Vienna

Things to do in Vienna

Here, members of Vienna's aristocracy still choose the fabrics for their custom orders.

Otto Wagner's seminal 1906 architectural triumph is now a museum. Its glazed double-vaulted ceiling was a major innovation.

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

Stand in the middle of Michaelerplatz to admire Loos's 1910 Goldman & Salatsch Buiding, now a bank. The six-story green marble-clad structure was once considered so shockingly unadorned that window boxes were added to appease the neighbors.

This Neoclassical style palace-turned-art museum was built in 1744. Twenty-one Habsburg staterooms, such as the Hall of the Muses, are decorated with Albertina Gold, which is gold leaf made with a blend of gold, copper, and silver alloys.

The confectionary-bakery’s specialties (such as rhubarb strudel) have been served for 200 years.

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 Adolf Loos was inspired to design the tiny bar, which opened in the early 1900's as a private men's club.

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 prestigious schools. Over 900 students attend the academy, where they are immersed in a variety of art disciplines in a research-oriented environment.

Although world famous, the Riesenrad isn't the only thing consistently drawing crowds to Vienna's amusement park.

Tickets for the New Year's concert are awarded by lottery a year in advance.

The first in Vienna to offer wines by the glass (a Riedl glass, anyone?) this tiny yet groundbreaking wine bar is well known among locals and yet could easily be overlooked by the average passerby. Though tucked in a passageway near St.

Centrally located in Vienna's Innere Stadt district, the Wiener Staatsoper is one of the city's most photographed structures. Completed in 1869, the ornate opera house was designed in the Neo-Renaissance style with sweeping ceilings and gilded moldings.