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The charming capital of Austria has classical music theaters, Old World coffeehouses and palaces, a historic zoo and modern nightclubs and galleries.

Explore the “City of Music” on the Donau (Danube River). Dine in classy restaurants, dance in modern clubs and investigate the local arts scene. Step back in time and see splendid palaces from numerous architectural eras with impressive fountains, parks and monuments.

Wien (Vienna) has been Austria’s capital since the end of World War I, but before that it was the capital of the Habsburg Empire for over six centuries. In the new Vienna, popular culture thrives, but you can still find a wealth of history and tradition in the classic heritage buildings, parks and coffeehouses.

From November until March, when the weather is cold, a stay in Vienna involves browsing the many museums and visiting cozy restaurants to try traditional sweet or hearty dishes, such as Wiener Schnitzel and Sachertorte dessert.

You can’t miss Vienna’s Hofburg Imperial Palace. Step inside to see the riches of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which collapsed less than a century ago. While in the complex, also visit the Albertina, one of the world’s most important art galleries, and the stylish MuseumsQuartier, a cultural gathering hub.

The Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History Museum), the Rathaus (Vienna City Hall) and Vienna State Opera are other popular cultural attractions are all located in the Innere Stadt (Old Town). This historic center is bounded by the Donau (Danube River) to the east and the loop of the Ringstraße (Circling Street). Vienna’s excellent public transportation system makes venturing outside this area easy too.

See Klimt’s paintings in the Burgtheater, Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) or the Belvedere. Families will love the Schönbrunn Palace, which houses the oldest zoo in the world.

Many influential composers, amazing artists and great thinkers have called Vienna home, so you’ll find references to creative geniuses like Strauss, Mahler, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Freud and Klimt everywhere. Many of them are interred in the Central Cemetery, which is testament to Vienna’s fame as a powerhouse for the arts.

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Top Hotels in Vienna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
4 out of 5
Einfahrtsstrasse 1-3, Schwechat, Lower Austria
The price is CA $110 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 16

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Ernst Happel Stadium, Hundertwasser House Vienna and Wiener Prater. Belvedere and St. Stephen's ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,275 reviews)

"My stay was great, the staff was very friendly and displayed safety. I will definitely recommend this hotel"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 4, 2020

NH Vienna Airport Conference Center
MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
3 out of 5
Schiffamtsgasse 15, Vienna, Vienna
The price is CA $59 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in Leopoldstadt, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Schwedenplatz, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Stephansplatz. Spanish Riding School and Hofburg Imperial ...

4.1/5Very Good! (969 reviews)

"Great location and value, wonderful staff. Beds are comfortable and clean."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 2020

MEININGER Hotel Wien Downtown Sissi
25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier
25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier
4 out of 5
Lerchenfelder Strasse 1-3, Vienna, Vienna
The price is CA $168 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Located in Neubau, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vienna City Hall Area, Museum of Natural History, and Austrian Parliament Building. Museumsquartier ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)
Nice stay!!

"No complaints, nice and quiet room, very clean."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 19, 2020

25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier

Popular places to visit in Vienna

Vienna State Opera
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Vienna State Opera

4.5/5(170 reviews)

See a performance, visit the nearby opera museum or simply admire the architecture in one of the world’s most revered opera houses.

Schoenbrunn Palace
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Schoenbrunn Palace

4.5/5(203 reviews)

Visit the world’s oldest zoo, find your way through an 18th-century maze or take a tour around the opulent summer castle of Austria’s former ruling family.

St. Stephen's Cathedral
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St. Stephen's Cathedral

4.5/5(224 reviews)

Inspiring designs, religious artworks, intriguing legends and great views are featured in the city’s prominent Gothic building, the seat of Vienna’s archbishop. 

Belvedere
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Belvedere

4.5/5(166 reviews)

See masterpieces by Klimt, Monet, and Van Gogh and enjoy exceptional city views at this former imperial complex with gardens, stables and two Baroque palaces. 

Hofburg Imperial Palace
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Hofburg Imperial Palace

4.5/5(180 reviews)

Browse splendid museums and opulent rooms and visit theaters and equestrian shows in this historic residential estate of the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

Naschmarkt
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Naschmarkt

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Visit Vienna’s oldest, largest and most popular market and enjoy the tastes of the freshly picked produce and mouthwatering snacks from the food carts and bars. 

Top things to do in Vienna

Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Vienna Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

CA $37
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna
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Vienna PASS - All-Inclusive Skip-the-Line Card for Vienna

CA $123
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Time Travel Vienna - Magic Vienna History Tour
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Time Travel Vienna - Magic Vienna History Tour

CA $31
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Vienna City Card
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Vienna City Card

CA $26
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial Day Tour
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Mauthausen Concentration Camp Memorial Day Tour

CA $1,226
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line:Concert in Vienna's St. Anne's Church:Mozart,Beethoven,or Schubert
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Skip the Line:Concert in Vienna's St. Anne's Church:Mozart,Beethoven,or Schubert

CA $39
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Vienna

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 5, 2020

A beautiful city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

Love the area! Went to the opera and it was perfect

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

A safe and clean place with culture

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 21, 2020

Very beautiful city, I definitely recommend visiting at Christmas time!

5/5 - Excellent

Steph

Jan 5, 2020

Vienna is a beautiful and exciting city. The history is rich and unique. Checking out all the major tourist attractions is a must! Also loved all of the Christmas markets and festivities :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 2, 2020

I would without hesitation live in Vienna. It feels safe and one of the most desirable places to travel or live. I loved it!

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