Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by gregor
Would you like to follow the footsteps of Empress Sisi or Sigmund Freud, relive the hunt for the “Third Man” in the sewers and on the Ferris wheel, or discover modern art and weird nightlife? The charming mix of history and innovation, coffee house culture, and thrills have made Vienna one of the most popular tourist destinations. The American “Time” magazine even declared the Austrian capital one of the top 50 in its list of the “World’s Greatest Places”. Vienna, which has been voted the most liveable city in the world several times, has long since earned this. As tranquil as it may seem at first glance, the offerings are lively, colorful, and diverse when you take a closer look.
Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna
is traditionally on the agenda for most visitors, but in addition to the imperial rooms, the zoo, the maze, the palm, and desert house or simply the Schönbrunn parks also attract locals and tourists.
The Vienna State Opera
is not only a highlight for classical music fans. Film fans can take a guided tour or an evening performance and see how Tom Cruise, in his star role as Ethan Hunt in “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” had to thwart an assassination attempt at the opera – including spectacular duels in the wings.
Cinematic is also the Casino Vienna
where the big game and sophisticated gastronomy in an elegant setting invite you to enjoy the night. If you don’t want to go straight to a casino, you can also play online, with many online casino bonuses being offered.
Nightlife in Vienna
has a lot to offer. If you like things old-fashioned, Titanic in the 6th district is a typical nightclub. Things are more unusual in the Pratersauna, which has developed from a spa and sauna into one of the hottest clubs in the city. Partying in an old subway station is the vibe at Flex. The former rock club has become one of the most sought-after hotspots for techno and dub across Europe.
Vienna is also great for romantic adventures
One of the best places for an unforgettable dinner for two is the Donau Tower on Donau Island. The 250-meter-high building offers the most beautiful view of the city from its restaurant at the top.
An evening trip there is worthwhile even without any dinner plans. The Donau Tower also has a mobile 360-degree viewing platform. Looking down onto Vienna hand in hand with your loved one under the starry sky is a priceless moment.
During the day, the tower offers an adventure for those with a love for the thrill. Europe’s highest slide is attached to the facade at a height of 165 meters. The upper half is made of transparent plastic so that adrenaline junkies can enjoy a panoramic view as they whiz down on felt mats.
Viennese Culinary delights
and coziness are very important in Austria’s capital. A visit to one of the city’s Heurigen, with Schrammel music and wine, is a must.
Thanks to its multitude of bars of all kinds, the Schwedenplatz is one of the top addresses to visit in the evening. Less well-known but full of atmosphere are the city’s railway arches (Stadtbahnbögen), bars arranged like an aqueduct. Most of them are housed under the arches of the old subway line 6 between the stations Thaliastraße and Nussdorferstraße.
If you instead want to go shopping or to a museum in the evening, you can do so on Thursdays. There are extended opening hours on this day, although it’s worth checking online in advance to see who’s taking part.
Shopping in Vienna
The most famous shops and museums can be found along Mariahilferstrasse near the train station. Several of the most beautiful boutiques are located here, and at the end of it is the museum district with the Wiener Kunsthalle, the Leopold Museum and the Mumok (Museum of Modern Art).
The well-known river Donau is another unforgettable travel destination. Steamboat rides on the river are popular activities during the day and after dark. The Donau Canal, built next to the river, is now one of the city’s main attractions. In summer, there are bathing areas and a swimming pool on a boat. Restaurants of all kinds line the shore, and walkers love to stroll along the water.
The Vienna Prater
has a long tradition, and yet there is always something new to find. For generations, walkers and joggers, cyclists, and parents pushing strollers have been drawn to the huge, more than 250-year-old park that Emperor Joseph II gave to the citizens in 1766. The 65-meter-high Ferris wheel, in which Orson Welles played hide-and-seek with his childhood friend and persecutor as film villain Harry Lime in 1948, has been one of the city’s landmarks since 1897.
All around are the stalls and rides of the amusement park known as Volksprater or Würstelprater young and old meet here all year round.
Vienna is known above all as an imperial and artistic city.
Even a haphazard walk through the alleys of the old town becomes an exciting experience. If you want to protect your feet, you can take a round trip on the tram and hop on and off as you wish. The comfortable, environmentally friendly way of following in the footsteps of Sisi or Sigmund Freud, among others, is ultimately also one of the attractions that make the Austrian capital lovely and worth living in.