Vienna Travel Guide

Vienna Travel Guide | Editor: Florian Lieke

What you can discover in Vienna except top sights such as Schönbrunn Palace and St. Stephen's Cathedral, is what we will tell you here.


1. Vienna for first-time visitors and connoisseurs

In any case, a perfect day in the former imperial city Vienna includes a visit to one of the traditional coffee houses. The best way to start is with an extensive breakfast and Melange - the famous coffee with milk. For this purpose you can visit the venerable Café Central, the somewhat more bourgeois Café Bräunerhof, or - if you prefer it cheesy - the former K&K Hofzuckerbäckerei Demel, all located in the city centre. Afterwards you can take a leisurely stroll through the Hofburg with the Spanish Riding School, the Treasury and the Sisi Museum, and explore the legendary Heldenplatz and the Ringstrasse.

2. Culture in Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum, which is probably one of the most beautiful museums in the world, is only a few steps away. When you come out in winter when it is already dark, you can fortify yourself with punch and mulled wine at the Christkindlmarkt directly in front of the door or in the MuseumsQuartier just a few steps away. After a short breather in the accommodation you can go to the theatre, the opera or a nice concert, e.g. in the Musikverein. Afterwards, you can round off the evening wonderfully in one of the many chic bars and restaurants, such as DO & CO with its fabulous view on St. Stephen's Cathedral. Pure romance at its best!

View of the Museumsquartier in Vienna
View of the giant ferris wheel in Vienna

3. Vienna for the adventurous

First and foremost, of course, there is the Vienna Prater, the six-square-kilometre amusement park that has something to offer for every taste - whether it's just a ride on the Lilliputbahn or a dignified beer with roast pork and coleslaw in the legendary Gasthaus Schweizerhaus. Adventurous people will definitely get their money's worth in the Vienna Prater. Numerous roller coasters and carousels provide the necessary portion of adrenalin and fun. For those who like it even more extreme, we recommend bungee jumping from the Vienna Danube Tower. Year after year, adventurous people plunge into a depth of more than 150 metres - a 360-degree view over Vienna is included.

4. Vienna with children

Those who come to Vienna with kids will probably not want to leave. The offer is wide and varied. Starting with the Zoom Children's Museum in the MuseumsQuartier, where young and old discoverers alike can explore the world with all their senses, asking, touching, researching, feeling and playing. A former flak tower from the Second World War now houses the Haus des Meeres. More than 10,000 animals from the Mediterranean and South Seas - from sea turtles to piranhas and reef sharks - can be marvelled at here. The park of Schönbrunn Palace is also home to the zoo. Here the monkeys, giraffes, lions and penguins still live partly in old, k.u.k. pavilions. Absolutely worth seeing! If you still haven't had enough, you can let off steam in the Technical Museum, which is only a few minutes' walk from Schönbrunn. In this interactive museum, all discoverers big and small will get their money's worth!

5. Discover Vienna with the Supertramps

Very special, but no less interesting, is a new social offer. A guided tour of Vienna by those people who know the city in its most secret corners: the homeless. The so-called Supertramps know the most hidden corners of the city, have devised sophisticated survival strategies and are people with a great character and an interesting history. Whether homeless people who once came to Vienna from abroad with big dreams, affected people who got themselves out of the misery again or survival professionals who know the secret sleeping spots of the homeless in Vienna - a tour with the Supertramps touches and is great fun.

View of the Vienna Hofburg
View of a cross-country skier

6. Snowfun and Skiing around Vienna

Anyone who wants to enjoy the magic of snow, the feeling of the slopes and the magic of mountain huts in Austria has to leave the capital. The best way to do this is to rent a car or take the train. After a few hours you are in the mountains - whether in Carinthia, Styria, Tyrol, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Lower Austria or Vorarlberg. At the so-called Winteropenings numerous events take place to celebrate the opening of the season. The Obertauern ski area, for example, is particularly exciting, with the Winter Opening at the end of November, where the night is turned into day for two weeks. In Ischgl, too, there will be a big show at the opening with live concerts at around 2,000 metres above sea level.

7. Thrills in Vienna

On various tours through tombs and canals, you can get to know the Austrian capital with a thrill - for example on the Third Man Tour based on the thriller of the same name from 1949, where the original underground sites in the Vienna sewers are visited. The Mystery Tour also takes a look behind the scenes of the cosmopolitan city of Vienna and sets out in search of mysterious codes, encrypted messages or the Holy Grail! Guided tours through empty houses with a spooky history, on the traces of the Templars or the DaVinci Code - sacral secrets and mysticism are guaranteed!

Experience Vienna with Austrian Airlines

Vienna is really worth a visit at any time of the year! If you are planning to visit the city in summer, we have collected some more tips for you. Read our recommendations for Vienna in summer here! For all those who are determined - it's best to book your flights with Austrian Airlines directly here:

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