Capital of Austria
Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud.
The elegant Ring Road around the Innere Stadt district features government and public buildings including the 18th-century Burgtheater, where the Vienna State Opera presents numerous productions yearly and hosts the annual Vienna Opera Ball, one of a series of glittering city events. The Hofburg Imperial Palace has lavish Habsburg apartments and hosts displays by the Spanish Riding School’s renowned Lipizzaner stallions. A symbol of the city, Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral sports a colorful tile roof. The Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel in the Prater park has far-reaching rooftop views.
Things to do
Based on traveler visits and local insights
Schönbrunn Palace was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, located in Hietzing, Vienna. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. Wikipedia
The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. It is located in the center of Vienna and was built in the 13th century and expanded several times afterwards. Wikipedia
St. Stephen's Cathedral
St. Stephen's Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP. Wikipedia
Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is an Austrian opera house and opera company based in Vienna, Austria. It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera. In 1920, with the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Austrian Republic, it was renamed the Vienna State Opera. Wikipedia
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
The Kunsthistorisches Museum is an art museum in Vienna, Austria. Housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with an octagonal dome. The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building. It is the largest art museum in the country. Wikipedia
The Wurstelprater is an amusement park and section of the Wiener Prater in the second district of Vienna, Leopoldstadt. This institution dates back to the time of the Austrian Empire, when Emperor Joseph II made the Prater open to the public in 1766. Wikipedia
The Albertina is a museum in the Innere Stadt of Vienna, Austria. It houses one of the largest and most important print rooms in the world with approximately 65,000 drawings and approximately 1 million old master prints, as well as more modern graphic works, photographs and architectural drawings. Wikipedia
Vienna City Hall is the seat of local government of Vienna, located on Rathausplatz in the Innere Stadt district. Wikipedia
The Hundertwasserhaus is an apartment house in Vienna, Austria, built after the idea and concept of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser with architect Joseph Krawina as a co-creator. Wikipedia
The Hundertwasser House is one of Vienna's most visited buildings and has become part of Austria's cultural heritage. wikipedia.org
Viennese Giant Ferris Wheel
The Wiener Riesenrad, or Riesenrad, is a 64.75-metre tall Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, the 2nd district of Austria's capital Vienna. It is one of Vienna's most popular tourist attractions, and symbolises the district as well as the city for many people. Wikipedia The Riesenrad itself was built in 1897 by an engineer of the British Royal Navy, Lieutenant Walter Bassett Bassett.
The Rektoratskirche St. Karl Borromäus, commonly called the Karlskirche, is a baroque church located on the south side of Karlsplatz in Vienna, Austria. Wikipedia
Schönbrunn Palace, formal gardens & zoo
Vast market with 16th-century origins, with more than 100 food & vintage stalls, plus restaurants.