The spire-studded skylines and impressive architecture only hint at the energy on the streets in these dynamic cities. Dotted with hilltop castles, ornate cathedrals and imperial palaces, this city will captivate your eyes and stimulate your mind. But that’s only the beginning of the story in Vienna. You’ll also discover vivid World War II history, radical art movements and non-stop street life.
Day 1: Travel down the river to the artsy outpost of Szentendre
Day2: Experience delightful, delicious Vienna in all of its imperial
Day 3: Take a cruise on the blue Danube
Sightseeing in Vienna centers on the city’s rich history, from the towering palaces of the Hapsburg royalty to the modest musical museums. Most of the city’s attractions — including most of the palaces and the museums — are located within walking distance in or around Innere Stadt.
- When the tree-lined Ringstrasse replaced the old city wall in the 1870s, elegant theaters, cafés, parks, and apartment houses quickly filled the outer districts, but the Innere Stadt (inner city) remains the heart of Vienna.” — Concierge.com
- For hard-core sightseers who wish to supplement the key attractions that follow, the tourist office has a booklet, ‘Vienna from A-Z’ (EUR 3.60), that gives short descriptions of some 250 sights around the city, all numbered and keyed to a fold-out map at the back, as well as to numbered wall plaques on the buildings themselves.” — Fodor’s
The winding streets within the Ringstrasse are dotted with monuments and historic homes. Located along the southwestern edge of Innere Stadt is the Hofburg Palace complex. Constructed at the end of the 13th century, the Hofburg complex as a city within a city, home to such popular attractions as the Vienna Boys Choir and the Spanish Riding School. Hofburg Palace also includes the Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury), which houses the Austrian Crown Jewels. Other famous palaces include the enormous Schwarzenberg Palace and the rococo-style Belvedere Palace in 3rd District. Both experts and travelers strongly recommend a visit to the Schönbrunn Palace in Hietzing, the 13th District.
Most Viennese are in bed by 10 p.m., but the city isn’t. Whether you’re interested in attending an operatic performance or getting your groove on at a nightclub until all hours of the morning, Vienna has something to offer. If you’re looking for a party, head to “Bermuda Dreieck” (the Bermuda Triangle), an area near Judenplatz (Jewish Square) in Innere Stadt that is home to a wide array of bars, cafés and nightclubs. The streets surrounding the MuseumsQuartier also boast their fair share of nighttime hotspots.
Vienna is a city that relishes its past, and it has the attractions to prove it. Whether you’re interested in the long-reigning Habsburg family, classical music composed by Vienna’s own Mozart, or antiques; this city has enough to keep you entertained for days. Most sites are located within the Innere Stadt, such as the Haus der Musik (House of Music) and the MuseumsQuartier. However, even those which are not centrally located, such as Schönbrunn Palace, are easy to reach.