I spent the last week in 2019 in Vienna- the City of Music. Not only was it cold and adventurous but it also was riveting, dreamy, and beautiful. I learned many new things and saw many beautiful places in my 2 days there. So, here’s my list of all the amazing things to do in Vienna in my travel diary for you.
Did you know?
Vienna is known for its high quality of life. For ten consecutive years (2009–2019), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Vienna first in its annual “Quality of Living” survey of hundreds of cities around the world. The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the city first (in a tie with Vancouver and San Francisco) for the world’s most liveable cities in 2018 and 2019, too!
Vienna is the national capital, largest and most populous city, and one of nine states of Austria. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union.
Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was the largest German-speaking city in the world (today it’s the 2nd largest), and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I, the city had 2 million inhabitants. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations, OPEC, and the OSCE.
In 2001, the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In July 2017 it was moved to the list of World Heritage in Danger.
The city is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants.
The best time to visit Central Europe and thus Vienna is a bit disputed. Simply because the weather and the prices are the most favorable between April to May or September to October. However, the winters in central Europe are a spectacle of their own. Especially the Christmas markets and the beautifully lit evenings. But the cold is for no faint-hearted. As someone who dared to visit in the dead of December, I recommend exercising full caution should you take this plunge.
Vintage style dress inspired by the modern version of Vienna’s traditional fashion coupled with a Tan Faux Leather Blouse.
All White Sweater With Fringes & a Knit check skirt
Topped with an Oversized PU Jacket to fight the extreme cold in the city.
Things to do in Vienna
Now that we’ve well acquainted ourselves with the basics about the city, here’s a list of all the amazing things to do in Vienna:
1. City Centre Walk
Brimming with historic significance, cultural moments, and too many places to shop, Vienna City Centre is a 3 square kilometers of sheer beauty and thus a UNESCO World Heritage site. With a pedestrian area of 82,000 square meters, the neighborhood is unique, picturesque, and surprising.
Take a city walking tour or follow your instincts in these circular streets to experience the true spirit of Vienna. If you’re visiting during Christmas, you simply can’t miss the beautiful Christmas markets. And horses, don’t forget horses!
2. Hundertwasser House
The Hundertwasser House in Vienna is a beautiful creation of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, whose birth name was Friedrich Stowasser. The colorfully decorated exterior façade of the Hundertwasser House in Vienna draws attention to itself almost magically. The house is further customized by its residents.
Vienna’s love for colors is not limited to this house though; every other street is a splash of pastels!
3. Schönbrunn Palace & the Gardens (+ Museum)
The main tourist attraction of Vienna is this palace from the 1600s. It holds major cultural significance for the locals as it was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
4. Belvedere Palace (+ Museum)
The Belvedere is a historic building complex in Vienna, Austria, consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape in the third district of the city, on the south-eastern edge of its center.
Constructed as a summer house 1696 by Prince Eugene Savoy after the conclusion of the wars with the Ottomon Empire this palace marked the era of Prosperity in Austria.
It is not only a magnificent Baroque palace but also houses one of Austria’s most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.
5. Vienna State Opera
Opera and high-class architecture are both synonymous with Vienna, and the Vienna State Opera provides both in abundance. For all the right reasons, this Neo-renaissance style building is one of the most celebrated Opera in the world. It does help that it’s located in the city of Mozart.
6. The great outdoors
If you visit the city in the transitional weather, the 40-45KM stretch of woods on the outskirts of Vienna makes for a spectacular trip. Or so I heard. As I couldn’t really see it during my visit this time around, I’ve kept it on my list for the next visit.
7. Museums to Visit
If you’re tired or cold outdoors, there’re many beautiful museums to see in the city to spend your time in. Below are my top picks:
- Museum of Natural History Vienna
- The Hofburg
- Museum of Applied Arts
That’s all about my favorite things to do in Vienna. If you have any other suggestions or picks, do leave them in the comments below.
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