Vienna is a cultural city where the old and new seamlessly blend. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture lover, or a foodie, you’ll find something to enjoy. There are so many things to do, you could spend several days and not have done or seen everything. If your trip is short or you want to cut to the chase, here’s my pick of the top five things you must do when you visit Vienna, Austria.
Top 5 Things You Must Do When You Visit Vienna, Austria
Below you’ll find a mix of tourist attractions along with experiences unique to Vienna.
1. Schonbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn)
You should plan several hours to really enjoy your visit to Schonbrunn Palace (Schloss Schonbrunn), gardens, maze, and labyrinth.
The former summer home of the Habsburgs, this Baroque palace offers a wealth of treasures both inside and outside. Checking off UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites? The Schonbrunn was added to the UNESCO list in 1996.
Book your tour in advance:
- Skip the line: Guided tour Schonbrunn Palace and Vienna Historical City Tour
- Vienna Historical City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace
- Schonbrunn Palace Evening Concert
- Vienna Schonbrunn Palace Including Schonbrunn Gardens with Private Round-Trip Transport
- Tiergarten Schonbrunn Entrance Ticket (Vienna Zoo)
- Small-Group Schonbrunn Palace Half-Day Tour with a Historian Guide
- Vienna Schonbrunner Gardens Mini-Train Tour
2. Prater (Wurstelprater)
Amusement parks are a dime a dozen in California. Living in San Diego we’re minutes away from Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Sea World, and Legoland California.
So an amusement park has to offer something different to stand out. Wurstelprater does that in spades.
You get free admission to Wurstelprater seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.
Wurstelparter is great for families with young children who are too small (or scared) to go on the rides. And for adults who enjoy a carnival atmosphere, people watching, or get burnt out after standing hours in long lines.
And because you only pay for rides vs paying to get into the park you’re not wasting valuable money on an admission ticket.
3. Hot Dog Stand (Würstelstände)
You can grab a frankfurter or sausage from a street cart for a filling (and cheap) meal from Wurstelstands all over Vienna.
A foot long sausage encased in a crusty french roll costs under $4 (4 euro).
4. Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)
A visit to the Vienna State Opera, one of the most respected and busiest opera houses in the world, is a must while in Vienna. So you can book a tour of the Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper).
Do make time to watch an opera. Here’s how you can get a ticket for as little as 3 euro ($3).
If you’re looking for a unique experience, consider attending a Mozart Concert where the orchestra is dressed in historical costumes.
5. 1516 Brewing Company
Although Vienna is known for its coffee, with wine following a close second, there’s plenty of beer to be found. But there aren’t a lot of breweries.
If you like a good craft beer or want to enjoy dinner in a non-smoking environment and where English is spoken (in case your German is a little rusty or non-existent), head to 1516 Brewing Company.
Go on a Vienna pub tour.
With so much to see and do, there are many top things to do in Vienna. But we’ve summed up the top 5 things you should do when you visit Vienna, Austria.
Everything from spending hours at Schonbrunn Palace to riding the ferris wheel at Wurstelprater.
Let’s not forget eating from street cart hot dog stand, enjoying the brews at 1516 Brewing Company, or seeing an opera at the Vienna State Opera.
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