Austria's Imperial capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.

    Vienna’s history dates back to the first post-Christian century when the Romans established the military camp Vindobona. Today’s cityscape is characterised by the abundance of Baroque buildings created mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia (1740 - 1780) and Franz Joseph (1848 - 1916), who was largely responsible for the monumental architecture round the Ringstraße. To experience Vienna at its fullest, we have created this guide on Vienna highlights.

    Schloss Schönbrunn, the former imperial summer residence, is one of the most popular sights. The sumptuous palace with beautifully tended formal gardens, the Gloriette monument, the Palm House, and the zoo attract many visitors each year. The imposing Hofburg (Imperial Palace) was the base of the Habsburgs for over six centuries, and is an impressive repository of culture and heritage.

    Visit Vienna's Art History Museum

    The splendid baroque Belvedere Palace today houses the Österreichische Galerie (Austrian Gallery) displaying the largest collection of works by Klimt (The Kiss) and Kokoschka as well as famous paintings by Schiele. Vienna’s prime landmarks are the gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater, Vienna’s old recreational park, and the Spanish Riding School with their world-famous Lipizzaner horses.

    Vienna has more museums and galleries of international reputation: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna with the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings, MuseumsQuartier with the Leopold Museum (Schiele), Museum Moderner Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), Architekturzentrum (Architectural Centre) and Kunsthalle rank among the city's most important cultural venues. The Albertina is home to the world’s largest collection of graphic arts and prints (60,000 drawings, 1 million prints) and recenyly opened the Albertina Modern to showcase contemporary artworks.

    Vienna owes much of its international fame to the many celebrated composers who lived and worked here including Strauß father and son, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s best, the Staatsoper one of the world’s leading opera houses, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir one the world’s most famous. Vienna has established itself as a great musical metropolis.

    In Vienna, traditional coffee houses, rustic wine taverns, and the beloved sausage stand (Wuerstelstand) exist alongside top restaurants and shops. Time-honoured events, such as the Vienna ball season create a unique and very special ambiance. Another special feature of Vienna is its many green spaces and recreational areas such as the Wienerwald, the Prater, and the Donauinsel.

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      Wine in Vienna

      No other country can lay claim to so much viticulture and wine-related culture in its capital city. Grapes were cultivated in Vienna as early as 1132 A.D.

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    • Mozarthaus Vienna

      Visit Mozart, Beethoven & Co

      One Ticket to visit the great composers – this is your key to Vienna’s music scene! Explore the capital through the eyes of Mozart and Beethoven, two of its most famous former residents. The Haus der Musik and Mozarthaus bring you closer to Classical Vienna.

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    • Visit Vienna's Art History Museum

      Vienna: Architectural Highlights

      Whether in the historic city center, in the traditional wine taverns or on the other side of the Danube: Vienna is full of architectural highlights.

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    • Hofburg Vienna

      Vienna: 3-Day Discovery

      Vienna, the city of music, art, culture, and fine food is the beating heart of Europe. Vienna is old, Vienna is new. It is proud of its Imperial heritage and, at the same time, at the forefront of the world's arts and creative industries once again.       

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    • Vienna Boys' Choir

      Vienna Boys’ Choir

      The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world and has been an enduring symbol of Austria for more than 500 years.

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    • Pas de Deux at the Spanish Riding School

      Spanish Riding School

      Levade, courbette & capriole are classical jumps performed by the Lipizzaner stallions, at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The traditions of this haute école of classic equestrianism have been passed down by word of mouth for more than 400 years. Once these intelligent white stallions have completed their training, they are known as "professors".

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    • Musikverein Vienna

      Musikverein Vienna

      The Musikverein concert hall has hosted the stars of classical music for 149 years. Its sound enjoys an excellent reputation with musicians and audiences around the world.

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    • Vienna PASS Sightseeing Pass

    Day Trips from Vienna

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      Pastoral Bliss at Schloss Hof

      Discover the secret country hideout near Vienna! Schloss Hof will show you a different side of aristocratic life in the capital.

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    • Hallstatt

      The "Salzkammergut" Lake Region

      The Salzkammergut Lake Region, with a total of 76 lakes, is one of the most impressive regions in the heart of Austria.

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    • Melk Abbey in the Wachau Valley

      Wine in Lower Austria

      The beauty and lifestyle here seem inconceivable in this day and age - areas this pure and authentic tend to disappear. And locals here have chosen to embrace their heritage gastronomically, viticulturally and agriculturally.

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    • Heiligenkreuz Abbey

      Heiligenkreuz Abbey

      Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Europe’s largest Cistercian Monastery, lies behind protective walls, less than half an hour’s drive from Vienna.           

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    • The delights of the Wachau World Heritage Trail

      Revel in the culture and culinary specialties of the charming Wachau Trail overlooking the Danube.           

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    • The Murinsel, Graz


      The Styrian capital Graz, with roots dating back to the Roman age, lies on either side of River Mur. Graz is well-known for its striking buildings and architecture.

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    • The historic city center of Eisenstadt


      Despite being Austria’s smallest provincial capital, this former seat of the noble Esterhazy family and home to some 13,000 inhabitants has plenty to offer.

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    • Melk Abbey in the Wachau Valley

      Melk Abbey - A Baroque Jewel

      When the rising sun illuminates Melk Abbey, a colossal and wonderfully beautiful monument is brought to life. Melk Abbey is the symbol of the Wachau Valley and its steep, terraced vineyards overlooking the Danube.

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    • In Österreich schmeckt das Bier besonders gut

      Austrian Beer Culture in Mühlviertel

      There’s no other place in Austria that brews such a wide variety of beer as the Mühlviertel district of Upper Austria. And not only because it’s the largest hops-growing region in the country.           

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    • Klášter Admont

      Admont Monastery

      Visit the splendid library at the Admont Abbey, which holds an incredible 70,000 volumes.           

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    • Grafenegg Castle

      Grafenegg Music Festival

      The combination of a historic castle, culinary pleasures, modern architecture, and world-class performances makes the Grafenegg Music Festival a delight for all senses.           

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    • Lake Neusiedl

      Neusiedlersee Lake

      Neusiedlersee Lake Austria's second-largest lake and a versatile destination for the whole family. Enjoy water sports, bird-watching, cycling, and other outdoorsy activities.

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