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Things to do in Austria

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Austria. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Austria attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Austria to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Austria.

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  • Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

    Founded in 1692 by court painter Peter Strudl (who would later become Baron of Austria), the Academy of Fine Arts remains one of Vienna's most pres... More
  • Albertina

    This Neoclassical style palace-turned-art museum was built in 1744. Twenty-one Habsburg staterooms, such as the Hall of the Muses, are decorated wi... More
  • American Bar

    One of the world's smallest bars, American Bar resides in none other than central Vienna. After a visit to the United States, legendary architect... More
  • Augustinerkirche

  • Badener Kurzentrum

  • Belvedere Museum

    Numerous works by Klimt (including his masterpiece, The Kiss), Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. More
  • BKWine

    Swedish wine writer and author Britt Karlsson, a Paris resident since 1990, organizes 20 tours annually to wine regions in France, Spain, Italy, Po... More
  • Bregenz Festival House

    Against the backdrop of Lake Constance, this 6,880-seat architectural wonder features a “floating stage” (the largest in the world) and showcases i... More
  • Christkindlmarkt, Salzburg

    What to Expect: Salzburg's Christkindlmarkt is one of Europe's oldest markets; there are documents from the 15th century describing the fine crafts... More
  • Christkindlmarkt, Vienna

    What to Expect:Vienna's venerable Christkindlmarkt on Rathausplatz flings open its stall shutters in mid-November, and three million visitors flock... More
  • Contemporary Art Tower

    Downtown, the Contemporary Art Tower, a World War II anti-aircraft tower with concrete walls thicker than most sidewalks, has been converted to a s... More
  • Fred Poe

    Insider Clout: Poe’s reach in Turkey is evinced by his many years on this list—and the full-service office he maintains in Istanbul—but his latest ... More
  • Gabarage Upcycling Design

    Located on one of Vienna’s chicest streets, repurposes household and office items into furniture, including lamps made of used celluloid and a funk... More
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