Plan Your Sightseeing
Vienna attractions. ‘Barbara, I am going to see your hometown, what shall I visit?’ Use this page for the city’s hotspots and insider tips as seen through my native eyes. I have added an extra page of insider attractions you shouldn’t miss (such as the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations). For 10 top insider tips, visit What To Do In Vienna at the bottom.
Vienna Attractions. Did you know that our coffeehouse culture is recognised by UNESCO? The 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 Coffeehouse Conversations, and how to join.
Vienna Attractions. The Spanish riding school is a hotspot for lovers of horses, music, classical culture, for families with horse riding teenagers or smaller kids from three years of age. There are a few Vienna attractions that are unique worldwide, and this school is one of them. 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 Vienna, performances and bookings.
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Vienna Attractions. Probably the world’s best boys choir, the Vienna choir boys have been filling concert halls around the world with their ethereal voices. In this city, they regularly sing at the Imperial Chapel and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s Musikverein. Since December 2012, you have another opportunity to watch them on their native soil, as the Boys Choir’s own new concert hall will open.
More about the Vienna Boys Choir, their musical repertoire and where in Austria’s capital to see them.
Vienna Attractions. 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 town, including a splendid annual open air gala show.
Read more about the Lipizzaner Stallions, and their lives between athlete like trainings and graceful performances in a splendid baroque riding hall.
Vienna Attractions. 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 (with candle light dinners in some cabins!), 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.
More about what to see and do in the Vienna Prater.
Vienna Attractions. The Naschmarkt is my mother’s weekly food and bargain hunting ground. At the flea market, 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 my hometown 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, tastiest of all top Vienna attractions.
Vienna Attractions. You are not into opera and concerts but want elegant entertainment in Vienna? The Vienna casino is one of those old world leisure institutions that lets you dress up in big while having sophisticated fun. Besides, it includes a fabulous gourmet restaurant that is known for its inspired Viennese cuisine.
The casino is located inside a beautiful town palace, the oldest building in Kärntner Strasse boulevard. Find out more about the Vienna casino.
Vienna Attractions. If you want to get to the bottom of Vienna’s origins (and of some wine barrels), leave the city centre for a 900-year old abbey and wine estate close to the shores of the Viennese Danube. Stift Klosterneuburg hosts a microcosm of Medieval and Baroque art and lifestyles. It is the cradle of Austria’s and Vienna’s patron saint Leopold III and nearly became the Habsburgs’ Imperial residence. When Regina, a locally living tour guide, took me there, I kept comparing this attraction to Melk Abbey in Wachau Valley. It is AS good and at just nine miles distance a great destination for exploring Vienna’s closest surroundings along the Danube. My favourites: the little green courtyards, the unfinished Atlas hall, and the altar of Verdun. You can do a guided tour, visit the abbey’s historic 36 metre deep wine cellar and do wine tasting.
Vienna Attractions. Whether this is your first time in Austria’s capital or you are a repeat visitor – it is good to go off the beaten track. In Vienna Insider Tips you will go past our top Vienna attractions to unearth new finds. They have a similar setting but a quieter, more authentic lure, or simply round your impression of Vienna. Most of them are very popular with local residents. Go to Vienna Insider Tips.