The city of Vienna

Wien Ringstrasse © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Vienna is an imperial city with a long history and a great culture, where there is much to see: from Gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral to the Imperial Palace, from the magnificent Baroque buildings to golden Art Nouveau, from exciting museums (more than 100!) to modern architecture. 

10 unforgettable sights of the city

  1. The Hofburg Palace is one of the most important buildings in Vienna and is also one of the largest palaces in Europe. It was built in the 13th century and has been used by many different monarchs. It is also a perfect example of Baroque architecture surrounded by a beautiful Baroque-style garden, the Hofburg Garden.

  2. The Schönbrunn Palace is one of the must-see attractions in Vienna, a real gem for those who love to explore history and culture. This palace houses over 200 rooms that are not only beautiful but also filled with historical artifacts and works of art. You will be able to see what life was like during the Habsburg era when the construction of this palace began.

  3. St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of the most famous churches in all of Europe and is the main church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the city. It was built on the ruins of an earlier ancient Roman church, built and dedicated to St. Stephen in 1147. From the original building, only the Giant's Gate and the Heathen Towers still remain.

  4. The Belvedere was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy and the stunning Baroque palace complex is now home to an art museum with one of the finest art collections in Austria as well as beautiful gardens. The Upper Belvedere is located on the highest part of the gently sloping garden. The main building of the architectural complex, its stunningly elaborate façade is reflected in the mirror pool in front of it. The Lower Belvedere has a more subtle façade, and houses the museum's temporary exhibitions. Inside, visitors can still marvel at the lavish tastes of Prince Eugene, particularly in the Groteskensaal (Hall of the Grotesque), the Marble Gallery and the Golden Room. Next to the Lower Belvedere, the Orangerie is an elegant building that was originally used as a greenhouse.

  5. The Parliament on Vienna's Ringstraße is one of Austria's most important buildings and an architectural jewel. It was extensively renovated until the beginning of 2023 and now shines in new splendor.

Wiener Staatsoper © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper
Kunsthistorisches und Naturhistorisches Museum
Wiener Kunsthistorisches und Naturhistorisches Museum © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper
Hofburg © WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Wien Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften © WienTourismus/Paul Bauer
museum of arts
MAK - Museum für Angewandte Kunst © WienTourismus/Paul Bauer
National bibliotek
Wien Österreichische Nationalbibliothek © WienTourismus/Paul Bauer


  1. The Naschmarkt is one of Wien's main markets, that offers everything from flowers to groceries and great food.
  2. The State Opera of Wien is one of the world's finest opera companies, famous for its first-class opera and ballet as well as its stunning Rennaissance architecture. The Staatsoper was the first major building to be constructed as part of the Ringstraße project. Officially opened in 1869 with a premiere by Mozart, it gained popularity over the following decades, thanks to the artistic influence of its first directors. Both the opera house and company suffered during the dark years of World War II: many members of the house were driven out by the Nazis, and many works were not allowed to be played; then, in 1945, the building was devastated by bombing. Ten years later, the Staatsoper reopened, restored with a new auditorium and new technologies, a symbol of the new life leased to a country that had just regained independence.
  3. The Karlskirche was built in dedication to Saint Charles Borromeo, a revered healer of plague sufferers and opened in 1737. The exterior of the church is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture, and it has not only a large dome but two tall columns flanking the entrance, which are decorated with spiralling images of scenes from the life of Saint Charles Borromeo.
  4. The Albertina Museum, located in the heart of Wien, is home to one of the world's largest and most important graphic collections, with more than 65,000 drawings and around a million old master prints. Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Miró and Picasso are just a handful of the artists whose work is counted among the Albertina's impressive collection, making it one of Europe's best known art museums. The museum is housed in the former palace of Duchess Maria Christina and her husband Duke Albert of Saxen-Teschen, an avid art collector after whom the gallery is named.
  5. The Natural History Museum is home to wide range of exhibitions that allow visitors to experience the incredible diversity of nature and to travel back in time through the history of our planet. The museum building itself, which opened in 1889, is the identical twin of the Art History Museum which can be found on the other side of Maria-Theresien- Platz.


Stephansdom © WienTourismus/Julius Hirtzberger
Karlskirche © WienTourismus/Paul Bauer
natural museum
Volksgarten, Naturhistorisches Museum © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Wien Albertina and Tourism Office © WienTourismus/Julius Hirtzberger


















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