. The beautiful gardens are well-worth savouring with a leisurely stroll. Walk up to the Gloriette, a stunning Roman-style arch overlooking a vast pool, for a breathtaking view of the palace and surrounding neighbourhood.
Admire the vast assortment of wares available at the many different stalls at this lively market. From buckets of tulips to pickles, wines and plump purple figs, the large open-air market is a great place to take a peek into the local way of life. If you visit on a Saturday you can also browse at the nearby large flea market with its enormous selection of second hand goods.
State Opera House
There are two ways to see Vienna’s world famous opera house; you can either attend a performance or visit as part of a tour. On a tour, professional guides will lead you around the building whilst telling you more about the history. You can also go up onto the stage and visit the main hall. If you would like to see a show, don’t worry about the price – the standing tickets are super affordable!
Hundertwasserhaus is a cool, funky and colourful apartment building that was designed by the Austrian artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Named after its creator, the 1985 apartment block combines an eclectic mix of Moorish, Spanish, and Venetian influences. Eye-catching and imaginative, it is certainly a pretty unique living space. It even has trees and shrubs up on the roof!
This magnificent Gothic structure at the heart of the city stands out with its 136 metre-high tower and colourful roof tiles. A gorgeous religious building, you can climb the 343 steps to the top of the south tower and take in the panoramic views of the city. The cathedral is glorious both inside and out. St. Stephen’s has stood in this very spot since the early 12th century. Sadly, little remains of the original building apart from the original large gate and a tower.
Vienna is a fabulous place for the young or the young at heart and it has everything to cater to the interests of everyone. With so many great things to do in Vienna, what are you waiting for?!