Rich in culture, stylish in taste, and stunning in architecture, Vienna is the stunning legacy of famous musicians, artists, poets, and architects. Set gracefully on the eastern banks of the Danube River, this capital city of Austria is full of architectural marvels and hidden gems to be explored. So spare yourself some time, and take a look at this extensive list of best places to visit in Vienna, which will blow your mind away on your next trip to Austria.
20 Places To Visit In Vienna In 2020
Here is the list of famous places that you should definitely explore in Vienna in 2020 on your trip. Keep scrolling down and read along!
1. The Hofburg
Much more popular as the Imperial Palace which once served as the powerful seat of the rulers of the Habsburg dynasty, the Hofburg today serves as the iconic seat of power, workplace, and the residence of the President of Austria.
The palace not only comprises of vibrant cafés, luxury restaurants, and lush parks, but also houses the famous Spanish riding school.
The oldest part of the palace is from the 13th century and then it extended to 20th century. This was the residence of the government in Habsburg and it was till 1918. The place has some amazing collection of museums, a congress center, The Spanish riding school and so on.
Location: Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings: 9 am to 5.30 pm (All days)
Entry Fee for The Hofburg:
- INR 1000 for adults
- INR 600 for children aged between 6 to 18 years
- INR 900 for students aged between 19 to 25 years
2. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The architectural marvel of St. Stephen’s Cathedral is not just a historical monument but a symbol that has brought much recognition to the entire country. One of the most beloved landmarks of Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral has guarded the city for more than 700 years now. Not just that, one can also relish magnificent views of the city by climbing about 343 steps which leads one atop the tower.
This is one of the most precious and a must-visit cathedral in Vienna. This place has the second largest chimed bell. The cathedral provides the best view from its 500 foot south tower. You will get the view of the entire city from here. There are also many music events in the evening time at the place. You will get to experience the 12th century gothic architecture and the large columns as well as the beautiful paintings of the saints. Be careful while you visit the south tower as it gets crowded and the stairs are narrow as well.
Location: Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings for St. Stephen’s Cathedral: 6 am to 10 pm (All days)
- INR 400 for adults
- INR 145 per child
3. Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens
Having served as the summer residence to the Habsburg emperors, the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens is indeed one of the most historical monuments in Vienna. Comprising of a whopping 1,441 rooms, the palace reflects the beauty and charm of Baroque architecture in all its magnificence. Considered to be an architectural and cultural icon, this grand palace is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Vienna.
The Habsburg was in the position from 17th to 20th century and the palace is the best proof of art. If you are having a tour inside the palace then you will get to see the several stylistic eras of the royal lives and get to know about their inhabitants. Experience the state rooms, private apartments of Sisi and Franz Joseph. Apart from the private apartments and various rooks, get to see the apartments of the royal couple, and the precious decorations of 18th century which was the time of Maria Theresia. There are some different tours you can have in the palace and all are amazing. Do not forget to have a stroll In the palace park, which opens at 6:30 am and it’s free. Check out the fountains and the statues here and take a lot of picture too.
Location: Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Wien, Austria
Timings: 8 am to 5.30 pm (All days)
- Grand Tour: INR 1500 per person
- Classic Pass: INR 1750 per person
4. The Vienna Zoo
World-renowned to be the oldest and the best zoo in Europe, the Vienna Zoo is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart of the city’s Schönbrunn Palace. From the cutest of giant pandas to the fiery Siberian tigers, elephants, and orangutans, it is a must for every traveler to explore the fascinating world of the animals from all over the world.
The zoo in Vienna is the oldest in the world and was founded in 1752. If you are visiting with your children then this is the best place to take them. Have a splendid experience inside the animal kingdom. As the oldest and Europe’s best zoo, this is the home to more than 700 species. If you avail a guided tour then you will be able to experience this place perfectly. If you want, you can visit this place at night with infrared binoculars and can visit some special bats in here.
Location: Maxingstraße 13b, 1130 Wien, Austria
- Opens At: 9 am (All days)
- Closes At: Between 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm (Depending on seasons)
- INR 1300 for adults
- INR 650 for children above 6 years
- Free for kids upto 6 years of age
5. Vienna City Hall
Popularly known as the Wiener Rathaus to the locals, the city hall of Vienna was designed and constructed by the eminent architect, Friedrich von Schmidt. Built during the time period of 1872 and 1883, it is believed that around forty thousand cubic metres of natural stones, and thirty million bricks were used to build this neo-Gothic structure, which today stands as one of the most crucial landmarks of Vienna.
