ViennaAustria

The city that nurtured genius, whose buzz still crackles among its monumental museums, grandiose palaces, sublime churches and astonishing opera houses.

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.

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Top hotels in Vienna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
The price is NZ$150 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ernst Happel Stadium, Hundertwasser House Vienna and Wiener Prater. Belvedere and St. Stephen's ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,293 reviews)

"My son stayed here, he said the room was very clean and the bed was comfortable and the staff were fantastically helpful and friendly!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2020

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
3 out of 5
Schiffamtsgasse 15, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$91 per night

Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Schwedenplatz, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Stephansplatz. Spanish Riding School and Hofburg Imperial ...

4.1/5Very Good! (974 reviews)

"Great location and value, wonderful staff. Beds are comfortable and clean."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2020

MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier
25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier
4 out of 5
Lerchenfelder Strasse 1-3, Vienna, Vienna
The price is NZ$206 per night

Located in Neubau, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vienna City Hall Area, Museum of Natural History, and Austrian Parliament Building. Museumsquartier ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)

"Fantastic location and delightful staff who made our stay extremely welcoming and enjoyable."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier

Popular places to visit in Vienna

Vienna State Opera
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Vienna State Opera

4.5/5(50 reviews)

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

Schoenbrunn Palace
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Schoenbrunn Palace

4.5/5(94 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
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St. Stephen's Cathedral

4.5/5(87 reviews)

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

Belvedere
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Belvedere

4.5/5(62 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
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Hofburg Imperial Palace

4.5/5(82 reviews)

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

Naschmarkt
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Naschmarkt

4/5(30 reviews)

Stroll through Vienna's top food market to understand Austria's love affair with food – and the world's love affair with Vienna.

Top activities in Vienna

Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

NZ$42
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna
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Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna

NZ$138
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour
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Skip-the-Line Entry Schönbrunn Palace & City Tour

NZ$94
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride
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Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride

NZ$147
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Evening Boat Cruise with Viennese Songs
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Evening Boat Cruise with Viennese Songs

NZ$77
Per adult
Skip the Line:Concert in Vienna's St. Anne's Church:Mozart,Beethoven,or Schubert
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Skip the Line:Concert in Vienna's St. Anne's Church:Mozart,Beethoven,or Schubert

NZ$45
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Vienna

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb. 2020

One of our favourite cities for music, art, architecture, coffee and cake! Very walkable and so elegant.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Feb. 2020

Beautiful city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Feb. 2020

Walking tour excellent, Belevedere magnificient, Albertina magnificient.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb. 2020

Vienna is a beautiful city, particularly in the winter. Eating or drinking in the busy tourist areas is generally not worth it, as it is expensive, crowded, and the staff are often too busy.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Jan. 2020

Natural History Museum was a delight for us and our teenage children.

5/5 - Excellent

Traveller

18 Jan. 2020

Very safe and clean. A very nice environment.

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