ViennaAustria

4.5/5Top Destination

Pinched between towering Alps to the west, and the mighty Danube to the east, Vienna is a city of legends. The musical genius of Mozart, the ponderings of Freud and the controversy of Klimt have all played out among the coffee houses of Vienna. Its palaces are grander, its churches are more daring and its galleries more ground-breaking than any other city in Europe.

It's all a lot for visitors to take in. A good place to start is the fairground of the Weiner Prater, where the century-old Ferris wheel will lift you up well above Vienna, giving you a birds-eye view. St Stephen’s Cathedral will probably grab your attention first. Its gleaming white Gothic spire pierces Vienna's skyline, advertising one of the most dramatic cathedrals in Europe. It has its counterpart in St Charles’s Church, whose shimmering green dome and twin towers celebrate a glorious fusion of Romanesque and Baroque styles.

These both lie within the bounds of Vienna's Innere Stadt – the historic centre ringed by the wide Ringstraße. The city's most famous museums can also be found here: the Museum of Art History, Natural History Museum, Albertina, and the modern-art hub of the MuseumsQuartier. The Austrian National Library’s name is deceptive, as this also houses three fascinating museums.

The peaceful surroundings of Central Cemetery include memorials to the City of Music’s most famous sons. Head to the Vienna State Opera to hear some of their works performed, or enjoy high-quality theatre in the lavish surroundings of the Burgtheater.

You can’t miss Vienna’s Hofburg Imperial Palace. For centuries, Vienna was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Habsburgs dynasty ruled large swathes of Europe from here. You can see their wonderful extravagance at the summer Schönbrunn Palace and the Hofburg Imperial Palace (their winter residence). Lesser members of the aristocracy also created beautiful palatial residences like the Prince of Savoy's 18th-century Belvedere home.

Visit the famous coffee houses to enjoy delicious pastries, or head to the Naschmarkt open-air market for fresh food and shopping.

Known for

Museums, Castles and Cathedrals

Top hotels in Vienna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Moxy Vienna Airport
Moxy Vienna Airport
3 out of 5
Ausfahrtsstraße 4, Schwechat
NZ$171
per night
9 Nov. - 10 Nov.

Located in Wien-Umgebung District, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Central Cemetery, Hundertwasser House Vienna and Wiener Prater. Danube-Auen National ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,502 reviews)

"Convenient Airport Hotel, comfortable, clean and warm"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2019

Moxy Vienna Airport
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
NZ$189
per night
9 Nov. - 10 Nov.

Located near the airport, this hotel is in Schwechat (Wien-Umgebung District), and regional attractions include Ernst Happel Stadium, Belvedere and Hundertwasser ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,193 reviews)

"Convenient location. Literally steps from terminal 3 and train to city. Breakfast is 25 EUR and isn't very good but rather average for a price like this, Would prefer an a la cart instead an all you can eat."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
4 out of 5
Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 10-14, Vienna, Vienna
NZ$115
per night
10 Nov. - 11 Nov.

Located in Hietzing, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Schoenbrunn Zoo and Schoenbrunn Palace. Schoenbrunn Bad is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Hietzing ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,891 reviews)

"Original parts of the hotel are beautiful, the regular rooms are spacious, comfortable and very clean. Staff are helpful but not over friendly. Location is very close to the Schobrunn, nice restaurants & cafes in the area."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2019

Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn

Popular activities in Vienna

Vienna State Opera
Image for Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera

4.5/5(46 reviews)

This “people's opera house” spends 300 nights a year wowing audiences with its world-class opera company.

Schoenbrunn Palace
Image for Schoenbrunn Palace

Schoenbrunn Palace

4.5/5(80 reviews)

The summer playground of the Habsburg emperors features landscaped gardens, beautiful ruins, an imperial zoo and a Baroque palace where Rococo runs riot.

St. Stephen's Cathedral
Image for St. Stephen's Cathedral

St. Stephen's Cathedral

4.5/5(73 reviews)

Ancient, glorious and shot-through with history, this Gothic pinnacle makes the skyline of central Vienna its own.

