Vienna Attractions. ‘Barbara, I am going to see your hometown, what shall I visit?’ Get my native Viennese’s NON tourism-agency insight as you collect tourist attractions and places to visit for your trip to Vienna.
Spanish Riding School Vienna
Vienna Attractions. The Spanish riding school is one of the top Vienna places to visit for lovers of classical culture, music and horses. Even local families with horse riding teenagers flock to this top Vienna tourist attraction. The Spanische Hofreitschule is 500-year old European tradition coming to life without multimedia. Almost daily, you can watch the baroque Lipizzaner horses perform in the unique Renaissance tradition of horse riding. More about the Spanish Riding School Vienna, performances and bookings.
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Vienna Boys Choir
Vienna Attractions. The Vienna choir boys have been filling concert halls around the world with their angelical voices. There are about 100 of them, split into four choirs. In my homecity, those gifted school boys are among the most popular Vienna tourist attractions. They regularly sing at the Imperial Chapel, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s Musikverein, and at Augarten in their own concert hall.
Find out more about the Vienna Boys Choir, their musical repertoire and where to see them.
Vienna Prater Amusement Park
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 Amusement Park.
Naschmarkt In Vienna
Vienna Attractions. The Naschmarkt is not one of Vienna’s tourist attractions but 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.
Listed Naschmarkt includes a food and flea market and is our best window to Vienna’s 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.
Dine With A Local
Vienna Attractions. Imagine you could swap the usual restaurant dinner with dining in a local Viennese’s home. Far off the main tourist paths a Viennese food blogger uses her passion for cooking to connect travellers with locals. She either invites people directly to her home to cook original Viennese food and then eat it together. Or she taps into her network of local hobby chefs who are just as keen to have international guests over for cooking, dining and chatting at their own homes. Read more about Vienna Cooking Classes with Private Dining.
Vienna Attractions. The river Danube in Vienna splits into four different arms. Each has its own character, attractions and summer festivals. This photo shows a view from the 160 metre observation deck of the Danube Tower.
If you want to explore tourist attractions, insider tips, and best places to stay check my guide about the Vienna Danube. It includes a map with all highlights.
Vienna Attractions. You are not into opera and concerts but want elegant entertainment in Vienna? The Vienna casino is one of those old world places to visit 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. 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.
From Vienna Tourist Attractions To Sightseeing
If you are missing Schonbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace and other landmarks you can find them on my list of my Vienna Sightseeing top 10, plus four extra tips.
Vienna Insider Tips
Vienna Attractions. Add a few off the beaten track places to visit as you go past our top Vienna tourist 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.
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