Vienna Museums, Spanish Riding School, And More
What are my favourite Vienna attractions as a native?
In short: Places that you can't find anywhere else, that make you feel good; and not least places that mean something to us Viennese. I have been to all the attractions listed below more than once and love coming back whenever I am in Vienna.
Vienna is particularly rich in Baroque and Art Nouveau treasures, with an exciting and growing number of contemporary collections. The city's more than 100 museums include the internationally renown Museum of Fine Art, the Albertina, the Belvedere Vienna, and the Hundertwasserhaus.Learn more about the best Vienna Museums.
Did you know that the Vienna coffeehouse culture is recognised by UNESCO? The Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations enable travellers to re-invent life at a Vienna café, echoing a time when Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt and Stefan Zweig met acquaintances in coffeehouses to exchange ideas and debate. You and your fellow travellers will meet with Vienna residents 1:1, guided by an internationally acclaimed conversation concept. Besides, having an interesting talk with someone who knows the city intimately will add to your travel experience.More about the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations, and how to join.
A Vienna attraction for lovers of horses, music, classical culture, for families with horse riding teenagers or smaller kids from three years of age is the Spanish riding school. The performances of the baroque Lipizzaner horses in the unique Renaissance tradition of horse riding continue to be popular among visitors from all over the world.More about the Spanish Riding School, performances and bookings.
Probably the world's best boys choir, the Vienna choir boys have been filling concert halls around the world with their ethereal voices. In Vienna, the regularly sing at the Imperial Chapel and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's Musikverein. From December 2012, you will have another opportunity to watch them on their native soil, as the Vienna Boys Choir's own new concert hall will open.More about the Vienna Boys Choir, their musical repertoire and where in Vienna to see them.
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The celebrated baroque horses are the main attraction of the Spanish Riding School. They are part of the UNESCO immaterial cultural heritage of Austria. You can also visit them at their breeding and training grounds outside Vienna, including a splendid annual open air gala show.
Read more about the Lipizzaner Stallions
Originally the hunting ground of the Austrian Emperors, the Prater is Vienna's largest amusement park, with lush woodland right next to it.
The dozens of attractions include a mix of historic amusements such as the Giant Ferris Wheel, the mini railway, and the pony merry-go-round;
typical luna park excitements such as roller coasters, ghost trains and and jump towers, new installations such as Madame Tussaud's wax cabinet, and sports activities such as bike and segway rentals.
The Naschmarkt is my mother's declared Best Of Vienna. At the flea market, she is the queen of the scene, as she loves to bargain and has made lots of friends among the sellers as she performs her weekly Naschmarkt ritual.
The landmarked flea market, deli paradise, grocery heaven and window to its Balkan tradition. The many Slavic, Polish and Turkish food stalls and sellers there have that lovely (South-)Eastern European flair that remind me how much Vienna is at the heart of Central Europe, and that "the Balkans start in Vienna," (Prince Metternich, top negotiator at the Vienna Congress).
The large boulevard is right in the middle between Rechte Wienzeile and Linke Wienzeile, off Karlsplatz, and sits on top of a roof which covers the Wien river.More about the Naschmarkt in Vienna.
If you like New York's Greenwich Village or London's Shoreditch, you will like this Vienna local neighbourhood. Karmelitermarkt is one of these up and coming urban areas with that unique community mix of artists, young families, small local business people, and urban professionals that instantly make you feel at home. The Karmeliter market in the heart of the Karmeliter quarter and 10 minutes from star architect Jean Nouvel's Hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom in Vienna's former jewish quarter is such an area. The 120 year old market and its surrounding baroque townhouses let you explore Vienna's slow evolution between ripe organic tomatoes, local cheese specialities, cold meat platters and trendy cafes and small restaurants, next to a few clothes stalls. Karmelitermarkt is also more quiet than Naschmarkt .
For centuries, the Vienna Woods have been a big attraction for the Viennese. They composed waltzes, wrote novels and staged films about their favourite outdoors. The Vienna Woods embrace Vienna from the northwest to the southeast. In the northwest, you don't even need to leave Vienna to see the Woods. Visit wineries, relax in thermal spas, attend the grand casino or go hiking.More about day trips to the Vienna Woods.
by Barbara Cacao
Things To See And Do In Vienna
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