Top ten things to do in Vienna that you should try

Top ten things to do in Vienna that you should try

Explore the best of Austria with our list of the top ten things to do in Vienna. From the imperial splendor of Vienna to the alpine beauty of Salzburg, discover the cultural, natural, and historical wonders that make Austria a top travel destination. Plan your Austrian adventure with our expert recommendations.

Top 1 things to do in Vienna: Visit Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera is very impressive and it is ten times grander than its competition in Budapest. For just a few euros, Tim and I bought standing room only tickets for the Opera Nabucco. We were able to tour the entire opera building before the performance and then watch the show from the standing room only section. Being able to get these cheap tickets makes the opera accessible for everyone. You should leave 1 spot for on Vienna State Opera the list Top ten things to do in Vienna.

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PRO TRAVEL TIP: You can purchase standing room only tickets for as little as €10. What makes this even better is that with your ticket, you can now tour the opera building on your own before the show. Tim and I spent about a half an hour before the performance, wandering through the opera house and taking photos from the balconies.

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Top 2 things to do in Vienna: Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral

This cathedral, consecrated in 1147, is one of Vienna’s most recognizable symbols. Tim and I briefly went into the church but the highlight for us was climbing the 343 stairs of the south tower for excellent views over Vienna. In my opinion, the views of Vienna and the views of the roof are what makes St. Stephen’s Cathedral worthwhile. The tiled roof is very unique and from the tower you can see the highlights of Vienna.

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Climbing the Towers of St. Stephen’s Cathedral: Access to the South Tower is on the outside on the right side of the cathedral (if you are looking at the front of the cathedral). You can also climb the North Tower (Pummerin). 

Top 3 things to do in Vienna - Have Breakfast In A Viennese Cafe

This is not to be missed!  If you love great food, great coffee, or taking part in a great Viennese culture, have breakfast or brunch in a cafe in Vienna.

Vienna is known as the “coffee house capital of the world,” and there are numerous cafes to choose from. We chose Cafe Central and had our best meal in Vienna. We drank coffee and juice and ate pastries that were so good we visited the pastry counter twice. It was absolutely wonderful and one of my favorite memories of Vienna. When we return to Vienna someday, this will be number one on my list to do again!

Top 4 things to do in Vienna - Visit Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace was the summer residence of the Hapsburgs, who were the rulers of the Austrian empire. Schönbrunn was Vienna’s answer to Versailles in Paris. Tour the palace, walk the manicured grounds, and take in the view from the Trianon.

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PRO TRAVEL TIP: Purchase your tickets online in advance to save time. This is one of the most popular places to visit in Vienna so lines to get in can be long. 

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Top 5 things to do in Vienna - Take A Stroll Down Graben

One of the top things to do in Vienna is taking a leisurely stroll down Graben, a historic and bustling street in the heart of the city. Lined with elegant shops, charming cafes, and architectural wonders, Graben offers a delightful blend of Viennese culture and history.

This is also an upscale area with stores like Cartier and Versace. Tim and I bought lunch at a gourmet supermarket and ate it while sitting on a bench, people watching. Later, we made a stop at Demel, an extremely famous chocolate shop.  Delicious!

As you wander along the cobblestone streets, you'll pass by iconic landmarks such as the Plague Column and the beautiful St. Stephen's Cathedral. Graben is also a shopper's paradise, featuring high-end boutiques, traditional Austrian stores, and vibrant street performers.

Whether you're savoring a coffee at an outdoor cafe, admiring the baroque facades, or indulging in some retail therapy, a visit to Graben provides a quintessential Vienna experience that shouldn't be missed.

Top 6 things to do in Vienna - Have A Slice Of The World’s Most Famous Chocolate Cake, The Sacher Torte 

The Sacher Torte is a famous chocolate cake:  two layers of cake separated by apricot jam and covered in chocolate icing. The cake was “invented” by Franz Sacher at the request of Prince Wenzel von Metternich for some of his special guests. The cake was first served at Demel and then later at Hotel Sacher.

Tim and I sat in the cafe at Hotel Sacher and shared a slice. The cake was good but I wouldn’t say it was the best chocolate cake I ever had.

Top 6 things to do in Vienna - Visit Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg Palace was the official residence of the Hapsburgs. It was home to Franz Joseph and his wife, Sisi, from the late 1800’s to the very early 1900’s. Here the Hapsburgs lived, entertained, and ruled over their people.

Tim and I toured the Royal Apartments, the Treasury, and the Austrian National Library. The Austrian National Library was our favorite exhibit. We loved the grand room, decorations, and shelves and shelves of books. Plus, it was cool, quiet, and away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the palace.

Top 7 - Have Dinner At A Heuriger

A heuriger is a unique Viennese experience. A heuriger is a wine garden serving homemade wine and small meals. They maintain an old village atmosphere and serve traditional Viennese food. Tim and I went to Schubel-Auer Heuriger, located on the outskirts of Vienna. The place was charming but a bit intimidating since they only spoke a little bit of English.

A grumpy waiter showed us to our seat and we placed our order for a half liter of white wine. Then we walked up to the counter to pick out our food. All of the food was displayed in glass cases. We pointed to what looked good, the waitress and her son dished it out, warmed it up, and then we took our tray back to our seats. We tried sauerkraut, pork, roast beef, pickled green beans, and shmalz (which is lard).

The food was decent but the experience was wonderful. If you like the idea of having a less touristic experience and trying new foods, then dinner at a heuriger is definitely a must-do.

Top 8 - Visit The Belvedere Palace

The Belvedere Palace is a baroque palace surrounded by a gorgeous garden. For us, the highlight was the visit to the art gallery to see the world’s largest collection of art by Gustav Klimt.

You can purchase tickets online to tour just the Upper Belvedere (to see the Klimt art collection), the Lower Belvedere, or the entire Belvedere Palace.

Top 9 - Walk Around The Kunsthistorisches Museum 

I was amazed at the number of museums there are in the city of Vienna. Tim and I went to several of them, and one of our favorites was the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Say that three times fast!!

This museum displays the collected artwork of the Hapsburgs. Are you getting the sense that Vienna would have been nothing if not for the Hapsburg family? We viewed artwork by Vermeer, Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael. The interior of the museum was just as impressive as the artwork.

For people who enjoy visiting a place with lots of history, culture, and an appreciation for the arts, Vienna is a top choice. Just don’t forget to start your day off at one of Vienna’s amazing cafes.

In conclusion, Vienna offers a rich tapestry of experiences that captivate and inspire travelers from around the world. From its opulent imperial history to its vibrant contemporary culture, this city is a treasure trove of wonders waiting to be explored. The top ten things to do in Vienna provide a glimpse into the heart and soul of this magnificent Austrian capital.

 >> See more: 17 Best Places you should Visit in Austria

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