Vienna is an amazing city to visit in Europe with so much to see! If you are looking for what to do in Vienna, read on for the 15 best things to do!
1. St. Stephens Cathedral
Located right in the city center and dating back to 1147, St. Stephens Cathedral is one of the best things to see on your next trip Vienna. If you’re on a budget, you can marvel at the cathedral outside & just enjoy the architecture. If you want to take a closer look, there are guided tours of the cathedral and the catacombs!
2. The Vienna Riesenrad & Prater
Prater is the amusement park that is located in the city of Vienna, and such a cool and unique thing to do one your next visit. If you’re looking to have a little fun, hop on the different rides that are offered, or enjoy some snacks as you wander the park. The Vienna Risenrad is amazing ferris wheel pictured above, tickets will cost around 12 euro for adults and 5 euro for children. We had the whole booth to ourself when we rode, and it was an awesome experience!
More information is available at their website here.
Naschmarkt is the best market in Vienna. You can stop here if you’re looking for souvenirs, a snack, or even an entire meal. My hostel was located right by Naschmarkt, which made shopping and snacking a breeze!
4. Zanoni & Zanoni Ice Cream
If you are in Europe you have to get ice cream. If you are in Vienna, Zanoni & Zanoni is the best place to get it! They offer other desserts & meals too, but a good old fashioned ice cream cone is the perfect snack while exploring the city on a summers day.
5. Schönbrunn Palace – One of the Best Things in Vienna
If you’re looking to explore the summer home of the past rulers of Austria, Schönbrunn Palace is the place for you! The palace itself is magnificent inside, but the grounds also offer so much to explore. Head to google maps and explore the grounds virtually first, because there is so much packed into the area around Schönbrunn, it’s crazy!
Find more information on Schönbrunn Palace here.
SCHONBRUNN PALM HOUSE
The Palm house is one of the many treasures you’ll find in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace. If you are interested in greenhouses & palms, check this place out while exploring Vienna.
Find more information on the Palm House here
THE OLDEST ZOO IN THE WORLD
Schönbrunn Palace is also home to the oldest zoo in the world, dating back to 1752. If you’re interested in zoos or even history, you can tour this zoo or just pear at it through the fence.
Find more information on the zoo here
6. Visit Vienna’s Museums
Vienna has a ton of museums that are available to explore. If you are interested in museums, do your research and make sure to budget time in order to ensure you get your museum fix on your trip to Vienna!
7. Hundertwasser House
Hundertwasser House is SO UNIQUE. Just looking at it is so incredible, I knew I wanted to see it with my own eyes when I visited Vienna. Although (in my opinion) it isn’t “jaw dropping”, I’m still happy I was able to see it while I was there!
8. Hofburg Palace
If you’re looking for typical European architecture, Hofburg Palace is the place to see. This is another sight located pretty central in Vienna, so it’s easy to make a stop here while you’re touring around the city.
ALSO CHECK OUT: Volksgarten – a beautiful park located at the grounds of Hofburg Palace
9. Schmetterlinghaus – The Butterfly House
Vienna’s butterfly house is actually a place I have never been, but one of my friends has and recommended it to me on my next visit. It’s located right near Hofburg Palace, so if you’re interested in butterflies or looking for some unique photo opportunities while in Vienna, check out Schmetterlinghaus!
Cost at the time of writing: 7 euros/adult & 6 euro/child
10. The Spanish Riding School
Also located near Hofburg Palace, the Spanish Riding School is a historical building that trains the famous Lipizzaner horses. Stop here if you’re interested in a tour of the building, watching a training session, or if you’re interested in catching one of the shows they put on.
11. The Austrian Parliament Building
I love to visit the different parliament buildings around Europe, as they are all unique and usually pretty cool.The Austrian parliament has incredible statues around the front of the building, the main one being the Greek Goddess Athena.
12. Vienna Opera House
The Vienna Opera House is a large part of European culture and is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. If you’re interested in attending a show, I have seen tickets for as low as 10 euros, and as high as 300 euros.
Rathaus is Vienna’s City Hall and is another incredible piece of architecture this city has to offer. Different events are held throughout the year out front of Rathaus in the square, and this is also where one of Vienna’s largest Christmas markets are held at the end of the year. Wandering through the square or having a picnic with Rathaus in the background is one of the best things to do in Vienna.
Find more information on Rathaus here
14. Wander The Christmas Markets
It’s a dream of mine to visit the European Christmas Markets, and the markets in Vienna look amazing. If you happen to be in the city at the end of November or December, stop by the markets to take in all things European Christmas.
Find more information on the Vienna Christmas Markets here
15. Continue on to Hallstatt, Innsbruck, or Salzburg!
One of the best things to do in Vienna is to use it as a base to explore surrounding areas! There are so many amazing day trips to explore from Vienna. Salzburg is one of the places The Sound of Music was filmed and is also the birthplace of Mozart. Innsbruck is a cute and picturesque town nestled into the Austrian Alps, and Hallstatt is just straight up stunning. Be sure to budget in time to visit these amazing towns on your next trip to Vienna!
Hopefully, this guide on 15 things to do in Vienna helped you plan your trip to this awesome city, or gave you some inspiration for your future travels! Leave any comments, recommendations, requests, or questions below, or send me an email!
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