Today we take you through the 10 best things to do in Vienna. When we think of Vienna, we think of museums, music, culture, coffee, architecture and history. Lying on the Danube river, Vienna is one of the most beautiful places in Austria with a lot to offer for one and all.
Although Vienna has many more beautiful places apart from those mentioned in this list, these are some of the best things to do in Vienna in our opinion.
Here are the 10 best things to do in Vienna
If you enjoy a glass of wine with a view, Kahlenberg is the place to be! Along with wine experiences, you can also enjoy some hiking or adventure on this 484 meters high mountain. On a clear day, you can also catch a glimpse of the city from here.
Schönbrunn Palace has around 1400 rooms. It is a magnificient Baroque palace with a huge garden. You can also take a palace tour here. 40 rooms are open to visitors to experience how the royals lived. If you love beautiful architecture, spare half a day to visit this beautiful place.
Did you know that the oldest zoo of the world is still in operation and is located in Vienna? Schönbrunn Zoo, known as “Tiergarten Schönbrunn” was established in the park of the Schönbrunn Palace in 1752. This zoo houses more than 700 animal species. From butterflies to jelly fish or from penguins to giant pandas, you can find them all. If you visit the Schönbrunn Palace, do visit the Schönbrunn zoo.
Mariahilferstrasse and Kärntnerstrasse
Mariahilferstrasse and Kärntnerstrasse are the most popular shopping streets of Vienna. You can enjoy visiting various stores on the street. The road is a car-free zone. Shop till you drop and have some Viennese coffee in the cafes on this street. You can also find some pubs here.
Hundertwasser House and Village
The Hundertwasser house in Vienna is a colourful piece of art by architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Hundertwasser house is one of the most visited places of Vienna. It is a one of a kind house with an extremely colourful exterior facade. More than 200 plants and shrubs are planted in the balconies of this building. Right opposite to the house is the Hundertwasser village which was redesigned from a tyre factory by him.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephens Cathedral is one of the most popular buildings in Vienna. The Cathedral building is 107.2 meters long. The Cathedral construction commenced in the 12th century. 13 bells hang in this Gothic structure.
St. Charles’ Church
St. Charles’ Church, known as Karlskirche, is one of the most important Baroque structures in Vienna. The church is dedicated to Saint Charles Borromeo. The construction of this church began in the 17th century. The church is located outside of the Innere Stadt in Wieden and contains a dome in the form of an elongated ellipsoid.
Prater is a large public park in Vienna. It is located in the Leopoldstadt. Located in the Vienna Prater is a Giant Ferris Wheel which is one of the most famous symbols of Vienna. You can also have dinner in this Ferris wheel! There are many other activities, rides, restaurants and attractions in this amusement park.
The gasometers in the Simmering district of Vienna were built in the 18th century. The tanks were used for gas storage. The gasometers were reinvented in the 19th century by 4 architects. Today, a mall, music hall, theatre, offices, restaurants etc. are set up in the four former gasholder houses in the district. Gasometer also has a metro station.
Danube island is one of the favourite recreational regions of Vienna. It is a 21 kilometre long island stretch where one can hike, jog, cycle or skate on the trails. There are also flat beaches and other water sport activities which can be enjoyed on the island banks or the waters. If you love trampolines, the world’s biggest trampoline park is on the Danube island. It has over 40 jumping areas.
With this, we would like to end this post. We have suggested some best things to do in Vienna, but there are many more amazing things which you can do in Vienna. Let us know in the comments if you want a part two for this post.
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