Belvedere
Image for Belvedere

Belvedere

4.5/5(53 reviews)

This former palace has it all – formal gardens, sweeping views, superb Baroque decor and the best-known embrace in art: Klimt's The Kiss.

Hofburg Imperial Palace
Image for Hofburg Imperial Palace

Hofburg Imperial Palace

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Explore this grand former imperial home, with galleries, museums and even live horse-riding performances.

Albertina
Image for Albertina

Albertina

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Behind its solid facade, this art gallery has Klimt and Monet, Cézanne and Warhol, to tempt you away from the eye-candy of central Vienna.

Top activities in Vienna

Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna
Image for Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna

Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna

NZ$123

Design your own sightseeing program with the flexible and comprehensive Vienna PASS. Enjoy entries to top attractions, unlimited travel on the city’s hop-on hop-off bus routes and skip the line at many attractions.

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Free Walking Tour
Image for Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Free Walking Tour

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Free Walking Tour

NZ$51

Zip around Vienna's most interesting and attractive sights with a convenient HOP ON HOP OFF bus ticket that lets you design your own itinerary over 24, 48, or 72 hours. Hop on and off as many times as you like as you travel around the city's can't-miss sights and stunning monuments.

Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour
Image for Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour

Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour

NZ$95

Discover Vienna's most visited attractions on a skip-the-line tour that takes you to the opulent imperial residence at Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer home of the Habsburg monarchs.

Vienna City Card
Image for Vienna City Card

Vienna City Card

NZ$30

Feel free to explore Austria's capital city at your own pace with the Vienna City Card. Enjoy an unlimited number of journeys on Vienna's public transport system and get countless discounts at museums, tourist attractions, and much more, for the duration of your stay (max.

Viennese Mozart Concert
Image for Viennese Mozart Concert

Viennese Mozart Concert

NZ$88

Travel back in time and visualize the days of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With period costumes and wigs, this performance—at some of the most magnificent halls in Vienna—transports you to the memorable Baroque era.

Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert
Image for Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert

Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert

NZ$79

An elegant evening classical concert of musical masterpieces by composers Mozart and Strauss awaits you at the world-famous Schönbrunn Palace. Delight in the sounds that flood the sophisticated surroundings of the palace's Orangery as you embark on a musical journey with the Palace Orchestra and Ensemble.

Reviews of Vienna

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
105
5 - Excellent 60%
4 - Good
57
4 - Good 32.57142857142857%
3 - Okay
11
3 - Okay 6.285714285714286%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.5714285714285714%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.5714285714285714%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

18 Oct. 2019

Vienna is one of my favourite European cities because I was born near there and have family. You will need more than a week to see all the wonderful sights, museums, palaces, art galleries, parks and iconic cafes in Vienna.

1/5 - Terrible

Paul

12 Oct. 2019

Shocking the Area we stayed in, made worse by our filthy hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

30 Sep. 2019

A relaxed, interesting city full of grand monuments and great museums and galleries. Wonderful if you love art and classical music.

3/5 - Okay

Beeandtee

30 Sep. 2019

A nice city but I wouldn't spend more than 3 days there if you're limited on time as there are a lot more interesting and beautiful places to see in Austria.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

29 Sep. 2019

use public transport quick and easy

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

25 Sep. 2019

Nothing open on a Sunday. Not really the most liveable city in the world.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Vienna

10 Trips for a Coffee Tour of the World
Image for 10 Trips for a Coffee Tour of the World

10 Trips for a Coffee Tour of the World

Who said you couldn’t plan a whole vacation around coffee?

5 holiday bucket list destinations
Image for 5 holiday bucket list destinations

5 holiday bucket list destinations

Experiencing five cities that will leave lasting impressions and lifelong memories during the holidays

Other places like Vienna

Innsbruck
Image for Innsbruck
Innsbruck
Kufstein
Image for Kufstein
Kufstein
Milan
Image for Milan
Milan
Berlin
Image for Berlin
Berlin