Here are our tips for the best of things to do in Vienna, collated from posts by various members of the Europe a la Carte blogging team. You can also explore the city in my walking tour and I’ve put together “The best places to stay in Vienna for all budgets” to help you find accommodation for your city break.
Concert Hall, Vienna
Best Vienna Attractions
Amanda writes about the Hofburg Palace, location of the Imperial Apartments, Sisi Museum and the Imperial Silver Collection in Vienna’s city centre.
Hofburg Palace by budgetplaces
Marcus loved the frescos at Karlskirche where there’s even a lift to take you up close to this beautiful artwork.
Cupola Fresco at Karlskirche by Marcus Cederstrom
Neha. although not normally a fan of zoos, enjoyed her visit to Vienna’s Baroque Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in the world.
Vienna Zoo by Roberto Verso
Amanda was impressed by the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
Vienna Boys Choir by tore_unes
Marcus compares Vienna’s Schonbrum Palace to Versailles, as an opulent reminder of the past days of glory.
Schonbrunn Palace by Marcus Cederstrom
Kimberly finally made it to the Spanish Riding School to watch a performance by the Lipizzaner horses.
Spanish Riding School by Kimberly Sullivan
Best Vienna Events
Andy enjoyed going to the various events (some free) such as opera, drama and dance at the Vienna International Festival held every May since 1951.
Sweat Workshop at Vienna International Festival by Tor Lindstrand
Best Vienna Museums
Amanda wondered if she’d undergo analysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum.
Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna by Chris Lancaster
Neha was amazed that there’s even a Museum of Art Fakes in Vienna.
Van Gogh copy from Vienna Museum of Art Fakes
The Kunsthaus, with its colourful art and uneven floors is Amanda’s favourite Vienna art spot.
Kunsthaus Vienna by Jacob Paul Skoubo
Amanda points out that the Vienna Haus der Musik is open until 10pm, offering an evening cultural activity, when many other museums are closed.
Haus der Musik Vienna by _dChris
Find out about more fascinating Vienna museums.
Best Places to Eat & Drink in Vienna
Coffee and Cake at Vienna’s Cafe Aida by denkrahm
Kimberley enjoyed her visit to the restaurant in the Palmenhaus in the Burggarten and suggests that you sample the Weinerschnitzel at Figlmuller. If you’re after traditional Viennese fare the Reinhaler Gasthaus is the place to head, I ate pork and dumplings there.
Reinthaler Gasthaus, Vienna
Best Vienna Day Trips
Although there are so many things to do in Vienna, you might want to venture further afield on a day trip from Vienna.
Amanda visited the Marchegg Stork Sanctuary, a Worldwide Fund for Nature project, during breeding season and saw plenty of chicks in the nests.
Nesting Stork by Roberto Verso
Marcus made the trip to Grinzing, just north of Vienna to enjoy some local wine in a traditional heurigen (wine tavern) and some great views over Vienna.
View of Vienna from Grinzing by Marcus Cederstrom