Vienna’s 36 best sights – descriptions and photos

Vienna sights

This article presents the rating of the main sights of Vienna in 2022 with photos and descriptions. The best sights of Vienna are reflected on the map. You will also learn what to see and where to go in Vienna on your own in 1, 2 or 3 days and discover Vienna for kids.

Cozy and charming Vienna delights with luxury and tranquility. The unique look of the city was formed by the classical architecture. The palaces are undoubtedly Vienna’s crown jewels.

Vienna PASS allows free admission without queue to the main attractions of Vienna – the Museum of Art History, the Museum of Technology, the Natural History Museum, the Albertina Gallery, the zoo and the Ferris wheel, and much more. Also with Vienna PASS unlimited rides on sightseeing buses are available.

With the Vienna City Card you can ride for free on the city’s public transport, as well as get discounts on many of Vienna’s sights.

One of the most visited attractions is the Belvedere palace. Built as a summer residence of a prince, this magnificent palace and park complex has survived hard times without losing its charm, and today it preserves not only the milestones of history, but also a unique collection of paintings, among which it is impossible not to mention such masterpieces as “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt, paintings by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and others.

Under the auspices of UNESCO is the Schönbrunn Palace, a striking representative of the classic Baroque, built in the “image and likeness” of the Palace of Versailles. In addition to the picturesque park and architectural masterpieces, there is a carriage museum, children’s museum and Vienna Zoo – one of the oldest in the world.

If you are visiting Vienna for the first time and have only a limited amount of time to see the sights, it is worth visiting one of the most important places on Vienna’s must see list in addition to the palaces. The Vienna Opera (Staatsoper) is world-famous and is not only culturally but also architecturally and aesthetically significant. For those who don’t have the opportunity/time to see one of the concerts, there are guided tours of the historic opera house.

If you think that you should visit the amusement park only with children, this is a big misconception. The famous amusement park “Prater” in Vienna is a must-see when traveling with children as well as on your own voyage. It is definitely worth it to go up on the Ferris wheel and take a look at Vienna, admire the landscape and see the sights and the ancient streets in miniature. It is worth noting that the best views of the city are from the observation deck of the Danube Tower.

Also in the huge park there are green areas, dozens of kinds of attractions for children and adults, a traditional beer garden, and most importantly – Madame Tussauds Museum in Vienna. In the Vienna branch of the museum you can take commemorative pictures with famous personalities. At the entrance, visitors are greeted by a wax replica of one of Austria’s most famous natives, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

A visit to the main exhibitions of the city – the Museum of the History of Vienna, the Albertina Gallery, the Museum of Art History – should also be included in the self-guided sightseeing of Vienna. Next to the Roman Museum on the Bauernmarkt, there is a unique landmark – the Anker Clock (Anchor Clock). Similar to Prague’s, the Anchor Clock is a platform with moving historical figures and musical accompaniment (at noon).

One of Vienna’s most unusual and photographed sights is the Hundertwasser House, whose bizarre architecture both surprises and delights. What is remarkable is that the house is residential.

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The same can be said about the famous Viennese gasometers. Four cylindrical towers from the 19th century, which once served as storage facilities for liquefied natural gas, now serve as residential complexes, and their architecture often finds itself in the lenses of photographers.

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Belvedere Palace was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene and the outstanding military leader of his time.

Schönbrunn Palace is the Viennese residence of the Austrian emperors and one of the most important architectural structures.

From 1804 to 1918 the Hofburg served as the residence of the Austrian emperors and was the center of social and political life.

The Albertina Gallery in Vienna is an art museum located in the palace of the Habsburg dynasty.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral or Stefansdom, which locals often call briefly and affectionately “Steffi”.

Kunsthistorisches Museum – Vienna’s most visited attraction and repository of world-class works.

Vienna Zoo – The oldest zoo in the world, located in a palace and park complex.

The Prater amusement park in Vienna is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. It is a huge.

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    All of the city’s iconic buildings and museums are concentrated along Ringstrasse, making it possible to cover a large number of iconic cultural heritage sites in a short period of time.

    Walking around the quarter, in addition to the above mentioned opera and art history museums, you will definitely see the Vienna City Hall, the architectural ensemble of the Parliament, the oldest in Europe (after the Comedy Frances) Burgtheater, the Vienna University, the Imperial Shrine, the Votive Church and much more.

