Vienna is a shining city that indeed emphasizes its history, as you can tell by many of its attractions. Visiting the city is such a unique, memorable experience that you’ll likely want to come back time and time again.
With so much to explore in Vienna, it’s nearly impossible to find yourself bored. It’s a bucket-list city for your family if you seek a lively culture that treasures art, great food, classical music, and beautiful architecture.
So, before you book your flight to the City of Music, check out some of these experiences. Then, you can take advantage of it 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 apartments of the Habsburg family, 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 and survived two attacks in World War II.
This 12th Century gothic cathedral has more history than you could ever imagine, surviving the Turkish siege in 1683. Mourners come to pay their respects to Amadeus Mozart. It is also where Napolean held his farewell proclamation in 1805.
➢ Kunsthistorisches Museum
This museum of fine arts 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 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 all sorts of local fresh produce, dairy products, and meats. After taking in all the delicious smells, you can even sit down at any quaint eatery or cafe to appease your appetite.
Opening as an exotic menagerie in 1752, the Tiergarten is now known as the oldest zoo in the world. This unique zoo homes nearly 9,000 animals.
➢ House of Music (Haus der Musik)
This small museum features works from some of the city’s most famous composers, including Mozart, Beethoven, Mahler, Haydn, and Strauss.
Walk through all the exhibits to learn the mechanics of how humans hear a sound, view manuscripts, and hear sound bytes 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 this opera house’s beauty and wonder.
➢ MuseumsQuartier Wien
This cultural establishment is one of the world’s largest, most impressive collections of museums.
Right outside the Ringstrasse is where you can find the works of everyone 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 will want to see the unique Baroque architecture and 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 the development of Vienna.
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?
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