There are many places to visit in Vienna, the imperial capital of classical music and one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Considered a clean, safe city with good services, Vienna tops the city’s list with the best quality of life almost every year.
In the capital of Austria, you can see some of the most impressive palaces in the world, visit one of its many museums, stroll among great buildings and monuments, relax in its manicured parks or try its famous sasher cake in a historic cafe, among many other things.
We have made a list of what are for us the 10 essential places to see in Vienna, based on the days we spend in the city in our travel through Austria by rental car, in which we wrote this guide to Vienna. We started!
Austrian National Library
The Austrian National Library is one of the most beautiful libraries we have seen in the world and one of the best things to see in Vienna.
This 18th-century Baroque-style library located next to the Hofburg Palace contains more than 8 million documents, including old books, maps, and papyri from the House of Habsburg. Its great Imperial Hall stands out, surrounded by high wooden shelves full of books and statues, frescoes and ancient globes. It is certainly one of the best essential tips for traveling in Vienna and one of our favorites.
The Ringstrasse is a circular avenue of more than 5 kilometers that passes many of the most visited Vienna buildings and monuments. This street that surrounds the historic center was built in an old wall that protected the city.
In addition to walking the Ringstrasse, you can get on a tram and enjoy the views of its parks and buildings such as the Opera, Parliament, the Museum of Fine Arts or the Hofburg Palace, among others.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the most important religious building in Vienna and the place where genius Mozart’s wedding and the funeral took place.
The church located in central St. Stephen’s Square was built on the ruins of two churches and stands out for its tall spire-shaped tower from which you can see its characteristic tiled roof and fantastic views of downtown Vienna.
Inside the cathedral, you cannot miss the crucified Christ’s image, the Catacombs, the Pummerin Bell and the Pilgram Pulpit.
The Wiener Prater is the oldest amusement park globally and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Vienna. This 1895 park preserves some of the perfectly preserved attractions of that time. The Giant Ferris Wheel is its symbol and one of the attractions we climb to enjoy beautiful views of the park and Vienna from its 60 meters.
The park, located in a large green space, has other typical attractions such as a roller coaster, a ghost train, and a merry-go-round, as well as an extensive range of restaurants.
The Prater is located about 3 kilometers from the center and is easily accessible by the metro.
The Vienna Opera House is one of the most iconic opera temples in the world. In the opera, the Vienna State Opera, one of the most prestigious companies, performs its functions.
The interior of the Renaissance-style building can be explored with a guided tour in Spanish that will take you through many of its rooms.
If this way of visiting it does not just fit you; another option is to buy a ticket for one of its functions, the prices are not high.
One of the most amazing places to visit in Vienna is the Hundertwasser House of the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The colored facades with irregular shapes and trees emerging from the rooms are a real marvel.
You can visit a shopping center with wavy shapes of the same style on the ground floor, where you can also do some shopping and take a souvenir.
The Belvedere Palace is another of the great imperial palaces of Vienna. This baroque-style palace is made up of two buildings, the Upper Belvedere and the Lower Belvedere. It was the summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy and stands out for its beautiful three-tiered gardens with large fountains.
In addition to the gardens, it is worth visiting the Upper Belvedere, converted into a museum, which houses masterpieces such as ” The Kiss ” by Gustav Klimt.
The palace is a half-hour walk from the center, although it can also be easily reached by metro.
Stadtpark is the most famous park and another of the best places to visit in Vienna. One of the most beautiful places in the park is where the golden monument to Johan-Strauss is located, a corner that we recommend you not to miss.
The park was opened in 1862 in Vienna’s center, which made it a perfect place to disconnect from the city surrounded by nature and sculptures by famous artists.
Schönbrunn Palace was the famous Sissi Empress’s summer residence and is one of the most incredible places to see in Austria. It is our favorite palace, especially for its huge and well-kept gardens, in which the views from the gazebo and a beautiful labyrinth garden stand out.
The interior’s visit is carried out with an audio guide and runs between huge, luxuriously decorated rooms and rooms with objects from the old imperial family.
Schönbrunn Palace is located about 8 kilometers from the center but is easily accessible by metro, tram, or bus. An excellent option to enjoy it to the fullest is to book a tour of Vienna with a Spanish guide that includes a visit to the palace or this guided tour of the palace; both ranked among the best excursions from Vienna.