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  • Meredith Peters

10 Must-See Sites When Visiting Vienna: Your Ultimate Guide to the City's Best Attractions

Vienna is a shining city that indeed emphasizes its history, as you can tell by many of its attractions.

Visiting the city is such a unique, memorable experience that you'll likely want to come back time and time again.

With so much to explore in Vienna, it's nearly impossible to find yourself bored, especially if you love a lively culture that treasures art, great food, classical music, and beautiful architecture.

So, before you book your flight to the City of Music, check out some of these experiences. You can't miss out once you're there!

Schönbrunn Palace Vienna Austria

Schönbrunn Palace

Constructed in 1696 as a hunting lodge, the Schönbrunn Palace later became the elaborate home to one of the most admired royal families of Austria, the Habsburgs.

As it stands today, the palace is open to the public.

Take a tour through the apartments of the Habsburg family, and visit the Hall of Ceremonies and Mirror Room before leisurely strolling through the gardens.

St. Stephen's Cathedral Vienna Austria

St. Stephen's Cathedral

This stunningly beautiful cathedral is Vienna's most cherished structure.

This 12th Century gothic cathedral has more history than you could ever imagine, surviving the Turkish siege in 1683, having mourners come to pay their respects to Amadeus Mozart, and being the place where Napolean held his farewell proclamation in 1805.

The structure also survived two attacks in World War II.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Kunsthistorisches Museum

This museum of fine arts features a considerable assortment of masterpieces created by none other than some of the absolute greatest artists ever to live.

Titian, Van Dyke, Velasquez, and Rubens all have their works displayed on the museum's walls.

Naschmarkt Vienna Austria


Hundreds of vendors set up their stands every Monday through Friday at the largest market around the Naschmarkt.

This outdoor market in the Wieden District sells all sorts of local fresh produce, dairy products, and meats.

After taking in all the delicious smells, you can even sit down at quaint eateries and cafes to appease your appetite.

Vienna State Operal Vienna Austria

Vienna State Opera

As the city's most beloved performing house, the Vienna State Opera is the nucleus of Viennese life.

Book a 40-minute guided tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at all of this opera house's beauty and wonder.

MuseumsQuartier Wien

This cultural establishment is one of the world's largest and most impressive collections of museums.

Right outside the Ringstrasse is where you can find the works of everyone from Leopold to Andy Warhol.

Take a day out of your visit; there is so much to take in!

MuseumsQuartier Wien Vienna Austria

Hofburg Palace Vienna Austria

Hofburg Palace

This 13th Century palace holds several excellent attractions.

You'll need to spend most of the day there to receive the truly royal experience.

Be sure to visit the Swiss Court and the Imperial Apartments.

Belvedere Palace Vienna Austria

Belvedere Palace

The Belvedere Palace is two palaces conjoined by a beautiful 17th-century French-style garden.

You don't want to miss the unique Baroque architecture or the authentic Austrian paintings on display.

Museum Judenplatz Vienna Austria
Soldier Guarding Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial

Museum Judenplatz

Once designated the Jewish Ghetto in the 13th Century, this picturesque museum shows how Viennese Jews played a large part in the development of Vienna.

This museum was once one of the largest synagogues ever to exist.

Spanish Riding School

The Spanish Riding School is a Vienna institution known for its impressive performances of classical dressage. For example, visitors can watch the Lipizzaner horses perform their famous "airs above the ground” and gain insight into the years of training that goes into these performances.

Lipizzaner Stallion Spanish Riding School Vienna Austria
Lipizzaner Stallion - Spanish Riding School

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