Things to do in Vienna

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Vienna’s most famous attractions, without a doubt, are its music venues. The stately Wiener Staatsoper, on the Ring, offers opera and ballet, and you... Read More

Vienna’s most famous attractions, without a doubt, are its music venues. The stately Wiener Staatsoper, on the Ring, offers opera and ballet, and you’ll find classical music at the Musikverein and the Wiener Konzerthaus. And there’s more than meets the eye at the Konzerthaus—downstairs is Brut, a cabaret performance-art theater that is decidedly modern and avant-garde. Art defines this city as well. For 20th-century modern art lovers, the 21er Haus and the Schloss Belvedere, as well as the Leopold Museum in the Museums Quartier, are can’t-miss institutions. Between the cafés in Leopold, the rotating exhibits at the Kunstahalle, and the modern art at the MUMOK, you can easily spend days wandering the Museums Quartier (MQ for short). But don’t get stuck there—on the other side of the ring is the MAK, the museum of applied arts. Stop there for the shopping at the very least, then grab a coffee and strudel at Café Pruckel, across the street. Another great site to visit in Vienna is the Naschmarkt, a mile-long area of produce shops and restaurants. And in the Second District, the Prater amusement park and the Augarten are some of the most family-friendly places around.

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  • 21er Haus in Vienna Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek
    21er Haus

    Housed in a Karl Schwenger–designed architectural marvel built in 1958 for a World Exposition, this modern-art wing of the Belvedere had a massive... Read More

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    Albertina

    Once a stately Hapsburg home, the Albertina art collection was established in the mid-18th century. It is known for its more than 6,000 drawings, and... Read More

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    Jewish Museum

    The original Jewish Museum of Vienna was the first of its kind when it debuted in the late 19th century. Its contents would later be used for anti... Read More

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    Kunsthalle Wien

    Rotating exhibits of photography make this gallery-like museum one of the best-loved stops in the Museums Quartier. A vanity-themed show a few years ago... Read More

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    Kunsthistorische Museum

    This must-see museum hosts the imperial collection of the Hapsburgs, including the world's largest collection of Brueghels. Wander the ornate halls and... Read More

  • Leopold Museum in Vienna Rupert Steiner
    Leopold Museum

    The collection of Egon Schiele paintings at the Leopold is unparalleled. Mid- and early-20th-century modern art is housed here, in a limestone, light... Read More

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    MAK

    The Museum of Applied Arts takes design to the fullest, showcasing furniture, haute couture, and the way design informs our lives. Don't miss the great... Read More

  • Meinl Am Graben Store Restaurant in Vienna Courtesy of Julius Meinl am Graben
    Meinl Am Graben

    This gastronomy emporium is a boutique shop with the best spices, the most delightful pastries, and groceries for the haute kitchen. You could spend the... Read More

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    Mumok

    Nestled in the Museums Quartier, Vienna's modern art museum has a strong focus on Austrian art, including the intense, provocative Viennese Aktionism of... Read More

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    Musikverein

    This gilt-edged mid-19th-century concert hall hosts intimate classical concerts in one of the grandest settings in the western world. Read More

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    Naschmarkt

    In the Naschmarkt, blocks and blocks of produce, fresh pasta, baked goods, and dairy products are interspersed with kiosks selling everything from... Read More

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    Prater

    These fields have been written about and walked on since the 12th century. Long a royal hunting grounds, in the early 18th century the royal family... Read More

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    Schloss Belvedere

    Once you've seen a Klimt painting in person, you'll realize they are nothing like the poster you hung on your dorm-room wall. In person, these life-size... Read More

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    Schonbrunn Palace

    Schonbrunn Palace is better known as the summer palace of the Hapsburgs, located at the edge of the city. It's as mind-blowing as Versailles, with its 1... Read More

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    Sigmund Freud Museum

    This museum is the former home of Vienna's preeminent doctor of the mind, Sigmund Freud. Freud, who was Jewish, fled for England after Hitler's annexing... Read More

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    State Hall of the Austrian National Library

    With thousands of books dating back to the 16th century, this stately library is an ode to the written word, world exploration (check out the early... Read More

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    Wiener Konzerthaus

    Opened in 1913, the Wiener Konzerthaus is home to the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Philharmonic, and countless other classical and other global music... Read More

  • Wiener Staatsoper Opera House in Vienna Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek
    Wiener Staatsoper

    Vienna is nearly synonymous with opera. This 19th-century wedding cake of an opera house is a gem, with tickets that run from mere euros (standing room,... Read More

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