The best sights in Vienna

Vienna is the city of breathtaking castles, imperial palaces and, of course, opera. Enjoy all the fabulous sights of Vienna. 

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Schloss Schönbrunn

Schloss Schönbrunn is one of Vienna’s most popular sights. The former summer residence of the Habsburgers – the imperial family – has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996. Schloss Schönbrunn has 1,441 rooms, of which 40 are open to the public. Wander around, close your eyes and imagine yourself in the Vienna of yesteryear.

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Kunsthistorisches Museum

The Neoclassical building housing the Kunsthistorisches Museum is in itself breathtaking. Inside you can find an enormous collection of art, mainly from the imperial family's collection. The museum has works of art from artists including Pieter Bruegel the Elder and our own Peter Paul Rubens. 

Sight: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
Sight: Stephansdom
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Stephansdom

The Roman Catholic cathedral Stephansdom was built in the 12th century and is the largest Gothic construction in Austria. The most striking part of the cathedral is the southern tower, that is no less than 137 metres in height. Funnily enough however, this impressive tower is called ‘Steffl’ which means ‘Little Stephan’. Steffl is one of the symbols of Vienna. 

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Vienna State Opera

The largest opera house in Austria is of course also on the list of sights to see in Vienna. This beautiful building was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War. Since its reconstruction, it therefore stands as a symbol of freedom in Austria. During a forty-minute guided tour, you will hear all about its history and you can even take a look behind the scenes. Would you be interested in attending a performance there? Then buy your tickets online in advance. 

Sight: Vienna State Opera
5

Prater and the Ferris wheel

If you fancy taking a break from all that art and culture, then visit the Prater amusement park and the Ferris wheel in particular. This wheel is 65-metres high and gives you a great view over Vienna. What makes this Ferris wheel so special is that it played a role in the film ‘The Third Man’. A ride on the wheel lasts about 10 minutes. If you really want to go all the way, arrange a private gondola trip and, let yourself completely be pampered with a drink and a snack.

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