Vienna is a very monumental city that will captivate you from minute zero. The historic center is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and taking a walk through it, and you will find a lot of buildings of those that you want to look twice. Vienna is one of the cities dreamed by lovers of classical music, architecture, and art, and I can say that it is perfect to go at any time of the year.
St Stephen’s Cathedral:
The largest and most luxurious cathedral in Austria. It is one of the most important cathedrals and one of the emblems of Vienna. It is located in the heart of the city, and its mix of Gothic and Baroque styles make it unmistakable. I recommend climbing one of its four towers (343 steps “only”). But the effort is worth it, and you will have a magnificent view of the city opens up.
Imperial Palace (Hofburg):
It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the city and a must see in Vienna during your visit. It was the place of residence of the Habsburg family for more than 600 years, and today it is very well preserved. It is interesting to go to the Sissi Museum to immerse yourself in the life of the interesting empress and the history of the city, and I recommend visiting the Imperial Palace apartments, which will make the visit much more special.
Belvedere means beautiful view, and it is true that perhaps there is nothing more beautiful in Vienna than the Belvedere Palace and its gardens. The Belvedere Palace was also the summer residence of the Habsburgs and another jewel of the Viennese Baroque. Its gardens are also spectacular and a haven of peace and tranquillity. This palace does not stand out for its decoration, something that is important in the other two, but it has numerous works of art distributed in the museums it houses, such as the Barroc Museum of Art, the Austrian Gallery or the Museum of Medieval Art.
The Stadtpark, or the City Park, is a park located in the centre of Vienna that you should know. It is bustling, being visited both by locals and tourists who do not resist such a beautiful environment. Open to the public since 1862, and it is one of the oldest parks in Vienna. Enjoy an afternoon strolling among its fountains and statues, its large pond, the flower beds and the beautiful trees of this park, one of the favourites of the Viennese.
Otto Wagner Pavilion:
The two delightful pavilions facing Karlsplatz square are true masterpieces of Jugendstil, Viennese Art Nouveau from the secessionist movement in reaction to the prevailing classicism. Superbly restored, they are today classified historical monuments. One of them houses a small showroom and the other a café. A perfect example of Art Nouveau architecture, well highlighted in front of the imposing Karlskirche, the Church of St. Charles.
One of the interesting places to enjoy in Vienna is the Secession Building or Pavilion, a historical building where art-related exhibitions are offered, next to the Albertina Museum. The works of art inside this pavilion range from paintings, exhibitions related to architecture, sculptures. A permanent exhibition is that of Klimt, which offers a lot of his best paintings. Contemporary art exhibitions are changed every few weeks to make a different visit each time.
The Vienna MuseumsQuartier belongs to one of the largest cultural complexes in the world. Located where the old town ends, in what were formerly the imperial stables, it gathers in an area of 60,000 m2 installations with the most diverse artistic genres, restaurants, cafes and shops in baroque buildings mixed with modern architecture. It is also an ideal place to walk around, stopping at one of its cafés such as Café Leopold, Café Halle, Corbaci, Kantine or MQdaily.
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens:
The Schönbrunn Palace is one of the great imperial palaces to see in Vienna is a little out of city centre but easily reached thanks to the excellent public transport in the city. It is the Schönbrunn Palace, and a must visit. In addition to the royal rooms of its interior, I must also highlight its gardens, the most beautiful in Vienna and where we cannot stop admiring La Glorieta, located just opposite the facade of the palace that overlooks the garden.
Architects of international fame, including Zaha Hadid, designed the new campus of the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna. Vienna, therefore, not only has a new university, but it is also a new destination for people interested in architecture. The most striking architectural feature of the new campus is the Zaha Hadid library building. The rest of the buildings are grouped around it. Its futuristic architecture draws attention immediately. However, in the interior, the functionality prevails because, after all, it is a university campus.
If you want to have a fun time, you can visit the amusement park Wurstelprater, better known as Prater. It is one of the oldest in the world and it is not necessary to pay to enter, but it is in each attraction where you pay, your giant Ferris wheel, your roller coaster, and loops and cotton candy will make you become a child again. Highly recommended for lovers of tranquillity in green spaces and adrenaline offered by the most varied games.
Making of Apfelstrudel Show:
Every hour, an expert pastry chef hand-bakes original Viennese apple strudel at the exhibit bakery in Schönbrunn Palace’s Café Residenz. The mouthwatering aromas that arise forth from the bakery make it hard to hold trying a piece of freshly baked apple strudel with coffee at one of the small tables in the imperial bakery. At the end of the show, you can, of course, taste the freshly baked Apple Strudel. Daily 11:00-16:00 at the top of the hour. Duration: approx. 15-20 min.
Heuriger Fuhrassl-Huber vineyards:
Vienna and wine are closely linked. Vienna is the only city in the world that has a substantial wine production within its municipal limits. And the Heurigers, the cosy taverns where wine is served and where small meals are offered, have become legendary. One of the most beautiful vineyards in Vienna with a magnificent view over the city. Sit in the middle of a vineyard; in front, a glass of wine and the views of Vienna: a true moment of happiness.
Vienna Card: The Vienna Card is a card that allows unlimited use of public transport in the city, as well as access to some discounts in Vienna’s main attractions (such as museums and monuments). With this card, you can travel for free in the entire public transport network of the city (metro, bus, and tram). There are cards for 24, 48 or 72 hours of use. The Vienna Card can be purchased at the airport, the train stations, at the tourist information office of Albertinaplatz and most hotels.