    Ringstrasse encircles the Innere Stadt. The entire area has been inscribed on the UNESCO list. Also within the area you can visit landmark exhibitions such as the high-tech interactive museum “House of Music”, the Theater Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts, and the Museum of Natural History.

    The Innere Stadt covers a total of 2.88 square kilometers, but a day is not enough to get around and visit the exhibitions thoughtfully.

    Close to the Ringstrasse, the picturesque Vienna City Park (Stadtpark), with its monuments to Strauss and Schubert, as well as the Kursalon concert hall, adjoins the Ringstrasse. Other “green oases” of Vienna are the Volksgarten and Burggarten parks with a monument to Mozart. The cleanliness and beauty of Vienna’s parks impress and inspire even seasoned travelers. A uniquely beautiful place is the Botanical Garden of Vienna, whose history dates back to the reign of Maria Theresia.

    Belvedere Palace

    It is noteworthy that the old Viennese streets are like an open-air museum. It seems that every house, street and square remembers historical events and is saturated with the spirit of the time. On the square Schwarzenbergplatz in Vienna is a monument to Soviet soldiers. On a pedestrian walkway Graben there is a “Plague Column” – a monument of XVII century, erected by Emperor Leopold in gratitude to God for deliverance from the plague.

    One of the main pedestrian streets in Vienna is Kärntner Straße. The jewel in the street are the Esterházy and Todesco Palaces. Behind the Vienna Opera House is the famous hotel Zacher with the café of the same name and the dessert that was first made in the court confectionery Demel. Both cafes are extremely popular among tourists.

    Another famous café is the Café Central. It was where Viennese bohemia, artists, scientists, and politicians gathered. Today the Café Zentral offers excellent gastronomy, piano evenings and a cozy atmosphere.

    Vienna’s numerous museums cover all facets of human development. The most important Viennese museums are the MuseumsQuartier, where the largest galleries and museums are compactly situated: Leopold Museum, Mumok Museum of Modern Art, Kunsthalle and the Architecture Center of Vienna.

    Very popular are Mozart House, Sigmund Freud Museum and the Military Historical Museum. Unusual architecture surprises the Secession House. White cube with a huge golden ball can be seen from afar. In the most extravagant building houses the gallery.

    Also Vienna is rich in museums with narrow themes, the names of which speak for themselves – the furniture museum, the coffee museum, the movie museum, the museum of globes and even the museum of funeral paraphernalia.

    Perhaps the most terrifying and chilling museum is the Tower of the Insane in Vienna. The building of the museum itself is already frightening. A huge cylindrical construction with five floors and identical rooms used to shelter the mentally ill. From its earliest days, an unhealthy atmosphere prevailed here. Strangely enough, it attracted a huge number of tourists.

    Today the tower functions as a museum of pathology. Since the museum is currently under reconstruction, part of the collection can be seen as part of an organized group.

    The cultural program includes a visit to one of Vienna’s theaters. If possible, you should not only visit the Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera), but also the Vienna Volksoper, enjoy classical music concerts in the Philharmonic and the Konzerthaus and see the olden Volksstheater and the Burgtheater in the open air.

    If you are traveling with children, it is worth visiting the interactive museum for children “Zoom”. In the huge area there are several themed areas where children can learn the basics in a playful way. You can go to a virtual historical show in the museum “Time Travel Vienne”. It is worth noting that this interactive exhibition is also suitable for visiting with children.

    Children can be taken to the snow globe factory. The world-famous souvenirs have been made here for centuries and have a unique design and history. At the factory also has a museum and store. A visit with children to the Vienna Zoo and the Aquarium “Sea House” is also not to be missed.

    The Hofburg's Swiss Court

    The Hofburg’s Swiss Court © Victor Bashkir

    The religious symbol of Vienna is St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Like many medieval buildings, the temple was subjected to constant reconstruction and alterations, it has found its present appearance only in the XVI century. According to legend, its northern tower was not completed because the architect, having made a deal with the devil, broke the contract and crashed when he fell.

    Each of the churches and cathedrals of Vienna has not only high religious but also historical and architectural value. Thus, the Karlskirche church absorbed elements of Greek and Roman styles. Peter the Great Church in Vienna not only attracts Baroque architecture, but also organ recitals on a regular basis (works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, etc.). Classical organ works can also be heard in St. Michael’s Church.

