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Things to do in Vienna

Admire the imperial architecture, absorb the unique culture and discover the vibrant arts and music scene of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. There are so many things to do in Vienna – you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Steeped in history, make your way around medieval alleyways, across imperial squares and along the Ring Boulevard – the majestic architecture will take your breath away. Absorb Vienna’s outstanding music heritage, visit one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses or head to atmospheric Vis-à-vis, where you can enjoy tapas, antipasto and gourmet olives with a glass of wine. One of the most magical times to visit is Christmas – where the glittering lights, nostalgic atmosphere and romantic advent village transform the city into a whimsical winter wonderland.

Shopping.

Shopping

Allocate plenty of time for shopping in Vienna. Shop for Austrian delights and regional specialties in Judengasse. Make sure you pick up some Austrian-made souvenirs – you’ll find jams, chutneys, wine and more. Absorb the atmosphere and diversity of Brunnenmarkt, the largest street market in Vienna or pick up beautifully packaged chocolates and brightly coloured macaroons at Oberlass.

Museums/sightseeing.

Museums/sightseeing

From spectacular palaces to fascinating museums and ancient churches. Head to the MuseumsQuartier, a remarkable collection of museums, cafes, restaurants and bars. Set inside former imperial stables – it is now the heart of Viennese culture. The world-famous opera house is a ‘must see’, whether you participate in a guided tour or attend one of the breathtaking performances.

Food.

Food

Sample delicious Austrian fare in Amerlingbeisl. Set amongst cobblestone streets and quirky shops this charming restaurant is great in summer – when the roof slides back to create a lovely outdoor feel. The diversity of Vienna eateries will satisfy every taste and budget – from New York style brunch at the Breakfast Club to authentically rural cuisine at Stomach and the simplicity of Chang Asian Noodles in Waaggasse.

Nightlife.

Nightlife

From pulsating nightclubs to sophisticated wine bars and cafes that transform when the sun goes down – you’ll be spoilt for choice in Vienna. Watch the expert bartenders ‘shake it up’ at stylish Eberts Cocktail Bar – a modern setting with funky jazz music. Arena, a former slaughter house turned music venue is one of the quirkier places to see live acts, while Artis International has six small cinemas in the heart of the Inner Stadt.

Tips from a Ventoura Local

Unlock the hidden treasures of Vienna with advice from a local. We caught up with Tanja, she moved to Vienna to study 6 years ago and fell in love with the city, now she calls it her home. Check out her recommendations for the perfect stay in Vienna. You can connect with Tanja on the Ventoura app.

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Vienna experiences

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Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert
Schonbrunn Palace Evening: Palace Tour, Dinner and Concert.

Enjoy a self-guided audio Schonbrunn Palace walking tour, followed by a three course dinner at Cafe-Restaurant Residenz. Within walking distance from the main entrance to Schonbrunn Palace and the Cafe-Restaurant Residenz lies the Orangery Schonbrunn where a concert of classical music with works by Mozart and Strauss will complete your evening. Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family, is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. Today, the palace is part of UNESCO's cultural heritage due to its historic importance, its unique grounds and its splendid furnishings.

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