Vienna is a city some 300 kilometers from Prague. The capital of Austria, it is known for its incredible history. A tourist destination that should be visited at least once in a lifetime.
But where to go? In the rest of this article, we present a selection of the best things to see and do. A selection of Vienna’s 10 must-do activities, to make the most of your stay in the heart of one of Central Europe’s most important nations.
How do I get to Vienna?
Getting to Vienna is easy. From Paris, there are daily flights from Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports. The journey takes around two hours. Most flights are direct. The round trip costs a good hundred euros, if not a little more.
From Prague, you have several options. You can go by train or by bus. On the way, you’ll have to pass through Brno. The journey itself will take a few hours (count the day). For around 30 euros, you’ll reach your destination. You can also fly to Vienna, although there is no direct route.
What to visit in Vienna, capital of Austria?
Once you’re in Vienna, the next step is to decide how to make the most of your stay. Here, we present a selection of 10 of the most popular activities for tourists visiting Austria for the first time.
Schönbrunn Palace is Vienna’s main attraction. Every year, between 4 and 5 million visitors flock here to discover the palace, its grounds and all the associated attractions.
The building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in just three years, between 1696 and 1699. Many emperors have taken up residence here. Today, the building reveals its interior. You can visit the castle for around 25 euros.
The seasonal markets on the forecourt at Christmas, Easter and New Year are well worth a visit. Don’t hesitate to linger there if you’re there during this period.
Schönbrunn Palace is close to the famous Vienna Zoo. Revamped, reworked and redesigned to improve the lives of animals and visitors alike, it is best known for the giant pandas that live there. A rare sight in Europe. And what’s more, this is the world’s oldest working zoo! It was founded in 1752 and has never closed since.
Visit the historic Hofburg Palace
At Michaelerkuppel, 1010, you’ll find the Hofburg, the historic seat of the Habsburgs. Today, it serves as the official seat of the Austrian president. A rather incredible complex, from which you can admire Gothic, Baroque and other art.
The 59-hectare site also houses the Sissi Museum. You can also discover the imperial chapel and the large collection of imperial insignia dating back to the Holy Roman Empire.
The Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel
If you love heights, a visit to the Vienna Giant Ferris Wheel is a must. You’re sure to recognize it, as it’s been featured in numerous films. Don’t forget your camera. The view of the Austrian capital is simply sublime.
A little further on, you can visit the huge fairground (known as the Prater). A place that both young and old are sure to enjoy.
The Albertina Museum is housed in an old palace that has been converted into an art center. If you’re a lover of paintings, photography or sculpture, this is the place to be. You’ll find works by many great artists, including Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Manet, Monet, Cézanne, Klimt and Warhol.
Buying an entrance ticket gives you access to absolutely all the Albertina Museum’s exhibitions and booths. So don’t hesitate to push open the doors.
Belvedere was a former summer residence for the regents. It is located at Prinz Eugen Strasse 27. Today, the premises once again serve as an art center. Vienna is a city of culture.
If you go inside, you’ll be able to admire a variety of paintings. Many of them by Gustav Klimt. The exterior is just as sumptuous. In short, this is one of the Austrian capital’s most remarkable landmarks.
Kunst Haus Wien
Kunst Haus Wien is located on a side street in the Landstraße district. It’s a small art museum, featuring works by Hundertwasser. Of course, it also hosts other temporary exhibitions by more or less well-known artists.
Inside, there’s also an unusual café. The whole street is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, with all its colors and strange shapes. We recommend a stroll!
The Kunsthistoriches Museum is Vienna’s very first historical art museum. You’ll find everything here: regular and temporary exhibitions focusing on different periods, from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Take time to explore the Kinstkammer section. Here you can discover an unlikely collection of curiosities from all over the world.
Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral, at Stephansplatz 3, is located in the very heart of the Austrian capital’s historic center. You can climb to the very top. Be careful, though, as you’ll have to climb all 343 steps.
You’ll be rewarded with a simply spectacular view of the center of Vienna and the great Pummerin bell. Well, to be honest, you can also take the elevator… But is it really worth it?
The Vienna Opera House
It would be inconceivable to end our top 10 things to do in Vienna without mentioning the magnificent Opera House. Located at Opernring 2, it’s a landmark of the capital and its cultural appeal.
The world-renowned Vienna Opera House is home to classical concerts, opera and theater performances. If you have the chance to visit, don’t hesitate. You’ll be riveted to your seat.
Where to eat in Vienna
In one of our dedicated articles, we list the best typical restaurants in Vienna. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the very best of Austrian cuisine, including Wiener Schnitzel, Tafelspitz and Sachertorte. Enjoying the local culinary culture is an absolute must in Vienna. So don’t miss out!
Visit Vienna and discover its highlights
Planning a visit to Vienna? For more information, take a look at our selection of the best hotels in the Austrian capital. You’ll be able to find a place that suits you, both in terms of location and price. We’ll help you make the most of an unforgettable stay in Austria, thanks to our valuable advice and, above all, our list of must-sees.