The city hall of Vienna is very popular among the several buildings in the place. The hall was built in gothic structure and the towers are similar to gothic tradition. Nowadays, this place is Vienna’s municipal administration and more than 2000 people work in this place. If you are visiting this city hall, then you will be stunned by the beautiful state rooms, and the places where concerts and balls are organized. Speaking of ball one of the famous known as the Life ball is held here in every month of May. Other balls are arranged there in the other months of the year which start from November and stays till Christmas. Then it starts from January to March. This place also has an ice skating rink. If you are up for a visit then you can have it on Monday, Wednesday and on Friday.
Location: Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings for Vienna City Hall: Monday to Friday – 8 am to 6 pm; Closed on Saturday & Sunday
Entry Fee: Free Entry
6. The Belvedere Palace
Visiting the famous Belvedere Palace is like a double treat. Known to be one of the famous historic sites in Vienna, the Belvedere Palace encompasses two palaces adorned by Baroque architecture which were originally built for Prince Eugene. The palace not only comprises of Unteres – the Lower Belvedere, and Oberes – the Upper Belvedere, but also houses one of the greatest collection of Gustav Klimt’s paintings.
There are two Belvedere palaces and both of them were built in the 18th century by the infamous architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. This place has the greatest art collection in Austria starting from the middle ages until now. UNESCO has considered this place as the world heritage site, and has an art collection of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Max Beckham and of many renowned artists. You will see the paintings of Gustav Klimt’s paintings and the amazing works of Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.
Location: Prinz Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien, Austria
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm (All days)
- INR 1000 for adults
- Free Entry for children and teenagers upto 18 years of age
7. St. Peter’s Church
Considered to be one of the oldest churches in Vienna, St. Peter’s Church or Peterskirche also happens to be Vienna’s oldest worship sites. The church at present is graced by the beauty of Baroque architecture which was designed by the famous Gabriel Montani in 1702. Completed by the famous architect – Hildebrandt, St. Peter’s Church today, stands as one of the best places to see in Vienna.
Location: Petersplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings: Monday to Friday: 7 am to 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm
Entry Fee: Free
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It is believed that this church was built as a result of the vow taken by Emperor Charles VI in case the disastrous Black Plague curtailed. Designed and completed by the famous father-son duo of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach and his son Joseph, the church today is one of the finest Baroque churches and one of the best places to visit in Vienna.
Karlskirche is the mixture of Renaissance, ancient Greek and Roman style with Byzantine, Baroque style. The columns were crafted by Italian sculpture Lorenzo Mattielli. The dome of the place is in the style of Peter’s Basilica. There is a lift inside the church which take you to the top so that you can have the best view of Vienna. You will find a heavy crowd any day, and a line to take the elevator, but the journey will be memorable and highly worth it from the top.
Location: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Wien, Austria
Timings: Monday to Saturday – 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday – 12 noon to 7 pm
- INR 600 for adults
- Free entry for children under 12 years
9. The National Theater
Popularly known as the Burgtheater, Burg, or Haus am Ring, the National Theater, it is believed that the theater has been in function ever since the Empress Maria Theresia handed over a non-functioning dance atelier to the popular theater firm called the Sellier in 1741. Home to some of the brilliant statues of eminent writes like Schiller, and Goethe, the National Theater has now gained a lot of respect and a reputation of being one of the must places to visit in Vienna, which is celebrated all over the world.
Every year almost 13,000 people visit the national theatre. The tour is guided and it starts from the grand staircases and you will be able to experience the artworks of the famous Gustav Klimt and his associates Franz Matsch and Ernst Klimt. Check out the portrait gallery consists of the eminent actors and it is the largest theatre in Europe. There are 530 people who work in the theatre and they collaborate 20 special premieres every year.
Location: Universitätsring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings: Monday to Friday – 9 am to 5 pm; Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays
- INR 500 for adults
- INR 430 for seniors citizens
- INR 250 for students and children
10. The Vienna State Opera House
Having gone through a lot ups & downs, the Vienna State Opera House has now gained the repertoire of being one the best opera houses in the world. Surviving many of the war bombings, the stage of present Vienna State Opera House holds more than 50 ballet works, and operas across 300 days every season. Without any doubts, the Vienna State Opera House is one of the best places to visit in Vienna.
