Every year, the international firm Mercer conducts a quality of life assessment for each major city. In 2018, for the ninth time, Vienna was voted the most livable city in the world. Between the history, culture, art, music, and weather, it is hard to argue against Mercer’s conclusion. The stellar reputation of Vienna is well earned. Below, we list our 7 favorite spots in Vienna. Enjoy!
One of the biggest draws of Vienna is its beautiful old buildings. Tourists love to marvel at the elegant architecture that has lived on for centuries. The Ringstrasse is the best place to soak all of that architecture in. Here, you’ll find historic buildings like the Vienna State Opera, the Imperial Palace, Parliament, City Hall, and more. Your options for traveling through the Ringstrasse are walking, biking, and by tram.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The St. Stephen’s Cathedral is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire world. It has awe-inspiring architecture and is highlighted by a colorful roof composed of 230,000 glazed tiles. Beyond the building itself, you can also catch gorgeous views of the entire city from the top of this tall structure.
Schonbrunn Palace is often compared to Versailles, one of the prime tourist attractions in France. What you’ll find here is another jaw-dropping collection of beauty and architecture. Between the palace and the vast garden, this is an attraction that can entertain for hours.
Head’s up: The Tiergarten zoo (see below) is also located on the palace grounds, so be sure to combine these two attractions into one afternoon!
To experience the day-to-day energy of Vienna, there is no better place than this massive market. The market features hundreds of vendors that sell groceries, snacks, full meals, drinks, and more. This is the premier location to eat local food and take in the culture of Vienna. You’re going to want to eat and be merry, so come prepared with a few euros in your pocket.
Vienna is home to the world’s oldest Zoo, Tiergarten. It was established in 1752 and currently houses more than 8,500 animals. It is considered one of the most beautiful zoos in the world. Despite its reputation, Tiergarten tends to be a bit less crowded than other Vienna tourist attractions, so if you’re looking for a quieter day, don’t hesitate to visit.
House of Music (Haus der Musik)
Vienna has an undoubtedly rich musical history. It was the home to some of the greatest musicians of all time, including classical music pioneers Mozart and Beethoven. To learn about this rich musical culture, visit the House of Music. If you’re a classical music fan or even a casual admirer, this museum is a must-see attraction.
Fans of art and culture can get all their needs met at the MuseumsQuartier. For a mix of vintage and modern, visit the Leopold Museum. Once you’re done there, you can walk next door to the Museum of Modern Art to admire works from Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and a variety of other high profile artists. You can also appreciate architectural history at the Architekturzentrum, or get a more fun, hands-on experience at the Naturhistorisches (Natural History) Museum.
Bonus Pick: Anywhere The Wind Takes You
One of the joys of traveling is taking a day or two without an agenda. This way, you can relax and explore the city with an open mind. One of the days you are in this city, rent a bike or take the city by foot. Drink delicious coffee, eat delicious food, and thoroughly enjoy your time in the amazing city of Vienna.