With its impressive artistic and musical heritage, historic architecture, cosy coffee houses and more, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors to Vienna occupied.
The museums in Vienna provide endless artistic delights, from the permanent collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, which includes works by Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Albrecht Dürer, to The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, one of the world’s most famous paintings, which you will find at the Belvedere. The Gardens of Belvedere Palace are some of the most significant French-style gardens in all of Europe, and are divided into 5 parts around the property. The main feature is the Palace Gardens, followed by the Privy Garden, the Sculpture Garden, the Alpine Garden, and finally the Botanical Garden.
Vienna is home to historic architectural sites that range from Gothic and Baroque to Art Nouveau, and there are also creative, modern additions by famed architects such as Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Hans Hollein.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a great representation of Vienna architecture and the city itself! The building has been standing for more than 700 years and among its history, Mozart held his wedding there back in 1782 and Joseph Haydn, the famous Austrian composer, sang there when he was just a choir boy.
Hofburg Palace has to be one of your top 5 places for sure! This landmark used to be the official Imperial Palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and it served as their winter residence. Currently, the palace is the official residence and office of the President of Austria. A walk through the Hofburg offers a potted history of Austria itself. Learn all about the life and macabre death of Empress Elisabeth – the ‘Princess Diana’ of the Habsburg Empire – at the Sisi Museum, admire the Baroque splendour of the Prunksaal (State Hall) at the Austrian National Library and see where Hitler held his Anschluss speech.
Standing proudly at the entrance to Prater amusement park, the Riesenrad ferris wheel is to Vienna what the London Eye is to London. This famous Giant Ferris Wheel has been running since 1897, weighs more than 240 tons and is about 65 meters high! It is such an important attraction that it’s one of the city’s most important landmarks! There’s no better way to see Vienna than from the top of this 200ft-high landmark.
Café Central: Vienna’s most venerable café commands a queue to rival any London hotspot. Opened in 1876, this typical Viennese Kaffeehaus always been a favourite with brainy locals; Freud, Trotsky and Stefan Zweig are all known to have taken their coffee here. Its cathedral-like domed ceilings and accomplished patisserie selection are just as much of a draw now as they were then.
Where to stay
Hotel Savoyen Vienna
A stay at the Hotel Savoyen Vienna is bound to be unforgettable – just like its namesake, Prince Eugene of Savoy. The hotel effortlessly combines old and new, occupying a revitalised building that was once home to the imperial Austrian state and court print works.
From the outside, the heritage-protected traditional Viennese facade casts its spell on visitors, while indoors light, modern architecture, the highest levels of comfort and contemporary facilities await. The light-filled atrium, a smart executive lounge, restaurants and bar as well as gym and spa make for an exclusive lifestyle experience that’s a cut above the rest!