    The Minorite and Francis of Assisi churches will delight you with their magnificent architecture, but the most amazing creation remains the Votruba church (Church of the Holy Trinity). The Roman Catholic parish building is made of numerous concrete blocks arranged in an asymmetrical order.

    On the outskirts of the city there is the Vienna Woods, which received the status of a biosphere reserve in 2005. The unique flora and fauna, picturesque scenery, clean air, and peacefulness attract thousands of tourists and local residents to the reserve.

    Near the Vienna Woods is the district of Grinzing. Seeing the old streets and houses of Grinzing, you sit in a “time machine” and find yourself in Vienna in the XVII century. Unchanged for centuries the face of the narrow alleys, traditional taverns helps to take a trip back in time and experience the indescribable atmosphere. By the way, you want to photograph every square centimeter here.

    Another iconic place near Vienna is the Wachau Valley. The river valley is rich in historical sites, castles, ancient monasteries and vineyards.

    You can feel the spirit of the city by visiting one of Vienna’s markets. Naschmarkt market is visited in order to taste the products of local farmers, and a flea market Vienna can be called a museum in the open air. Here you can walk for hours and see unique examples of private collections of antiques and much more.

    Of course, there are not many castles in the world, which would be equal to the beauty of castles of Austria. Their historical value is unquestionable and the spirit of bygone eras is breathtaking. Lichtenstein and Kreuzenstein castles in the vicinity of the city are an example of this.

    Authentic medieval fortresses have survived hard times and have a rich history, which is not without interest in the tour. The most interesting excursions in Vienna in Russian are available in the project Experts.Turister.Ru .

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    Jewish Museum Vienna Woods University of Vienna Ethnographic Museum Museum Hundertwasser House Chocolate Museum St. Stephen’s Cathedral

    The site contains the sights of Vienna – photos, descriptions and tips for travelers. The list is based on popular guidebooks and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Vienna, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places in Vienna.

    Madame Tussauds

    Madame Tussauds Museum (photo)

    Madame Tussauds opened recently in Vienna and is pleased to present 65 magnificent wax figures. First and foremost, the museum features Austrian emperors Maria Theresia, Franz Joseph and his beautiful wife Sisi, as well as the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the painter Gustav Klimt.

    Among Hollywood stars, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson and Michael Jackson pose here for visitors. The quality of the work is truly impressive. It’s not just the superb costumes of the characters that will amaze you, but also the expressive eyes of each figure.

    Finding Madame Tussauds in Vienna is easy: the museum is located in the Prater, near the Praterstern station, right next to the Giant Ferris Wheel. You are welcomed here every day from 10 to 18:00. Tickets for the museum are cheaper than elsewhere in Europe. For adults € 18,5 and for children from 3 to 14 years old € 14,5. Admission for children under 3 years old is free.

    Coordinates: 48.21731000,16.39594500

    Ethnographic Museum

    Ethnographic Museum (photo)

    The Ethnographic Museum is a treasure trove of historical archeology and ancient culture right in the center of Vienna. Here you will find a huge number of exhibits from all over the world, including some that are completely unique. For example, the famous headdress of an Aztec leader, presumably belonging to Montezuma II. It is a real miracle – it has 450 feathers!

    The bronze statues from Benin are also interesting. These exhibits were bought by the museum management in 1806, and still decorate the rich ethnographic collection.

    The museum is located in a beautiful place, where the history of Austria was made – the Imperial Palace Hofburg. Here you can always get acquainted with the local cuisine in the nearby cafes, as well as buy souvenirs you like. Enjoy your trip!

    Coordinates: 48.23473600,16.36138900

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    Hundertwasser House

    Hundertwasser House (photo)

    The Hundertwasser House is the realization of the idea of building ordinary municipal houses in a non-standard way. Architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser himself believed that houses, like people, should have their own characteristics and not be similar to each other. Therefore the facade of the building is a bright palette of colors and a random arrangement of windows. In accordance with the principles of sustainability, the author of the building used natural materials in the construction, and borrowed asymmetrical, irregular natural forms. The floors in the house are wavy, the walls are plastered unevenly, on the stepped terraces and even in the windows chaotically grow bushes and trees. All the objects are decorated with ceramic tiles. Despite such a riot of colors and shapes, the house looks very attractive and really pleases the eye.

    Coordinates : 48.20733700,16.39428900

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    Chocolate Museum

    Chocolate Museum (photo)

    The Chocolate Museum will allow tourists to learn a lot about the art of cocoa growing and processing. The museum’s program includes a chocolate movie screening, as many as three chocolate fountains, a tour of the production and, of course, tastings.

