Vienna is an incredible city to leave, and I am really proud to call Vienna after 11 years my home town. Today I want to show you my favorites places in Vienna, and the top 10 places to visit in Vienna. Vienna has a reach culture, with a lot of museums, but before you make your list of the museums you should visit, I am going to tell you what you can find in each museum. My favorite museum of all is the treasury museum, the National Library, the science museum and museum of art history.
What you need to know about Austria
- Austria is a small country in central Europe, bordered by Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Slovenia.
- The official language is German.
- Vienna is the capital of Austria.
- Austria has 83,879 km2.
- The current population is 8.857.960.
- Österreich, which is the German name of Austria, derives from the old German Ostarrichi, which meant ”Eastern Realm”.
- Austria has 10 world heritage sites named by UNESCO: The historic Center of the City of Salzburg, The Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn, Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape, Semmering railway, The Historic Center and Schloos Eggenberg in the city of Graz, Wachau Cultural Landscape, Fertö / Neusiedlersee Cultural Landscape, The historic Center of Vienna, Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps, and the Ancient and Primeval Beech Forest of the Carpathians.
Interesting Facts about Austria
Austria has an interesting Coffee culture. After the Turks left Vienna in 1683, they left a large number of coffee beans, introducing the great Viennese tradition of the Coffee House (Kaffeehaus).
Vienna has the oldest Zoo in the world, founded by Emperor Franz Stephan in 1752.
The bodies of the Hapsburgs Emperors, who ruled from 1278- 1918, were divided in 3 and buried in 3 different locations, the intestines in St Stephans Cathedral, the actual bodies in the Imperial Vault at the Kapuzinerkirche (Capuchin Church), and the hearts in the Augustinerkirche (Church of the Augustinians).
The famous Vienna Boys Choir was founded in 1498 by the Emperor Maximillian I.
Although the Tafelspitz is regularly called the Austrian National dish, the most famous dish is Wiener Schnitzel.
The Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery) is the largest European cemetery, with over 2,5 million tombs, including Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Gluck, Schoeberg, and Strauss.
You can find the world largest emerald (2860 carat) in the Imperial Treasury museum, as well as the Holy Grail and the holy lance.
- The world’s oldest restaurant still in operation is the Stifkeller, founded in 803 in Salzburg.
- The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius died on March 17 in A.D 180 in Vienna.
- The highest point in Austria in the Großlockner at 3,798 m.
Best places to visit in Vienna
Here you have the top 10 places to visit in Vienna
The Imperial Treasury Museum in Vienna
Located in the city center, very easy to access , it offers an outstanding collection of the Austrian Empire Crown.
Also, it offers a vast collection of religious objects, like the Holy grail and the Holy Lance.
You will see the largest world largest emerald (2860 carat).
Entry card: 12 euro
The Austrian National Library
One of the largest in Austria
It has more than 12 million items and various collections.
It is located in the Neue Burg wing of the Hofburg Palace.
Established in 1368 as the Imperial Court Library.
It has a collection of Manuscripts and rare books, including the Vienna Dioscurides, which was inscribed on UNESCO Memory of the World Program.
It has a papyrus collection.
- Has a Map Collection and a Globe Museum
- Entry card for the State Hall: 8 euro
- Entry card for the literature Museum: 7 euro
- Entry card for Globe, Papyrus and Esperanto Museum: 5 euro
Sisi Museum & Hofburg Palace in Vienna
From the coronation to the tragic death of Sisi
The collection of her dresses
You will see the imperial apartments. The Hofburg Palace was the winter residence of the imperial family.
You can learn about the history of the imperial family.
Entry ticket: 15 euro
Spanish Riding School
The Austrian institution dedicated to the training of Lipizzaner horses
Was first named during the Habsburg Monarchy in 1572.
The school has antecedents in military traditions dating back to Ancient Greek and Xenophon.
It is one of the most prestigious classical riding academies in the world.
It has a lot of guide tours and events.
Morning exercise entry ticket: 15 euro
Guide tour: 18 euro
Performance from 27 euro
It has 3 major exhibitions.
Lower Belvedere: Medieval Majesty, Johanna Kandl and Kiki Smith exhibitions and the entry ticket is 14 euro
Belvedere 21: Attersee, Monica Bonvicini and Caroline Achintre exhibitions and entry ticket is 8 euro
Upper Belvedere has a permanent collection of Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, between others, and the entry ticket is: 16 euro.
Was the formal residence of the Habsburgs
Located in Hietzing, Vienna
The rococo palace is one the most important architectural, cultural, and historic monuments of Austria.
In 1548, it was a court recreational hunting ground, after the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian II purchased the larger floodplain.
Franz Joseph, the longest-reigning emperor of Austria, was born in the Palace.
The Imperial tour, with 22 rooms and approximately 30 – 40 minute entry ticket: 16 euro
Grand tour, with 40 rooms and approximately 50 – 60 minute entry ticket: 20 euro
It is the oldest zoo in the world, founded in 1752.
In 1779, the zoo was open for the general public.
In 1914, the zoo had a total of 3470 animals.
The main purpose is as a center for species conservation.
The Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II organized excursions to Africa and America with the purpose to bring specimens for the Zoo.
The first giraffe arrived in 1828.
Entry ticket: 20 euro and children’s tickets: 10 euro
- It is the house of one of the most important and largest print rooms in the world.
- Has approximately 65,000 drawings and 1 million old master prints.
- Was established in 1805.
- The collection was generated by Duke Albert with the Austrian ambassador in Venice Giacommo Durazzo.
- You can find Collections from Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Claude Monet, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Joan Miro and others.
- The entry ticket: 16 euro and under 19 the entry is free
Has around 6000 artworks, with one of the most important collections of Austrian art.
Has an Ego Schiele documentation center and is based on the archives of Rudolf Leopold.
The museum has the masterpieces of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and Anton Romako and others.
Entry ticket: 14 euro and under 19 with student card: 10 euro
Museum of Art History
Was opened in 1891, at the same time as the Natural History Museum, by the Emperor Franz Joseph I.
The primary collection is from the Habsburg.
It has an incredible Egyptian collection.
A Greek and Roman Collection.
The cabinet of art is one of the most important collections of its kind.
Has an Ephesos collection, as well as a coin collection.
Has an imperial Armory collection.
Entry ticket: 16 euro