The greatest city in Austria and is populated by at least 1.723 million people, Vienna is the capital city of Austria and the primary state between all the other nine states. In this article we will tell you what are the 5 things to do in Vienna.
Expanding as a cultural, economic and political centre, this is the 9th-largest city by population in the European Union.
Being voted as one of the most livable cities in Europe, booking a hotel here is relatively much cheaper compared to other big European holiday destinations like Madrid, Paris or London.
Plus you can even get a room for the night at the many hostels around for those travelling with a shoe-string budget or for backpackers.
So, 5 things to do in Vienna
1. St. Stephen’s Cathedral
One of the things to do in Vienna is to visit the Cathedral of St. Stephen. At the center of Vienna, in Stephansplatz, you will find this beautiful Romanesque and Gothic-style church called the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Consecrated in 1147, St. Stephen’s is the most prominent building religiously and culturally in Vienna. It has a multi-colored tile roof which has become the most recognizable symbols anywhere in the city.
Being a monumental landmark, the St. Stephen’s Cathedral has made its way into popular culture too, by being featured in films, and television shows and even in video games. But an appearance in the Austrian 10 cent euro coins make this a must-visit place in your Vienna stay.
2. Schönbrunn Palace
Second of the things to do in Vienna is to visit the Schönbrunn Palace. Listed as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, the Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens are the most visited site in Austria. Drawing in tourists in the droves, the Schönbrunn is one the main contributors to Vienna’s tourism industry.
Conceptualized by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II in the 1569, this medieval masterpiece got its name from an artesian well from which the court consumed the waterand translates to «as the beautiful spring».
Its main draw is the sculpted garden with a maze and botanic flowers. The French garden was planned by Jean Trehet in 1695 and it even has a newly built Orangutan enclosure. The luxury and grandeur of the place will give you a sneak peek at how the aristocratic rich lived hundreds of years ago.
3. Vienna Philharmonic
You cannot possibly not treat yourself to the soothing and harmonious tunes of the finest Philharmonic orchestra in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic.
Based in Musikverein, the members of the orchestra is meticulously chosen from the cream of the crop of the Vienna State Opera, which will take at least three years before the individual can earn their place among this elite orchestra group.
Playing since 1842, many great and renowned composers have performed in the Vienna Philharmonicorchestraand you better have an advance booking toa chance to see them perform, as they are usually very in-demand.
4. The Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
The Naturhistorisches Museum Wien or the Museum of Natural History of Vienna, is the largest museum in Austria.
With over 30 million objects and artifacts, the museum stands out among others with a website providing an overview as a video virtual tour. This pioneering feat is also the reason why the Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums in the world.
The earliest collections of artifacts were begun over 250 years ago, with objects of interest in the fields of the evolution of animals and plants, the human evolution and the origins of our solar system, as well as prehistoric traditions and customs. The museum will occupy almost half your day to truly be appreciated.
5. Viennese Delicacies
From Viennese Cakes to Viennese Coffee, Viennese Wine and Viennese Cheese, Austria’s capital will satisfy your taste buds with its variety of food and beverages.
You can find most of the cakes, cheese and coffee in the many bazaar based cafes around Vienna’s city centre. The Viennese Wine however can be found in most restaurants and bars around town known as Heurigers.
Vienna, the home of the greatest orchestra in the world to the finest palaces and gardens, this scenic city has it all.