See and Do in Vienna
Expats in Vienna will find a spectacular and vibrant city with countless things to see and do on any day of the week. The city is a cultural and historical paradise, with many live performances, architectural landmarks and entertainment possibilities on offer throughout the city. Even a simple walk through Vienna's first district, especially the Stephansplatz, will provide a cultural and explorative feast.
Famous buildings include the Hofburg, which provides an insight into the city's imperial times. The Rathhaus town hall, opposite the Burgtheatre, is an equal architectural wonder. Seasonal events are held just outside the Rathhaus, including the Christmas markets, a treat during the festive season.
The Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) was a former Imperial Rococo summer residence surrounded by vast acres of land where many go for leisurely walks on a hot summer’s day or go on a visit to the Tiergarten Schönbrunner Zoo. Don’t miss out on a visit to the Stephansdom, the most spectacular cathedral in Vienna.
For a fun day outdoors with kids, the action-packed theme park at Prater, Vienna’s mini Disneyland, is packed with activities including Madame Tussauds. It's also home to the oldest Ferris wheel in Austria‚ ’The Wiener Riesenrad’.
Attractions in Vienna
A visit to the stunning Hofburg Palace in Vienna provides guests with an authentic view of life in what was once the centre of the powerful Habsburg dynasty, the family that once ruled over the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
St Stephen’s Cathedral
This impressive Catholic Church is located in Stephansplatz, right in the heart of Vienna. It is the most important and recognisable church in the Austrian capital. Thanks to its distinctly colourful roof, it can easily be spotted from practically anywhere in Vienna.
The Schönbrunn Palace
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Vienna, Schönbrunn is a Rococo style building which was once the summer palace of the Habsburg monarchy. The palace has lovely gardens which can be enjoyed by visitors during the summer months.
Vienna State Opera
The Vienna State Opera is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and dates back to the 1860s. It plays host to a scene of endless musical concerts, ballets and operas. Expats should ensure that they treat themselves to a visit at least once during their time in Vienna.
This is one of Europe’s best examples of baroque architecture. It actually consists of two palaces – the upper palace displays the richness of architectural invention from that era and the second palace is now an art museum.
A beautiful 65,000 square meter park located on the edge of the old city, this is a great place for a relaxing afternoon after a busy morning of sightseeing. The grounds of the park are very pleasant and it is known for its sculptures of famous Austrians.
Formally part of Hofburg Palace, this special tropical butterfly house displays and breeds hundreds of live, free-flying butterflies from all over the world. Be aware that it is very humid inside, as they have tried to replicate a natural rainforest environment to allow the butterflies to breed successfully.
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, Nachmarket is Vienna’s largest and busiest marketplace. Here shoppers can find everything from imported goods to food specialities, vegetables, fruit, herbs and cheese. It is well worth a visit.
Art History Museum
This is regarded as one of the best art museums in the world and the scope of the works found here come close to the collections of the Louvre or the Prado. The museum is housed in a magnificent building which is located close to Hofburg Palace and holds an impressive collection of Egyptian and Greek art as well as a number of great European pieces.
The Spanish Riding School
This world famous riding school is one of Vienna’s top tourist attractions. Each day visitors come to view stunning routines performed by Lipizzan horses to the sound of Baroque music. The show is based on 300 years of training experience in classical dressage. Inside the building, visitors will find one of the most elegant sports arenas in Europe.