If you (or your partner, friends, children..) would like to enjoy Vienna, here are a few suggestions:
Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna
For more than six centuries the seat of the Habsburgs – and the official residence of every Austrian ruler since 1275 – the Hofburg is perhaps the most historically significant of Vienna’s palaces. Now it’s the official seat of the Austrian President. It’smain attractions are the Imperial Apartments,the Sisi Museum,and the Silver Collection, while other notable sites within the complex include the Imperial Chapel (Burgkapelle) and the Hofburg Treasurywith its large collection of Imperial regalia and relics of the Holy Roman Empire. Informative guided tours are available in English.
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße 47, 1130 Vienna
The spectacular 18th-century Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) is worth visiting not only for its magnificent architecture, but also for its beautiful park-like setting. If traveling with kids, visit the Children’s Museumfor a chance to see them dressed up as a prince or princess.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Stephansplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
Vienna’s most important Gothic edifice and the cathedral church of the archbishopric since 1722, St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom) sits in the historic center of Vienna.
Vienna Zoo (Tiergarten Schönbrunn)
Maxingstraße 13b, 1130 Vienna
A highlight of the zoo’s more than 750 species are its giant pandas, including cubs, as well as the many fascinating creatures housed in the interactive Rainforest House and Aquarium. If you’re traveling to Vienna with children, be sure to check the zoo’s official website for details of feeding times, always a fun family experience. Also worth checking into is the availability of special themed and backstage guided tours.If after visiting the zoo, you’ve still got time in your Vienna travel itinerary for more critters, check out Haus des Meeres, a large public aquarium situated in a WWII flak tower, and the Butterfly House(Schmetterlinghaus), located next to the Opera house and a pleasant place to unwind after all that sightseeing.
The Prater and the Giant Ferris Wheel
Visiting the Prater, a large natural park between the Danube and the Danube Canal, is a little like stepping into another world.There’s something here for everyone, from thrills and spills in the Wurstel area, with its old-fashioned theme park rides, to dining and dancing, to the dinosaur-themed park for the kids. A highlight for sightseers is taking a ride on the famous Giant Wheel.Other park highlights include the Prater Ziehrer Monument, a larger-than-life statue of composer CM Ziehrer built in 1960; the Prater Museumwith its displays documenting the park’s history; a Planetarium; and the Liliputbahn miniature steam railroadtraversing a four-kilometer line near the main avenue. Elsewhere in this vast park there’s room enough for horseback riding, swimming in the stadium pool, football,cycling, tennis, and bowls.
The Vienna State Opera House
Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna
One of the world’s largest and most splendid theaters, the Vienna State Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper) has hosted many of the world’s most prominent composers, conductors, soloists, and dancers.
The Austrian Parliament Building
Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring 3, 1017 Vienna
Home of Austria’s National and Federal Parliament since 1918, the Parliament Building impresses with its vast dimensions.
The Donauturm (The Danube Tower)
Donauturmstraße 8, 1220 Vienna
Standing taller than any other building in the city-and in fact the tallest structure in Austria-the 252-meter-tall Danube Tower, the Donauturm, opened to great fanfare in 1964 and continues to attract visitors for its spectacular view over the Danube River.The other big draw here actually combines two of a traveler’s favorite things to do: enjoying incredible views and partaking in world-class dining experiences. The Danube Tower is in fact home to two restaurants, one fine dining and the other a casual café-style establishment.
The Famous Demel: Vienna’s Ultimate Café
Kohlmarkt 14, 1010 Vienna
Founded in 1786, the famous Demel is not only the oldest café and bakery in Vienna, it’s perhaps the most memorable food experience you’ll have in this wonderful city.The other highlight, of course, is drooling over the mouthwatering displays of cakes and pastries, including special creations resembling characters or creatures from history and mythology, each a work of art.