Vienna is a city that cherishes its past, and its landmarks and tourist attractions prove it. Yet there are amazing things to see and do in the capital whether you’re a history buff or not. From astonishing architecture and impressive monuments and museums to wonderful parks, entertainment venues and even rather unusual sites, Vienna has a lot to offer to keep you busy for days. Here are just a few of the top things the Holiday Taxis team suggest you see in the Austrian capital.
What to see in Vienna
The Hofburg was once the imperial palace and the seat of the Habsburgs until the end of the World War. It was built in the 13th century. Get a glimpse into the life of the Habsburg dynasty by visiting the museums the majestic building now gives home to. They were the incredibly powerful family that ruled the Austro-Hungarian empire.
You will get to see the Imperial Apartments, the Imperial Silver Collection, and the Sisi Museum. You will also learn about the history and traditions of the imperial court. The quickest way to the palace is by taxi but you can also use public transport.
The Stephansdom Crypt
Located in the heart of the Austrian capital, the majestic St. Stephen’s Cathedral attracts tourists from all over the world that come to admire its dark, grand architecture. But below its stone floors lies something far darker and more striking: an underground tomb that gives home to the skeletal remains of more than 11,000 people, as well as the hearts and intestines of emperors, queens and princes.
The place is certainly not for the faint of heart, but those looking for more unusual experiences will certainly want to see the Stephansdom Crypt. The entrance to the crypt is through as stairway on the left side of the main floor, but the crypt can be accessed by guided tour only.
Whether you’re looking for some light-hearted entertainment after visiting the spooky crypt or you want your adrenaline levels to jump even higher, you absolutely have to visit Prater. With ghost trains, roller coasters, carousels, and Ferris wheels, as well as a planetarium and relaxing park areas, Prater is sure to give you a great time no matter your mood or preferences. Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating
Located in Vienna’s 16th district and boasting over 170 stalls, the Brunnenmarkt is the longest street market in Europe. Every Saturday, numerous traders come here to delight the locals with their produce. You can find quite a few of them during weekdays as well.
The market is rich in fresh food. There’s an excellent array of fruit stalls, lovely flowers, delicacies and seafood, and arts and crafts.
Brunnenmarkt is a gem. It’s not very well known by tourists. You may have to change multiple public transport means to get there but it will be worth it.
To ensure you don’t get lost along the way, ask for exact directions or get a cab to drop you off right there.
Art History Museum
One of the very best art museums in the world, the Art History Museum in Vienna is quite close to the Louvre in terms of the grandness and amount of works is hosts. The building itself is absolutely marvelous. The collection of European and Egyptian works here is a must-see. They have also honored famous artists like Rembrandt, Rubens and Bruegel.
While the museum is open to the public most days of the weeks, it’s best to visit on a Thursday. This will grant you get the opportunity to enjoy a fine dinner on the cupola rotunda. To get a better grasp of the Austrian capital’s unique culture and explore other important cultural attractions close to the Museum, you might one to embark on one of the organized art tours offered by local operators.