Location: Opernring 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings: Monday to Friday – 9 am to 5 pm; Closed on Saturday & Sunday
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The brainchild of the famous Viennese architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Hundertwasserhaus is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Vienna. Attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world, Hundertwasserhaus also permits the occupants to decorate the house around the windows as per their imagination, creativity, and taste. Apart from portraying a colorful facade on the outside, the apartment building also accommodates more than 200 trees and shrubs on the rooftop.
This place can only be visited from the outside and there is a village named as Hundertwasser village and this place is open for the visitors. This place was created out of a tire workshop and the artist also created a ‘Village square’ in this place and it has many stores and bars in the same style.
Location: Kegelgasse 36-38, 1030 Wien, Austria
- Info Shop – 9 am to 6 pm
- The Hundertwasser Museum in the Kunst Haus Wien – 10 am to 6 pm
Entry Fee For Kunst Haus Wien:
- INR 800 for adults
- INR 1600 per family with 2 adults and maximum of 4 kids upto 19 years of age
12. Kunsthistorisches Museum
Located near the Imperial Palace, Kunsthistorisches Museum is indeed of the must-visit tourist places in Vienna. Built in 1891, the Kunsthistorisches Museum or the Art History Museum is one of the famous museums in Vienna. Housing the great works of the Imperial family, the Art History Museum is also a home to the world’s largest Bruegel collection.
Location: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 10 am to 6 pm; Thursday – 10 am to 9 pm; Closed on Mondays
Entry Fee: INR 1450 for adults
13. Natural History Museum
Home to some of the most unique & world-renowned objects like the skeletons of dinosaurs, the Venus of Willendorf which is about 29,500 years old, and the stunning Tissint meteorite from Mars, Natural History Museum is one of the most fascinating places to see in Vienna. Other than that, the museum comprises of 39 exhibit halls, a permanent anthropological exhibition dedicated to the origins of humans, the Gold Cabinet, the Venus Cabinet, and a new Digital Planetarium.
Location: Burgring 7, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings: Thursday to Monday – 9 am to 6.30 pm; Wednesdays: 9 am to 9 pm; Closed on Tuesday
- INR 720 for adults
- INR 570 for seniors and groups
- Free entry for youth & children below the age of 19
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14. Austrian National Library
For all the bookworms out there, Austrian National Library is a must visit tourist places in Vienna. Considered to be one of the biggest library in the whole of Europe which is adorned by Baroque architecture, this magnificent structure houses more than 200,000 volumes. On your visit, do not forget to take a close look at the ceremonial room which measures about 80 metres long and 20 meters high.
measures about 80 metres long and 20 meters high.
If you love books then you must visit this world’s one of the largest library in Austria. The place is adorned with the frescoes of court painter Daniel Gran. Other than the exhibits there are also two Baroque gloves and one is of earth and the other is of the sky.
Location: Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien, Austria
Timings: 9 am to 9 pm (All days)
- INR 500 for adults
- INR 400 for senior citizens
- INR 900 for family of 2 adults and a child below 19 years
15. The Austrian Parliament Building
Standing as a witness to the great works of Theophil Hansen, the Austrian Parliament Building was constructed between the time period of 1874 to 1883. Showcasing a perfect amalgamation of Greek and Roman architecture, touring around this spectacular building will take you back to the ancient land of Greece. It is a perfect place for the art and history buffs to be!
Location: Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3, 1017 Wien, Austria
Timings: Monday to Friday – 8.30 am to 6.30 pm; Saturday – 9 am to 5 pm; Closed on Sunday
- INR 360 for adults
- INR 180 for senior citizens and students below the age of 25
- Free for youth and children under the age of 19 years
16. The Imperial Crypt
Might sound spooky but the Imperial Crypt is one of the most interesting places in Vienna. Set beneath the famous Capuchin Church, the Imperial Crypt serves as a burial vault for the members of Habsburg dynasty of Austria. Ever since 1633, a total of 149 Habsburgs have been laid down to rest in peace in the Imperial Crypt which includes 12 emperors, and 19 empresses & queens.
The last emperor Franz Joseph was buried in this place. Also, if you are looking for the wonder in here, then you must know that the hearts of The Habsburgs were buried inside the heart of the crypt. Till this day burials take place in this crypt, like the Austrian Empress Zita was buried here in 2011.
