The home of Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. Vienna is a breathtaking city that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you come for the art or cafe culture Vienna is certain not to disappoint. Here are some of the must-sees while visiting beautiful Vienna.
Indulge your sweet tooth at Bonbons Anzinger
Tucked away a few blocks behind the Vienna State Opera is a tiny sweets shop selling loads of mouthwatering desserts. Fill up a bag with a variety of truffles or bite into one of their uniquely printed chocolates. Bobons Anzinger is the reality of the sweets shop you dreamed of as a small child. The selection in the tiny shop can be overwhelming but the employees are more than happy to give you their delicious recommendations.
Visit the Belvedere
See Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and admire the stunning Baroque architecture at the Belvedere. Originally built as a summer home for Prince Eugene of Savoy the Belvedere has since been turned into a museum housing pieces of many of Austria’s most renown artists. Explore the many rooms of the Palace and view the humorous sculptures pictured above by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Be sure to take some time to wander the magical gardens filled with greenery and more baroque sculptures.
People watch at a cafe
Vienna is a city known for its cafe culture. Find a comfortable cafe, order a latte, and observe the Vienna streets. Nothing will make you feel more like a Viennese.
See the architecture at the Museumsquartier
One of the largest cultural areas in the world, Vienna’s Museumsquartier
is a contrast of history and present day. The area is filled with both baroque architecture as well as modern on a site that previously housed the imperial stables. Inside the unique buildings are museums, cafes, dance centers, and studios.
Watch a horse show at Hofburg Palace
Beautiful Hofburg Palace houses a traditional horse riding school, the Spanish Riding School. Visitors can purchase tickets to see the classic performances of the horses’ movements to the harmony of the music in true Vienna fashion. Don’t feel like watching a show? Jump in one of the horse and carriages outside for a ride down the cobblestone streets and into the past.
Dine at Cafe Central
Join the intellectuals of Vienna’s past and sit down for a meal at Cafe Central. The regular hangout of great minds such as Alfred Adler and Sigmund Freud as well as troubled minds such as Adolf Hitler and Vladamir Lenin. Order an apple strudel (a must-have when visiting the city of origin for the pastry) and take in the inspiring interiors.
Pro-tip: There will likely be a line outside on the street for the cafe. Plan in a wait time for your visit and don’t forget an umbrella if it’s raining!
Go to the top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The most iconic roof in Vienna sits atop the incredible St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Wander into the church to view one of the most stunning cathedrals in Europe. Have a few euros on hand (cash only) to take the tiny elevator up to the top for unbeatable views of the city. Even if you are not the type to visit cathedrals the sites from the top make St. Stephen’s Cathedral a Vienna staple.
It is a sin to visit Austria and not eat schnitzel. Visit an authentic Viennese restaurant and order a traditional schnitzel. I promise you will not regret it.
Walk through the Naschmarkt
Naschmarkt is the perfect location to pick up a quick meal and wander about. The market, dating back to the 16th century, is the most popular in Vienna. Rows of stalls house international and local foods and ingredients alike. Small restaurants as well as clothing and accessory stores can also be found spread out around the market.
Have you visited Vienna? Where are your favorite places?