Vienna Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Vienna
The Gothic STEPHANSDOM CATHEDRAL is Vienna's most prominent landmark, located in the heart of the city and offering wonderful views from the top.
From there you can walk to Hofburg Palace, the lavish imperial palace with a glorious interior open to the public. Schloss Schönbrunn Palace is just as magnificent, known for its splendid Baroque gardens and the world's oldest zoo. It was the royal summer residence, and you may visit the stunning Rococo interior.
The splendid Belvedere Palace is home to the Austrian National Gallery which displays the most important paintings of national artists. Outside there are vast French gardens with numerous statues, including the outstanding Eight Muses and the Sphinxes.
The striking KARLSKIRCHE CHURCH is another Vienna icon, an impressive Baroque construction with a large dome and two minaret-like columns on both sides.
Staatsoper is equally grand. It's the city's opera house and worth going inside not just for its performances, but also to see the majestic staircase of the entrance hall.
The SECESSION BUILDING also stands out for its architecture (a magnificent Art Nouveau building using only white and gold), as does NEUES RATHAUS, the impressive Neo-Gothic town hall that's spectacularly floodlit at night.
The Museumsquartier shows the more contemporary side of Vienna, a former riding stables transformed into a cultural center housing a number of museums. One of them is the Leopold Museum, a private collection of 19th century and modern Austrian art acquired by the state in 1994. The Austrian Museum of Architecture (commonly called the "AzW"), is also located on the site, and should be a stop for those interested in urban planning and modern architecture. It includes an extensive archive and library, and presents an overview of Austrian architecture from the 19th century to the present.
For the city's best modern art head to the MUMOK - Museum of Modern Art which includes a significant collection of Pop Art represented by Warhol, Rauschenberg, among others.
If you enjoy that you can't also miss the MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, displaying furniture, decorative pieces, and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present. You're able to see the evolution of design through its collection, and there is also a contemporary art exhibition space and a shop selling items by local designers.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum has a remarkable collection, one of the world's largest of European masters. It was assembled by the Habsburgs, and includes works by Rembrandt, Durer, Rubens, and Velazquez, together with Greek and Roman antiquities.
Hundertwasserhaus is one of the city's most interesting sights, an unconventional apartment building characterized by different colors and rooftop gardens. It opened in 1986 and has become one of Vienna's most-visited landmarks due to its faitytale-like appearance.
To see some of the city's most monumental architecture go down RINGSTRASSE, one of the world's most elegant boulevards. You can walk or take trams 1 or 2 which run the length of the avenue. Also pass by the colorful NASCHMARKT, Vienna's largest market with hundreds of stalls selling produce, flowers, meat, and fish, while on Saturdays there's also a flea market.
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Vienna where you can take advantage of organized sightseeing so you don't miss the most important sights and can also take daytrips to nearby attractions..
Vienna's location in the center of Europe enables you to reach other European capitals quite easily. Budapest and Prague can even be visited on a daytrip, or you can choose to go to Salzburg, Austria's second greatest city:
Salzburg Day Trip from Vienna
Budapest daytrip from Vienna
Prague daytrip from Vienna