Location: Tegetthoffstrasse 2, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm (All days)
- INR 400 for adults
- INR 860 per family
17. The Demel Café
Specializing in strudels, scones, and cream cakes, the famous Demel Cafe is the most famous pastry shops in Vienna. One can witness a never ending queue in front of the cafe on any given day of the week. Giving an imperial touch to almost everything from cakes to the interiors, Demel Cafe is one of the best places to visit in Vienna at night. The cake shop, and the cafe both are worth a visit when in Vienna.
To have the delicious taste of the best cake in Vienna, you must visit this place. The cafe is very popular and visitors whenever they come into the city at least pays a visit here. Although, the price is a bit much, but that is only for the crowd in here. The stuffs inside the cafe they work hard and as everyone here struggles to grab a seat. The service in the cafe is very prompt so that you don’t have to wait for long.
Location: Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Wien, Austria
Timings: 9 am to 7 pm (All days)
Standing tall at height of 252 metres, Donauturm or Danube Tower is one of the best places to visit in Vienna. Located near Danube River’s northern bank, it is the tallest man-made tower in the whole of Austria. It not only offers a great restaurant and a cafe to dine in, but also offers scintillating views with the hills of Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg in the backdrop.
Location: Donauturmstrasse 8, 1220 Wien, Austria
Timings: 10 am to 11.30 pm (All days)
- INR 570 for adults
- INR 410 for children above 19 years
- Timings: 11.30 am to 4 pm and 6 pm until midnight
- Avg Price For Two (With Wine): INR 1500 to 3000
19. Wiener Riesenrad
Marking the entrance to the famous Prater amusement park, the Giant Ferris Wheel or the Wiener Riesenrad is one of the fascinating places of interest in Vienna. At a height of 65 metres, the Giant Ferris Wheel does not only offer awe-inspiring skyline views but also serves as one of the famous landmarks of Vienna.
Location: Riesenradplatz 1, 1020 Wien, Austria
Timings: 9 am to 11.45 pm (All days)
- INR 720 for adults
- INR 330 for children upto 14 years
- Free for children upto 3 years
20. Kärtner Strasse
Much famed to be one of the best shopping places in Vienna, Kärtner Strasse is the place for all shopaholics to be. From large chain stores to small fashion boutiques, the whole street is graced by famous brands and popular eateries. Being a must-visit place in Vienna, Kärtner Strasse offers something special to every kind of traveler.
While visiting Vienna, why should shopping stay aside? To satiate your shopping spree you can run wild at this place, Kärntnerstrasse. You can eat all you want and have the best delights of Vienna here and shop all you desire.
Location: 1010 Wien, Vienna
Timings: Monday to Friday – 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday – 9.30 am to 6 pm; Closed on Sundays
Holding a great significance in the history of Vienna, all the tourist attractions play a crucial role in making every traveler’s journey memorable. So on your next marvelous Europe trip, make sure you explore all these historical places to relish the real taste of Vienna.
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Frequently Asked Questions AboutPlaces To Visit In Vienna
A. The center of Vienna is quite easy to take a walk around. Because of the main ring road, the city center encapsulates which lessens the chances of getting lost. There are a lot of places to visit in Vienna which makes it easy to find your way around the city.
A. If you’re tired of exploring the places to visit in Vienna, make sure to add these places to go around Vienna like the Wachau Valley, Melk Abbey, Budapest, Salzberg, Prague, Bratislava and Vienna Woods.
A. Vienna is a place which is known for its marvelous palaces and churches. It is quite a nice place to visit which can be covered by taking a bus tour and explore the streets of Vienna.
A. If you’re planning to stay in Vienna for 3 days, make sure to visit these places to enjoy the best of the city.
1. Schonbrunn Palace
2. Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel
3. Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours
A. Vienna is the capital city of one of the world’s richest nations and it is expected to be expensive. But it’s not that of an expensive deal as compared to the London streets.
A. English is considered the primary language which is taught in schools and is an official language of communication language in hotels and restaurants. However, in Vienna many older individuals cannot speak in English.
A. The Euro is the official currency of Austria and apart from that foreign money can be brought inside out of Vienna without any restrictions.
A. Yes, Uber runs in Vienna and makes traveling easier within the city and also when planning something outside the boundaries.
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