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Which are the best things to do in Vienna? We have an answer for you!
Due to its imperial and regal history, Vienna is a city which boasts beautiful architecture, fascinating museums and high culture. Don’t leave without trying out these 8 wonderful experiences. Here they come, best things to do in Vienna:
#1 Visit the Hofburg (Vienna’s Imperial Palace)
Vienna’s magnificent Hofburg was formerly the residence of the Habsburg dynasty. Today it is the location of the Austrian Federal President’s office. It’s almost a “city in a city”: the vast complex covers almost 240,000 square metres and houses numerous museums and attractions.
#2 Climb the South Tower at St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Vienna’s opulent centrepiece has stood in the same location for more than 700 years, albeit having undergone many alterations and renovations. Make sure you pace yourself when you’re climbing up the South Tower! The city’s tallest building is an unmistakeable element of the Vienna skyline.
#3 Do some shopping at the Naschmarkt
From Monday to Friday, this open-air market attracts thousands of visitors, who come here to eat and shop. Hundreds of stalls sell food of all kinds – fresh meat products, various varieties of cheese and wine, and there are cafes and restaurants aplenty too. On Saturdays, a flea market takes place in the neighbouring car park.
#4 Explore Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens
Take a tour through some of the 1,441 rooms in the splendid baroque palace Schönbrunn and treat yourself to an exclusive glimpse into the life of the Austrian monarchy. Ensure that you allow enough time to explore the beautiful gardens, too.
#5 Visit the animals at Schönbrunn Zoo
The zoo which is situated in the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace is the oldest in the world, and one of the most beautiful. Originally created in 1752 as a royal wildlife park, nowadays around 750 different species live here. Some of the buildings and equipment from that time are still used today.
#6 Experience culture in the MuseumsQuartier
An enormous complex made up of countless museums: The MuseumsQuartier forms Vienna’s cultural heart. With museums for art and architecture, various exhibition spaces and the marvellous Natural History Museum dating from the 19th century, there’s something to cater for every taste.
#7 Take a ride on the Giant Wheel in Wiener Prater
Soar above the city in the Giant Wheel: the gigantic wooden wheel, which dates from 1897, is an absolute must for all visitors to the city. The wheel turns so slowly that a complete rotation takes 20 minutes. It reaches a height of 65 metres.
#8 Watch a performance at the Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera opened its doors in 1869. It is city’s most important stage for the performing arts. You can take a guided tour of the building at various times throughout the day. The performances – although not especially cheap – are an unforgettable experience.
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