Inside Austria: 10 things to do in Vienna

Hello lovelies, how’s everything going? Today’s post is about Vienna, Austria’s capital, which lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud.

The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence. In the Museumsquartier district, historic and contemporary buildings display works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and other artists.

The elegant Ring Road around the Innere Stadt district features government and public buildings including the 18th-century Burgtheater, where the Vienna State Opera presents numerous productions yearly and hosts the annual Vienna Opera Ball, one of a series of glittering city events. The Hofburg Imperial Palace has lavish Habsburg apartments and hosts displays by the Spanish Riding School’s renowned Lipizzaner stallions.

A symbol of the city, Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral sports a colorful tile roof. The Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel in the Prater park has far-reaching rooftop views.

When to visit?

Peak periods include Jun–Aug and Dec.

  • Vienna’s Opera Ball (Feb) is a posh, white-tie affair with waltzes and ballet.
  • The Life Ball (May) is an extravagant charity gala.
  • The Vienna Festival (mid May–mid Jun) presents contemporary performing arts.
  • Winters are cold and snowy, while summers are warm, and spring and autumn are mild.

Inside Austria – 10 things to do in Vienna

Here are 10 things to do in Bern:

1. Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers, it is located in Hietzing, Vienna.

The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country.

Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. Wikipedia

2. Prater

The Prater is a large public park in Vienna’s 2nd district. The Wurstelprater amusement park, often simply called “Prater”, lies in one corner of the Wiener Prater and includes the Wiener Riesenrad Ferris wheel. Wikipedia

3. Tiergarten Schönbrunn

Tiergarten Schönbrunn, or “Vienna Zoo”, is a zoo located on the grounds of the famous Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. Founded as an imperial menagerie in 1752, it is the oldest continuously operating zoo in the world. Wikipedia

 

4. Naschmarkt

The Naschmarkt is Vienna‘s most popular market. Located at the Wienzeile over the Wien River, it is about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long.

The Naschmarkt has existed since the 16th century when mainly milk bottles were sold (as milk bottles were made out of ash (wood from an ash tree), “Asch” (German for “ash”) led to the name “Aschenmarkt”).

From 1793 onwards, all fruits and vegetables brought to Vienna with carts had to be sold there, while goods arriving on the Danube were sold elsewhere. Nowadays, one can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world, exotic herbs, cheese, baked goods such as bread, kaiser rolls, and torte, meats, and seafood.

There are also many small restaurants which offer e.g. sushi, kebab, seafood, traditional Viennese food such as Kaiserschmarrn or Palatschinken (compares to rolled up crepes) and stalls which offer clothes and accessories. Since 1977, the market extends further along the Wienzeile to an adjacent area every Saturday, when a flea market takes place there.

The atmosphere of the Naschmarkt is famous far beyond the borders of Vienna, and large numbers of tourists visit the market every year. Wikipedia

5. Belvedere, Vienna

The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces, the Orangery, and the Palace Stables.

The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the third district of the city, on the south-eastern edge of its center. It houses the Belvedere museum. Wikipedia

6. Hofburg

The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.

It is located in the center of Vienna and was built in the 13th century and expanded several times afterward. Wikipedia

7. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP. Wikipedia

8. Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is an Austrian opera house and opera company based in Vienna, Austria. It was originally called the Vienna Court Opera.

In 1920, with the replacement of the Habsburg Monarchy by the First Austrian Republic, it was renamed the Vienna State Opera. Wikipedia

9. Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Kunsthistorisches Museum is an art museum in Vienna, Austria. Housed in its festive palatial building on Ringstraße, it is crowned with an octagonal dome.

The term Kunsthistorisches Museum applies to both the institution and the main building. It is the largest art museum in the country. Wikipedia

10. Natural History Museum, Vienna

The Natural History Museum Vienna is a large natural history museum located in Vienna, Austria. and one of the most important natural history museums worldwide. Wikipedia

BONUS

Christmas in Vienna

Isn’t Vienna a gorgeous city to visit?

That’s it for today’s, I hope you enjoyed this post and see you on my next post 😍 Many exciting surprises are planned ahead, so stay tuned 🔜

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