In the heart of Europe, Austria has served as a bridge-builder and platform for dialogue and international cooperation for decades. The capital if Vienna is one of the most important headquarters of international organisations, including the United Nations, emerging as a hub for the promotion of peace, security, and sustainable development.
Vienna is also one of the most liveable cities in the world, which combines present and past effortlessly. Its splendid historical face is easily recognisable by its grand imperial palaces, museums, and magnificent squares. Vienna is also one of the most dynamic urban spaces of Europe; contemporary art at the Museums Quartier, summer evenings at the Donaukanal, and the DC Tower are just a few examples.
On this page, you will find our top recommendations for your visit in Vienna as well as more information about the wide variety of museums, parks, coffees, wineries, restaurants, shops for sweets and souvenirs, and cultural programs.
All information provided is dependent on the development of the COVID-19 situation and related measures of the Austrian government.
The Ringstrasse, simply known as “the Ring,” is a grand boulevard built during the Habsburg Empire at the end of the 19th century. It is lined with Vienna's grandest buildings, revealing the true extent and magnificence of the city's golden age. You will pass the Museum for Applied Art, State Opera, Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum, Palais Epstein, Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater, University of Vienna, Votive Church, Vienna Stock Exchange, and other architectural masterpieces along the way. Whether you prefer walking, jumping on Tram 1 at Schwedenplatz, or circling the Ring with your car, this impressive tour will leave a lasting memory.
Address: Stubenring, Parkring, Schubertring, Kärntnerring, Opernring, Burgring, Dr. Karl-Renner-Ring, Universitätsring, Schottenring, Franz-Josefs-Kai, 1010 Vienna
The historical city centre of Vienna or “Innere Stadt” is part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage. On your walking tour or traditional horse-drawn carriage with the famous Fiaker, you will pass one of Vienna’s landmarks, the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, as well as nostalgic shopping streets, the Imperial Palace, many other historical buildings and traditional Viennese coffeehouses.
Address: Kärntner Strasse, Stephansplatz, Am Graben, Heldenplatz, Herrengasse, 1010 Vienna
Once used as the Habsburgs’ imperial apartments for guests, the Albertina has the largest and most valuable graphical collections in the world today. The permanent Batliner Collection – with paintings covering the period from Monet to Picasso – as well as additional temporary exhibitions make the Albertina so worthwhile visiting.
Address: Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Official website: https://www.albertina.at/en
The world-famous Spanish Riding School and performances by the Lipizzaners – the Ballet of the White Stallions – are situated in the unique Winter Riding School of the Hofburg Palace. The Viennese institution is the only one in the world where classic equestrian skills have been preserved and are still practiced in their original form. Every day between 10 a.m. and 12 noon, the white stars and their trainers can be watched during their morning exercise.
Address: Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Official website: www.srs.at/en
The MuseumsQuartier is an exciting art complex and lively array of restaurants, cafés and bars with the motto “enjoy.” The Museum of Contemporary Art, Kunsthalle and the Leopold Museum, where you can find numerous works by famous Egon Schiele, are situated in the area close to the Imperial Palace.
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Official website: https://www.mqw.at/en/
The Belvedere, one of the world’s finest baroque palaces, houses valuable art collections from Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. The heart of the Belvedere collection is the world-renowned and probably Austria’s most famous work of art: “The Kiss” from Gustav Klimt.
Address: Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna
Official website: https://www.belvedere.at/en
The Prater consists of two distinct areas of parkland, which together comprise Vienna’s favourite outdoor playground. On one side, you have the “Würstelprater” – the amusement park with the iconic Giant Ferris Wheel (“Riesenrad”). On the other side, you have a huge woodland park, where Habsburgs once went hunting and where Viennese people today enjoy their bike rides, walks, and picnics.
Address: Riesenradplatz 2, 1020 Vienna
Official website: https://www.praterwien.com/en
Just a 10-minute walk from the conference venue, the Danube Tower offers a breathtaking view over Vienna with its observation terrace at 155 meters height. You can also enjoy traditional Austrian cuisine, coffee and cake or the specially-brewed “Donaubräu” beer to complement your visit.
Address: Donauturmplatz 1, 1220 Vienna
Official website: https://www.donauturm.at/en
It’s no coincidence that the Schönbrunn Palace is the most visited tourist attraction in Austria. Imperial ceremonial rooms, magnificent gardens, majestic Gloriette, the Imperial Carriage Museum, Palm House and the oldest Zoo in the world are worth visiting.
Address: Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, 1130 Vienna
Official website: https://www.schoenbrunn.at/en
Friedensreich Hundertwasser – a radical architect and lover of uneven surfaces, curvy lines, crayon bright colours, and mosaic details – created this unique residential block, which forms one of Austria’s architectural highlights.
Address: Kegelgasse 37-39, 1030 Vienna
Vienna has more than one hundred museums and exhibitions, showcasing works of world-famous artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Albrecht Dürer or Pieter Bruegel as well as contemporary art from promising newcomers. In addition, there are many exciting museums of history, nature, technology, or treasures from around the world.
If you would like to relax in a park or green area and enjoy nature, you do not even have to leave the centre of Vienna. Almost every corner of the city has a garden, park, or even a forest.
Enjoy the famous Viennese coffee house culture in its most original form and order an “Einspänner” in one of the traditional cafés in the city centre. You will find not only tasty coffee and sweets but also the famous informal pleasantness and “Gemütlichkeit”.
Whether you prefer a quick visit at a “Würstelstand,” a traditional “Wiener Schnitzel,” or a luxurious gourmet temple: Vienna’s eateries offer the entire spectrum of regional and international cuisine for every taste and thirst for adventure.
Viennese wine taverns or “Heurige” are as famous as the Vienna Boys Choir or the Lipizzaner. Late summer is the best time to order a glass of “Gemischter Satz” and experience the tradition of regional wine and buffet in a comfortable atmosphere.
If you would like to go shopping or bring a piece of Vienna back home, you are spoilt with choices. All sorts of shops, with everything from sweets and the finest fashion, to jewellery, glassware, and classical souvenirs, are situated either in the city centre or at selected addresses.
In Vienna, they say, life is a stage. If you have some time, book a ticket for a classical concert, opera, operetta, musical, dance performance, ballet, pop, rock, or jazz concert or a theatre performance. The cultural programmes in Vienna will offer something for every taste.