Vienna

Things to do in Vienna

What to Expect:Vienna's venerable Christkindlmarkt on Rathausplatz flings open its stall shutters in mid-November, and three million visitors flock here each year for beeswax candles, wooden toys, and glass ornaments.

Originally commissioned by Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary to house the Habsburgs' vast art collection, the Naturhistorisches (Natural History Museum) is one of the most prominent museums in the world. Like its identical twin opposite Maria-Theresien Platz, the Museum of Fine Ar

Mozart lived in the grand rooms of this Vienna apartment longer than any other place, from 1784 to 1787. The composer's former residence is the last one remaining in Vienna today. Built near St.

Downtown, the Contemporary Art Tower, a World War II anti-aircraft tower with concrete walls thicker than most sidewalks, has been converted to a showroom for projects by James Turrell and Jenny Holzer, among others.

The complex includes the Architekturzentrum Wien; the Leopold Museum; the Museum Moderner Kunst; the Kunsthalle Wien; and more.

An essential stop in Vienna for any amateur (or professional) chef, Babette’s Spice & Books for Cooks Shop is part bookstore, part restaurant, and part cooking school.

Hajszan’s eponymous Heurige, a renovated grape-pressing house, has become one of the city’s hippest destinations.

Also known as the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts is the twin of the  Naturhistorisches Museum directly across Maria Theresien-Platz.

The Tanzschule Elmayer Dance School was established in 1919 by Willy Elmayer von Vestenbrugg, a former officer of the Austrian Imperial Army.

Stick to the northern end for farmer produce and fancy offerings, including Gegenbauer, with casks of homemade oils and vinegars, and Alles Seife’s handmade soap.

Named after one of Europe's oldest noble families, Palais Liechtenstein is home to a vast, private art collection that spans six centuries. The Princely Collections contains priceless sculptures, paintings, porcelain, and furniture and is considered to be one of the world's most significant.

The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art focuses on the importance of design, and its holdings include furniture, china, and textiles dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Located on one of Vienna’s chicest streets, repurposes household and office items into furniture, including lamps made of used celluloid and a funky chaise longue created from old three-ring binders.

Many possessions of the Hapsburgs, as well as period rooms from two centuries of Austrian design.

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