Top 5 attractions in Vienna: A city with a unique character
The capital of Austria is a very popular travel destination at any time of the year and offers you a multitude of highlights, whether during a short trip or a longer stay. In addition to the numerous historical buildings and museums, Vienna shows its beautiful side especially on the Danube and in the old town. From an architectural point of view, Vienna is also a highlight: to this day, the city is largely characterised by buildings from the Gründerzeit, but also by Baroque and Art Nouveau. In the 19th century, Vienna was regarded as one of the most important cultural and political centres in Europe. The city was able to defend this status for a long time due to its role as imperial capital and residence city and was world-famous thanks to its empire in Austria. Today Vienna, marked by its past, is lined with art and culture and offers a large cultural programme.
A city full of culture
At almost every corner of Vienna you will find new cultural highlights to discover. Especially the architecture inspires tourists year after year and attracts them to the beautiful Danube metropolis. Due to the great variety of activities and sights, it is worth planning your stay in Vienna well. Romantik has put together five of the most beautiful sights for you.
5 Highlights in Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace is one of the main attractions in Vienna and has 1441 rooms. The former summer residence of the Habsburgs is reminiscent of imperial splendour rooms and the times of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth. The stately palace is one of the most beautiful Baroque canals in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical significance and magnificent furnishings. The six-year-old Mozart once played in the Mirror Hall of the palace and in 1918 Emperor Charles I signed the end of the monarchy in the Blue Chinese Salon. The extensive palace park invites you to take a relaxing stroll through the green park landscape. There you will find the palm house and a small labyrinth. Especially the ascent to the Gloriette on the hill behind Schönbrunn Palace is worthwhile to enjoy a wonderful view of the palace and the surrounding park. Numerous guided tours allow visitors to immerse themselves in the history of the castle and open part of it to the public. For families and animal lovers, a visit to the oldest zoo in the world is recommended. The Schönbrunn Zoo was opened in 1752.
Tip: It is best to buy tickets for your desired tour online on the palace's website in advance. In this way you avoid unnecessary waiting times.
ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL
The St. Stephen's Cathedral is located in the heart of Vienna's historic Old Town and is one of the city's most famous landmarks. Construction of the important Gothic building started already in the 12th century. The cathedral impresses with a length of 107 metres, a width of 34 metres and its four towers. The South Tower is the highest tower of the cathedral and is 136 metres high. It can be climbed on foot over 343 steps. From the south tower you get an impressive view over the city. There are 13 bells in the Türmerstube. The most famous bell of St. Stephen's Cathedral, the so-called Pummerin, is housed in the 68-metre-high north tower. Besides the church towers, the roof with the striking zigzag pattern is particularly striking. The interior of St. Stephen's Cathedral is also worth seeing. Besides valuable altars and side chapels, the impressive cathedral treasure can also be visited. Admission to the cathedral is generally free of charge, but it is still worth taking a guided tour to see the catacombs, the treasure chamber and the towers.
Vienna offers a great selection of impressive museums. In the famous art district museums quarter near the Hofburg you will find museums as well as a lively local scene. One of the most famous museums in the quarter is the Leopold Museum. It houses a unique collection of Viennese Modernism, the Wiener Werkstätte and Expressionism. It hosts the world's largest Egon Schiele collection as well as artefacts from Josef Hoffmann to Koloman Moser. On an area of 5400 m2 and four floors there are permanent artistic highlights. The mumok, the museum of modern art, focuses on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Here you will find works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Yoko Ono. The focal points of the collection, Pop Art and Photorealism, Fluxus and Nouveau Réalisme as well as Viennese Actionism, are combined in the mumok to form an exhibition of the socially and realistic performative art of the 20th century. The collection comprises around 9000 works, including paintings, sculptures, installations and graphic works. The Kunsthalle Wien offers contemporary art at the highest level. The Kunsthalle focuses on international contemporary and modern art and exhibits a wide variety of international contemporary art.
HOFBURG AND SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL
The Habsburg Empire was ruled from the Hofburg for more than seven centuries. The Gothic castle chapel, where the Vienna Boys' Choir once held Sunday Mass, still gives a glimpse of the medieval castle today. Located in the heart of the old town, the magnificent Hofburg is reminiscent of the highest family in the Danube community. During a visit you can admire private chambers and representative rooms. In addition, numerous museums and collections show the emperor's sense of art. After the Habsburgs increased their power, the 13th century castle was converted into a magnificent residence. Until 1918 the Hofburg was inhabited by the imperial family. Today the Hofburg houses the official residence of the Federal President, an important congress centre and numerous art collections. The Spanish Riding School is also located directly in the Hofburg. This is the only institution in the world that has preserved the classical horsemanship of the High School since the Renaissance. It offers spectators an unforgettable experience thanks to the special precision of the Lipizzaner movement in harmony with the music. During gala performances, visitors can admire performances in the most beautiful riding hall in the world.
The Vienna Prater is one of the city's most famous landmarks and houses the famous Ferris wheel. This and some other attractions are open all year round. The fairground is open from March to October and offers a playground for young and old. The Vienna Prater is located in the centre of Vienna in the Leopoldstadt district and offers numerous attractions such as merry-go-rounds, mirror and laugh cabinets, roller coasters and the small Liliputbahn for visitors. The adjacent city park also belongs to the amusement park. A particularly popular attraction in the city park is the chestnut blossom, which lets the trees blossom in May in delicate shades of pink. In winter, the Jesuit meadow in Vienna's Prater becomes a large playground. Thanks to a snow-making system, snowball fights, cross-country skiing and tobogganing are possible.
The ideal accommodation in the heart of Vienna
The Romantik Hotel Altstadt Vienna is the ideal starting point for a wonderful stay in beautiful Vienna. The hotel is characterised by exceptionally furnished rooms, which were designed in the charm of Vienna by famous architects such as Matteo Thun or fashion designers such as Lena Hoschek. Here, no room is like any other. In addition, art also surrounds you in the hotel: contemporary art can be found in all the rooms, which will get you in the mood for a discovery tour of cultural Vienna. The rich breakfast buffet of the Romantik Hotel strengthens you for an exciting day in the city. Thanks to its location in the heart of Vienna's 7th district, the artists und BoBo quarter, all the highlights are within easy walking distance.