Top 5 Attractions in Vienna that should NOT be missed

Vienna is one of the worlds richest historical and cultural cities, and it’s packed full of a variety of attractions that range from the unique and the amazing to the fun and downright bizarre. With so much to see and do, there is something for everyone in the Austrian capital and settling on a definitive list is therefore quite a task.

However, within the Imperial Grandeur and classical arts venues are many must-see gems and highlights that make a visit to the city absolutely worthwhile.

Let’s take a look at five of these in a little more detail:

Schonbrunn Palace


With over 1,400 rooms that are surrounded by magnificent gardens, Schonbrunn Palace is well known for its amazing Baroque architecture and designs. There is more to this very beautiful castle as well, with the world’s oldest zoo – Vienna zoo – being located right next door making it easily accessible by passing through the Palace gardens.

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Vienna State Opera


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Dating back to the middle of the 19th century, the Vienna State Opera now operates as an opera house as well as an opera company and features events by the world’s best classical and contemporary talents. Vienna Opera tickets are best secured online to guarantee your seats, an effort that is well worth it as the events that take place here appeal to everyone, and not just lovers of classical music.

The Belvedere Complex


Made up of several palaces and extensive gardens, the Belvedere Complex is one of Vienna’s most important historic scenes. Palace stables that used to house Prince Eugene’s 12 finest horses complement the magnificent Baroque architecture that features in the upper and lower Belvedere palaces. The upper Belvedere palace is also home to the world’s largest collection of artworks by Gustav Klimt as well as masterworks of Gothic and Baroque art.

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Ringstrasse (the Vienna Ring Road)


The Vienna Ring Road, or Ringstrasse, is another top attraction that is worth experiencing if you are visiting the capital City. The road is home to many of Austria’s iconic and renowned buildings and sites including the State Opera, Parliament buildings, and the Museum of Applied Arts among others. Tours by bicycle or via the popular ring Tram will allow you to explore the route in greater depth and at your own pace.

House of the Sea/ Schonbrunn Zoo


Vienna also has something to offer nature lovers as well. The city is home to the House of the Sea where visitors can experience Austria’s largest aquarium housing tropical freshwater and saltwater fish. Guided tours are available to take you through tanks that are home to sharks and Puppi sea turtles then on to animals such as crocodiles, free-roaming apes and much more in the House of the Tropics. Schonbrunn Zoo is the world’s oldest zoo and is considered to be among the best and most modern on the planet but it still manages to exude its historical charm.

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As mentioned before, there are many exciting and interesting sights and locations to be found in Vienna, and a visit to this historic city will conjure up different attractions and ideas of enjoyment for different people. Whatever the thought of a visit to the city conjures up for you, be sure to include the five attractions listed above for a memorable trip as they are well worth the visit!

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