In this article, read about Things to Do in Vienna Austria Tour. Vienna is Austria’s capital city, with intellectualism, art, and romanticism flavors.
Vienna has been dramatically influenced by famous legends like Sigmund Freud, Mozart, and Beethoven. It lies in the eastern part of Europe, bordering Czech, Slovakia, and Hungary, and has a high quality of life and living, according to many surveys.
It ranks second after Melbourne for High Quality of Life. Vienna houses many international organizations like the UN and OPEC. Feel a great culture, art, music, history, and famous Viennese coffee houses during your Quick Vienna Tour.
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List of Things to Do in Vienna Austria Tour
SCHONBRUNN PALACE – Places to visit in Vienna
It is an 18th-century summer residence of the Habsburgs Royal family. This Palace consists of many impressive ceremonial rooms with grand frescoes and artistic works. Buy a Schonbrunn Palace ticket – skip the line tour in advance to avoid last minute rush.
This palace has 1440 grand rooms, all decorated in their unique style. This palace is surrounded by sprawling manicured gardens, a maze, and huge open areas. You can spend a few hours in these open areas. You can go through a famous maze formed by bushes and shrubs or trek to the green hill to Gloriette.
Gloriette is a stunning Roman-style arch that overlooks the Palatial grounds and fountains. The view of the Palace with gardens from Gloriette is impressive. You can also go to the famous zoo “Tiergarten” – The oldest Zoo in the world in the Palace area. Therefore Schonbrunn Palace is a famous Austrian landmark in Austria worth visiting.
Tip – Visit this attraction early or first in the morning to avoid huge crowds later on. Take a guided audio tour with tickets for the palace to have all the details and history of the Palace and Vienna. There is a special discount for Vienna Card holders for this palace. Click here to purchase a Vienna city card, which has unlimited free access to public transport with a hop-on hop-off add-on.
Schönbrunn Park is free to enter and open all year for visitors. This park has a great collection of fountains, statues, monuments, a zoo, flora & fauna, horse carriages, a zoo, and a maze. Click here to book your guided tour to the garden and Palace.
Schönbrunn Palace requires an entry ticket, which you can purchase online from their official site to avoid massive Qs. Click here to book your skip-the-line tour at Schonbrunn Palace with the Vienna city tour. Click here for timings, the price of ticket, map/Location of Schönbrunn Palace.
Located in the center of the old city, this palace is an excellent example of Neo-classical to Baroque architecture. This 13th-century Palace was a royal residence for the Habsburg monarchy till 1918, but now it houses the office of the President of Austria. This Palace is also known as Imperial Palace.
Hofburg Palace opens every day from 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., varies according to the season. There is an entrance fee to visit inside. Admire the splendid and magnificent collections of the noble royal family. Check the official website of Hofburg Palace for full details.
St. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL
This is an icon of Vienna, or it forms the iconic skyline of Vienna. It was constructed in the 12th century with Gothic Architecture. From the North towers, you can have spectacular views of Vienna. This cathedral was severely damaged during World War II and the Turkish War, but it was reconstructed later.
This cathedral has beautiful interiors with beautiful relics decorated in gold and precious stones. Many famous legends have their final resting place in this cathedral. You can also attend weekly mass and Easter concerts. Entry is free, but for climbing towers and visiting catacombs, you need to pay a nominal amount of 6$ per person.
AUSTRIAN PARLIAMENT BUILDING
This is not the only center of the political activity of Austria but a beautiful historic building with noble architecture which is following Greek and Roman styles.
The state of Pallas Athnene in front of it is an eye-catcher and an excellent piece of sculpture. You can visit inside and take impressions of how politicians work actually. Go through their official guided tours and check their timings by clicking here.
The UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA
The Public University of Vienna, Austria, is one of the oldest universities in the German-speaking area. It is one of the largest universities in Europe and is famous for its Humanities Faculty. 15 Nobel prize winners have been associated with this University.
This 18th-century place is an excellent example of Baroque architecture. It is divided into two parts –
- The Upper Belvedere
- The Lower Belvedere
Go for the lovely views of the whole of Vienna city from Upper Belvedere.
GENERAL INFO VIENNA – QUICK VIENNA TOUR
- Vienna is the perfect place to be visited in Central Europe, and with it, there are many places nearby where you can plan your own Central Europe tour. Read more about the Central Europe itinerary – Austria – Prague – Hungary.
- There are many things to do on the Vienna Tour for which you really need a couple more days to spend here. Be it classical music opera compositions by Vienna’s Mozart or passing through magnificent. Grab Vienna’s famous creamy and frothy coffee, which is not to be missed. Vienna has a vibrant and colorful Coffee culture.
- There are many other exciting things to do in Vienna. Read about 25 top things to do here.
- Vienna can be very much planned during weekends, and you can have 1, 2 or 3 Days trip to Vienna.
- Check Best Christmas Markets in Vienna and read here to know about the 25 best places to spend Christmas in other parts of Europe too.
HOW TO REACH VIENNA
Vienna is the International Airport of Austria.
Vienna is very well connected to the Euro Rail network and therefore can be reached through major cities of Europe.
COMMUTING IN VIENNA
Metro and Public transport is a cost-effective and time-efficient mode of transport.
WHERE TO STAY IN VIENNA – WHAT TO EAT IN AUSTRIA
- Stay near Vienna Main Railway station or at the famous shopping street of Vienna – “Kaerntnerstrasse.” This lively shopping street starts from State Opera House to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and is located in Vienna’s heart. Check my stay at Mariahilfer Straße, which is Vienna’s largest shopping street, by clicking here.
- Try some fantastic traditional Austrian food when visiting Austria.