ViennaAustria

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The charming capital of Austria has classical music theaters, Old World coffeehouses and palaces, a historic zoo and modern nightclubs and galleries.

Explore the “City of Music” on the Donau (Danube River). Dine in classy restaurants, dance in modern clubs and investigate the local arts scene. Step back in time and see splendid palaces from numerous architectural eras with impressive fountains, parks and monuments.

Wien (Vienna) has been Austria’s capital since the end of World War I, but before that it was the capital of the Habsburg Empire for over six centuries. In the new Vienna, popular culture thrives, but you can still find a wealth of history and tradition in the classic heritage buildings, parks and coffeehouses.

From November until March, when the weather is cold, a stay in Vienna involves browsing the many museums and visiting cozy restaurants to try traditional sweet or hearty dishes, such as Wiener Schnitzel and Sachertorte dessert.

You can’t miss Vienna’s Hofburg Imperial Palace. Step inside to see the riches of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed less than a century ago. While in the complex, also visit the Albertina, one of the world’s most important art galleries, and the stylish MuseumsQuartier, a cultural gathering hub.

The Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum), the Rathaus (Vienna City Hall) and Vienna State Opera are other popular cultural attractions are all located in the Innere Stadt (Old Town). This historic center is bounded by the Donau (Danube River) to the east and the loop of the Ringstraße (Circling Street). Vienna’s excellent public transportation system makes venturing outside this area easy too.

See Klimt’s paintings in the Burgtheater, Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) or the Belvedere. Families will love the Schönbrunn Palace, which houses the oldest zoo in the world.

Many influential composers, amazing artists and great thinkers have called Vienna home, so you’ll find references to creative geniuses like Strauss, Mahler, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Freud and Klimt everywhere. Many of them are interred in the Central Cemetery, which is testament to Vienna’s fame as a powerhouse for the arts.

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Where to stay in Vienna

St. Stephen\'s Cathedral featuring heritage elements, religious aspects and a church or cathedral

Innere Stadt

5/5Exceptional!(1,227 area reviews)

Travelers love Innere Stadt for its stunning cathedral, and you can see more of Vienna by jumping on the metro at Stephansplatz U-Bahn or Herrengasse U-Bahn. You might spend time checking out top sights like St. Stephen's Cathedral and Spanish Riding School.

Innere Stadt
Wiener Prater which includes landscape views, a city and a square or plaza

Leopoldstadt

4.5/5Wonderful!(361 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Wiener Prater while getting to know Leopoldstadt, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Praterstern U-Bahn or Vorgartenstrasse U-Bahn to see more of the area.

Leopoldstadt
Vienna featuring heritage architecture and heritage elements

Neubau

4.5/5Wonderful!(111 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Neubau. Top attractions like Museumsquartier and Museum of Natural History are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Burggasse-Stadthalle U-Bahn or Volkstheater U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Neubau
St. Charle\'s Church which includes a statue or sculpture, a square or plaza and a church or cathedral

Wieden

4.5/5Wonderful!(186 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Wieden. If sightseeing is on the list, Belvedere is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Taubstummengasse U-Bahn or Mayerhofgasse Station to see more of the area.

Wieden
Viennese City Park showing flowers and a garden

Landstrasse

4.5/5Wonderful!(195 area reviews)

Travelers choose Landstrasse for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Rennweg S-Bahn or Rochusgasse U-Bahn and check out top sights like Hundertwasser House Vienna.

Landstrasse
Immeubles colorés à Wien
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Favoriten

4/5Very Good!(180 area reviews)

Travelers choose Favoriten for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Alaudagasse Station or Neulaa Station and check out top sights like Vienna Twin Tower.

Favoriten

Top Hotels in Vienna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
4 out of 5
Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 10-14, Vienna, Vienna
¥7,573
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Located in Hietzing, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Schoenbrunn Zoo and Schoenbrunn Palace. Schoenbrunn Bad is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) away. Hietzing ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,943 reviews)

"Great location 5 mins from Underground, close to bars & restaurants. Hotel front desk, bar team & porters friendly and helpful. Traditional decor well maintained our room was of a good standard comfortable with mini bar fridge, hot beverages etc"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Moxy Vienna Airport
Moxy Vienna Airport
3 out of 5
Ausfahrtsstraße 4, Schwechat
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥10,272
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Wien-Umgebung District, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Danube-Auen National Park, Belvedere, and Vienna State Opera. St. Stephen's Cathedral ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,809 reviews)

"Very clean and comfortable. Staff is welcoming and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Moxy Vienna Airport
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
¥11,692
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Wien-Umgebung District, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Hundertwasser House Vienna, Wiener Prater, and Ernst Happel Stadium. University of Music ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,211 reviews)

"Very pleasant hotel, friendly staff and nice room."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center

Popular things to do in Vienna

Vienna State Opera
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Vienna State Opera

4.5/5(780 reviews)

See a performance, visit the nearby opera museum or simply admire the architecture in one of the world’s most revered opera houses.

Schoenbrunn Palace
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Schoenbrunn Palace

4.5/5(1,020 reviews)

Visit the world’s oldest zoo, find your way through an 18th-century maze or take a tour around the opulent summer castle of Austria’s former ruling family.

St. Stephen's Cathedral
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St. Stephen's Cathedral

4.5/5(1,116 reviews)

Inspiring designs, religious artworks, intriguing legends and great views are featured in the city’s prominent Gothic building, the seat of Vienna’s archbishop. 

Spanish Riding School
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Spanish Riding School

4.5/5(296 reviews)

Learn about the history of Spanish Riding School, a well-known monument in Vienna. Discover the area's renowned opera and churches.

Belvedere
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Belvedere

4.5/5(718 reviews)

See masterpieces by Klimt, Monet, and Van Gogh and enjoy exceptional city views at this former imperial complex with gardens, stables and two Baroque palaces. 

Hofburg Imperial Palace
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Hofburg Imperial Palace

4.5/5(803 reviews)

Browse splendid museums and opulent rooms and visit theaters and equestrian shows in this historic residential estate of the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

Top activities in Vienna

Vienna City Card
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Vienna City Card

84% of travellers recommend
¥2,024
Per adult
Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert
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Schönbrunn Palace Classical Concert

82% of travellers recommend
¥4,554
Per adult
Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride
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Day Trip to Danube Valley incl. boat ride

84% of travellers recommend
¥9,406
Per adult
Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

86% of travellers recommend
¥3,572
Per adult
Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat
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Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat

76% of travellers recommend
¥8,572
Per adult
Private Round Transport to Vienna State Opera from Vienna Hotel
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Private Round Transport to Vienna State Opera from Vienna Hotel

¥1,169
Per adult

Reviews of Vienna

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

Love it . Too many historical places and memories . You can spend the whole day exploring castles museums operas without being bored . A remarkable city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 20, 2020

#1 city in the world for quality of living!! If you were American, don’t listen to the pundits that say USA is greatest country on earth. We may possess military and economic power, but beyond that - Vienna reigns supreme on every metric!

5/5 - Excellent

Anna

Feb 18, 2020

Vienna is one of my favorite cities to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

R

Feb 18, 2020

The beauty of the architecture and the history surrounding the city and region are just outstanding

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 17, 2020

One of the few cities to visit in winter because you can avoid the crowds and still most of the sites are interiors.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 16, 2020

Safe area. Nice people great historical buildings

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