Sightseeing by bike
An ideal way to explore Vienna is by bike. With the bicycle you can see a lot more in one day. The kilometers-long cycle paths make Vienna the perfect city for relaxing cycling and sightseeing. You can easily stop at the nicest places and most beautiful buildings that you will come across along the way, such as the opera house, the town hall, the Roman Catholic Karlskirche and St. Stephen’s Cathedral on the main square; Stephansplatz. You decide the pace and, for example, can stick a little longer to enjoy some places a little more.
Tip: You can cycle a beautiful route along the river Danube. You will not only discover the historic city center by bike, but also the beautiful surroundings just outside Vienna.
Discover the enchanting Schönbrunn Palace
The famous Schönbrunn and its gardens are definitely a must-see during your trip to Vienna. With a total area of 120 hectares, Schönbrunn is one of the largest palaces in the world. You can also view the gigantic palace from the inside with a guided tour. The palace has 1441 rooms!! Beautiful fairytale gardens adjoin the palace. Here you can stroll along the colorful flowers, fountains and ponds. Finish at the top at the 85-meter-high Gloriette. From here you have a beautiful view over Vienna, the palace and the gardens. Inside the Gloriette is a restaurant with this same great view. So, should I already book a dinner table?
Must do: In the middle of the gardens of Schönbrunn you will find a zoo; yes, you heard it right! Visit the world’s oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, which opened its doors in 1752. There are plenty of unique animal species to spot, including the Giant panda bear, tigers, lynx, wolves, lions, polar bears. Look here for the current opening times and prices of Tiergarten Schönbrunn.
Admire the artistic Hundertwasserhaus
When you wander through the streets of Vienna, you will find the most impressive architecture and in particular the Hundertwasserhaus! This is an asymmetrical apartment complex, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser. You will be surprised by the lines and the unusual shapes of the colorful houses. It just looks like a huge work of art! The complex stands out and contrasts with the classic architectural style that you see throughout Vienna.
Location: Kegelgasse 36-38, 1030 Wien, Austria
Taste the international cuisine
The Naschmarkt is the market of Vienna with a range of food and drinks from all over the world. The market is open daily and you can get delicious exotic herbs, spices, fresh vegetables and fruit here. Stroll along the colorful market stalls and taste delicacies here and there, from Italian to Japanese and from Austrian to Indian. Many stables also have a cozy seat, where you can enjoy your food and drink.
Visit the Hofburg Imperial Palace
Vienna is full of palaces and the Hofburg is one of the most impressive. This is a 13th century palace where the Habsburg family lived for many years. At that time, the Hofburg was the center of power of Austria. When you stand in front of the palace you are surrounded by impressive architecture, statues and horses with carriages. Inside the palace you will find the national library, the Sisi museum gives you a glimpse into the life of Empress Elisabeth, you can admire precious crown jewels in the treasury and see the furnished apartments of the imperial family. Today the President of Austria lives in a part of the palace. The ancient Spanish riding school is also part of the Hofburg. You can attend performances in the baroque riding hall where the white Lipizzaners perform to classical music.
Have fun in the Wiener Prater city park
Just outside the city center you will find the green city park Wiener Prater, where you can relax, walk, cycle or experience excitement in various attractions. Entrance to the park is free, but if you decide to go to attractions, you pay per attraction. Take a ride on the roller coaster, see the city from above from the iconic Ferris wheel or the whirligig or tear through the curves on the go-kart track. Enough entertainment for a night out!