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Art and culture are embedded in the soul of Vienna: imperial splendour, world-class museums, opera and classical music heritage. Modernist legacy and a cosmopolitan flair add delicious contrast to the old-world charm. 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, Vienna

The religious and geographical centre 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: the Romanic towers, the Baroque altar and the Renaissance decorations. Book a complete tour of the cathedral, visit the deep catacombs or make your way up the 136 m (448 ft) tall tower. When the Pummerin — the largest bell in Austria — rings on New Year’s Eve, it is even broadcast on TV.

Vienna State Opera
Wiener Staatsoper, Opernring 2, District 1, Vienna

The Vienna State Opera is one of the most distinguished opera houses in the world. The magnificent building on Ringstrasse was constructed between 1861 and 1869 by August Siccardsburg and Eduard van der Nüll as Hofoperntheater (Court Opera). You can catch a glimpse of what goes on backstage and admire the architectural magnificence of this neo-Renaissance masterpiece with one of the 40-minute guided tours.

Burggarten 1, District 1, Vienna

Palmenhaus is 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.

Bäckerstraße 6, Vienna

Figlmüller is 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, Vienna

The route along Kärntner Straße, running from the Vienna State Opera to Stephansplatz is the most popular shopping street in Vienna. This high-street mainly hosts big international brands, but on its side streets some shops of local specialties can still be found. 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.

Mariahilfer Straße
Mariahilfer Straße, Vienna

The longest shopping street in Vienna, Mariahilfer starts close to the Ringstrasse and goes up until Westbahnhof railway station. In between, department stores, large branches of the European clothing chains, home decor stores and street cafes can be found. There are plenty of small boutiques in the side streets which offer some great, more traditional products.


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 around April–May in the spring and September to mid-October in the autumn. 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. Many travellers will make their way to Vienna in the winter to visit Christmas markets, wander the streets and spend time with loved ones in the famous Viennese cafes.

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