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My top things to do in Vienna

Top things to do in Vienna

I spent four days in Vienna and found myself enchanted by this charming city.

Nestled along the serene banks of the Danube River, this Austrian gem beckons with its rich history, architectural splendor, and a cultural legacy that resonates through the ages. Whether you’re a history buff, a music aficionado, a foodie, or simply seeking a delightful adventure, Vienna has something in store for you. So, without further ado, let’s unveil the top things to do in Vienna for travelers seeking a merry jaunt through this vibrant city.

Things to do in Vienna:

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Check out the street art

I love that this city isn’t only famous for its posh opera and high-end fashion. The less fancy of us can choose to delve into the underground art culture of Vienna by exploring the public art on display throughout the city. My favourite were the colourful installations that arched along the ceilings of the passageways between buildings in Museums Quartier.

Unleash Your Inner Child at Prater Park

Release your inhibitions and embrace your inner child at Prater Park, Vienna’s beloved amusement park. Take a spin on the iconic Riesenrad Ferris wheel for panoramic views of the city, scream your heart out on thrilling roller coasters, or test your skills at classic carnival games. And no visit to Prater is complete without indulging in a mouthwatering Wiener Würstel (Vienna sausage) – the quintessential Austrian snack!

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Visit the stunning Opera House

Our trip to Vienna wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the famous Opera House. The romantic architecture of this stunning Neo-Renaissance building made it easily my favourite building in the city. We entered the ticket office and picked a performance by a solo artist, then dressed to the nines and enjoyed being fancy for an evening.

You can treat yourself to an unforgettable evening of operatic enchantment or balletic grace in one of the world’s most prestigious cultural venues. Pro tip: Opt for standing room tickets for a budget-friendly yet unforgettable experience – just be sure to arrive early to secure your spot!

Discover Vienna’s artistic treasures at Belvedere Palace

Art aficionados, rejoice! The Belvedere Palace houses a magnificent collection of Austrian art spanning from the Middle Ages to the present day. Feast your eyes on masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and other luminaries of the Viennese Secession movement as you wander through its elegant galleries and manicured gardens.

Schobrunn Palace, Vienna

Schobrunn Palace, Vienna

Step back in time at Schobrunn Palace

It was kind of a miserable day when we visited Schobrunn Palace, but that didn’t stop us enjoying it! It was absolutely gorgeous, and the gardens were beautiful even in winter.

Prepare to be swept off your feet as you wander through the opulent halls of Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence. Channel your inner royalty as you stroll through its lavish gardens, marvel at the grandeur of the Baroque architecture, and imagine the elegant waltzes that once echoed through its halls.

Take a stroll along the Ringstrasse

Embark on a leisurely stroll along the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s grand boulevard encircling the historic city center. Marvel at architectural marvels such as the Vienna State Opera, the neo-Gothic Rathaus (City Hall), and the majestic Hofburg Palace. Don’t forget to stop by the Vienna Ring Tram for a narrated tour of the city’s most iconic landmarks – the perfect way to soak in Vienna’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria

Take a night time walk

In my opinion, the best time to see Vienna is at night, when the city’s buildings are all lit up. The Opera House looks absolutely stunning at night, but as do the other major landmarks. Take an evening stroll and bring your camera!

Indulge in the flavours of Naschmarkt

Calling all food enthusiasts – Naschmarkt, Vienna’s largest and most beloved market, is a culinary paradise brimming with tantalizing aromas, vibrant colors, and delectable delights from around the globe. Sample local specialties like Wiener Schnitzel and Sachertorte, or savor exotic treats from the far corners of the world. Don’t forget to pick up some artisanal cheeses, freshly baked bread, and a bottle of Austrian wine for a delightful picnic in one of Vienna’s picturesque parks.

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