When you’re in a city as architecturally beautiful as Vienna, it’s easy to marvel at just about every building, nook and cranny you see walking the city streets. We narrow down the top sites to see and snap pictures of in the chic European city (plus you’ll get a few chances to hear some of that amazing classical music and nibble on some delicious eats Vienna is known for).
St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)
Nearly every European city has a stunning cathedral located in the heart of the city and Vienna is no exception, except that their cathedral might just trump all others. The Romanesque, Gothic style of this Catholic church stands in Stephansplatz, a bustling and busy square in the city. Known for it’s amazing stone work draping down the sides of the building and for it’s unmistakable multi-coloured tiled roof (that depicts a double-headed eagle) the church has been a symbol in Vienna since it’s construction began in 1137. Find yourself on a corner of Stephansplatz to get the best angled photo opt, and don’t forget to swing around to the back side (with it’s impressive doors) for another shot. Even better, if you can get access inside (we were there for a Christmas concert performed by classical musicians), you’ll be able to marvel at the detail of the 18 altars inside.
Spanish Riding School
Vienna’s famed riding school and troop of Spanish horses draws a big tourist crowd all year long. The only riding school only in the world which has practiced for over 440 years when it comes to classical equitation in haute école. Visiting the all-white horses is a special treat – seeing a show is even better. Booking your ticket online at srs.at before hand will ensure you get to see a practice or a show.
Sipping on rich hot chocolates, decadent and creamy lattes and more sound good? Then you’ll need to take a break at one of Vienna’s world famous and casually chill cafes. The most centrally located is Café Central (set in an old financial building with impressively high ceilings) and is the perfect spot to take some foodie pictures (order a slice of chocolate cake or a plum torte).
Visit Mozart’s House
Vienna thrives on classical music and was also home to Mozart for many years as he composed some of his best and most recognizable pieces. Walking through the city centre you’ll find many thing and spot that Mozart frequented or loved, but the most popular tourist stop is to the composer’s old home (where he lived for two years). Mozarthaus Vienna is now a museum where you can delve into Mozart’s musical life and also his more turbulent social life.
For any museum buff this is your one-stop shop in Vienna. With 60,000 square metres of exhibition space the quarter is home to fine art, history and cultural works, and is also home to a handful of cafes and restaurants to feed your body after filling you mind with the art.
Vienna’s prettiest palace and one-time home to royals is now open to the public and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Just outside the city centre (you’ll need to make your way there on the tram and subway system) you can stroll through the rooms and galleries and get a peek inside royal life in Vienna. If you happen to be in Vienna during the Christmas holidays, it’s also home to one of the most beautiful markets in Europe.