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Vienna City Trip - Attractions

Schonbrunn Palace, a grand, gated palace boasting almost 1,500 ornate rooms


What to See & Do in Vienna

Get the details on important landmarks, attractions and resources for your trip to Vienna.

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CHURCHES

Stephansdom
Stephansplatz
011-43-1-515-52563
www.stephansdom.at
St. Stephen’s Cathedral towers above the city like a gothic skyscraper. Begun in 1304 (with the finishing touches finally being put on in the 20th century), the cathedral is fun to explore—both inside and out.

Votivkirche (Votive Church)
Votivkirche (Votive Church)

St. Michael’s Church
Michaelerplatz
011-43-1-533-8000
www.michaelerkirche.at
Mozart’s last composition, the Requiem K. 626, was first performed here a week after his death. The church has a striking gothic interior with rococo touches.

Votivkirche
Rooseveltplatz 8
011-43-1-406-1192
www.votivkirche.at
One of the most striking sites on the Ring is the Votive Church (or Votivkirche), a mid-19th-century, neo-gothic church inspired by the great gothic cathedrals of Chartres and Cologne.

CITY HALL

Rathaus
Rathausplatz
011-43-1-525-50
www.wien.gv.at
The City Hall was modeled after Brussels’ city hall. Its seven courtyards are open and access is free of charge, but if you want to see the ornate interior, you’ll have to wait for the 45-minute guided tour, which is only in German.

HISTORICAL HOMES

Albertina
Albertinaplatz
011-43-1-534-83
www.albertina.at
The refurbished Albertina is made up of parts of a palace and a monastery, and today features nearly 50,000 watercolors, drawings and etchings, including some by Schiele, Klimt, Picasso, Matisse, Breughel, Bosch, Michelangelo, da Vinci and Raphael.

Belvedere
Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27
011-43-1-795-57
www.belvedere.at
The Belvedere consists of two huge Baroque mansions connected by a beautifully landscaped sloping garden. The upper mansion houses a great collection of paintings by Schiele and Klimt (including the latter’s famous “The Kiss”).

Figarohaus
Domgasse 5
011-43-1-513-6294
www.wienmuseum.at
Mozart lived in this apartment for three years. Today it is a Mozart museum.

Hundertwasserhaus
Hundertwasserhaus

Hundertwasserhaus
Löwengasse and Kegelgasse 3
011-43-1-715-1553
www.hundertwasserhaus.at
Friedrich Hundertwasser redesigned these residential apartment buildings in 1983 into what looks like a giant children’s playhouse: walls covered with friezes, gilded domes, oval widows, uneven floors and a cacophony of bright colors, which defined Hundertwasser’s style.

Secessionist Building
Friedrichstrasse 12
011-43-1-587-5307
www.secession.at
Formerly the Secessionist movement’s headquarters, the museum features Klimt’s famous “Beethoven Frieze.”

Schönbrunn
Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse
011-43-1-113-239
www.schoenbrunn.at/en
The Habsburgs’ former summer residence is a grand, gated palace boasting almost 1,500 ornate rooms. It can be viewed as a “Versailles light.” One of the most impressive rooms is Mirror Hall where, in 1762, the seven-year-old Mozart performed.

Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna
Berggasse 19
011-43-13-191-5960
www.freud-museum.at
Inside Freud’s apartment you’ll find insight into his psychoanalysis research and home life.

LIBRARIES

National Library
Josefplatz
011-34-1-5341-0202
www.onb.ac.at
The National Library features soaring floor-to-ceiling walls of ancient books and baroque domes.

MUSEUMS

Alt-Wiener Schnapsmuseum (Schnapps Museum)
Wilhelmstrasse 19-21
011-43-1-815-730-015
www.schnapsmuseum.com
Here schnapps are distilled using old recipes and, best of all, you can sample about fourteen of these aromatic liqueurs.

Haus der Musik's Beethoven Room
Haus der Musik's Beethoven Room

Haus der Musik
Seilerstätte 30
011-43-1-516-48
www.hdm.at
Interactive and innovative, this museum allows you to compose your own CD or “conduct” the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kriminalmuseum
Große Sperlgasse 24,
011-43-1-214-4678
www.kriminalmuseum.at
A dark trip into Vienna’s sordid past.

Kunsthistorisches Museum
Burgring 5
011-43-1-525-24-405
www.khm.at
If you only visit one museum in Vienna, make it the Art History Museum, which boasts the largest collection of Breughels and a massive collection of 16th- and 17th-century paintings by Titian, Rembrandt, Cranach, van Dyck, Tintoretto and Rubens.


Leopold Museum
Museumplatz 1
011-43-1-525-700
www.leopoldmuseum.org
The Leopold Museum houses the largest collection of Schiele paintings and also has works by Klimt and Kokoschka.

Leopold Museum
Leopold Museum

Museum für Unterhaltungskunst (Circus Museum)
Karmelitergasse 9
011-43-1-676-460-4794
www.bezirksmuseum.at
From clowns to costumes, it’s all about life under the Big Top.

Natural History Museum
Burgring 7
011-43-1-521-770
www.nhm-wien.ac.at

This world-class museum features rare fossils and gigantic dinosaurs, as well as famous prehistoric works of art. Its also proud to host the 25,000-year-old “Venus of Willendorf” as well as the skeleton of a Diplodocus.

Palais Mollard: Globe and Esperanto Museum
Herrengasse 9
011-43-1-534-107-10
www.onb.ac.at
Dedicated to what was hoped would be the world’s next lingua franca and a collection of ancient globes.

Schatzkammer
Hofburg
011-43-1-525-240
www.hofburg.wien.info
The Schatzkammer, which displays precious relics of the Holy Roman Empire (including the dazzling crown of Rudolf II), as well as golden goblets, shiny reliquaries and a supposed piece of the True Cross, is one of the most stunning and memorable parts of the Hofburg.

MUSIC

Hofburgkapelle
Hofburg
011-43-1-533-9927
www.hofburgkapelle.at
Two of Vienna’s most famous sites are housed in the Hofburg: the Vienna boys’ choir, who perform in the Hofburgkapelle, and the Spanish Riding School.

State Opera House
Opernring 2
011-43-1-514-442-250
www.wiener-staatsoper.at
The State Opera House hosts world-class productions. Inexpensive, standing-room-only tickets are available each day before a performance. Short guided tours are also offered.

PARKS

Giant Ferris Wheel in Prater
Giant Ferris Wheel in Prater

Prater
Prater 9
011-43-1-729-5430
www.prater.wien.info
Prater in Leopoldstadt near the Danube River is an old-school amusement park that boasts a Ferris wheel dating back to 1898. It’s the spot where Orson Wells gave his famous “cuckoo clock” speech.

RESOURCES

For more information, visit the Vienna Tourist Board, www.wien.info


MORE VIENNA INFORMATION

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(Updated: 09/23/13 RED)


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