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Vienna, Austria – A Quick City Guide

With a list of never ending attractions to see, regardless of the time of the year, this endearing capital of Austria, beckons visitors to its vintage art galleries, spectacular museums, classy cafés, cool bars and a wealth of shopping outlets.

It can be safely said that the more time you spend in this beautiful place, the longer you want to extend your stay. There is so much for everyone to do in this former city of spies, located by the river Danube, that it is easy for the visitor to get seduced by its many charms. This guide will give you an insight into the vibrant and cultural great European city.

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Located bang on the Ringstrasse, this sprawling museum, is considered to be the jewel in the crown of Austrian art.The building itself, is a great tourist attraction, being a product of some grandiose town planning by the former emperor, Franz Josef. The mind boggling collection of treasures from Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens and Brueghel is a haven for art connoisseurs.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St Stephens

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

The 800-year-old majestic St Stephen’s Cathedral draws thousands of visitors every year to not only view its unique architectural style but also to see the wealth of treasures within the walls.

Right from the ornate entrance of the Giant’s Door to the High Altar and through to the tomb of Emperor Frederick III, the place displays a fine example of sublime medieval art. While the Catacombs below, house the remains of over 11000 people, Steffl, the massive Cathedral tower is the iconic landmark of the city.

The Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

No tour to Vienna could be deemed complete without a visit to the fascinating Hofburg Palace. This number one tourist attraction of the country, reveals to the visitor the lives and customs of once one of the most illustrious of all families in Austria.

Over the centuries, the Palace has been the home to many former Austrian rulers, and today serves as the residence and office of the President of Austria.

Getting Around

Vienna Carriage Ride

Horse-drawn carriage ride through Vienna

The transport network of Vienna is excellent. Regardless of whether you intend to see the historic buildings within the city, or visit the outlying Vienna Woods, there are various modes of transport on offer. However, opting for a personal transfer can resolve many a sightseeing issue.

For example, on you can pre-book your desired vehicle to show you around the city without any hassles. You can select the places you want to see and KiwiTaxi will chart out the best possible route for you. Not only you are safe guarded against any overpayment, your driver takes you to your desired destinations without wasting time on asking for direction etc.

While one can take in most of the important sights of Vienna in about three days, it is advisable to stay for a longer period. This will make the trip less hectic and give you a better chance to experience the high brow cultural life in a much more relaxed way.


A City Guide Of Vienna, Austria

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  • Lori
    August 3, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I love Vienna. I’ve been there twice – but I hope I’ll visit it at least two times more 😀 I saw all the places you mentioned (and a few extra ones). It’s an impressive city that has a lot to offer to all its visitors!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 5, 2017 at 8:54 am

      It is one of our favourite European cities, yes there are lots of other beautiful places to explore if you have a bit more time.

  • Fiona Maclean
    August 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve been to Vienna, but only on business and I’ve never seen much of the City. About time to change that I think! Thanks for the inspiration;)

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 6, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Next time you must take the time to have a look around, it is an easy city to walk.

  • Skye Class
    August 6, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Wow, your post makes me realize just how much I missed in the two days I was there. Many of the attractions I just passed by, but didn’t actually take the time to explore. I think I could safely say Vienna has more impressive architecture, museums and landmarks than any other city in the world. Such an amazing place, and your post has definitely inspired me to return!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 6, 2017 at 9:56 am

      It is like a living museum, the buildings are so ornate and you must visit the historic cafes.

  • Toni Broome
    August 7, 2017 at 4:00 am

    The history is a compelling reason to visit and your photos capture it so beautifully. As slow travellers and happy to walk a good distance, is it practical to explore a good portion of the city attractions on foot?

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 7, 2017 at 9:35 am

      It’s perfect for walking. We loved sitting in one of the wonderful cafes and people watching.

  • Siddhartha Joshi
    August 7, 2017 at 4:16 am

    I loved that first pictures…drew me into the post immediately! I might be visiting Vienna later this year and really looking forward to it – this post is a great reminder to plan now 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

      You must visit Vienna if you are lucky enough to get the chance.

  • Jennifer
    August 8, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I love Vienna! We’ve been three times now in late November or December for the Christmas markets. There’s definitely a lot to do there and some really fantastic museums. Even though the displays aren’t in English, I really like the Natural History Museum. And isn’t the roof of St. Stephen’s just gorgeous?

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 11, 2017 at 11:01 am

      We would love to visit their Christmas markets.

  • Elisa
    August 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    I was a long weekend in Vienna but I did not do any of your proposals. I guess I preferred to walk the streets and soak up its (baroque) atmosphere. And oh yes, I ate lots of cakes, they are great!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 11, 2017 at 11:01 am

      Yes, those cakes are wonderful.

  • Ryazan
    August 8, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I love Vienna! 🙂 Such a stunning city filled with glamour and elegance. Fantastic points of interest that you gathered here. I would visit again soon and go to these places that you recommend.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 11, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Yes, it is a very elegant city, we loved it.

  • Barb
    August 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I have visited Vienna many times, but your photos make the city so beautiful! It is really a beautiful city. Have you tried the Sacher Torte? Also, the Opera is very beautiful inside and outside.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 11, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Yes the Sacher Torte is outstanding and the Opera House is beautiful too, very central and most sights are easy to walk to.

  • Trisha Velarmino
    August 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    It’s sooo beautiful! The city looks perfect for those who love to walk. It feels like being in a different era when you go around the city!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 11, 2017 at 11:04 am

      It is a great city to walk around and feels very atmospheric at night.

  • Juliette | Snorkels to Snow
    August 11, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Oh Vienna just looks so delightful! What a gorgeous place, honestly I can’t wait to visit one day and see all the beautiful streets and the architecture. It seems so glamourous. I’d especially love to see St Stephen’s Cathedral.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      August 11, 2017 at 11:05 am

      It is definitely worth a visit when you are in Europe, it is one of our favourite cities.