    The museum is open directly in the chocolate factory. Here you can also buy any chocolate product you want. Interestingly, the museum offers all sorts of chocolate, in all shapes and sizes, from giant chocolate bars to tiny chocolate bears that will be appreciated by young tourists.

    The museum is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost of admission is 5 euros per tourist. Coupon for a visit to the store of the museum – 1.5 euros.

    Guided tours of the museum are conducted both in German and English. The tour offers tours in German and English. Children up to 4 years old visit the chocolate museum free of charge.

    Coordinates: 48.15145000,16.33294000

    St. Stephen’s Cathedral

    St. Stephen's Cathedral (photo)

    St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the symbol of Vienna. It stands out significantly from the overall architectural picture of the city, making it even more mysterious.

    Construction of the future monument of Austrian Late Gothic began in 1137, but fires have caused great damage to the Romanesque structure, and in 1359 began construction of the present building. During the Second World War, the cathedral was badly damaged, but, thanks to the efforts of all Austrian people, it was safely rebuilt.

    The red-marble sepulcher of Emperor Frederick III, made in 1467-1513 by Niclas Gerhaert van Leyden; the pulpit, built by Anton Pilgram around 1500; and the organ in the northern nave (1513), both with a self-portrait of the master.

    Also of note are the Gothic altar from Wiener Neustadt (1447), the tombstone of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1754) and of course the richly carved pylons inside and outside the cathedral.

    Coordinates: 48.20833300,16.37277800

    Jewish Museum

    Jewish Museum (photo)

    The Jewish Museum of Vienna is inseparably linked to the history of the city, which is considered the Jewish capital and is now home to about 7,000 Jews.

    It was founded in 1993 and is housed in a baroque medieval building. It tells the complicated history of the Jewish people and the lives of wealthy Jews of different years, such as Freud, Zweig, Herzl, Schoenberg and Mahler. You can also see numerous exhibits devoted to various areas of Jewish life and visit the archive created by the donations of the religious community, which is most valuable in terms of scientific research on the subject.

    The museum regularly organizes thematic exhibitions on the history of literature, culture, architecture, fine arts and photography and its exhibition rooms are open to the public.

    Coordinates: 48.20724000,16.36923000

    Vienna Woods

    Vienna Woods (photo)

    The Wienerwald, German for “Wienerwald”, is an enormous area on the outskirts of Vienna. It is surrounded by magnificent valleys, forests and mountains. Here you can take the most colorful pictures of wildlife. On one side of the Vienna Woods are the mineral spas, and on the other side are the Danube River and the vineyards. The Austrians call this place the “Lungs of Vienna.”

    The main tourist town of the Vienna Woods is Mödling. It surprises with scenery and the best local wines. All wine lovers will find here the best haven for exploring the winemaking and wine culture of Austria. The famous wine centers of the Vienna Woods, where you can make excursions with informative tastings: Baden, Klosterneuburg, Gumpoldskirchen, Bad Feslau and Perchtoldsdorf.

    The Vienna Woods is a special place with a rich history and a unique atmosphere. It is a fairy tale, but at the same time a very real microstate with mineral springs, villages and towns. A trip here will be good for both health and sightseeing.

    Coordinates: 48.20254000,16.36880000

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    Vienna University

    Vienna University (photo)

    The University of Vienna is the third oldest institution of higher education in Europe and the oldest in the entire German-speaking area. It was founded on March 12, 1365. It got its Latin name Alma Mater Rudolphina Vindobonensis thanks to its founder, Duke Rudolph IV.

    Since 1385 the university has been engaged in educational activities. Despite the military conflicts in the region and the siege of Vienna by the Turks in the 16th century, the university did not close, although at times it had only a few dozen students. In 1897 women were allowed to enter the philosophy department. Among the graduates of the university there are famous politicians and cultural figures, Nobel laureates, religious figures, scientists of world renown.

    The main building of the modern university was built in the 80s of the XIX century designed by architect Heinrich von Verstel in the Italian Renaissance style. In front of it stands a 9-meter obelisk erected to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Vienna’s liberation from the Turks. The building houses a library, several institutes, auditoriums and a hall for solemn events in which graduates are awarded their diplomas every year. The University has more than 60 buildings all over the city.

    Coordinates: 48.21502900,16.35270600

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