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Art and culture are embedded in the soul of Vienna: imperial splendour, world-class museums, opera, and classical music heritage. But also a unique Modernist legacy and a cosmopolitan flair. Walk down the parks and grand palace-lined Ringstrasse, experience the centuries-old cafe tradition and admire the astonishing architecture of a buzzing modern capital filled with history.

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St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Stephansplatz 3, district 1

The religious and geographical center of Vienna is St. Stephen's Cathedral. The most prominent Gothic masterpiece of the city, with its stunning tiled roof and stone interiors, actually retains many artworks from different periods as the Romanic towers, the Baroque altar or the Renaissance decorations. When the Pummerin – the largest bell in Austria – rings on New Year’s Eve, it is even broadcast on TV.

Belvedere Palace
Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27

With its magnificent gardens, this former residence of Prince Eugen von Savoyen is one of the most beautiful Baroque ensembles in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Upper Belvedere houses the world’s largest collection of paintings by Klimt, including the Art Nouveau icons “The Kiss” and “Judith.” It also contains masterpieces by Schiele, Kokoschka, Waldmüller, Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh as well as important collections of works from the 19th and 20th centuries, the Baroque and the Middle Ages. Top-quality special exhibitions are put on in the Lower Belvedere and Orangery. The exquisite Baroque garden between the two palaces offers an extraordinary view of Vienna.

Burggarten 1, Vienna

Where Vienna’s imperial charm meets the latest trends. The attractive Art Nouveau building offers good cuisine, great cocktails and has become an institution for locals and visitors alike. The terrace looks directly onto the Burggarten and tables there are in high demand when the weather is good. Inside the former greenhouse, guests dine in real style amongst exotic plants and relax over a good glass of wine or a fine cocktail.

Bäckerstr. 6 , Vienna

Vienna’s schnitzel mecca, serving their distinctive larger, thinner and crispier schnitzels since 1905. Nowadays is still a family-run business, with a new addition to the historical Wollzeile venue right behind St. Stephen's Cathedral: another restaurant now helps accommodate the great popularity of their traditional Viennese cuisine.

Kärntner Straße
Kärntner Straße

The route along Kärntner Straße, running from the Vienna State Opera to Stephansplatz is the most popular shopping street in Vienna. Stop by at Steffl department store with its luxury designers and fabulous panoramic elevator. Peek & Cloppenburg is another architectural highlight, while the Swarovski store offers a very special shopping experience. This high-street has mainly big international brands, but on its side streets some shops of local specialties can still be found.


Vienna Naschmarkt, on the plateau above the Wien River, is an absolute must for any visitor to Vienna. Shoppers can find a huge selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, spices and exotic specialties from many countries, such as Italy, Greece and Turkey in the 123 fixed stands. Stop by for some of the best kebab and felafel wraps to be found in town.


Austria can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Vienna in between April and May and between September and the middle of October. The weather is mild and the low-peak tourist season means that visitors can expect lower prices on average. The warmer summer months are very popular with tourists but expect prices to be higher.

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