Top 7 things to see and do in Vienna

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Planning a trip is never easy, especially when there is so much to see and do in your city of choice. If you’re planning on heading to Vienna though, we should be able to give you some advice on the best spots. If you’re desperate to make that last minute winter getaway, keep these top 7 attractions in mind…

  1. Schönbrunn Palace

This is the first port of call for most tourists, and it isn’t hard to see why. This magnificent example of Imperial splendour now functions as a museum, and you’ll be able to take a stroll around all 1,441 rooms.

  1. Tiergarten Schönbrunn

While you’re in the grounds of Schönbrunn, you might want to drop by the Tiergarten. This former Imperial menagerie was founded in 1752, making it the oldest zoo in the world. Whether you want to see the giant pandas, stop by the simulation Amazonian rainforest or marvel at the baroque interior, this is well worth a visit.

  1. Prater

Wurstelprater park (usually referred to as Prater) you’ll easily find in Vienna’s 2nd district. If you can’t hear the noise of screaming and laughing, just walk in the direction of the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel. This cuts an impression figure against the skyline, and once proudly held the title of world’s tallest extant Ferris wheel.

  1. Vienna State Opera House

Some of the finest opera, ballets and classical performances are staged within these opulent walls, and you’ll fit right in with the elite on your next visit. If you’re planning on a Christmas trip, our top tip is to get yourself tickets to the Christmas Gala on 24th December – you’ll have to move quickly though, and book your tickets soon from Vienna Opera Tickets.

  1. Kunsthistorisches Museum

Roughly translated as the ‘Museum of Art History’, this is one of the best fine art museums you will come across in the whole of Austria. You won’t be able to miss that iconic octagonal dome that all the locals know, as it reaches 60m into the skies. Extravagantly decorated with marble and gold-leaf, you’ll see collections by everyone from Rembrandt to Raphael.

  1. Austrian National Library

You’ll think you’ve stepped into a scene from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ when you visit the Austrian National Library. With four museums set into its complex too, it’s the largest library in Austria, with 7.4 million items. It was founded by the Habsburgs during the Imperial rule, and you can find it within the Hofburg Palace.

  1. Naschmarkt

Finally, if you’re a foodie with a passion for experiencing the culinary culture of a new country, head for the Naschmarkt in Wienzeile, over the Wien River. Since its small beginnings in the 16th century, it’s now the city’s most popular market with over a hundred stalls to choose from.

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