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  • Writer's pictureNicole Lawrence

Experiences You Won't Want to Miss in Vienna

Vienna is a shining city that emphasizes its history, as you can tell by many of its attractions. Visiting the city is such a unique, memorable experience, making it the perfect destination for a special occasion such as a birthday. 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. Imagine celebrating your upcoming special event by having a bond-building experience with loved ones in the City of Music!

So, before you book your flight or river cruise, check out some of these experiences you can't miss out on once you're there!

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 Habsburg family's apartments and visit the Hall of Ceremonies and Mirror Room before leisurely strolling through the gardens.

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

This fine arts museum 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 hanging on the museum's walls.


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 local, fresh produce, dairy products, and meats. You can even sit down at any of the quaint eateries and cafes to appease your appetite after taking in all of the delicious smells.


Opening as an exotic menagerie in 1752, the Tiergarten is now known as the world's oldest zoo. This unique zoo homes nearly 9,000 animals.

House of Music (Haus der Musik)

This small museum features work from some of the city's most famous composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Haydn, and Strauss. Walkthrough all of the exhibits to learn the mechanics of how we as humans hear a sound and view manuscripts, and hear sound bites from the musicians showcased in the museum.

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 largest, impressive collections of museums in the world. Right outside the Ringstrasse is where you can find everyone's works, from Leopold to Andy Warhol. Take a day out of your visit; there is so much to take in!

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

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

Once designated to the Jewish Ghetto in the 13th Century, this picturesque museum shows how Viennese Jews played a large part in Vienna's development. This museum was once one of the largest synagogues ever to exist.

Does Vienna sound even more appealing now that you have learned about some of these one-of-a-kind experiences? When you're ready to start planning your trip to Vienna, schedule a Complimentary Travel Consultation or send an email. We'd love to plan and design the perfect custom trip for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

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